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For-A debuts specialist 4K camera products

Japanese camera manufacturer For-A is debuting an extraction system that allows operators to frame and extract specified HD scenes at any size from 4K sources.

The 4K extraction system, dubbed ZE-ONE, allows users to zoom in or out of the 4K source via touch screen, and includes an embedded audio delay processor.

At NAB next week, For-A is also showing off a new version of its super slow motion camera FT-ONE 4K.

The updated camera offers fibre I/O connections built directly into the unit, making it easier when the production calls for it to be used a far distance away from the base station.

The FT-ONE employs For-A’s high-sensitivity CMOS colour sensor, FT1-CMOS, and plays back full 4K (4096×2160 pixels). One output channel can provide QFHD (four 1080p 3G-SDI) outputs, while the other output channel provides down-converted HD-SDI for live viewing and play back.

The FT-ONE captures images as uncompressed raw data on the system’s internal memory, which has a recording capacity of 9.4 seconds. This data is then stored on one of two hot-swappable SSD cartridges, each of which is capable of storing 84 seconds of full 4K resolution images at 900fps.

Also new for NAB is For-A’s URC-4000 super-resolution 4K up converter. The unit provides powerful up-conversion and turns HD video into 4K in realtime using original I/P and resolution conversion technology developed by For-A.

It will also premier VRCAM3, a sensor-less virtual studio system that uses 4K chroma keying technology. The VRCAM3 links computer graphics to camera motion by connecting it to a 4K camera. Using extracted 4K image areas, the Brainstorm rendering engine produces HD output in realtime.

Subsidiary Flovel will demonstrate an ultra high sensitivity HD digital camera. The FZ-B3 is a three CMOS version of Flovel’s popular FZ-B1 camera and is claimed that it “captures colourful images in a moonlight environment.”

By Adrian Pennington