IBC 2018: IMT Vislink, Panasonic announce joint collaboration
By: Karen Hogan Ketchum, Senior Editor
Friday, September 14, 2018 - 8:29 am

IMT Vislink is showcasing its joint collaboration with Panasonic at IBC 2018 (stand 1.A69). IBC marks the first time this partnership, which pairs IMT Vislink’s external wireless HCAM camera system with the Panasonic studio camera range, will be on display. In addition, IMT Vislink is debuting its upgraded HCAM/ULRX platform. The latest HCAM transmitter improves latency to 1 frame on all formats, including 4K UHD.

With its recently announced software upgrade, Panasonic’s AK-UC4000 will include the capability for 4K output via one of the 12G-SDI outputs from the camera head. When combined with the updated IMT Vislink HCAM transmitter, the AK-UC3000, AK-HC5000 and AK-UC4000 will all allow full HD wireless video transmission, with 4K transmission using the UC4000.

“As a worldwide leader in the development of broadcast and studio wireless camera technologies, IMT Vislink is honored to be able to collaborate with Panasonic to bring this innovative product to the market,” says Dean Chettra, Global Channel Manager at IMT Vislink. “By joining together IMT Vislink’s recently updated HCAM wireless camera system with the latest firmware for Panasonic’s studio cameras, we are enabling an end-to-end video capture, transmission, and receiving workflow for various broadcast applications.”

IMT Vislink’s HCAM represents the next generation of HEVC 4K UHD wireless transmitters, supporting applications such as ENG and sports broadcasts. The HCAM, which comes with highly flexible and configurable mounting options and intuitive video interfaces, can be mounted to broadcast cameras, ENG cameras, and prosumer cameras broadening its market appeal.

The HCAM features interchangeable, futureproof dual SFP modules supporting quad 3/6/12G SDI/HDMI/Fiber Optic/SMPTE 2022-6 HD-SDI over IP interfaces as well as WiFi and Bluetooth control via a dedicated Android and iOS application.

“The ability to create a smooth workflow for live wireless broadcast is very important to our users,” says Stefan Hofmann, Sales Engineering Manager Live Operation (Pro-Av and Visual) at Panasonic. “By joining forces with IMT Vislink, we feel we have developed a high-performance, innovative wireless camera system that will take wireless broadcast applications to the next level. IMT Vislink’s HCAM’s user-interchangeable RF modules and a range of software options, continues the line of innovative, high-performance wireless camera systems from IMT Vislink.”

IMT Vislink is currently shipping its external wireless solutions for the AK-UC3000 and AK-UC4000. This is based on the existing HCAM transceiver unit, which supports HD and UHD on a switchable basis.