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Live Special Shot at Manhattan Center’s Grand Ballroom in NYC with HDK-97ARRI Cameras,
Which Combine A Large Format Super 35MM CMOS Sensor in an Ikegami Unicam HD Camera

MAYWOOD, NJ – July 11, 2016: The intricate art form of tattooing was celebrated recently with the Season 7 finale of “Ink Master,” the highly competitive Spike TV program. Broadcasting live from Manhattan Center Productions (MCP), the show’s producers specified the rich detail that only the Ikegami HDK-97ARRI Super 35mm Format Camera can provide.

pioneering marriage of technology between two recognized industry leaders, Ikegami and ARRI, the HDK-97ARRI is a broadcast-style production camera with digital cinema characteristics. It’s extremely precise image quality made it ideal for the “Ink Master” finale, an action-packed event which saw three elite finalists battling for the title of Season 7 champion. Facing a celebrity judge panel, Anthony Michaels of Tucson, AZ was named the winner of the “Ink Master” crown and a $100,000 prize.

“Our four Ikegami HDK-97ARRI’s have been an outstanding addition to Manhattan Center Productions’ inventory,” says Marvin Williams, Director of Video Engineering and Operations for MCP. “Its large-format sensor was perfect for ‘Ink Master,’ with so many subtle nuances of the contestants’ work that had to be communicated to the viewing audience. The HDK-97ARRI has a shallow depth of field that provides an extremely sharp image in the front, with a slightly softer look behind that which is very pleasing to the eye.”

The HDK-97ARRI makes it possible to employ a large format sensor in multiple camera operation, resulting in a “best of both worlds” image acquisition system ideal for use in studio and field applications. Centered around ARRI’s Super 35mm CMOS sensor with its associated support circuitry, the system provides such cinematic qualities as shallow depth-of-focus, exceptional dynamic range, and progressive frame rates like 23.98p. Meanwhile, full control of the Ikegami video processing DSP provides real time camera matching and optimization, and broadcast-grade distribution is enabled with the latest in Ikegami technology, via fiber transmission using up to 2 km SMPTE hybrid fiber/copper camera cable. To complement the outstanding dynamic range and SNR of the Arri optical block, the video processing includes a Custom Gamma feature for high dynamic range HDR applications.

MCP’s acquisition of four HDK-97ARRI cameras this year added to its existing inventory of over 25 Ikegami cameras, reinforcing the facility’s reputation as one of New York City’s most versatile media production complexes.

Ikegami is a leading supplier of high quality professional broadcast equipment. The Ikegami name is recognized globally for its state-of-the-art television cameras, Medical cameras and CCTV equipment. World-class CMOS imagery, 4K and 8K techonolgy, multi-format flexibility, and unparalleled customer support define the Ikegami experience for users in broadcast, sports venues, mobile production, houses of worship, education, corporate and many more applications.

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