SUNY Oswego Upgrades to HD With Ikegami HC-HD300 Cameras
Broadcast students arrive at the State University of New York (SUNY) Oswego eager to work on the set, and their school is ready with a program that hits the ground running. The university specified three new Ikegami HC-HD300 Affordable CMOS Camera Systems to spearhead their recent HD upgrade, ensuring that productions are created with world-class tools.
“This is a hands-on facility – students have the opportunity to use our studios and equipment right from the start,” says Patrick Moochler, Chief Broadcast Engineer for SUNY Oswego. “Providing them with immediate exposure to all elements of a broadcast studio gives our students a huge advantage in discovering what they want to do in their careers.”
“I’ve always known that Ikegami makes the best quality picture out there,” Moochler continues. “The Ikegami HC-HD300 has superior imagery to anything else available in the price range. The way it captures video, using CMOS technology, has really transformed what we can teach our students.”
The school’s three Ikegami HC-HD300 cameras are in the main studio within SUNY Oswego’s Lanigan Hall, where students have a “blank canvas” to pitch content ideas that they produce upon approval. “They’re constantly working with the Ikegami cameras to learn what camera positions and techniques work best,” notes Moochler. “Ease-of-use was a primary consideration for us, and the controls of the HC-HD300 give students the access they need to visualize everything properly and adjust what they’re seeing. It gives me another way to teach.”
For Moochler and his team, which included reseller AV Corporation, Ikegami’s famed customer service has lived up to its reputation. “Their support is unparalleled,” says Moochler. “Whenever I’ve called tech support, I get it quickly – that’s in contrast to a lot of other manufacturers that keep you hopping around with different phone numbers and different people.”
A highly flexible, docking style camera that represents Ikegami’s most affordable HD studio camera system, the HC-HD300 is ready for the studio or field. It features a newly-developed 2.5 million pixel 1/3-inch 3-CMOS optical block design, in keeping with the outstanding imagery and same rugged construction of the broadcast-ready Unicam HD line.
Ideal for broadcast TV stations, as well as educational, corporate and house of worship applications, the highly versatile Ikegami HC-HD300 also works in conjunction with a camera control system consisting of the FA-300 Fiber Adapter and BSF-300 Base Station, utilizing OpticalCON DUO connectors and SMPTE hybrid fiber/copper camera cable.
With the Ikegami HC-HD300, SUNY Oswego has found the HD camera that’s optimal for their students, faculty, and budget. “We have to make smart decisions about our equipment that balance performance, value, and duration of use,” Patrick Moochler says. “Ikegami fit the bill perfectly – the HC-HD300 was hands down the right choice.”