Telecast Fiber Systems has released a new CopperHead DLV-3X1 camera-mounted fibre optic multiplexer for Dual Link Digital Cinema Cameras. The DLV-3X1 converts four 1.5-GB/s data streams from copper to fibre, permitting transmission of uncompressed Dual Link 4:4:4 and 4:2:2 HD/SDI data signals between the camera head and Video Village (camera control area) over just one lightweight, battle-rated fibre optic cable. By replacing three or four coax cables, the DLV-3X1 not only reduces the bulk and weight of camera cabling, but also increases signal transmission distances from several hundred feet to as far as nine miles.
"The CopperHead DLV-3X1 enables highly mobile acquisition of HD footage during on-set and remote production, giving the entire production crew greater freedom of movement in capturing a scene or live event," said Jim Hurwitz, camera systems product manager for Telecast Fiber Systems. "Already proven in field and studio use, this unit adds little weight to the camera while adding significant flexibility, allowing users to get the shots they want at the quality they desire in much less time than with coax-based solutions."