Claimed 'World's First' Truck Will Help Support Tests of High-Resolution Coverage at 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio
How serious is Japanese broadcaster NHK about high-resolution transmittion? Serious enough to commission what provider Ikegami claims is the world's first 8K outside broadcast (OB) vehicle.
Ikegami says the truck was delivered in September, well in advance of the first 8K broadcast trials scheduled by the Japanese government to begin at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, with regular on-air transmissions to begin by 2018.
Ikegami has been making 8K cameras in collaboration with NHK for years, but the key characteristic of new iterations is reductions in bulk and heft. For example, the SHK-810 camera boasts a 33 megapixel Super 35 CMOS sensor but is about one-tenth the size and weight of its first-generation 8K camera, which was introduced back in 2002.
Here's a catalog of what's in the new Ikegami OB truck.
2,495(W) x 3,330(H) x 11,930(D) (mm)
(1,000mm (W) expandable when operating)
|Switcher||16 inputs 4 outputs 1 M/E|
|Router||8K, 4K and HD/2K|
|Downstream Keyer||8K (four supers)|
|Camera||8K camera (Ikegami’s SHV-8000, SHK-810 etc./max 10 units)|
|Recorder||8K recorder (max four units)|
|Slow Player||8K slow player (max four units)|
|Sound Router||MADI support|
|Monitor for Switcher||
Main: 55-inch 8K monitor
Sub: 55-inch with multiviewer
|Monitor for VE||32-inch monitor and others|
The truck has been designed to operate inside Japan as well as internationally, allowing it to travel for coverage of global sporting events. Ikegami also said it can be expanded to hold additional equipment as needed.
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