Ikegami Tsushinki and Toshiba Unveil Advanced Total Tapeless Acquisition and Production/Editing System at NAB2007



    Tapeless Digital System With Flash Memory Supports Workflow Innovation
and Productivity From Image Acquisition to Archiving

    LAS VEGAS, April 16 /CNW/ - Ikegami Tsushinki Co., Ltd (Booth #C4226) and
Toshiba Corporation (Booth #SL1405) today unveiled details of their strategic
partnership under which the two companies will jointly develop and promote an
advanced video production/editing system for broadcasters and video
professionals.

    At a press conference on the opening day of NAB2007, the National
Association of Broadcasters' annual convention, the two companies disclosed
the key concept and components of the new video production/editing system,
including its use of semiconductor flash memory as the main storage medium.

    With the transition to digital, high-definition broadcasting now
gathering pace, video production professionals increasingly require highly
capable, integrated solutions that seamlessly connect all parts of the video
production workflow, from news acquisition in the field, through editing and
archiving, to feeding edited programs to transmission platforms. The advanced
system promoted by Ikegami and Toshiba brings ideal solutions to all of these
processes. It offers a superior storage platform based on open standards, and
delivers enhanced levels of productivity and innovation throughout the video
broadcast workflow.

    Commenting on the significance of the partnership, Masaki Matsubara,
President and CEO of Ikegami, said: "We look forward to promoting innovation
in the broadcasting industry by working closely with Toshiba. The combination
of our expertise in video production fields with Toshiba's wide-ranging
experience and technological excellence in broadcasting systems, especially
master control facilities for broadcasters, transmitters, and play-out
servers, plus its advanced semiconductor flash memory technologies, promises
an ideal partnership."

    Shunichi Kimura, Corporate Vice President and President and CEO of
Toshiba's Social Infrastructure Systems Company, also remarked: "Our alliance
with Ikegami, an industry leader in professional cameras, reinforces our
efforts to strengthen Toshiba's position in the global broadcasting industry.
We look forward to providing broadcasters and production companies with high
value solutions."

    Product Concept

    The collaboration between Ikegami and Toshiba blends each company's
expertise to bring new levels of workflow innovation to all stages of video
production. The total system comprises the "GFCAM"(1) Hybrid Tapeless Camera;
"GFSTATION"(2), an entirely new central video management and recording system
based on flash memory; and "GFSTATION PORTABLE,"(3) a portable version of
GFSTATION. All image and sound data are recorded to "GFPAK"(4), a removable
medium that can be used with all system components. The network connectivity
of all system elements creates a highly efficient, highly productive tapeless
environment.

    Note 1: GFCAM, the newest member of the Editcam family, combines
Ikegami's unsurpassed image quality and flash memory technologies. GFCAM is a
development code name.

    Notes 2, 3, 4: GFSTATION, GFSTATION PORTABLE, and GFPAK are all
development code names.

    1. Flash Memory Solution

    (1) GFPAK

    The new system's main removable storage medium, GFPAK, used with the
GFCAM, GFSTATION and GFSTATION PORTABLE, is based on semiconductor flash
memory. Flash memory offers distinct advantages over optical disc-based and
other solutions: with no moving parts, it is rugged, highly impact- and
vibration-resistant, and maintenance is easier and much cheaper; it is also a
long-life, semi-permanent medium, supporting rewrite cycles in the order of
tens of thousands, another significant factor in reducing running costs. GFPAK
also integrates proprietary technologies and enhanced error protection that
protect data integrity, and supports high-speed random access that boosts
working efficiency.

    A single GFPAK can store up to 128 minutes of HD images, affording ample
recording time when used in the field.

    Depending on the application, an alternative hard disc drive based memory
pack is also available. Both the flash-based and HDD packs have the same
profile and interface and are completely interchangeable in system components.

    2. Workflow Innovation

    (1) Multitasking with GFSTATION

    The GFSTATION is a multi-task platform built around high capacity
internal flash memory. It is the home for video sources transferred via a
network to a non-liner editor, an import terminal for uploads from external
sources, and an IN/OUT editor supporting instant direct editing during file
transfer from a GFPAK. IN/OUT editing is also possible during recording, via
the GFSTATION's front-panel or its universal controller.

    (2) Meta Data and Proxy Data Solutions

    As the GFCAM records high resolution image data, it also simultaneously
records proxy video and other meta data. Proxy video, a low resolution MPEG 4
mirror of the high resolution image and sound, has the same timecode as the
original, and can be quickly delivered over a network, or accessed on
location, for initial viewing and to support scripting and editing. By
recording INPUT/OUTPUT points set by a PC, replay of materials according to
these points is easily done either on GFSTATION or GF STATION PORTABLE. Other
meta data recorded during acquisition supports workflow efficiency by logging
all key facts on the shoot -- the date, location, program name and equipment
used.

    3. Open Solutions

    Every component of the system is built around open standards, including
such codecs and formats as MPEG2 Long GOP/I-Frame and MXF. This approach
supports broadcasters and production companies in making a gradual transition
from existing systems to a new tapeless environment, and also facilitates
interoperability with diverse third-party equipment and systems. Ikegami and
Toshiba will draw on this open standard approach in forging partnerships with
developers of non-linear editors.

    Key Specifications

    The main specifications of key component equipment are detailed below.
Ikegami and Toshiba are proceeding with their joint development of the system,
targeting commercialization in April 2008. In order to fully reflect specific
requirements from the broadcasting industry, the companies will now start to
propose the system in major markets, starting with the United States and Japan
and then other markets.

    Hybrid Tapeless Camera GFCAM (Suggested List Price: US$25,000)

    --  2/3 inch, 3 image sensors

    --  HD 1080i/720p format support

    --  MPEG2 LONG/I Frame Multi-codec

    --  4:2:2 digital component recording

    --  MXF file recording

    --  NTSC or PAL MPEG2 recording

    --  Retro Loop function, Time-lapse function, Intelligent Recording

    --  Freeze Mix function

    --  Thumbnail display

    Flash memory-based recorder GFSTATION (Suggested List Price: US$45,000)

    --  128GB(4hour/HD 50Mbps) internal memory

    --  HD 1080i/720p format support

    --  MPEG2 Long/I-Frame Multi-codec

    --  Up-converter/Down-converter for playback

    --  Color LCD monitor installed

    --  Thumbnail display

    --  JOG & SHUTTLE dial provided

    --  MXF file transfer

    --  IN/OUT editing

    --  Playlist delivery

    Portable Recorder, GFSTATION PORTABLE (Suggested List Price: US$18,000)

    --  Compact half-rack size

    --  HD 1080i/720p format support

    --  MPEG2 Long/ I-Frame Multi-codec

    --  Up-converter/Down-converter for playback

    --  Color LCD monitor installed

    --  Thumbnail display

    --  JOG & SHUTTLE dial provided

    --  IN/OUT editing

    Removable Media GFPAK (Suggested List Price: US$950 for 32GB version;
US$350 for 120GB HDD version)

    --  16GB/32GB/64GB NAND Flash Memory Pack

    --  120GB Hard Disk Pack

    --  High-speed transfer based on the S-ATA standard

    Press contacts:

    
    Ikegami Tsushinki Co., Ltd.
    Sales & Marketing Department
    tel: 81-3-5748-2216
    info_e@ikegami.co.jp

    Ikegami Electronics (U.S.A.), Inc.
    Teri Zastrow: tel: 201-368-9171 tzastrow@ikegami.com
    Brian McKernan: tel: 516-829-0404 bmckernan@marcommgroup.com

    Toshiba Corporation (Japan)
    Corporate Communications Office
    tel: 81-3-3457-2105
    http://www.toshiba.co.jp/contact/media.htm
    




For further information:

For further information: Toshiba Corporation (Japan) Keisuke Ohmori,
81-3-3457-2105 Corporate Communications Office
http://www.toshiba.co.jp/contact/media.htm or Ikegami Electronics (U.S.A.),
Inc. Teri Zastrow, 201-368-9171 tzastrow@ikegami.com Brian McKernan,
516-829-0404 bmckernan@marcommgroup.com

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