IMT Range of Digital Microwave Video Systems at BroadcastAsia 2014
“IMT is excited to showcase its most popular RF transmitters and receivers to the Asian market at BroadcastAsia 2014,” says IMT Regional Sales Manager, Asia, KS Tan. “IMT’s state-of-the-art digital microwave systems help broadcasters improve and streamline workflow, as its range of products can provide a comprehensive solution for both portable and fixed-link applications.”
At BroadcastAsia 2014, IMT will demonstrate its Nucomm CamPac2 Plus HD/SD COFDM Microwave Transmitter. Intended for wireless camera applications, such as sports coverage and electronic news gathering (ENG), the CamPac2 Plus offers efficient encoding/decoding, superb HD and low power consumption. It is available in licensed bands, along with other bands upon request. Its stylish and rugged machined housing provides durability and exceptional thermal characteristics for operation in the harshest of conditions. The CamPac2 Plus offers the same quality transmission as its predecessor, in half the amount of bandwidth, utilizing MPEG-2. It also allows more video paths in the same amount of bandwidth, which is attractive to stations in markets with high amounts of RF congestion.
Nucomm’s Newscaster DR2 will also be featured at the show. A split-box HD/SD COFDM diversity microwave receiver intended for outside broadcast and other mobile video applications, the Newscaster DR2 features stylish, rugged machined housing that provides durability and excellent thermal characteristics for operation in the harshest of conditions. The receiver has four RF inputs that communicate directly with the system’s external intelligent receivers in the 1.99 to 2.70 GHz and 6.40 to 7.75 GHz bands, with other bands also available. The use of external intelligent receivers allows the receive antennas to be remotely mounted.
IMT will also highlight its Nucomm CPTx-II Compact Portable Transmitter (CPTx-II). Nucomm’s CPTx-II is a compact, portable, lightweight RF video transmitter that delivers HD/SD output at up to 8W in 2k DVB-T COFDM mode. Ideal for covering motorcycle and bicycle races, marathons, triathlons and other fast-paced, high-speed ENG/OB events using such smaller on-course vehicles as cars, motorcycles and even bicycles, it supports video/audio/data/telemetry with selectable modulation bandwidths of 6, 7, and 8MHz. In addition to its small size, the unit has very low latency and power consumption. Weighing in at about 3kg, it comes with a variety of bespoke mounts, including special mounts for motorcycles. The maneuverability of a motorcycle fitted with video transmission capability offers significant advantages when covering road races, as the camera can follow the action and get onto roads that might be too narrow for a car to navigate safely among the athletes.
IMT Showcases RF Central microLite Transmitters
Comprising the RF Central microLite HD camera-top transmitter and two RF Central microLite HD camera-back transmitters, including the Gold Mount® and V-Mount, the complete family of HD links offers a full range of docking options for compatibility with nearly every ENG camera on the market.
Users can mount the RF Central microLite HD camera-top transmitter via a hot shoe, as well as pair it with Litepanels camera-mounted lighting solutions. For both the Gold Mount and V-Mount battery-docking options, the mount is positioned on both sides of the clamshell transmitter, allowing it to be connected to the camera. The battery can then be mounted to the transmitter. As a result, users can employ the battery to power up the transmitter and to pass power through to the camera. The RF Central microLite HD camera-back Anton/Bauer transmitter conveniently mounts between the Gold Mount and Logic Series® battery. The RF Central V-Mount microLite HD transmitter mounts on the end of the camera between a plate and any V-Mount battery.
“IMT’s RF Central microLite Links provide broadcasters with the unprecedented flexibility that is needed for today’s ENG operations as its diverse mounting options enable it to be used with nearly all of the cameras in a stations’ rig,” says IMT Regional Sales Manager, Asia, KS Tan. “We look forward to showcasing all three variations of this best-selling transmitter at BroadcastAsia 2014.”
Developed for the new generation of HD (SDI)-capable compact cameras, microLite has been specially designed to address the current domestic and international broadcasting band requirements within a single unit. All microLite HD Links are available in licensed 2-GHz and license-free 5.8-GHz frequency versions. The 2-GHz model covers from 1.9 to 2.5GHz and delivers up to 200mW, while the 5.8-GHz frequency band unit has a robust 100-mW RF output. Depending on the mode and frequency, the transmitter has a range of up to one mile.
microLite features superb H.264 SD and HD encoding capabilities and operates in the standard 2k DVB-T COFDM mode. The H.264 video encoder supports the main profile of the H.264 standard, providing a 30-percent bit-rate reduction or video-quality improvement compared to encoders that only support the H.264 baseline profile.
Each model, which features user-friendly control panels, is the perfect companion for IMT’s RF Central Direct VU handheld monitor/receiver. When used together, the RF Central microLite and the RF Central Direct VU combine to form a complete transmitter and receiver link in the field. With its compact design, both the microLite and Direct VU are ideal for a variety of mobile applications, including live sports events, reality TV productions, ENG/OB broadcast and video assist.
About Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC
Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC (IMT) is a Business Unit within the Vitec Group’s Videocom Division. The company comprises the leading microwave brands Nucomm, RF Central and Microwave Service Company (MSC), offering broadcasters worldwide complete broadcast solutions. Nucomm is a premium brand of digital microwave video systems (including COFDM and VSB) for portable and fixed link applications. RF Central is an innovative brand of compact microwave video equipment for licensed and license free broadcast applications. MSC is a premier provider of engineering, integration, technical support, installation and commissioning services. IMT is an ISO 9001:2008 certified QMS organization and recipient of multiple industry awards for design and innovations.