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Hitachi Kokusai to Unveil New High-Speed, Slow-Motion, Multi-Format Camera at 2016 NAB Show

Cost-effective SK-HD1300-HS makes high-quality, slow-motion acquisition accessible to broader range of sports productions

Woodbury, NY, April 11, 2016 — Hitachi Kokusai Electric America Ltd. (Hitachi Kokusai) will unveil the new SK-HD1300-HS high-speed, slow-motion HDTV camera at the upcoming 2016 NAB Show, taking place April 18-21 in Las Vegas. Ideal for both studio and field production, the cost-effective SK-HD1300-HS provides outstanding picture fidelity at up to triple speed for exceptional slow-motion quality in demanding live sports applications. Exhibiting in booth C4309 at the show, Hitachi Kokusai will also introduce an array of new accessories for its comprehensive HD camera range.

The SK-HD1300-HS 2.6 million pixel, 2/3-inch, MOS sensors combine with Hitachi Kokusai's advanced digital signal processing technology to deliver superior image quality with low noise, outstanding sensitivity, accurate color reproduction and exceptional dynamic range. Paired with new Hitachi Kokusai SMPTE Optical Fiber Camera adapters and Camera Control Units, the camera outputs superb slow-motion video compatible with popular slow-motion servers from third-party partners. Maximizing flexibility while minimizing external equipment requirements, the new CCU can simultaneously output both normal-speed and slow-motion images simultaneously.

“Slow-motion video is an integral part of today’s sports productions around the world,” said Sean Moran, COO and Vice President of Sales, Hitachi Kokusai Electric America. “Maximizing the picture quality of those sequences depends on pristine acquisition, but the expensive costs of previous high-end, slow-motion cameras had limited their adoption. With the SK-HD1300-HS, we’re making high-caliber, slow-motion image capture affordable for a broader range of production companies, outside broadcast trucks and sporting events.”

Continuing Hitachi Kokusai’s hallmarks of outstanding performance and rich functionality, the SK-HD1300-HS includes powerful image adjustment tools and userfriendly features including advanced color correction, adaptive skin tone detail processing, black stretch, Ultra-Gamma response, focus assist, recallable scene and lens files, Real-time Lens Aberration Correction (RLAC) and much more. Like other Hitachi Kokusai’s cameras, the SK-HD1300-HS camera system can be controlled over a TCP/IP network using Hitachi Kokusai’s remote control and setup control units, and is compatible with Ross Video’s DashBoard open network control and monitoring platform.

Hitachi Kokusai’s new accessory introductions are led by the CU-HD1300FT multiformat (1080p/1080i/720p) Fiber/Triax camera control unit. The dual-purpose CU-HD- 1300FT offers both optical fiber connectivity and Hitachi Kokusai’s advanced triax system, which features ultra-low-latency H.264 codec technology and multilevel digital modulation for long-distance triax transmission of high bit-rate signals.

Also new is the VF-L20HD high-resolution, two-inch color LCD viewfinder. The VFL20HD’s built-in heater reduces display lag in lower-temperature environments. A new black-body variant of the SA-1000 Studio Adapter, which enables the use of large box or bayonet-type lenses with SK-series cameras, will also be unveiled.