July 5, 2013

Toshiba's 'Broadcast Enhanced' 3-CCD Remote Head Camera System IK-HD2 Announced by SeeSense

Toshiba IK-HD2 mini camSeeSense, the miniature camera imaging professionals based out of the UK and across Europe, have been providing cameras that get "big shots from small places" since 2010, and today they aim to make those shots even better, announcing the release of Toshiba's 3-CCD miniature camera, the IK-HD2. Like the existing and very popular IK-HD1, the HD2 is a remote head camera system that is ideal for broadcasting, sports, film and TV, medical and aerial videos, and a host of other uses. Toshiba has enhanced the new model by adding several new features to the CCU making it more "broadcast friendly". For specs and a list of these enhancements, hit the jump.

This is what SeeSense says about the new HD mini cam, the Toshiba IK-HD2:

This BBC approved camera delivers HD imagery from a remote compact camera head with 4 CCU cable length options from 3 to 30 metres [about 9.8 - 98.5 ft.] It is ideal for imaging objects in motion with sharp detail and little or no motion artifacts.

The system includes a lightweight and ultra compact 1/3” 3-CCD HD camera head, which outputs 1920 x 1080 (16:9 ratio) at 50fps, onscreen menu, and HD-SDi output. The "Broadcast Enhanced" IK-HD2 has the following new features:

  • Manual User mask setting for Auto-Shutter (exposure) and white balance
  • Black Gamma level set
  • Edge detail output - great for focus assist
  • Manual Red and Blue black balance adjust
  • SeeSense also offer a “IK-HD1 Image Improver” .

The IK-HD1 Image Improver is a special converter that improves "camera knee & clip function by reducing the knee point to around 85% and clip to just over 100% as well as providing several other enhancements."

Since the HD2 was only recently announced, I haven't been able to locate any videos. However, to get a general feel of what it is, how it works, and what it can do, check out these videos. Here, Paul Dempster of Toshiba gives us a rundown of the previous model, the IK-HD1, which is similar in construction as the IK-HD2.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVmOsfcx_NY

According to Creative Cow, the initial response from broadcast companies who have worked with the HD2 has been positive, saying that it works "straight from the box and is more straightforward to use than the already popular IK-HD1." They also mention that it's "intuitively simple to set up and superb HD images are obtainable as soon as it is plugged in."
The CCU on the HD2 is compatible with the existing IK-HD1H camera head, and it will also "integrate with many existing Remote Control Panels (RCP)."

For more info on the IK-HD2, head over to SeeSense's website.

What do you think? Have you ever worked with Toshiba's IK-HD1/HD2 before? Even though its use is generally for broadcasting, what uses could you find for the HD2 (as well as other remote head mini camera systems) on your indie film projects? Let us know in the comments.

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I'm sorry but that footage doesn't look any better than the GoPro3. Actually I'd argue the GP3 is better.....and more affordable.

July 5, 2013 at 6:35PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Skeptic

I disagree, lack of rolling shutter is a huge HUGE plus on this footage.

July 5, 2013 at 6:47PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Gabe

Well, even the last-generation version was apparently able to shoot 100 Mbps 4:2:2 footage, which puts it at a whole other level, in terms of post production, than even the GoPro Hero3 Black Edition. The tootage might not look any better, but it seems like the whole system is a bit more flexible, if not quite a bit more complicated as well.

July 5, 2013 at 9:47PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Blah

Speaking of new products, BlackMagic has a new 4k production switcher. It has four HDMI in, and four 4kSDI in. Just under $2000.00.

ATEM Production Studio 4K

http://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/atemproductionstudio4k/

July 5, 2013 at 9:45PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Gene

Another prestige item. It costs 22 times as much as a GoPro. It does make a fantastic picture. But the picture definitely is not 22 times better than a GoPro. I'd say serious professionals would use it. But serious professionals are already using GoPro.

The NHL Vancouver Canucks use GoPros:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uqGR_D_8lc

July 5, 2013 at 10:20PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Gene

To compare this cam with a gopro is ridiculous. This is a cam for broadcast envirement - this means, that you can completely remote it from an OB-truck. it has no rolling shutter issues since its a 3ccd. You can change lenses etc. The gopro is a nice little toy for amateurs or a crash-cam for pros.
I'm working with the IK HD1 for more than 5 years now and do every kind of tv-show in sports, events and stuff.

July 15, 2013 at 6:59AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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