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Astro Design’s new 8K camera solutions

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Astro Design has been making 8K cameras for a long time. We have covered quite a few of them previously on the site. Well, now they have an 8K 120p/60p Live Transmission System that is based around the AB-4815 camera. This camera is not new and it has been around since mid last year.

Astro Design also has a new 8K 60p camera called the AB-4831 which features a global shutter. The third 8K camera is an S35mm global shutter multi-purpose box-style camera that features an M4/3 mount.

These cameras have all been designed for live 8K transmission and outside broadcast applications. Japanese national broadcaster NHK has been using Astro Design cameras for quite some time and plenty of their cameras will be used to cover the 2020 Olympics if they go ahead this year.

AB-4831

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The AB-4831 is an 8K 60Hz camera that features a Super 35mm CMOS Sensor (24.576mm×13.824mm) with a global shutter.

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8K video at up to 60p can be output in real-time through four 12G-SDI outputs for use in live events such as stage performances and sports matches. Just like Canon’s prototype solution that we recently featured on the site, the AB-4831 has not been designed for 8K internal recording. This is a camera that has been specifically designed to be able to output 8K for live broadcasts.

The camera can be controlled externally by connecting a remote controller (RB-4816-2). It features a PL mount and Astro Design claims it has 11 stops of dynamic range.

AB-4831 Camera Specifications

ItemSpecifications
Image SensorSuper 35mm CMOS Sensor 24.576mm×13.824mm
Effective PixelsAbout 33 million pixels
ADC Bit Depth12-bit
ND Filter PositionClear, 1/4 ND, 1/16 ND, 1/64 ND
CC Filter Position3200K, 4400K, 5900K, CAP
Lens MountPL Mount
Latitude11 Stop
Electronic Shutter1/24~1/10000
Frame Frequency23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60Hz
Gain-3.0, +3, +6, +9, +12, +18dB
Gamma Curve・SDR (Dynamic Range 100, 200, 400, 600)
・HLG (Dynamic Range 100, 200, 250, 400)
・Log Gamma
Color GamutITU-R BT.2020, BT.709
Dimensions128(W)×150(H)×241(D)mm(Excluding Protrusions)

Input/Output Specifications

ItemSpecifications
8K/4K Output Connector
(Select from 8K/8K, 8K/4K, 4K/8K, 4K/4K)
BNC×8  12G-SDI×4 8K:50p, 59.94p, 60p
6G-SDI×4 8K:23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p, 30p
3G-SDI×4  4K:50p, 59.94p, 60p
4K/HD Output Connector
(Select from 4K/4K, 4K/HD, HD/4K, HD/HD)
BNC×212G-SDI 4K:50p, 59.94p, 60p
6G-SDI 4K:23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p, 30p
HD-SDI HD:23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p, 30p, 50i, 59.94i, 60i
Analog Audio ConnectorAudio IN XLR 3-pin (female)×2 (phantom power available)
・ Line Level (0dBu)
・ Mic Level (-60 dBu)
Headphone JackStereo mini jack×1
VF OUT ConnectorHIROSE multi-pole pin (+12V 1A Power)×1
TC ConnectorBNC×1
Genlock ConnectorBNC×1
MADI ConnectorBNC×1
Remote ConnectorHR10 12-pin round connector×1
Lens ConnectorHR10 12-pin round connector×1 (Lens serial interface Rev. 1.03 compliant)

AB-4830

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The AB-4830 is a fanless, lightweight (340g), compact 8K camera system that features an S35mm sized sensor with a global shutter.

The camera head is just 65mm×65mm, which makes it useful for 3D filming where two cameras need to be positioned side-by-side. The system consists of a camera head and a CCU. The captured video is output from the CCU in 8K in real-time over 12G-SDI outputs. The camera and CCU can be separated by up to 100 meters, making it possible to shoot from a remote location.

Specifications

Camera (AB-4830) Specifications

ItemSpecifications
Image SensorSuper 35mm CMOS Sensor
24.576mm×13.824mm
Effective PixelsAbout 33 million pixels
ADC Bit Depth12bit
Lens MountMicro Four Thirds Mount
Latitude11 Stop
Electronic Shutter1/24~1/10000
Frame Frequency59.94, 60Hz
Genlock Connector6-pin round connector×1
Dimensions65(W)×65(H)×80(D)mm(Excluding Protrusions)
Weight340g

Input/Output (AC-4829) Specifications

ItemSpecifications
8K Video Output8K Output 12G-SDI(SMPTE ST 2082-12)×1 (2 output distribution)
8K(7680×4320) YCBCR 4:2:2 59.94p/60p(2SI)
4K Video Output4K Down-conversion Output 12G-SDI(SMPTE ST 2082-12)×1
4K(3840×2160) YCBCR 4:2:2 59.94p/60p
4K Video Extraction Output 12G-SDI(SMPTE ST 2082-12)×1
4K(3840×2160) YCBCR 4:2:2 59.94p/60p
HD Video OutputHD Down-conversion Output 1.5G-SDI(SMPTE 292M)×1 (2 output distribution)
1920×1080 YCBCR 4:2:2 59.94i/60i
Remote ConnectorHR10 12-pin round connector×1
Dimensions210(W)×133(H)×370(D)mm(3U half-rack mount size/Excluding Protrusions)
Weight5 kg

8K 120p/60p Live Transmission System

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The Astro Design 8K 120p/60p Live Transmission System utilizes the AB-4815 camera head, DF-3516-A EVF, a 120p-compliant optical fiber transmission device, and a camera adapter base station to be able to broadcast 8K at up to 120p.

The AB-4815 camera head can output 8K 120p through eight 12G-SDI outputs.

Above you can see the workflows that are used for outputting 8K 120p/60p for live transmission and recording.

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Astro Design also has the HR-7518-A 8K SSD Recorder that can record up to 40 minutes of 8K 120p footage to a 4TB drive. This is likely to be used for instant replays.

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