Telecast Fiber Unleashes Mid-Range CopperHead 3200

An even more budget-conscious version is planned for government and educational users.
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The latest CopperHead camera-mounted fiber-optic transceiver is now available from Telecast Fiber Systems.

The CopperHead 3200, the first in the company's new Series 3000, is touted as an affordable yet powerful mid-range multicasting solution for a range of HD broadcasting applications including TV news and sports production, electronic cinematography, and multi-camera studio, truck, and flypack field production.

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Telecast CopperHead 3200 "Since we introduced our CopperHead line in 2001, it has become the industry leader in camera-mounted video transport solutions-—enabling broadcasters to extend the power of their camcorders and take maximum advantage of the high quality and reliability of fiber transmissions," said Jim Hurwitz, director of product management at Telecast Fiber Systems. "The CopperHead 3200 includes significant improvements and a range of products matched to specific broadcasting and film production requirements all at a cost-effective price point never available before."

The CopperHead 3200 provides a robust fiber-optic link between any professional camera or camcorder and the broadcaster's truck, control room, or video village position. Over a single fiber connection, the system simultaneously transports bidirectional digital (SDI or HD/SDI) and analog (NTSC or PAL) video, as well as all two-way camera control, audio, video, data, sync, tally/call, prompter, and intercom signals between the camera and the base station. A new feature is the 10/100 Ethernet path to provide camera control for next-generation cameras or a remote link to laptops and servers.

The CopperHead 3200 camera unit mounts directly to any professional camera's battery interface system such as Anton-Bauer, "V"-Mount, or PAG, connecting directly to the battery or other power supply solution such as the CopperHead PowerPlus or Power Wafer (for use with SMTPE hybrid fiber). The CopperHead 3200 base station is a lightweight 1 RU frame located in the broadcaster's truck, control room, or video village that provides true plug-and-play operation without requiring any front panel adjustments.

Following the launch of the CopperHead 3200, Telecast Fiber Systems will be rolling out the other members of the CopperHead 3000 family--including a model designed specifically for mobile ENG applications; one designed for budget-conscious organizations such as houses of worship, educational institutions, and governments; and higher-end versions for 3D cinema production and cinema-quality cameras with dual-link requirements.

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