Ikegami Electronics: RaceTech buys HDK-55 cameras13 September 2014
Specialist horse-racing outside broadcast facility RaceTech has bought Ikegami HDK-55 cameras as part of its continuing HD upgrade. The initial order is for 18 complete HDK-55 camera chains, including triax adapters and base stations, plus OCP-300 control panels.
“The decision was not only based on Ikegami performance, though this was a key factor, but also on the long-term support and warranties that were offered. Many of our courses are triax equipped so we needed the option of running the cameras over long and often unreliable triax cable. Longer term, the courses will be upgraded to fibre, and these cameras will allow us to phase this change in as it happens, whilst still easily allowing courses on triax to use the same cameras,” said Nic Christodoulou, RaceTech’s director of engineering and technical operations.
RaceTech provides OB facilities for Racing UK, Channel 4 and racecourses throughout the UK, delivering more than 700 broadcasts each year, 60% of which are currently HD.
“Six of the 18 cameras have been delivered with SE-H750 system expanders, which convert the portable camera into a full-facility studio camera,” added Mark Capstick, general manager, Ikegami Electronics UK.