Hitachi Kokusai to Show Camera Solutions for Key Technology Transitions at InfoComm

Continuing to support new standard, Hitachi Kokusai Electric America, Ltd. (Hitachi Kokusai) is heading to InfoComm 2018 with new solutions for integrators and content producers. Hitachi Kokusai will co-exhibit with the Digital Media Division of Hitachi America, Ltd. in booth C2736 at the event, taking place in Las Vegas from June 6 to 8.

Helping AV professionals and content producers transition to Ultra HD (UHD) at their own preferred pace, the new CU-HD1300F-S1 HDTV camera control unit offers 4K, 12G-SDI output including High Dynamic Range (HDR) support. The CU-HD1300F-S1 can output natively-acquired 1080p video as 4K/UHD over single-link 12Gbps SDI or quad-link 3G-SDI connectivity. The 4K output functionality of the CU-HD1300F-S1 is compatible with all fiber-equipped, 1080p HITACHI Z-series and SK-series cameras, and supports High Dynamic Range when used with HDR-enabled camera models.

InfoComm demonstrations will show the CU-HD1300F-S1 in operation with the award-winning HITACHI Z-HD5500 studio and field production camera. Featuring the company’s advanced, global-shutter CMOS image sensors, the Z-HD5500 delivers high-performance 1080p image capture with HDR at cost-efficient pricing and adapts easily to challenging LED lighting and display environments.

Hitachi Kokusai will also showcase powerful new options for its SK-UHD4000 4K Ultra HD camera system. Optional 12Gbps SDI output capabilities for the accompanying CU-HD4000 CCU complement its existing quad-link SDI interface, while a new software upgrade option enhances simultaneous HDR and Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) acquisition.

HDR has attracted interest for dramatically extending dynamic range from very dark to highlights while adding detail in the dark and bright regions of the picture, but many producers need to also create SDR content for legacy displays. The new software enables separate video shading adjustments for HDR and SDR outputs, allowing users to select from multiple HDR profiles alongside SDR simultaneously with the same camera. This provides both creative and financial benefits compared to using separate cameras, enabling shot consistency while lowering costs.

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Gary Kayye, founder of rAVe Publications, is one of the most prominent personalities in the audiovisual industry. He has been a contributor to WIRED magazine and a technical advisor and columnist for Sound & Communications magazine as well as an opinionated columnist for rAVe [Publications] since 2003. In addition to his writing and market analysis, Gary has been a product, marketing and business operations consultant to dozens of AV companies in the U.S. and overseas. Clients have included companies such as Sony, Sharp, Epson, Lutron, InFocus, Sanyo, Mitsubishi, NEC and Philips.   Gary, who has been involved with the audiovisual market for over 20 years, was the recipient of the InfoComm 2003 Educator of the Year Award and the 2007 NSCA Instructor of the Year Award. Over the years, he has donated much of his time as an active volunteer in the AV industry’s trade association and served as chairman of InfoComm’s Professional Education & Training Committee (PETC), chairman of the ICIA Design School Committee and chairman of InfoComm’s Installation School Committee. In addition, he has served on the InfoComm board of governors. He also helped grow the InfoComm Projection Shoot-Out as the premiere AV industry trade show special event serving on the committee from 1991 through 1997, and was instrumental in launching the Shoot-Out in the European market at the Photokina Expo in 1994 and 1996 as well as the Asian market at the 1995 and 1997 INFOCOMM Asia shows.   Prior to founding his own company, Gary was vice president of sales and marketing for AMX Corporation (www.amx.com), a manufacturer specializing in professional AV and residential AV control systems. Prior to AMX, Gary spent nine years at Extron Electronics (www.extron.com), rising to the position of vice president of sales and marketing. Gary earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1987 from the University of North Carolina and is currently Adjunct Faculty at UNC in the School of Journalism teaching a class on how future technologies will affect the future of advertising, PR and marketing.   He is also the founder of Swim for Smiles, a non-profit that raises money for the N.C. Children’s Hospital through swimming and other fitness-related events for kids. You can contact him at gary@ravepubs.com..