NAB 2011: Telecast Fiber Systems Intro SMPTE Cable Assemblies, Robotic Camera Links

At the 2011 NAB Show, Telecast Fiber Systems (C8925) will introduce a new line of SMPTE cable assemblies specifically designed for HDTV broadcasting. The heavy-duty, stainless steel assemblies offer quality, durable fiber connectivity between HD cameras and camera control units, in studio as well as outside broadcasting configurations.

“Our SMPTE assemblies feature the superior workmanship and outstanding quality that Telecast brings to all of our products,” said Steve DeFrancesco, VP and GM at Telecast Fiber Systems. “The combination of our new hybrid cable, terminated in our own U.S. factory with SMPTE 304M connectors, enables unparalleled resilience and long life in harsh environments.”

The new SMPTE cable assemblies are equipped with heavy-duty SMPTE 304M hybrid fiber connectors with solid stainless steel shells covered with a full-length rubber strain-relief boot to protect the connector from the rigors of outside broadcasting. The assemblies are fully backward-compatible with triple-plated brass connectors, and are rated for more than 20,000 mating cycles — a 50% increase over previous assemblies. Highly durable, the assemblies can survive a two-meter drop onto concrete.

The design is a direct result of new synergy between Telecast Fiber Systems and Belden, Telecast’s new corporate parent.

Next-Gen Robotic Camera Links
NAB will also mark the North American debut of Telecast Fiber Systems’ next-generation T-POV links for robotic cameras. Introduced last fall at IBC2010, the new T-POV family of fiber optic video/data transceiver modules delivers the same functionality of the company’s original HD/POV solutions plus the options of Ethernet control and ruggedized Mini-Mussel Shell field enclosures, at a lower price.

Telecast Fiber Systems’ T-POV modules allow remotely operated, robotic POV camera systems to be connected via fiber — enabling unique points of view and camera angles at sports venues and other locations in which human-operated cameras would not be feasible. The T-POV modules handle all of the signals typically required for POV cameras, including HD/SDI video, remote pan/tilt/zoom, camera control, and tri-level sync/genlock, audio and Tally/GPIs. Plus, the addition of Ethernet support permits use of Ethernet-controlled cameras and robotic heads.

In addition, the new T-POV modules offer a high-density solution for base stations by providing up to nine links in just 3RU. The new T-POV modules for the field are available in two housing options: traditional “Throwdowns” for permanent installations, or the new ruggedized Mini-Mussel Shell enclosures for harsh-environment field use. All camera units and base stations include integral optical power metering, informative system LED indicators, and an assortment of powering options.

In addition, the system now supports the option of powering the robotic camera and pan/tilt head via SMTPE hybrid fiber.

“The new T-POV modules deliver the industry’s most versatile and cost-effective POV camera control solution,” says Jim Hurwitz, director of product management and marketing at Telecast Fiber Systems. “Whether configured for permanent installation, or for the rigors of mobile outside production, the T-POV system gives broadcasters more flexibility than ever before for using fiber and remote cameras to capture unique and exciting images for their audiences. The solution is perfect for sports and remote broadcasting, but its lower price point also makes it ideal for applications in other areas such as security, education, and military.”

The T-POV units are available in over 136 different configurations, comprised of a variety of signal complements, fiber optic connectors, housings, and powered or unpowered capabilities.

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