New Mexico PBS Selects Ikegami HDK-790EX III Full Digital HD Cameras For HD Upgrade


New Mexico PBS Also Adds Ikegami HDL-45E Camera and HLM-1750WR Monitors to Broadcast Plant

Last Updated: September 14, 2012 9:08 pm GMT
(Maywood, New Jersey--September 14, 2012) Celebrating over 50 years of service, New Mexico PBS operates 4 digital broadcast channels in Central and Northern New Mexico with a strong lineup of original programming, which is now created in their new all-HD plant. The new HD plant includes three new Ikegami HDK-790EX III full digital HD cameras, an Ikegami HDL-45E 3CCD multipurpose compact HDTV camera, and three Ikegami HLM-1750WR 17" HDTV Multi-Format LCD color monitors.

"Our philosophy in managing our upgrade to HD was very simple: first and foremost, achieve the highest quality possible," says Jim Gale, Director of Engineering and Operations for New Mexico PBS. "Whenever we choose a product, we specify performance, image quality, and a company with proven longevity. Ikegami scores very high in all these categories."

As a degreed video engineer who received his training in NASA's image sciences division, Gale applied a particularly selective eye to his choice of HD cameras for New Mexico PBS. With 2.3 million pixel 2/3-inch AIT CCDs, and 16-bit A/D conversion/38-bit internal digital processing circuits, the Ikegami HDK-790EX III met his extremely high standards. "The cameras we selected had to have superior imagery, and also be easy to use," Gale says. "The Ikegami HDK-790EX III creates beautiful pictures for us, which are high fidelity and have visual impact. We consistently produce incredible video with these cameras."

New Mexico PBS is also using an Ikegami HDL-45E 3CCD compact HDTV camera, which is affixed to a jib for productions such as New Mexico in Focus, Connect, and Public Square. "We appreciate that the HDL-45E has the same image block as our studio cameras," notes Gale. "What comes off that image block is extremely high fidelity digital video, with very low noise and no perceptible distortion."

In the control room, Gale and his team depend on a trio of Ikegami HLM-1750WR 17" HDTV Multi-Format LCD color monitors. "These monitors are at the top of the price/performance curve - they're a true engineer's reference monitor," Gale says. "I love that this monitor has a DVI input on the back, which is useful if a freelance editor on a Macbook Pro needs to connect to it. It also has a waveform monitor and a vector monitor built in, along with a beautiful test pattern generator, the latter of which is textbook-perfect. The HLM-1750WR is a very fine instrument, for not a lot of money."

The new additions at New Mexico PBS continue a long tradition at the station, which is now into its third generation of Ikegami cameras. That span has told Jim Gale everything he needs to know about the reliability and service that accompanies having Ikegami onsite. "Anyone in the industry will tell you that these cameras don't break, and they're backed by a company that really supports their products," he concludes. "I'd go with Ikegami again and again."

Ikegami Electronics (U.S.A.), Inc. is a leading supplier of professional broadcasting products in the Western Hemisphere. With US offices in New Jersey, California, Florida, Texas, and Illinois, the Ikegami name is recognized worldwide for its state-of-the-art television cameras and closed-circuit TV equipment. Ikegami's universal HDTV cameras have been widely accepted by the broadcast industry as it continues the transition to the High Definition Television Format.

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