"The Ikegami HDK-99's 4K capabilities were what we were looking for," said Jeremy Noe, director of television production, University of Louisville Athletics.

MAHWAH, New Jersey: Preparing for the launch of the ESPN-owned ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) Network, the University of Louisville purchased 10 new Ikegami HDK-99 3G Full Digital 3-CMOS HDTV portable cameras.

Ikegami's HDK-99 3G Full Digital 3-CMOS HDTV portable camera

Ikegami's HDK-99 3G Full Digital 3-CMOS HDTV portable camera

"Camera selection was of paramount importance to us," said Jeremy Noe, director of television production, University of Louisville Athletics. "The imagery from the Ikegami HDK-99 is so clean and pure: It has a wide dynamic range that produces extreme clarity onscreen, and the colors really pop."

The successor to Ikegami's HDK-95C and the elite offering from the company's Unicam HD line, the HDK-99 utilizes three 2.6 megapixel high=performance CMOS image sensors capable of capturing full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution. Along with a wide dynamic range of more than 600%, the HDK-99 captures HDTV video with its horizontal resolution of 1000TVL, SNR of 62dB or more, and high sensitivity of F11 (59.94Hz).

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"The Ikegami HDK-99's 4K capabilities were what we were looking for," Noe said. "Now we have a clear expansion path to 4K, which will keep these cameras current for the next many years. When you see the 4K imagery of the HDK-99, it's amazing – it looks better on the monitor than in real life! We also take full advantage of the super slo-motion picture."

Jeremy Noe, director of television production, University of Louisville Athletics

Jeremy Noe, director of television production, University of Louisville Athletics

With dozens of sports to cover across 13 different venues at the University of Louisville, Noe acknowledged that "these cameras will take a beating. We're looking at 170 events over a 10-month period, and in Kentucky we get it all: snow, sun and even hurricanes. I fully expect these cameras to perform at their highest level for 10 years."

"Everything is at your fingertips with streaming, but people expect all content to look as good as a network broadcast," says Noe. "When the imagery you acquire is better going in, it's going to look better going out."

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