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Product: Live-Link™ Remote Camera Interface System


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Overview

Live-Link Typical Throw-Down Deployment

Designed to handle news, sports, and other day-to-day remote interfacing needs with ease, the Live-Link Remote Camera Interface System offers a comprehensive fiber-optic-connected solution for transporting digital video, audio, intercom, and data between a remote camera location and a truck or control room. The point-to-point system consists of a portable Camera End Unit and either a portable or rack-ready Control Room Unit. Both use industry-standard connectors that are clearly labeled for fast, intuitive setup.

Live-Link provides two digital video paths in each direction that support the 3G/HD/SD-SDI SMPTE®-standards. In addition, the system provides connectivity for two mic/line level signals, talent cueing, 2-channel party-line intercom, GPI/GPO, RS-232/RS-422 asynchronous data, and 10/100 Ethernet. A full complement of status LEDs simplifies monitoring and troubleshooting. Live-Link systems are suitable for remote production or permanent installation and can be powered by a DC supply or battery.

Live-Link is a reliable and convenient way of linking a production camera crew to an ENG or OB van, SNG vehicle, or production trailer. The system's portability and ease-of-deployment make it an ideal infrastructure solution for studio complexes, arenas, and campus environments. Live-Link units interconnect using four strands of single-mode fiber-optic cable and provide a transmission distance of at least 10 km (per SMPTE 297). Featuring the rugged opticalCON® DUO fiber-optic connectors from Neutrik®, units can also be ordered with expanded beam or ST optical connectors.


Key Features

Live-Link Typical Throw-Down Deployment

  • Transports digital video, audio, and data over four single-mode optical fibers
  • Supports standard 3G/HD/SD-SDI digital video formats
  • Two mic/line inputs with selectable gain and +48 volt phantom power
  • Two line-level audio paths for IFB or general-purpose use
  • Party-line intercom interface with 28 volt beltpack power
  • 2-wire-to-4-wire auto nulling hybrids for excellent intercom audio
  • 10/100 Ethernet with auto MDI/MDI-X
  • RS-232/RS-422 for camera control
  • GPI/GPO for tally support
  • Neutrik opticalCON DUO for fast, reliable fiber connectivity
  • Anton/Bauer® battery mount standard on Camera End Unit
  • Low power consumption allows extended battery operating time
  • Industry-standard connectors for all inputs and outputs
  • Control Room Unit available in portable or rack-ready versions


Live-Link Camera End Unit

The Live-Link Camera End Unit goes where the action is. Weighing less than 11 pounds (5 kg) the unit is truly portable. And with its rugged aluminum housing it's built to withstand the rigors of field use. The intuitive I/O panel uses industry-standard connectors: BNC for digital video, 3-pin XLR for audio and intercom, RJ45 for Ethernet, and 9-pin D-Sub for asynchronous data. Status indicators and multi-segment audio level meters make setup and use a simple process. The 2-channel party-line intercom interface provides DC power for direct connection of intercom beltpacks. The Ethernet interface features an auto MDI/MDI-X input eliminating the need for crossover cables. An Anton/Bauer battery mount allows for battery-powered operation. A maximum power draw of 30 watts allows battery operating time of four hours or greater. As an alternate to battery operation a source of 10 to 18 volts DC can be connected.

Live-Link Control Room Unit

Typically residing in an ENG truck or at a control room location, Live-Link's Control Room Unit serves as the I/O panel for signals going to and from the Camera End Unit. Four single-mode optical fibers carry WDM-multiplexed signals between the units. All video, audio, and data inputs and outputs use standard connectors. Multiple LEDs provide video, audio, and system status information. The Control Room Unit is available in a portable or rack-ready version. The portable version can be powered by a 10 to 18 volt DC source or via battery using the Anton/Bauer mount. Consuming a maximum of 20 watts, battery operation in excess of six hours is easily achieved. The rack-ready version is optimized for use in permanent (fixed or mobile) installations. Using the optional Live-Link Rack Mounting Enclosure, one or two units can be mounted in three spaces (3U) of a standard equipment rack.

Certain applications may require a 2-wire party-line circuit to be interfaced with the Control Room Unit's 4-wire interface. The Studio Technologies' Model 45A Interface will provide an excellent resource for that function.



Specifications
System
Optical:
Cable: 4 single-mode fibers
Optical Budget: 14 dB minimum at 2.97 Gb/s; 17 dB minimum at 1.485 Gb/s and 270 Mb/s
Transmission Distance: 10 km, minimum (per SMPTE® 297)
Wavelengths Utilized: 1310 nm, 1550 nm
Digital Video:
Number of Paths: 4, two in each direction
Data Rate: 3.0 Gb/s maximum
Supported Standards: 3G-SDI (SMPTE 424M), HD-SDI (SMPTE 292), SD-SDI (SMPTE 259M), DVB-ASI
Mic/Line Audio:
Number of Channels: 2 (Camera End Unit to Control Room Unit)
Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz ±0.2 dB
Distortion: 0.1%, DC to 40 kHz
Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 84 dB, DC to 40 kHz
Dynamic Range: 104 dB
Line-Level Audio:
Number of Channels: 2 (Control Room Unit to Camera End Unit)
Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz ±0.1 dB
Distortion: 0.03%, DC to 40 kHz
Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 84 dB, DC to 40 kHz
Dynamic Range: 104 dB
2-Wire-to-4-Wire Interface:
Frequency Response: 100 Hz to 8 kHz ±2.5 dB
Distortion: 0.1%
Signal-To-Noise Ratio: 65 dB
Nulling Method: automatic upon user initiation; null settings stored in non-volatile memory
Nulling Cable Length Range: 0 to 3500 feet, typical
Data Transport:
Ethernet: 10/100 Mb/s, auto MDI/MDI-X
RS-232: 200 Kb/s, auto sensing
RS-422: 2 Mb/s, auto sensing
GPI/GPO: normally open isolated relay contact

Live-Link Camera End Unit
Optical Connector: Neutrik® opticalCON® DUO*
Digital Video Inputs: 2
Connector: BNC
Type: unbalanced
Impedance: 75 ohms
Digital Video Outputs: 2
Connector: BNC
Type: unbalanced
Impedance: 75 ohms
Level: 800 mV p-p
Mic/Line Audio Inputs: 2
Connector: 3-pin female XLR
Type: electronically balanced
Impedance: 2 k ohms
Level: +24 dBu maximum including mic gain
Gain: 0 dB, 15 dB, 30 dB, 45 dB, selectable
Phantom Power: +48 volts DC nominal, selectable on/off
Line-Level Audio Outputs: 2
Connector: 3-pin male XLR
Type: electronically balanced
Impedance: 100 ohms
Level: +24 dBu maximum
Party-Line Intercom Interface: 1, 2-channel
Connector: 3-pin male XLR
Type: 2-wire party-line (PL)
Impedance: 200 ohms
Level: –10 dBu nominal
Compatibility: single- and dual-channel intercom systems such as those from RTS® and Clear-Com®
2-Wire Power Source: 28 volts DC nominal, 300 milliamperes maximum
Ethernet Connector: RJ45 (auto MDI/MDI-X)
RS-232/RS-422 and GPI/GPO Connector: 9-pin D-subminiature female
Power:
DC Input Range: 10 to 18 volts
Requirement: 30 watts maximum
DC Input Connector: 4-pin male XLR
Battery Mount: Anton/Bauer® Gold Mount System
Dimensions (including protective bumpers and handle):
8.36 inches wide (21.2 cm)
6.54 inches high (16.6 cm)
13.33 inches deep (33.9 cm)
Weight: 10.9 pounds (5.0 kg)

Live-Link Control Room Unit
Optical: Neutrik opticalCON DUO*
Digital Video Inputs: 2
Connector: BNC
Type: unbalanced
Impedance: 75 ohms
Digital Video Outputs: 2
Connector: BNC
Type: unbalanced
Impedance: 75 ohms
Level: 800 mV p-p
Mic/Line Audio Outputs: 2
Connector: 3-pin male XLR
Type: electronically balanced
Impedance: 100 ohms
Level: +4 dBu nominal, +24 dBu maximum
Line-Level Audio Inputs: 2
Connector: 3-pin female XLR
Type: electronically balanced
Impedance: 10 k ohms
Level: +4 dBu nominal, +24 dBu maximum
Inputs from 4-Wire Intercom: 2
Connector: 3-pin female XLR
Type: electronically balanced
Impedance: 10 k ohms
Level: +4 dBu nominal, +24 dBu maximum
Outputs to 4-Wire Intercom: 2
Connector: 3-pin male XLR
Type: electronically balanced
Impedance: 100 ohms
Level: +4 dBu nominal, +24 dBu maximum
Ethernet Connector: RJ45 (auto MDI/MDI-X)
RS-232/RS-422 and GPI/GPO Connector: 9-pin D-subminiature female
Power:
DC Input Range: 10 to 18 volts
Requirement: 20 watts maximum
DC Input Connector: 4-pin male XLR
Battery Mount: Anton/Bauer Gold Mount System (Portable Version only)
Dimensions (Portable Version, including protective bumpers and handle):
8.36 inches wide (21.2 cm)
6.54 inches high (16.6 cm)
13.33 inches deep (33.9 cm)
Dimensions (Rack-Ready Version):
8.36 inches wide (21.2 cm)
5.00 inches high (12.7 cm)
12.60 inches deep (32.0 cm)
Weight:
Portable Version: 10.9 pounds (5.0 kg)
Rack-Ready Version: 7.7 pounds (3.5 kg)

Accessories
Options:
Live-Link Rack Mounting Enclosure: 3U, holds one or two Rack-Ready Control Room Units
Remote Status Panel: 1U, LED status panel for use with Rack-Ready Control Room Unit

* Optionally available with MX-4 Pro Beam® mini optical connector or four ST optical connectors.

Specifications subject to change without notice.




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Live-Link Camera End and Control Room Units with opticalCON DUO Connector




Live-Link Camera End Unit ENG/SNG Field Camera Interface Solution

Live-Link Control Room Unit ENG/SNG Field Camera Interface Solution

Top: Live-Link Camera End Unit with ST Connectors

Bottom: Live-Link Control Room Unit with ST Connectors




Live-Link Camera End Unit ENG/SNG Field Camera Interface Solution

Live-Link Camera End Unit ENG/SNG Field Camera Interface Solution

Live-Link Camera End Unit and Control Room Unit

Live-Link Camera End Unit with opticalCON DUO Connector




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