Hitachi Kokusai Electric America just added new features to the CU-HD550 camera control unit (CCU) including both High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) output with independent adjustments and 4K/UHD output over single-link 12Gbps SDI connectivity. The CU-HD550 and its companion CA-HF550 camera adapter collectively are designed to lower the cost of entry for 1080p60 video production.
When used with an HDR-capable Hitachi camera model, new dual-workflow functionality in the CU-HD550 enables HDR/SDR acquisition with a single camera by providing separate video shading adjustments for HDR and SDR outputs. This allows producers to tune each output path for optimal results.
A new configuration of the CU-HD550 helps smooth producers’ transition from HD to Ultra HD by transforming natively-acquired 1080p video to 4K resolution and outputting over single-link 12G-SDI. The 4K output functionality supports High Dynamic Range when used with an HDR-enabled camera, while the color matrix of the 12Gbps SDI output can be switched between ITU-Rec.709 and BT.2020 color spaces.