NTV, Vietnam, Chooses Ikegami Cameras for 4K-UHD Broadcasting Studio

NTV, Vietnam, Chooses Ikegami Cameras for 4K-UHD Broadcasting Studio

18 December 2023: Ikegami Tsushinki Co., Ltd. has delivered seven UHK-X700 4K/HD portable cameras and one UHL-43 4K/HD multi-purpose camera to Ninh Thuan Radio and Television Station (NTV) in Ninh Thuan Province, Vietnam.

UHK-X700 installed in the studio

Ninh Thuan Radio and Television Station

Established in April 1992, NTV, a prominent broadcaster in the southern part of Vietnam, is commemorating its 32nd anniversary. NTV produces and transmits a variety of programs, including news, culture and social affairs, as well as focusing on entertainment such as music, arts, and sports. NTV serves as an essential source of information for the Ninh Thuan province, providing cultural and educational value to its audience and playing a role in reflecting the voice of the community.

Vietnam, with its burgeoning population of approximately 100 million and a high television ownership rate exceeding 90%, stands out as a significant broadcast market in Asia. Vietnam transitioned from analog to digital broadcasting in 2020. Ikegami UHK-X700 were chosen with an eye towards next-generation 4K broadcasting. Additionally, the introduction of the UHL-43 multi-purpose camera is set to enhance the flexibility and scope of 4K broadcasting operations at NTV. The UHL-43’s versatility allows its use for applications such as robotics and crane-mounted operation.

Ikegami has actively engaged in the Vietnamese market through Japanese sales agent, E-Globaledge Corporation which specializes in providing advanced broadcasting equipment. "Vietnamese television broadcasting has evolved from SDTV to HDTV and we hope that NTV's adoption of 4K technology will promote the spread of 4K broadcasting in Vietnam,” comments E-Globaledge General Manager Kentaro Yamamoto. “We are proud to be selected as a partner by NTV for this groundbreaking project.”

The UHK-X700 is a robustly built camera combining high signal quality with versatile connectivity. Designed for pedestal or tripod mounting or over the shoulder operation, it supports HFR capture for slow-motion of events such as sports. The camera's front end comprises three 2/3-inch CMOS UHD sensors with a global shutter to minimize artifacts when shooting LED screens or scenes illuminated with flash or strobe lighting. Full HDR/SDR support is included plus the ability to choose between BT.2020 and BT.709 chroma spaces. HFR shooting at up to 2x speed in UHD or up to 8x in HD via the base station is possible as an option.

When combined with the Ikegami BSX-100 base station or CCU-X100 camera control unit, the UHK-X700 can output UHD/HD video formats simultaneously. IP-interfaced video, audio and intercom conforming to SMPTE ST.2110 standards are available as an option at the base station or CCU. UHD video is available as a 12G-SDI feed directly from the camera head, allowing integration into a wireless system. Weighing only 5 kg, the UHK-X700 comes with a B4 lens mount and has an optical sensitivity of F11 when operating at UHD/50p.

The Ikegami UHL-43 is a compact box-style camera designed for applications such as robotic studios, live-event broadcasting, parliamentary television and point-of-view image capture. The camera head can be used on practically any support device such as a remote pan & tilt, long-reach arm or overhead mount. The UHL-43 employs three 2/3-inch UHD CMOS sensors in the same workflow and remote control structure as Ikegami UHK-X700 cameras.

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