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Hitachi Kokusai Celebrates Hitachi Ltd’s 100 Years of Products and Innovations (16/4/2010)

Hitachi Kokusai Electric America, Ltd., a leading provider of affordable, high performance cameras, celebrated HITACHI Ltd’s 100-year anniversary at this year’s NAB show in Las Vegas. A new booth design as well as new products highlighted of the company’s NAB show participation.

“In the dawn of this economically challenging decade, we’re particularly proud to celebrate our 100th corporate anniversary,” said Hitachi Kokusai Electric America’s new presidential appointment Mr. Yuichi Otsuka. “Since 1910, Hitachi has been recognized throughout the world as a technology leader. More than ever; we’re committed to the American broadcasting market and to providing outstanding service and support for our existing customers, and looking for new business opportunities.”

The new Hitachi Kokusai NAB-2010 booth exhibited several relevant and important products, driven by customer input over the past few years. The product offerings include a sampling of its HDTV product line. Products ranging from cameras, encoders, digital microwave systems to ISDB-T transmitters will be exhibited.

Among the products shown, Hitachi’s SK-HD1000 camera line was recently used extensively and rigorously during the Vancouver Winter Games by Canada’s leading broadcaster CTV. The SK-HD1000 camera system employed an advanced Internet control system provided significant savings in terms of operators needed to control the cameras. The SK-HD1000 and Z-HD5000 camera systems can be configured and controlled using off-the-shelf IT routing and switching equipment.

Two new point-of-view (P.O.V.) cameras were introduced at NAB this year. The DK-H100 and DK-Z50 share physical design, chassis, lenses and accessories. they both have: 2/3-in IT CCDs; switchable 59.94/50Hz operation; simultaneous SMPTE-292M 1920x1080i; SMPTE-259M SD-SDI and analog (Y,Pb,Pr/ RGBS) HD outputs; TCP/IP network control; motorized five-position filter wheel; variable shutter to 1/10,000sec.; 14-bit ADC; 38-bit DSP; full integration/ compatibility with existing SK-HD1000/ Z-HD5000 control panels and; a newly developed “control teaming mode” that improves matched camera characteristics, performance and controls for 3D production rig applications. The difference in the two cameras is in the sensors used. The DK-H100 has 2.3 million pixel IT-CCDs employed in the top-of-the-line SK-HD1000. The DK-Z50 employs the same sensor as the existing Z-HD500 HDTV camera. All new product pricing will be announced at the NAB show.

“Hitachi Kokusai is exhibiting several notable technologies,” said Hitachi Kokusai Electric America National Sales Manager Sean Moran. “We’ve fortified our commitment to providing the best value in production HDTV cameras with a new lower-priced configuration of our popular Z-HD5000 fiber-optic HDTV camera system. And with the mindshare being captured by 3D-HDTV, Hitachi continues to develop the advanced visual technologies that are embraced by the market.”

A real-time HD production workflow system was exhibited between the Kokusai Booth and the SAN Solutions, Inc. booth (SL2327) at NAB 2010 in Las Vegas, NV. Existing HITACHI and SAN Solutions technology demonstrated how users can wirelessly transmit, capture and make immediately available HD content for open architected, shared, production and post-production workflows. Kokusai featured the camera and video transmission path on the SK-HD1000 HDTV camera while SAN Solutions demonstrated ingest edit and transcode on their Media Production SAN which also features Hitachi Data Systems enterprise-class storage subsystem.

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