Ikegami GFCAM HD Camcorders Provide Efficient Workflow for Multimedia Producer

The Weather Network in Oakville, ON, has purchased four Ikegami tapeless GFCAM HDS-V10 Flash RAM HD camcorders for its video-production needs.

“Our video is not only used for The Weather Network TV platform; it’s also available on the Web, on mobile devices, and other multimedia sources, so workflow is of major importance to us,” says Kiko Grusecki, director of broadcast operations. The video is also used by MeteoMedia, the network’s French-language sister network in Montreal. “The Ikegami GFCAM will be a benefit for both networks because we will be taking our files, downloading them, and sending them to MeteoMedia as well.

“The first aspect we liked about the Ikegami GFCAM is that it’s a very robust and rugged broadcast-grade camcorder,” Grusecki adds. “The most important aspect to us, however, is the GFCAM’s file format. We have a file-based workflow and need to be able to move our files around easily. The file format of the Ikegami GFCAM helps us a lot because we can wrap and unwrap our files easily, and it is supported by all of our editing software, including Avid and Final Cut Pro.”

The GFCAM HDS-V10 camcorder records HD images using MPEG-2 compression and the MXF (Material eXchange Format) file wrapper. It can be outfitted with native 1080i or 720p CCD sensors.

Recording media consists of Flash-RAM contained within a rugged GFPak that includes a USB port and a high-speed S-ATA interface, both allowing instant access to GFCAM video from laptop or desktop editing systems. The GFPak is available in 64- and 128-GB versions.

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