Telecast Fiber Systems has announced the launch of the CopperHead3050,
the newest member of the company's CopperHead Series 3000 family of
camera-mounted fiber optic transceivers. The CopperHead 3050 targets
ENG/SNG capabilities, enabling TV journalists to cover breaking news
with high-quality HD video and 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 reliable high-speed
connection to their truck for routing to their newsroom computer system
or the Internet.
Live shots won't be interrupted by cable failures, as the system
uses Telecast's lightweight TAC-series fiber optic cable, which is
military spec and battlefield rated.
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," said 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."
Other systems in the CopperHead Series 3000 family provide
camcorder-mounted solutions for a wide range of HD applications,
including HD studios, live OB sports coverage, 3D sports, 2D and 3D
digital cinema, and big-screen image magnification. For these various
applications, Telecast systems carry all of the signals needed,
including camera control, audio, video, data, sync, tally/call,
prompter, and intercom signals between the camera and the base station.