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46 TVBEurope IBC Wrap-Up


Camera connection choices create cellular complications


Continuing our IBC Wrap-Up Acquisition Focus, David Fox takes a look at camera links, wired and wireless


GETTING SIGNALS back from a camera is becoming simpler; it’s just the choices that have become more complicated, with a huge number of new wireless and wired systems to choose from — most of which are IP-based. For news use, bonded links


are becoming ubiquitous, combining cellular, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, satellite and/or microwave links to achieve the maximum bandwidth, with lots of new systems battling for attention. LiveU’s new products include a lightweight uplink, an iPhone app, new management tools, and an External Antenna with the power of its high-end LU70 backpack uplink.


The External Antenna contains


its own SIM cards and can be up to 500m away in a better reception area. “The antenna can also be used with the LU70 to give up to 14 simultaneous connections if both are used together,” said Ronen Artman, LiveU’s VP of Marketing. It can also be used on the move, mounted on top of a vehicle. The 700g LU40-S uses a new


proprietary antenna to boost the signal (on Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G), with less than two seconds delay, plus store and forward and ftp capability. It transmits at up to 4Mbps (compared to 12Mbps for the LU60 or LU70). LU Central is designed for use in MCR, for easier management of all LiveU units in the field with a preview of each, as part of the new LiveU Total unified management platform. LiveU also has a new iPhone


app, bundling Wi-Fi and cellular, and a new desktop application, LU-Lite, on Windows, to go live from a webcam or to uplink edited or store and forward material. Full details on all the


LiveU products were in a


Stand and deliver: Artman with LU70 backpack and LiveU’s new External Antenna


recent Fast Turnaround TV newsletter (go to http://bit.ly/TVB-LiveU).


LiveGear links Vislink’s new LiveGear range of IP-centric wireless products includes two compact ENG systems using mobile and Wi-Fi connections. The portable LiveGear AirStream LGT-1000 Cellular iNG Transmitter is a 3G/4G LTE system (costing from about $18,000 depending on configuration).


Users connect via SDI or HDMI, and go straight on the air, with the push of a button. “Mobile internet newsgathering (iNG) has never been easier,” it claims. It will operate continuously up to six hours with hot-swappable, rechargeable high-capacity batteries. The LiveGear AirCam


Camera Back Transmitter can be docked to IDX or Anton- Bauer battery mounts and comes in three versions: a 3G/4G LTE system; the AirCamPlus, which adds Wi-Fi; and the AirCamMax, which adds COFDM microwave. There is also the 1RU


LiveGear IP Playout Receiver, which can connect to six


battery (it sits between the two). It also integrates with Sony’s XM Pilot software, so metadata entered in XM Pilot passes all the way through. It transmits over up to four 3G and 4G wireless data cards, Wi-Fi, WiMax or Ethernet connections, and is IFB enabled so the studio can talk to the cameraman. It is simple to use, as once it boots everything is controlled from the receiver end, and will start from about $12,000 for transmitter and receiver. TVU’s new flagship TVUPack TM8200 is smaller and lighter, and simple to use (one push button). It can have up to six data card connections (3/4G, WiMax or BGAN) and uses a new advanced forward error correction algorithm to get more bandwidth out of each connection. In testing it went from 2Mbps upload to 12Mbps using LTE, and can


give a better picture using fewer data cards.


BSI speeds up Broadcast Sports, Inc. (BSI) is developing RF links for


Rear view: LiveGear’s AirStream system in a backpack


transmitters simultaneously, via the internet, and aggregates the four bonded data


channels into a HD-SDI video stream for retransmission or playout to web based subscribers using the VMS video media server. An optional IP-to-SDI decoder expansion unit (LGD-1000) supports up to five additional AirStream transport streams.


Pack and go TVU Networks’ TVUPack Mini SE is a new 3G/4G uplink for Sony’s XDCAM camcorders. It uses the camera’s 50-pin interface, so it is fully integrated with no wires while its readout appears in the viewfinder. It weighs 700g and draws power from the camera’s


NAC’s high-speed (400fps) video camera. The system is based on BSI’s dual stream mini transmitter, providing RF links for live and playback video streams, while a separate receiver carries remote control. It also has a new Stereo 3D


wireless package for live broadcast, offering return vision, camera control and remote convergence. This uses the same dual-stream mini encoder/transmitter, carrying


the two signals simultaneously for synchronous left and right images. The UHF camera control allows an operator to adjust camera parameters and control convergence between left and right lenses. BSI has also deployed new 7GHz wireless systems, which were used over the Summer to cover Formula 1 racing for Sky Sports, with receivers and a fibre-based infrastructure, which had multiple antennae to allow complete coverage of the pit lane and paddock garages. These were used with Panasonic camcorders with full camera control provided by BSI for the race.


Sub-prime Meridian Meridian Lite is Boxx TV’s latest entry-level, zero-delay wireless link, supporting full 4:2:2 formats up to 1080p 30. It has a simple interface for quick setup and ease of use, and has the same range as Boxx’s high- end systems. It is designed primarily for live broadcast on a budget, and for Steadicam operators, and is upgradeable to provide all of the features of the full Meridian RF link. “Meridian Lite contains


exactly the same technology as our established Meridian system, but with a reduced feature set,” said Boxx CTO, Scott Walker. Boxx has also released a new


wireless iris control and tally indicator accessory that can be fitted to any camera with a standard 12-pin Hirose cable for its lens. Meridian Tallis works with any brand of


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Part of the camera: A TVUPack Mini SE integrated with Sony’s XDCAM camcorder


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