Ikegami Tapeless Camcorders Hit Philippines

ABS-CBN, the Philippine-based global multi-media conglomerate (with bureau locations in Asia Pacific, Australia, Canada, Europe, Japan, the Philippines, the Middle East, and the USA), has purchased 75 Ikegami GFCAM HDS-V10 tapeless Flash RAM HD camcorders to deploy in its Philippine news network. This large-scale commitment to GFCAM makes ABS-CBN the latest production entity to adopt Ikegami’s tapeless HD production solution, following such organizations as the Univision Television Group, Canada’s Weather Network, Tulsa’s KGEB-TV, and Boston College. ABS-CBN has specified use of Ikegami’s GFCAM HDS-V10 tapeless Flash RAM HD camcorders for ENG, current affairs, and documentary-program production.

“The GFCAM was chosen for the superiority of its SD and HD images, the durability of the camera, and Ikegami’s excellent technical support,” explains Danton Wieneke, Head of Engineering, News and Current Affairs for ABS-CBN. “When it comes to imagery we love its wide latitude, and its super knee feature,” remarks Boying Palileo, Head of News Camera Operations.

The GFCAM is a rugged, broadcast-grade ENG camcorder that employs three advanced 2/3-inch AIT CCD’s and is available in native 1080i or 720p versions. The GFCAM records HD images in MXF-compliant MPEG-2 50Mbps Long GOP or 100Mbps I-Frame Only, now in a variety of frame rates, including 60i, 24p, 25p, and 30p.

The Ikegami GFCAM employs GFPAK media, a removable Flash-RAM pack with up to 128GB capacity, a high-speed S-ATA interface, and a convenient USB port for instant access to file-based video from laptop or desktop edit systems. Users can also choose Ikegami’s new CF ADAPTOR, a GFPAK-style cartridge that can be loaded with affordable, off-the-shelf CompactFlash (CF) Type I media for “plug-and-play” use.

“The ease of accessing CF media provides workflow flexibility in the field,” Rupert Ambil, Head of News Field Operation for ABS-CBN, notes. “CF cards are great because they’re readily available anywhere in the world we may be deployed.”

Ikegami’s ongoing commitment to customer service was a crucial factor in making GFCAM HDS-V10 tapeless Flash RAM HD camcorders the right choice for ABS-CBN. “The engineers have been great these past years supporting our other Ikegami cameras,” Danton Wieneke concludes. “We expect this to continue.”

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