Hitachi Debuts New 4K Production CU‑HD1300F-S1 Camera Control Unit

Hitachi Kokusai Electric America today announced the CU-HD1300F-S1 HDTV camera control unit with 4K, 12G-SDI output. The company also announced an optional firmware upgrade for its SK-UHD4000 4K Ultra HD camera system to enhance simultaneous HDR and Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) acquisition. New optional 12Gbps SDI output capabilities for the accompanying CU-HD4000 CCU have also been added to its existing quad-link SDI interface.

The new CU-HD1300F-S1 builds on the rich feature set of the original CU-HD1300F, combining SMPTE fiber transport and multi-format HDTV support with intercom, teleprompter return, and additional signal connectivity in a space-efficient 2RU unit. 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 including the award-winning Z-HD5500 and the SK-HD1300. The new CCU can also be used with interlaced HITACHI camera models for HDTV output.

A second, new CCU, the dual-cable CU-HD1300FT-S1 fiber/triax model, offers similar 4K output capabilities when used with fiber-connected cameras. The CU-HD1300FT-S1 offers all of the capabilities of its fiber-only sibling, plus Hitachi Kokusai’s fourth generation digital triax system for long-distance triax transport of HDTVsignals.

Like the transition from HD to 4K, the path from SDR to HDR has its own challenges for content producers, requiring them create separate outputs for optimal viewing across different generations of displays. The new firmware option for the SK-UHD4000 camera system allows separate video shading adjustments for HDR and SDR outputs, enabling users to select from multiple HDR profiles alongside SDR simultaneously with the same camera.

Here are the details.