Clemson Athletics Gears Up for New ACC Television Network With Panasonic AK-HC5000 High-Speed Camera Systems

Clemson University, home to the reigning college football champions, is refreshing its fleet of production cameras with AK-HC5000 4X high-speed 1080p camera systems. Already equipped with two HC5000s, the Clemson University Athletics Department will take incremental delivery of additional cameras, all in full studio configuration.

According to Assistant Athletic Director/Video and Technology Rick Bagby, the investment in the HC5000s to cover live sporting events is a linchpin of Clemson’s ramp-up for the debut of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) linear television network in 2019. (When the new ACC Network—a partnership with ESPN-- launches, it will feature 450 exclusive live events, including 40 regular-season football games and more than 150 men's and women's basketball games.)

The fast, high-resolution HC5000, capable of high-speed output up to 1080/239.76p, incorporates new 2/3” 2.2M 3-CMOS sensors with high sensitivity (F11/2000lx), low noise (S/N 60dB+), and resolution measured at 1100 TV lines. The HC5000’s system components include the AK-UCU500 CCU, which provides power up to 6600 feet over standard SMPTE fiber along with IP streaming video feature; the AK-HRP1000 Remote Operation Panel, featuring PoE+ power and PTZ camera control capabilities; and AK-HVF100 9-inch, Full-HD LCD viewfinder. Each of Clemson’s HC5000s will be fully configured with these components.

“When I tested out the HC5000 on campus after NAB2016, I did not have high expectations for the 240fps capability, but I have to say, it’s fantastic,” said Bagby. “Set-up is extremely easy—it looks great and it works great.”

“The other outstanding asset is the camera’s ability to send/receive audio, which really facilitates live interviews,” he added.

Until the ACC Network launch, Bagby will continue to produce live sports coverage for digital channel ACC Network Extra with the HC5000s. The cameras are available to cover events in eight campus athletic facilities. Bagby shoots 1080p, and live video is transmitted back to a central production studio via single mode fiber.

Clemson Athletics also has a VariCam HS (high-speed) camera/recorder that is utilized for “non-live” field production.

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About the AK-HC5000 High-Speed Camera System
The AK-HC5000, capable of high-speed output up 1080/239.76p, incorporates new 2/3” 2.2M 3-CMOS sensors with high sensitivity (F11/2000lx), low noise (S/N 60dB+), and resolution measured at 1100 TV lines. Features encompass Advanced Focus Assist Functions, shockless Gain (-3~36dB), a User Gamma setting, Black Gamma Correction tracking pedestal, multi-step Digital Noise Reduction (DNR), reduced skew and, Dynamic Range Stretch (DRS) and Chromatic Aberration Compensation (CAC). 

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