Senate Studio To Add More Hitachi HDTV Cameras

The DK-H32 camera heads will be used to produce lawmakers’ teleconferences.
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The U.S. Senate Recording Studio, the in-house audio, video service provider for the Senate, is installing 18 new Hitachi HDTV camera heads that will be used to produce lawmakers’ teleconferences, says a written statement by the company.

The studio—which records senators’ teleconferences with fellow members of the Senate and with constituents in their home states—is having the 18 new Hitachi DK-H32 720p/60p compact HDTV camera heads installed as part of an effort to upgrade the video teleconferencing capabilities within U.S Senator’s offices, the statement says. Three of the cameras have been installed, and the remaining 15 are to be sent during November.

The latest Hitachi cameras would supplement two previous orders—38 DK-H32 cameras acquired between 2007 and 2010; and 18 DK-H31 HDTV cameras acquired between 2006-2007—that set the total number of Hitachi 720p/60p cameras at 74. The Hitachi HD cameras are outfitted with either a Fujinon A20x8.6BEMD SD lens with 8.6-172mm focal length or a Fujinon A42x9.7BERD telephoto lens with 9.7-410mm focal length. Both SD lens models are equipped with 2x extenders to increase their zoom range.

The video teleconference and mobile video production upgrade is an on-going project being managed by K2 Audio—a systems integration firm in Boulder, Colo. that has provided audio/video systems integration services to the Senate and U.S. House of Representatives—with the help of General Communications, a Virginia-based systems integrator, and with many video equipment suppliers.

“We’re extremely pleased that the U.S. Senate Recording Studio has placed another order for our DK-H32 and DK-H31 HD broadcast quality cameras,” said Sean Moran, for Hitachi Kokusai Electric America, Ltd’s vice president of sales. “We value our long-term relationship with the U.S. Senate Recording Studio and the confidence and trust they place in our products and services.”