Telecast Fiber Copperhead Ships With Neutrik opticalCON Fiber Connectors

Telecast Fiber Systems’s CopperHead line of patented fiber optic video systems will now ship with Neutrik’s economical opticalCON optical fiber connectors. The Neutrik connectors will enable Telecast to offer its customers broader connectivity across the CopperHead product range and even greater economies for mobile productions.

The CopperHead is the world’s first camera-mountable transceiver with the ability to multiplex all of a camcorder’s input and output signals onto a single durable and lightweight fiber optic cable. Going forward, the opticalCON connectors will be available for all models of the CopperHead, Telecast’s patented family of camera-mounted multiplexing solutions. The CopperHead Infinity Digital Media Camcorder (DMC), a camera-mounted fiber optic transceiver for the Thomson Grass Valley™ Infinity camcorder, is the first product in the CopperHead line to ship with the opticalCON connectors.

The Neutrik opticalCON connector offers a number of innovations for CopperHead users. It features a heavy-duty cable retention scheme and an automatically self-sealing shutter that protects the fiber connection from dirt and other contaminants. Equipped with copper contacts as well as two fiber connectors, the opticalCON can be used with hybrid cables, transporting all camera signals while providing remote low-voltage powering of the camera. When local power is available for the camera, the connector also can be used with Telecast’s “TAC”-seriesTM tactical fiber cable, the industry standard for lightweight, long-distance fiber optic cables for the harshest ENG and teleproduction environments.

“Telecast is a recognized leader in the broadcast industry for high-performance fiber optic systems, so it is indeed an honor for us to be selected as part of the CopperHead solution,” explains Christian Ganahl, product manager for Neutrik fiber products. “Telecast’s selection of our opticalCON connectors is a real validation of Neutrik’s own technological excellence in the field of fiber interconnection products and is a further step to standardize audio and video fiber networks.”

“Telecast is proud to be teaming with a company that exemplifies high performance in broadcast connectivity,” says Richard Cerny, president of Telecast Fiber Systems. “The inclusion of the opticalCON connectors with the CopperHead gives our customers a real win-win. Now, they have an even more cost-effective solution for getting the most out of their investment in mobile fiber optic transmission equipment and cameras.”

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