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IMT Microwave Video Links Stride Ahead
By Elena Waldhuber
Director of Marketing, IMT

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ccording to the D.I.S. Consulting
study “Sports Video World in
2012,” the sports video equipment
market continues to experience
dynamic growth.
In the world of sports and
entertainment programming,
broadcasters continually push the
envelope in an effort to capture
viewers and take them from the
sidelines and put them in the middle
of all the action. This push is seen
more than ever as the leading
sports networks in US expand their
variety of sports broadcast events
coverage to include cricket, rugby,
soccer and Formula 1 races, and as
the industry prepares for the 2014
FIFA World Cup and 2016 Summer
Olympics in Brazil.
Providing start-to-finish coverage
of a live high-speed events, like
marathons, triathlons, bicycle
and motorcycle races can be a
challenge to the most experienced
live broadcast producers. The
sports action is not confined to a
stadium or a golf course, the pace
of action is at its highest and the
terrain may not allow continuous
line-of-site view. The live video
transmission distances also increase
exponentially and a combination
of receive options is required for
seamless coverage. How do you
bring your viewers closer to the
excitement of a race?
Traditionally sports broadcasters
have relied on helicopter video
transmitters such as Nucomm’s
Skymaster Tx and ChannelMaster
Lite for aerial views. Helicopter
video downlinks are essential tools
for high-paced long distance sports
action, as it provides the highest
video quality to the ranges of over

100 km, depending on system
configuration, and have both, video
downlink and uplink options. Then
there are wireless camera systems,
like Nucomm CamPac2 or RF
Central microLite HD, designed for
modern, smaller video cameras.
They allow the cameramen to come
close to the action and move around
freely without any restrictions or
danger to the athletes. But how do
you keep up with the race leaders
on a narrow track without distracting
the athletes while keeping your
cameraman safe?
With extensive experience in this
style of live sports broadcasting
(think NYC marathons, Iron Man
triathlons, Tour de California Bicycle
races, Parade of Sail and marathons
in Brazil and China), and with these
challenges in mind, IMT continues
to design its famous Nucomm
and RF Central products to offer
cutting-edge solutions to the
sports broadcast industry. With the
introduction of the Nucomm CPTxII, Compact Portable Transmitter
system, we have created a compact
solution for on-course smaller
vehicles, like cars, motorcycles
and even bicycles. Instead of “run
and shoot”, now motorcycles and
other smaller vehicles are “run
and transmit.”
The Compact Portable Tx-II
(CPTx-II) is a lightweight, RF video
transmitter that delivers HD/SD
output at up to 8 Watts in 2k DVB-T
COFDM mode. It supports video/
audio/data/telemetry with selectable
modulation bandwidths of 6, 7, and
8MHz. It weighs less than seven
pounds and comes with a variety
of bespoke mounts, including
special mounts for motorcycles.

IMT receivers were located along the route

CCTV motorcycles outfitted with IMT transmitters covered the annual
Tour of Beijing bicycle race

The manoeuvrability of a motorcycle
fitted with video transmission
capability offers significant
advantages when covering these
road races, as the camera can follow
the action and get onto roads that
might be too narrow for a car to
safely be on with the athletes.
The video from CPTx-II can be
received on any MPEG-4 capable
handheld receiver, receive sites
or broadcast trucks. The CPTxII is capable of 30 percent bitrate reduction and video quality
improvement, compared to other
encoders, by using advanced
features of the H.264 codec. It is
also capable of AES encryption,
making it ideal for high-profile live
sports broadcast applications.
The CPTx-II features a pushbutton interface that allows
quick control of preset selection,
transmit/standby, hi/low RF power
and internal colour bars. For
advanced functions, an easy-to-use
administration software package
is supplied with a GUI via RS232
to a PC. Configuration is flexible
with 16 different presets available.
The CPTx-II was designed to offer
exceptional RF performance with
ease of operation in small mobile
vehicles and is just another solution
for the comprehensive coverage of
sports and entertainment events.
To complete the coverage picture,
IMT’s selection of state-of-the-art
Nucomm and RF Central receivers
provide a solution for all types of
broadcasters’ sports coverage
needs. The RF Central two-way
diversity handheld receivers such
as its Direct VU, are ideal for video
assist and video streaming. Direct
VU COFDM receiver/monitor offers
exceptional RF performance and
durability, combined with true ease
of operation and superb H.264 and

MPEG-2 decoding. The unit displays
COFDM video transmissions using
a built-in internal nine-inch 16:9
format screen using bright, highresolution LCD technology. The
display also features an easy-touse menu-driven interface.
Much more than a COFDM
handheld receiver, the Direct VU
HD can send video over Ethernet
to remote software or hardware
decoders. This allows multiple
remote viewers to monitor the
same video simultaneously, helping
broadcasters to make the best
shot choices possible. An SDI
output enables the user to view
the incoming video on an external
monitor if needed.
In addition, IMT’s 6-way receivers
and repeaters are designed for OB
trucks for transmit to the studio and
its 12-way receivers were created
to receive from helicopters and
transmit to studios or live event
production trucks.
Sports have always held a unique
position in television and will
continue to be some of the mostviewed content. New technologies,
such as 4K, and new types of
equipment like Nucomm CPTx-II
for fast-paced athletic competitions,
will continue to provide unique and
dynamic camera angles, bringing
sports fans all over the world an
inside look on what it is like to be a
part of a major sporting event.
To do this, broadcasters will need
to look for portable transmitters
that will help their camera
operators get into places that they
previously could not.
IMT’s exceptional and varied
solutions are especially important
in helping achieve this. Live demos
of CPTx-II system will be available
at the Nucomm/RF Central stand
at IBC 2013.


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InFOCUS: Camera Links – Following All the Vital Action
InTECH: Fischer Connections Solutions for Broadcast
InMEDIA: Delivering Anytime Content on Cable
InMEDIA: Screen – High Definition Subtitling and Beyond
InSOUND: DPA’s D:Dicate Recording Microphone Range
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