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Hitachi Kokusai Electric America, Ltd., (Woodbury, N.Y.), a provider of affordable, high performance cameras, announced in January that five new Hitachi SK-HD1000 multi-standard, multiformat studio/field cameras have been installed at Rutgers University Stadium to produce game-day entertainment, including live HD video of game action and spectators for big screen HD display.
The stadium, located on the Busch campus of Rutgers University (Piscataway, N.J.), seats more than 52,000 fans of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, football team. The cameras, which are outfitted with Fujinon HD lenses, were first used at the Rutgers vs. University of Cincinnati game on Sept. 7, 2009. All five cameras produce superior quality live 1080i HD video for display on a new Daktronics video scoreboard, which—at 38-feet high by 112-feet wide—is one of the largest at any NCAA football stadium.
“The Hitachi cameras produce outstanding picture quality that looks truly spectacular when magnified on the jumbo screen,” said Jim Signorini, a Sussex, N.J.-based media consultant and systems integrator. Signorini was contracted by Rutgers University to design and install the new HD video infrastructure at the stadium.
“In my experience with the Hitachi SK-HD1000 cameras, I’ve found them to be an excellent value compared to the top broadcast cameras on the market, and very reliable in all types of weather and lighting conditions,” he said. At Rutgers stadium, two of the cameras are used as handhelds while the other three are fixed on tripods.
The HD video infrastructure upgrade is part of a $102 million capital investment made during 2008 and 2009 by Rutgers University to expand the stadium. Besides expanding stadium seating and amenities, the capital investment enabled Rutgers stadium to convert from analog to digital high definition, including the cameras, Hitachi camera control units, a fiber optic network, and the Daktronics video scoreboard. It also included the design and integration of a native 1080i HD video control room in the stadium press box that houses an Echolab HD switcher, Click Effects CrossFire and Flashback for graphics and instant replays, plus two Avitech multiviewer systems that display eight video sources on each of two 52-inch LCD monitors.