Telecast’s CopperHead 3050 Targets ENG, SNG Market

Telecast Fiber Systems has launched CopperHead 3050, the newest member of the company’s CopperHead Series 3000 family of camera-mounted fiber optic transceivers. The CopperHead 3050 is specifically designed to meet the requirements of electronic news gathering (ENG) and satellite news gathering (SNG), enabling TV journalists to cover breaking news with the HD video and pristine audio over thousands of feet of lightweight and inexpensive tactical fiber cable.

The compact CopperHead 3050 Camera unit sandwiches instantly between the camera and professional battery system, such as Anton-Bauer or V-Mount, while the 1RU base station mounts in the truck. The system delivers uncompressed HD video and broadcast-quality audio from the camera, returning off-air video, intercom, and a powered IFB feed for the reporter that works with a standard IFB belt pack. In addition, a 10/100 Ethernet connection gives reporters a high-speed connection to their truck for routing to their newsroom computer system or the Internet.

The system uses Telecast’s lightweight TAC-series fiber optic cable, which is military spec and battlefield rated, to insure live shots don’t get interrupted by cable failures.

“Never before has it been so easy — or so cost-effective — for stations to cover the news in HD without the distance limitations, weight, or worry of copper cable. With this system, robust and reliable fiber optic connectivity is now practical and affordable for news gathering at stations of all sizes and budgets,” says Jim Hurwitz, director of product management for Telecast Fiber Systems. “The CopperHead 3050 demonstrates just how versatile our CopperHead Series 3000 is becoming, and why the CopperHead brand remains the industry leader in camera-mounted video transport solutions.”

Copperhead systems are available directly from Telecast Fiber Systems or via a network of authorized CopperHead dealers.

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