September 1, 2010
Worcester, Massachusetts – Telecast Fiber Systems has launched the CopperHead 3050, the newest member of the company’s awardwinning CopperHead Series 3000 family of camera-mounted fiber optic transceivers. The CopperHead 3050 is specifically designed to meet the unique requirements of electronic news gathering (ENG) and satellite news gathering (SNG), enabling TV journalists to cover breaking news with the highest quality HD video and pristine audio over thousands of feet of lightweight and inexpensive tactical fibre 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. “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,” said Jim Hurwitz, director of product management for Telecast Fiber Systems.