07.01.2005 12:00 AM

Canon Canobeam Makes 'The Cut'
CBS reality series "The Cut" is using the Canon Canobeam to transmit a variety of signals at distances up to 1.24 miles throughout the skyscraper canyons of downtown Manhatten.

Broadcast companies use Canobeam to transmit digital video and other data between separate buildings for morning news broadcasts and for other data-networking tasks, according to Matt Battaglia, broadcast engineer and manager at the Wexler Technical Engineering and Design (TED) department that integrated the technology for the reality show. TED is a division of Southern California-based rental house Wexler.

Canobeam uses a beam of light to transmit video, so it does not require radio frequency allocation of licensing making the shooting in the New York City location easier than with other products. The proprietary auto-tracking function of the Canonbeam compensates for vibrations caused by traffic and wind.

The Wexler TED department integrated a pair of Canobeam DT-50/SDI units into an innovative solution that allows digital transmission of multiple camera feeds--tied with synchronized digital audio and time-code--from building to building.

"The Cut,"--hosted by fashion icon Tommy Hilfiger--is a rags to riches journey that pits style-savvy contestants against each other to test their business and social skills. The show premiered on June 9.

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