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Hitachi Delivers Two SK-3020P HD Studio Cameras And One DK-H32 HD Remote Box Camera To OLC Education And Conference Center

WOODBURY, NEW YORK, June 23, 2008 – OLC Education and Conference Center, a state-of-the-art meeting and training facility in Rosemont, IL, recently purchased two Hitachi SK-3020P HDTV studio cameras and one DK-H32 HDTV robotic remote box camera providing clients an outstanding source for high definition studio production. The cameras were sold through Hitachi dealer ROSCOR, based in Mount Prospect, IL.

Formerly known as Orthopaedic Learning Center (OLC), the facility hosts doctors from around the world who convene to observe prominent surgeons perform open and arthroscopically assisted orthopedic surgery demonstrations and other advanced surgical procedures.

During these surgical demonstrations in OLC’s HD studio, the Hitachi DK-H32 is positioned on a 10-foot jib arm that extends directly above the operating table enabling viewers to see over the surgeon’s shoulder at the work he or she is performing, while keeping close-ups in focus. The two SK-3020P HDTV studio cameras dolly around the operating table to capture the entire presentation and surgical procedure. The 1080i presentations can be viewed on large HD LCD displays in OLC’s Bioskills Lab, lecture rooms, and classrooms. OLC can also conduct realtime, two-way video conferences with other facilities worldwide, as well as broadcast via satellite or Internet to global audiences.

“The superior, crisp picture quality produced by these Hitachi HD cameras is the key to giving OLC trainees a clear, detailed view of the surgical site, the surgeon’s hands and the instruments used to operate within the human body,? said Donald Kornfeind, production operations director for Showmaker Media, in Bolingbrook, IL.

Besides designing and managing the facility’s upgrade to HD, Kornfeind also provides system operation management service for his client. Video signals from the Hitachi cameras, as well as fluoroscopes, x-rays, remote video cameras and other imaging devices, are electronically routed with a QuStream (PESA) HD router, switched on a Ross Synergy 1.5 ME HD video switcher, and recorded in multiple formats including: 1080i, DVCProHD, JPEG2000, SDI, DVCam, and MPEG2 and 4.

“The Hitachi HD cameras are precise and reliable. They have successfully met and exceeded our expectations in this demanding application,? Kornfeind added. Prior to purchasing the new HD cameras, Kornfeind evaluated HD cameras from Sony, Ikegami, and Hitachi. He selected the Hitachi cameras based upon their impressive picture quality and feature set for the price, as well as his own positive experiences using Hitachi cameras while working as a freelance cameraman earlier in his career.

“We originally planned to buy two Hitachi SK-3010P cameras, but during the ordering process, the new SK-3020P Series became available,? Kornfeind said. “Hitachi gave us an automatic upgrade to the newer camera model.?

About OLC Education and Conference Center

Founded in 1995, OLC Education and Conference Center, in Rosemont, IL, has hosted training seminars and lectures at its facility which features an HD production studio with control room, a lab with 25 workstations and individual HD monitors, and two networked lecture rooms featuring multimedia large screen projection, both accommodating up to 64 participants. OLC, which supports closed circuit, satellite, and videoconference broadcasting, upgraded from analog to all-digital 1080i HD in February 2007. Located five minutes from O’Hare Airport in Chicago, OLC recently broadened its reach to encompass the meeting and training needs of a wide range of corporate/industrial companies. For more information, visit www.orthopaediclearningcenter.org

About Don Kornfeind

Don is the production operations director at Showmaker Media, in Bolingbrook, Illinois. Providing creative direction and technical solutions required for program development, production execution, and program delivery. Serving broadcast, production company, and corporate media markets. For more information, please call (630) 679-1450 or visit the Showmaker Media web site at http://www.showmakers.org

About Hitachi

Hitachi Kokusai Electric America, Ltd. designs, manufacturers and markets video cameras, digital transmission, processing and recording devices for the broadcast television, cable, video production, and industrial vision markets. For more information, please call (516) 921-7200 or visit Hitachi’s web site at http://www.hitachikokusai.us. Hitachi Kokusai Electric, Inc., is a Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT) group company.

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