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WSLS-TV invests in SK-HD1800 Hitachi Studio Cameras

WSLS-TV invests in SK-HD1800 Hitachi Studio Cameras

WSLS TV has been proudly serving viewers in Southwest Virginia since 1952. The Roanoke-based NBC affiliate purchased six SK-HD1800 studio cameras from Hitachi Kokusai to improve its on-air look and better represent its new production sets.

WSLS produces 31 hours of live newscasts each week for the Roanoke-Lynchburg market, as well as local lifestyle programming including the Daytime Blue Ridge Spotlight. The broadcaster initially launched its new studio space in 2019 using its existing, decade-old cameras. In 2021, WSLS undertook a long-planned camera technology refresh to enhance both its visual quality and creative options.

"Improving our picture quality was the main thing we wanted to do, but our previous cameras had also become unserviceable," said Ricky Williams, Director of Technology at WSLS-TV.

Systems integrator Digital Video Group (DVG) had built the technology core of WSLS' new studio and recommended the SK-HD1800 cameras as ideal fits. "Beyond the quality advantages, the success DVG has had with Hitachi cameras at other broadcasters was a big factor," said Williams. "We do so much live production every day that taking a camera out of our rotation to resolve any issues would impact our product. DVG's excellent experience with Hitachi's reliability was important to us."

WSLS-TV invests in SK-HD1800 Hitachi Studio Cameras

WSLS went live with the SK-HD1800 cameras in November 2021, with DVG performing the integration and Ross Video handling the setup of camera robotics. With live production happening throughout the day, WSLS deployed the new cameras and robotics two at a time to minimize disruptions. "The Hitachi cameras were really easy to integrate even while on-air with our other equipment, explained Williams. "We would start on one camera at the beginning of the day, and by the end of the day that camera was on-air doing our 5 oclock show. It was really neat to be able to add them in as the day progressed."

That phased approach to implementation made the quality benefits of the SK-HD1800 even more evident. "The improvement in picture quality was very noticeable as soon as we went on-air with the first two units," recalled Williams. "We could immediately see an A/B difference next to the older cameras we were still using. It motivated us to speed up the deployment of the rest of the new cameras, since it would be so obvious to viewers that we were using both generations at the same time."

Two of the SK-HD1800s are deployed on new Ross BlackBird pan/tilt/lift elevation systems to accommodate varying heights in the studio and sets. The remaining four SK-HD1800s are set up on Miller 3230 Combo Live 55 pedestals with Ross pan/tilt heads. Five of the cameras are used for newscasts, with two - including one shared between both purposes - used on the Daytime Blue Ridge Spotlight set on the other side of the studio. Production is automated through the Grass Valley Ignite platform, with Ross Video routing systems, Xpression graphics, and Dashboard control software rounding out the infrastructure.

The SK-HD1800's global shutter sensor has proven adept at providing exceptional acquisition in WSLS' LED-rich environment, which features a row of nine vertically-mounted LED displays behind the news desk and an LED cube as a highlight. Williams also notes that achieving these stellar results requires very little ongoing effort.

"The Hitachi cameras have upped the game in picture quality in our new studios, helping us better showcase the set and the people on it," he summarized. "The SK-HD1800s dont require us to do a whole lot of adjustment. They're pretty much 'set and forget' and they just work, which is ideal for our automated workflow."


KJLA-TV in Los Angeles selects Hitachi 4K Studio Cameras to Meet Growing Demand for UHD Production

SK-UHD4000 cameras deliver outstanding quality, deep controls, and exceptional usability as Los Angeles studio upgrades to support evolving client needs

KJLA-TV in Los Angeles selects Hitachi 4K Studio Cameras to Meet Growing Demand for UHD Production

In addition to serving as the Los Angeles home for American Spanish-language television network Azteca America, KJLA-TV owns and operates two greenscreen stages and production studios at its westside L.A. facility. Seeing growing demand from its studio rental clients for higher-resolution video acquisition and production, KJLA purchased four SK-UHD4000 cameras from Hitachi Kokusai to meet these requests and set the stage for future growth.

KJLA rents its studios to premium media and entertainment clientele for projects ranging from network TV shows and motion pictures to music videos and corporate video productions. KJLA also uses the studios to produce its own original content for its sister company LATV Networks, a pioneering, bilingual media enterprise dedicated to elevating the Latino voices that are redefining culture. KJLA was equipped with 1080i HDTV camera systems but received increasing requests for 1080p full HD production, and also saw growing client interest in 4K acquisition.

We considered upgrading to 1080p cameras, but looking forward, that would only buy us a couple of years before we would need to go all the way to 4K, explained Tony Solano, chief engineer at KJLA-TV. People were already starting to ask for 4K, so we decided to upgrade all the way.

KJLA-TV in Los Angeles selects Hitachi 4K Studio Cameras to Meet Growing Demand for UHD Production

Very satisfied with KJLAs previous Hitachi camera purchases, Solano again turned to the company for its 4K acquisition upgrade. Hitachi Kokusai has always offered very good products, and the customer service has always been great, he said.

Solano points to the durability and reliability of KJLAs earlier generation of Hitachi cameras, the 1080i Z-HD6000s, as examples of his satisfaction with the brand. Since we are renting out these cameras with the studio, a lot of different hands have been on them over the years, but weve never had a camera break down, he explained. KJLA took delivery of the SK-UHD4000s at the beginning of February, and immediately put them to work on active productions. Three of the cameras are deployed on Cartoni pedestals, with the fourth on a Jimmy Jib Triangle. Solano notes that the cameras are lightweight and not too bulky, making them easy to transport between the two studio spaces as needed. KJLA currently offers 4K recording  a capability its clients have already taken advantage of  with plans to upgrade its Ross switcher to a 4K model in the near future.

KJLA-TV in Los Angeles selects Hitachi 4K Studio Cameras to Meet Growing Demand for UHD Production

Solano praises the cameras visual quality and their ability to precisely fine-tune the images. The quality of the Z-HD6000s was great but the SK-UHD4000s are even better, even when were using them to shoot HD, he said. I also love the depth of picture controls that we have access to, not only through the controller but also through the cameras integration with the Ross Dashboard software.

While KJLA often provides camera operators with their full-service studio and equipment rentals, other times clients bring their own crew and simply use KJLAs gear and space. Solano notes that both their own operators and client users have found it simple to get up to speed with the new 4K cameras. The learning curve on the SK-UHD4000s is very quick, he said. While our clients crews are professionals, the cameras are so easy that I feel like almost anybody could use them.

The exceptional sensitivity of the SK-UHD4000s has also been beneficial for productions lighting requirements. The stage manager for our LATV Networks productions noted that they dont need to do as much lighting as they previously did, Solano explained.

Overall, the Hitachi 4K cameras have positioned KJLA to meet the evolving needs of themselves and their clients both today and in the future. The upgrade was very smooth, and it has been a great experience, Solano summarized. The SK-UHD4000s let us better serve our existing clients, while giving us the ability to take on a greater breadth of new customers and projects.


Four SK-HD1800s raise the quality bar for NLTVs growing range of studio and field productions

Four SK-HD1800s raise the quality bar for PEG stations growing range of studio and field productions

N Leo TV (NLTV) is the Hilo Hawaii Public, Education and Government (PEG) broadcaster. NLTV expanded its coverage to include more sporting events, it chose Hitachi SK-HD1800 cameras to elevate the quality of its productions and meet the rigorous demands of live sports.

NLTV delivers programming to citizens across the island through three cable channels, its website, and a mobile app. We wanted to start producing more live events such as high school sports& said Matt Cordero, production manager at NLTV. Our president wanted a higher quality standard, and we needed cameras that would respond well in low light and could zoom all the way down a football field.

Four SK-HD1800s raise the quality bar for PEG stations growing range of studio and field productions

Our previous cameras also required tons of cabling  including separate video, communications, and power  that was cumbersome for field use, he continued. I wanted the simplicity of a single SMPTE fiber cable for each camera, the higher quality of 2/3-inch sensors, and the ability to use longer, B4-mount lenses.

Oahu-based Da Crew Production and Engineering Group arranged a side-by-side comparison between three major camera brands. I liked what I saw with the SK-HD1800, Cordero recalled. Watching on broadcast monitors and multi-viewers, some people couldnt see the difference between it and more expensive competitors, and the rest of us pointed to the Hitachi camera as having the best quality.

NLTV purchased four SK-HD1800s and started using them in their studio and field productions in late summer of 2019. The cameras travel around the island in the stations 24-foot production trailer, which is stored next to the 18-foot high, 50x25 foot main studio. This lets them use the trailer as the control room when shooting in the studio. NLTV purchased five Fujinon lenses  three 22x, one 14x super-wide, and one 99x box lens for sports productions.

Four SK-HD1800s raise the quality bar for PEG stations growing range of studio and field productions

In addition to being pleased with the SK-HD1800s overall visual quality, Cordero has been impressed by the cameras performance in poor lighting conditions. The Hitachi cameras low-light handling has been awesome, he said. A lot of our high school stadiums arent very well lit, but were able to run the cameras at 6dB gain or less and get very good-looking results.

The setup simplicity and ease of use of the SK-HD1800 has also proven beneficial for NLTV. As a public access station, we utilize a lot of volunteers  including high school and college students  who may not understand all the technology, explained Cordero. I also like how the structure and language of the menus are essentially common sense, rather than needing to dive into too many different buttons and submenus to get at the features Im looking for.

While social distancing cut short NLTVs spring sports season and temporarily reduced the number of productions in its studio, station staff are enjoying the improvements the SK-HD1800 cameras have delivered. They have enabled us to take on more types of production projects and have enhanced the quality of our programs, Cordero concluded. Everything looks much better with these cameras, and people have noticed the difference in our broadcasts.


Z-HD5500 Cameras Boost Mobile Production Quality for Chelmsford TeleMedia

Chelmsford TeleMedia (CTM) provides public access television for the town of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, located 24 miles northwest of Boston. In addition to serving its own government and educational channels, CTMs 35-foot, Gerling-built OB truck is also used for Minor League Baseball games for the Lowell Spinners, an affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. When the station upgraded its cameras late last year to improve its mobile productions, it selected Hitachi Z-HD5500s to deliver the quality and features it sought.

Z-HD5500 Cameras Boost Mobile Production Quality for Chelmsford TeleMedia

When CTM first built its mobile production truck three years ago, the budget restrictions common to non-profit organizations forced them to start with older equipment and upgrade it in phases. While their existing cameras were already HD, CTM was unhappy with the video quality they produced. Because the older cameras were not studio grade, they lacked many features the team wanted such as return video and tally. In December, CTM purchased four Z-HD5500s.

CTM chose the Z-HD5500 model out of Hitachi Kokusais extensive broadcast camera offerings because of its native 1080p support. While the trucks current Broadcast Pix switcher is only 1080i, CTM has plans to replace it, and they are already feeding 1080p60 video into their Ross Mira instant replay system. The Z-HD5500s compatibility with standard 2/3 lenses was also a significant benefit over the 1/3 limitation of their previous cameras, allowing them to rent or borrow additional lenses as projects require without needing adapters.

Z-HD5500 Cameras Boost Mobile Production Quality for Chelmsford TeleMedia

We wanted to get the best bang for our buck, while future-proofing ourselves to get a long lifecycle out of the cameras, said Tom Peterson, production engineer at Chelmsford TeleMedia. Going with a well-known industry standard like Hitachi Kokusai also helps our ability to earn revenue by renting the truck to external clients. We love the quality of the image the Z-HD5500 produces, and as a true studio camera, its rich feature set offers us a lot of flexibility.

The Hitachi cameras superior visual quality proved immediately evident in CTMs productions. The picture quality we get from the Z-HD5500s is incredible, praised Peterson. The color reproduction is far better than our old cameras, and the skin tones are amazing. Ironically, the first time we shot a basketball game with the new cameras, the flaws in the gym  such as peeling paint  really stood out. Even though our old cameras were HD, they couldnt see that level of detail. The difference is night and day.

The Z-HD5500s have also enabled CTM to overcome lighting challenges at both ends of the spectrum. At concerts, we often have hot spots from student-focused lighting and instruments without diffusion, Peterson explained. Being able to remotely shade the Z-HD5500s from the truck has made the complete system work much better. Conversely, our theater productions are often very darkly lit. With the Hitachi cameras, even under dark conditions we get a good-quality image without it getting grainy, and because we dont need to increase the black level or setup, the picture doesnt wash out.

The Z-HD5500s ease of use has also been beneficial, as CTMs productions are primarily crewed by students and volunteers. As studio cameras, operators have found the Z-HD5500s significantly easier to set up than the trucks old mix-and-match approach and very easy to work with. The large, high-quality studio viewfinder has been particularly advantageous for sports production.

We always tell students that the most important piece of equipment is the camera, as thats where it all starts, summarized Peterson. Bringing in the Hitachi cameras has drastically improved the quality of our productions. We believe the best result is when people react to a change, and viewers have commented on the difference. The Z-HD5500s have been really great for us, and I look forward to the future of our productions with them.


HITACHI Z-HD6000 Cameras Fuel Revenue Increases for Jewelry TV

HITACHI Z-HD6000 Cameras Fuel Revenue Increases for Jewelry TV

Jewelry Television (JTV) leverages live television, a mobile-optimized e-commerce platform and social media. Building on the quantifiable success of their first deployment of Z-HD6000 HDTV cameras from Hitachi Kokusai, the retailer purchased an additional 12) Z-HD6000 cameras this June as part of a major studio overhaul project.

Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee and backed by a proven, 25-year history, JTV is the leading retailer of jewelry and gemstones in the United States. JTVs live programming is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to 85 million U.S. households through a variety of television providers and the companys website.

When JTV renovated its third studio (Studio C) and control room in 2015, they took the opportunity to replace the current studios cameras from a different manufacturer. Our goal was to change the look of the studio with a more modern set and LED lighting, said Dennis Wilson, chief engineer at JTV. We decided to look at different cameras as part of that project. We compared the HITACHI Z-HD6000s to our existing cameras and felt that the Z-HD6000s were much better.

HITACHI Z-HD6000 Cameras Fuel Revenue Increases for Jewelry TV

The resulting business benefits were tangible, validating JTVs choice. With the new set, lighting and HITACHI cameras, sales from that studio improved, Wilson explained. That shows were on the right track, and its one of the reasons that were now updating Studios A and B and that we bought the additional Z-HD6000 cameras  to try to get the same boost.

Purchased through reseller Technical Video Systems in North Carolina, five Z-HD6000 cameras are deployed on pedestals in Studio C, with four additional units allocated to each of Studios A and B. Three cameras are used in JTVs lightbox for product-focused specialty shots, while another two Z-HD6000s are deployed in the facilitys recently-built, 450-seat auditorium. The auditoriums fiber infrastructure is wired to accommodate up to nine cameras that can be brought in from the other studios for shows with live, participating audiences.

HITACHI Z-HD6000 Cameras Fuel Revenue Increases for Jewelry TV

Those reduced lighting requirements benefit not only the resulting productions but also the on-camera hosts. We need to light the jewelry to make it sparkle, while also keeping our on-camera talent happy, said Wilson. The Z-HD6000s adapt more easily to the lighting than our previous cameras, so we dont have to blast lights into the talents eyes for hours at a time.

I have not had any problems whatsoever with the HITACHI cameras. Once we have them set up, we never have to go back and do anything to them. Even when we move them between sets, its just an easy white balance and were ready to go.

Satisfied with the Z-HD6000s and the benefits they enable, Wilson plans to make HITACHI cameras part of JTVs future projects as well. Weve already begun physical construction on another new studio and control room, and we will use HITACHI cameras for that too, he noted. I have been very pleased with the Z-HD6000s. They proved to be much better than our previous cameras, and as we replace the remaining older units, we will continue to do so with HITACHI.


HITACHI Z-HD5500 Cameras Improve Studio Production Quality for WTLW and WOSN

Broadcasting from Lima, Ohio, viewer-supported television station WTLW delivers high-quality Christian and family-centered programming to its viewers. When the station upgraded the production studio to HD this summer, they chose Z-HD5500 HDTV cameras to provide the rich features, outstanding quality and long-lasting durability they wanted.

HITACHI Z-HD5500 Cameras Improve Studio Production Quality for WTLW and WOSN

WTLW operates two channels: WTLW-TV44 and 24-hour all-sports network WOSN. We upgraded the infrastructure in our studio to HD a few years ago, but we were still using SD cameras and up-converting them to 1080i, explained Jeff Klingler, Chief Engineer at WTLW. Our usage of the studio is ramping up, so our goal this year was to bring our studio acquisition up to true HD. The new Z-HD5500 cameras were the last piece of the puzzle.

While Klinglers past success with HITACHI cameras made them the leading contender for the upgrade, it was the powerful yet cost-effective capabilities of the Z-HD5500 that solidified their decision. The Z-HD5500 is an excellent product with a really strong feature set, and the price point is awesome, said Klingler. Its a perfect fit for what we do.

HITACHI Z-HD5500 Cameras Improve Studio Production Quality for WTLW and WOSN

The ability of the Z-HD5500s global-shutter CMOS image sensors to capture flawless video under varying LED lighting conditions was one of the features Klingler found appealing. We knew that we would be replacing our existing incandescent lighting with new LED lights as part of the studio upgrade, he recounted. The Z-HD5500 cameras play very nicely with the different temperature ranges.

WTLW purchased three Z-HD5500s through integrator AVI Systems. Already using solutions from Ross Video for switching, graphics and news production, the station quickly took advantage of the HITACHI cameras integration with the Ross Dashboard open control and monitoring platform for remote camera management.

WTLW has not owned the Z-HD5500s long enough to truly judge their longevity yet, but Klingler expects to get the same outstanding durability and reliability that he has experienced with earlier models. Our SD HITACHI cameras were 10 years old and we never had any problems with them, he said. In fact, theyre still going strong, and we sold them to a local production company. Klingler also highlights the benefits of dealing with Hitachi Kokusai from a customer service perspective. I cant say enough about my relationship with my HITACHI representative, he praised. Customer service is always his top priority.

Beyond the operational and business benefits that the Z-HD5500s bring WTLW, the viewer-facing impact has been equally positive. It was a great upgrade from what we had before to where we are now, said Klingler. As an engineer, I love the robust features from a technical perspective, but its the resulting productions that our audience cares about. The cameras really make a difference, and what we are producing now is a lot better looking. Our viewers absolutely notice the improvement, which is whats most important to us.


HITACHI Cameras Deliver Superb Quality and Reliability for Mississippi State University Television Center

For 30 years, the Mississippi State University Television Center has provided high-quality, cost-effective production services to the university community and clients across the country. When the center upgraded its studio equipment and infrastructure to HD, they chose HITACHI SK-HD1000 HDTV production cameras to provide them with exceptional acquisition quality at a budget-friendly price.

The TV Center at MSU produces informative, engaging, and compelling content for a variety of educational, marketing, and research projects. In addition to creating original programming for the universitys own cable channel, MSTV, the center produces projects for external clients and provides image magnification (IMAG) presentation support for university conferences and seminars. The center also provides facilities, technology and technical support for curriculum classes in partnership with the Communications department, while its studio and Ku-band satellite uplink are available for linking to news stations for interviews and emergency communications.

HITACHI Cameras Deliver Superb Quality and Reliability for Mississippi State University Television Center

The TV Center had dual goals when it upgraded to high definition: improving the quality of its productions, and giving students practical, hands-on experience with HD equipment similar to what they would later encounter in the workplace. After researching camera options for the studio, they found the price/performance value of the SK-HD1000s to be compelling.

We looked at the quality of the SK-HD1000s imaging sensors and its processing chain, plus its rich features like SMPTE fiber support and an HD color viewfinder, said Mike Godwin, technical and operations manager at the Mississippi State University Television Center. To get all of that, at that quality, at that price point, made it an easy decision. We evaluated other manufacturers cameras at the same time, and felt we got a lot more bang for the buck with HITACHI.

In addition to the SK-HD1000s overall visual quality, Godwin specifically highlights the cameras color fidelity. I like HITACHIs colorimetry, he said. I can shade the cameras naturally to what I see with my eyes, and the results are more true-to-life  not an over-processed, over-saturated look like some other cameras produce.

HITACHI Cameras Deliver Superb Quality and Reliability for Mississippi State University Television Center

The cameras extensive shading controls also help Godwin overcome a challenging lighting environment. We have a combination of incandescent, fluorescent and LED lighting in our studio, with differing spectrums of light, he explained. Firmware upgrades in the SK-HD1000s have given us more control and enable more flexibility in shading than other manufacturers cameras, making it easier to match cameras across mixed lighting.

The SK-HD1000s robust reliability has also proven valuable, given the education nature of much of the cameras usage. Operating in a student environment can be kind of rough at times, Godwin said. Students can be kind of rough with the cameras, but they have held up extremely well.

Last but not least, Godwin notes that Hitachi Kokusai has been very responsive to the TV Centers needs and questions. Our experience has been very positive, particularly in terms of support, and my peers all over the country have had similarly great experiences with Hitachi Kokusai, he said.


Cox Communications adds Z-HD6000 cameras for high-quality PATV 15 studio acquisition

Committed to providing top-caliber facilities and resources that empower community TV producers, Cox Communications Connecticut Public Access Channel 15 (PATV 15) strives to make the most of its budget with high-quality, long-lasting equipment. Rounding out its five-year HD upgrade plan spanning three studio facilities and a mobile production vehicle, the channel recently added three Z-HD6000 studio production cameras from Hitachi Kokusai to its existing complement of ten HITACHI Z-HD5000 cameras.

Cox Communications adds Z-HD6000 cameras for high-quality PATV 15 studio acquisition

PATV 15 has HITACHI Z-HD5000 cameras in the Manchester, Cheshire and Enfield facilities. With an HD-capable mobile vehicle on its way to replace its existing truck, they took the opportunity to update their Manchester studio while shifting those cameras to the field. We knew that we would be getting the new production truck, and we wanted to roll it out in HD, said Chris Giard, video engineer for Connecticut Public Affairs, Cox Northeast Region. We wanted HITACHI Z-HD6000s for our studio ever since we saw their phenomenal image quality at the NAB Show, so everything fell perfectly into place.

Supplied by systems integrator HB Communications, the Z-HD6000s have delivered the exceptional picture quality that PATV 15 expected even under challenging lighting. The signal-to-noise ratio is impeccable, explained Giard. We like to have our studio lit fairly low compared to many other studios, and the outstanding sensitivity of the cameras allows us to do so without bumping the gain up.

The reallocated Z-HD5000s have similarly brought superior quality to PATV 15s field productions. Our first HD production with the new truck was a 100th anniversary fire department parade, and the visual improvement was instantly obvious, Giard recalled. The cameras really, really shined that day.

PATV 15s overarching goal is to provide the best public access experience possible for its community, and the HITACHI cameras have been a key part of that success. Our users have come to expect a high quality of image output from our studio productions, summarized Giard. Producers have told us that what comes out of our studios looks amazing compared to other facilities. That right there tells me the investment was worth it, because our customers are seeing the value in the money we spent.


HITACHI Z-HD5000 and DK-Z50 cameras enhance The FLORIDA Channel

HITACHI Z-HD5000 and DK-Z50 cameras enhance The FLORIDA Channel

Legislative television service The FLORIDA Channel has purchased three Z-HD5000 HDTV cameras from Hitachi Kokusai to enable high-quality video acquisition for its studio productions. The new studio cameras join 26 HITACHI DK-Z50 box cameras installed earlier in the Capitol buildings chambers and committee rooms. Located in the state Capitol building in Tallahassee, The FLORIDA Channel is a public affairs programming service funded by the Florida Legislature and produced and operated by WFSU-TV, the PBS member station owned by Florida State University.

The FLORIDA Channel produces studio programs including live Capitol Update newscasts, the Florida Face to Face interview series, and Perspectives, which lets members of the Legislature introduce themselves and discuss their priorities. When the channel recently performed a total overhaul of its production studio  including a new set, new lighting, new teleprompters and more  they took the opportunity to also replace their decade-old cameras as part of the project.

HITACHI Z-HD5000 and DK-Z50 cameras enhance The FLORIDA Channel

The FLORIDA Channels selection of the Z-HD5000s was fueled by their satisfaction with the previously-installed DK-Z50 units. We were pleased with the signal quality that was produced by those box cameras, and we wanted that same level of quality for the studio, said Terry Longordo, chief engineer at WFSU-TV/The FLORIDA Channel. Everything on the Z-HD5000s matched what we were looking for.

I have been very happy with the performance and the quality we get from both the DKZ50 and Z-HD5000 cameras, he summarized. They have definitely brought up the quality of the programming we produce and send out to the public.


WKTV Elevates Live Newscast Quality with Hitachi HDTV Cameras

Outstanding picture quality, reliability and value make Hitachi DK-Z50 cameras an ideal station upgrade for TV newscast production.

WKTV Elevates Live Newscast Quality with Hitachi HDTV Cameras

When WKTV set out to enhance its live news production, they turned to Hitachi and the DK-Z50 HDTV box cameras.

Based in Utica, New York, WKTV has been an NBC affiliate for decades. The station is also affiliated with The CW, MeTV and CBS. WKTV produces over 30 hours of live newscasts every week and the newscasts are also streamed live.

Five Hitachi DK-Z50 cameras are deployed throughout the news studio, under the control of a Ross Overdrive automated production system. Four of the cameras are paired with Ross CamBot 500-Series robotic camera heads for unmanned operation. A fifth DK-Z50 in the newsroom is used for stand-ups with on-camera talent.

After seeing Hitachi cameras with Ross Overdrive at another station, Chief Engineer Tom McNicholl took a close look at the DK-Z50. He was impressed by the picture quality produced by the cameras high-performance 2/3 CCD imagers, 14-bit A to D conversion and advanced DSP.

WKTV Elevates Live Newscast Quality with Hitachi HDTV Cameras

The Hitachi DK-Z50 provides the picture quality we need to satisfy our viewers, while being economical enough to fit our budget, said McNicholl. Combining this great price-performance ratio with the positive experiences Id had with Hitachi cameras in the past, the DK-Z50 became the clear choice.

While Hitachis renowned support services were a factor in McNicholls decision, he has had no reason to take advantage of them with this latest deployment. Ive had great service from Hitachi in the past, but Ive had no need for their assistance with the DK-Z50s so far, as everythings working very well. The cameras have been stable and reliable, and the video they capture looks great. The HD upgrade of our newscasts has been well-received by our viewers, and the Hitachi cameras are a key part of that.


KUSI installs HITACHI Z-HD6000 Cameras

KUSI installs HITACHI Z-HD6000 Cameras

KUSI has deployed five Hitachi Z-HD6000 HD studio cameras to improve news production quality and operational flexibility.

Chief Engineer Fred Swift selected Hitachi to improve the visual quality of their news productions. The price-performance value and comprehensive feature set of the Z-HD6000 cameras were key considerations, but the picture quality really won them over.

Swift says, the Hitachi Z-HD6000 overall picture quality lets us achieve exactly the look we want. Its incredible how good the Z-HD6000 makes our talent look.

The Z-HD6000s wealth of built-in features not only helped us simplify wiring and power requirements, but also made the cameras very easy to integrate and deploy, explained Swift. The move to fiber connectivity has given us the production flexibility we needed. Its now much easier to move the cameras around our studio, often several times per hour.

In my opinion, any station looking to replace their older HD cameras should check out the Hitachi Z-HD6000, Swift concludes. The cameras provide excellent value, quality and performance, and are easy to install.