OU Athletic Department Chooses Telecast Fiber Systems Fiber Optic Transmission Equipment for New HD Master Control Facility

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Suite of Telecast Fiber Systems Gear Enables Smooth and Seamless Transport of HD Signals Between Each Sports Venue and Master Control

CopperHead 3200 Stack

CopperHead 3200

A suite of advanced fiber optic transmission equipment from Telecast Fiber Systems is a core component in a newly launched HD master control facility for SoonerVision, the in-house production arm of the University of Oklahoma (OU) athletic department. Using just a few fibers of the campuswide dark fiber network, Telecast Fiber Systems’ equipment provides smooth and seamless transport of HD cameras and video, audio, control, and communication signals between each sports venue and the master control room.

“OU is home to one of the most storied athletics programs in the United States, so it’s fitting that the athletic department would have a world-class video and television production operation,” said Steve DeFrancesco, vice president and general manager of Telecast Fiber Systems. “SoonerVision’s new fiber-based infrastructure is a big step up from its previous analog SD operation, which relied on a single coax connection to the football venue. Driven by the Telecast Fiber Systems gear, fiber is enabling the university to give its fans the widest breadth of dazzling HD coverage.”

With the recent completion of its new centrally located master control facility, SoonerVision is now a fully digital, 100 percent HD operation. This single control room is used to produce live, state-of-the-art game-day entertainment productions at six of OU’s athletic venues spread across its 3,500-acre campus. At each venue, Telecast Fiber Systems’ SMTPE Hybrid Elimination Devices (SHED™) enable SoonerVision’s Sony HDC-1400 cameras to be linked to their CCUs in the control room across campus while being powered locally. Three Sony PDW-F800 XDCAMs, used primarily for ENG applications, can be added to a multicamera production via Telecast Fiber Systems’ CopperHead™ 3200 camera-mounted transceivers, giving full studio capability to the camcorders.

In addition, three Sony HD-CP1 robotic cameras are equipped with Telecast Fiber Systems’ T-POV fiber optic video/data transceiver links housed in ruggedized Mini-Mussel Shell field enclosures, enabling SoonerVision personnel to operate and power the cameras remotely to get unique points of view and camera angles. An important new feature of the T-POV units is Ethernet support, which provides full camera control via Ethernet connections.

Maximizing the capacity of OU’s campus fiber infrastructure, the Telecast Fiber Systems TelePort CWDM multichannel management system multiplexes eight camera chains onto just two fiber strands. SoonerVision has also deployed two Telecast Fiber Systems Python multichannel fiber optic HD/SDI transport systems: one to handle 16 camera feeds for broadcast support and the other to transport four feeds to and from the big screens in each venue, each on two strands of fiber.

About the University of Oklahoma SoonerVision
Established in 1997, SoonerVision is an integral component of the University of Oklahoma athletic department. SoonerVision produces more than 100 television programs each year as the department's in-house production studio. SoonerVision produces coaches' TV shows for OU football, men's basketball, and women's basketball. SoonerVision staff also produce and run the video displays that appear in Gaylord Family — Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, the Lloyd Noble Center, L. Dale Mitchell Park, and Marita Hynes Field.

About Telecast Fiber Systems, Inc.
Telecast Fiber Systems, Inc. is the company known for its portable and fixed fiber optic systems for television broadcast production. Telecast Fiber Systems' video, audio, and communications systems are used worldwide by TV networks, teleproduction companies, sports venues, and various private, educational, government, and military organizations to extend range, simplify cabling, and reduce labor costs and setup time. Telecast Fiber Systems’ equipment have helped usher in the age of HD television production, and the company now is active in the development of 3D HDTV production. Telecast Fiber Systems is a subsidiary of Belden [http://www.belden.com/ (NYSE: BDC), a leader in comprehensive signal transmission solutions for fiber, cable, wireless signal, and industrial networking applications.

More information about Telecast Fiber Systems can be found at http://www.telecast-fiber.com.


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