NAB 2016: Vislink Claims World-First With Wireless 4K/UHD System
Vislink has announced its new lightweight 4K/UHD video-encoder system, providing broadcasters with what it says is the world’s first end-to-end wireless 4K/UHD live-video solution. The UltraLite module is specifically designed and optimized for integration with existing 4K/UHD cameras, allowing customers to quickly and cost-effectively upgrade.
“Broadcasters want to offer high-quality live 4K/UHD video content using wireless cameras to enhance their coverage of live events, such as sports and concerts,” says Ali Zarkesh, VP, product management, Vislink. “We know that being wireless creates new and different points of view for the audience and allows the cameraperson flexibility when capturing action shots from different moving points. It allows the viewer to really be there, and now they can do all that with UHD”
Vislink’s 4K/UHD wireless video-camera system provides broadcasters with a simple upgrade path if they want to move to a 4K/UHD wireless live solution. They can easily upgrade their existing camera with the small, lightweight attachment that mounts onto a variety of 4K/UHD cameras and, with the UltraDecoder (on the receive side), they can use their existing wireless.
At NAB 2016, Vislink has also launched a new wireless communications solution specifically designed for electronic newsgathering (ENG). Vislinknewsnet makes it easy for news broadcasters to meet the demand for high-quality, up-to-the-minute broadcast coverage. It allows reporters to work in the field as if they were in the studio, with the guarantee of always getting that high-quality, edited story back to meet scheduling deadlines. It also means that the producer can use multiple points of view “on demand” from multiple trucks as and when required without lengthy link setup and negotiation.
The solution provides a secure, bidirectional, high-speed data, video, and radio network with concurrent connections to each receive sector, all on a single channel within the broadcaster’s BAS spectrum. It allows the broadcaster to manage its own data-link allocations, address different uplink and downlink requirements, reduce bottlenecks, and prioritize the data when the story matters, based on studio systems and workflow.
Vislinknewsnet also offers a number of features to help with usability, such as an app to quickly establish link connections for speed and ease of contribution, as well as an intuitive management system with drill-down map-based user interface. It is a world-first solution that broadcasters can depend on and introduce as a non-disruptive evolution of their current network.