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www.inbroadcast.com | NAB SHOW 16-21 April 2016 | InShow Guide

Bluebell Opticom to
Demonstrate the Building
Blocks of an Efficient
Fibre Infrastructure
The company's new-to-NAB products will be showcased in Las Vegas...
By Paul McCann, Managing Director

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t the 2016 NAB Show Bluebell
Opticom
will
demonstrate
products that serve as the foundation
for a versatile, scalable infrastructure
- one that can expand, contract, and
adapt to suit the application.
First up is the new BCX-760 Series
10G Ethernet point-to-point fibre link,
a camera-back interface that allows
easy connection and signal transport
between a camera and an OB truck
or a base station. In a first for the
industry, BCX interfaces map all
signals presented at the back of any
broadcast camera onto a 10G Ethernet
point-to-point link, ensuring safe,
robust, interference-immune, highquality transport over much longer
distances than have been possible
before.
The BCX-760 Series products are
designed to create rugged connections
in a range of OB environments, such as
special-event venues, ENG sites, sports
arenas, and golf courses. They can
also serve as a replacement for heavy
SMPTE hybrid connections on cameras
in a studio setting, and in certain
variations can be deployed to link and
control remote robotic cameras. The
BCX range will transport both digital
3G-SDI program video and return
video, as well as composite feeds for
genlock, analog audio for intercom
signals, and Gigabit Ethernet for

network access. A single, lightweight
fibre cable eases rigging, and
customers can link multiple cameras
over the same cable using Bluebell's
muxing and wavelength-management
systems.
One such system is the BC364
wavelength-management
system
with remote monitoring. The BC364
multiformat interface takes in multiple
optical signals and retransmits
them at wavelengths that can be
inserted into a CWDM mux. On the
other end of the link, the signals are
returned to their individual state. This
functionality, coupled with Bluebell's
ShaxX power-insertion technology,
is what makes camera multiplexing
possible.
ShaxX is a rugged system designed
to provide full bidirectional signalling
and power for broadcast cameras
fitted with standard SMPTE 304M
hybrid connectors. The ShaxX unit
allows OB and remote production
crews to forgo SMPTE hybrid cables
and take advantage of preinstalled
fibre networks on location, in order to
cut rigging time and position cameras
freely wherever they are needed,
regardless of distance or the location
of mains power sources.
ShaxX works with Bluebell's Shax
hybrid alternative interface to provide
power to the camera without having

to transport it from a remote
CCU. Users can multiplex complete
camera chains onto a single duplex
single-mode fibre and power
them locally. Furthermore,
using Bluebell's popular BC
Series footprint, such as the
BC364 above, ShaxX offers complete
wavelength-management capability
while providing all camera and CCU
communications. In this way, users
can easily deploy up to 16 cameras
and connect them over a single cable.
Making its North American debut
at the 2016 NAB Show will be the
TDM-750, a rack-mounted module
for single-direction transport of HDSDI and 100BaseT Ethernet signals.
Requiring only two fibres with an
option for single-fibre operation,
the TDM-750 is perfect for smaller
robotic/POV camera systems that
require only a single video path and
bidirectional data via Ethernet. The
unit can be used widely in broadcast
and security applications.
For
high-density
transport,
Bluebell will show the WB170, an
ultra-compact, 19-inch rack-mount
media converter for converting up
to 32 independent 3G-SDI, HD-SDI,
SD-SDI, or ASI signals onto fibre. The
WB170 can be populated with WB172
transmitter or receiver cards inserted
in the front of the frame. At NAB,

The BC364 is a
compact rack-based
multi format converter

Bluebell will introduce
additional frame options
for the WB170 range that
come in a fixed format
and popular configurations. The
new, attractively-priced variants
will
include
electrical-to-optical
conversion and optical multiplexing.
Also new to NAB will be the latest
addition to the WB170 system, the
WB172-63 card for format conversion
and HDMI monitoring within the
WB170 frame. A compact, rack-based
multiformat converter for use with
a wide range of broadcast signals,
the WB172-63's base unit comprises
of two SFP cages. By using different
SFP converter modules, the unit's
functionality can be adapted to suit
different applications. The WB17263 card offers a cost-effective range
of options such as distribution,
format conversion, monitoring, and
wavelength management including
CWDM.
More information is available at
www.bluebell.tv


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