Telecast Fiber Systems’ CopperHead™ 3400 Enables 3D Broadcasts of Two High-Profile Australian Sports Events

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3D Camera Provider 3ality Digital Chooses Advanced Camera-Mounted Transceiver to Provide Fiber Connectivity for AFL and NRL Grand Finals

CopperHead 3400 Fiber Optic Transciever for 3D Sports Production

CopperHead 3400 with 3ality TS-5 Camera Rig

3ality Digital’s use of the CopperHead 3400 for the Australian sports events was a great demonstration of how fiber optic technology can be used to make sophisticated 3D cameras easier to deploy and operate.

Telecast Fiber Systems today announced that its CopperHead™ 3400 camera-mounted fiber optic transceiver played a lead role in 3D broadcasts of two high-profile Australian sports events: the Australian Football League (AFL) Grand Finals of Australian rules football, held Sept. 25, and the National Rugby League (NRL) Grand Finals held a week later. The CopperHead 3400 units provided seamless fiber optic connectivity for 3D rigs supplied by [3ality Digital, a leading provider of advanced 3D camera equipment.

“With the CopperHead 3400, we can multiplex all of the many signals from our 3D rigs onto a single two-fiber hybrid cable. It’s pretty unheard of to find a solution that can multiplex so many packets onto a single fiber pair, but that’s the big advantage of the Telecast gear — it allows us to do more with fewer fibers and fewer cables,” said Matt Battaglia, chief engineer for 3ality Digital. “We have always relied on Telecast Fiber Systems for our fiber optic connectivity needs because they understand broadcasting and broadcasters. With the CopperHead 3400, they have delivered a one-of-a-kind product that’s uniquely addressing an important niche in the marketplace.”

For coverage of both events, 3ality Digital supplied its new TS5 handheld 3D rigs equipped with the CopperHead 3400 transceivers to its client, OB truck company Global Television, who in turn provided production services for Australia’s Channel 7 and the Nine Network. The first product of its kind to mount directly onto a dual-camera 3D rig, the CopperHead 3400 transported the two uncompressed HD camera signals from the rig’s dual Sony HDC-P1 cameras, as well as enabled full control of those cameras and the 3D rig’s interocular and convergence operations, all to and from the truck. The CopperHead also delivered the other signals required for production, including return HD/SDI, genlock, intercom, tally, and audio signals, as well as power to the entire rig, including motors, cameras, and viewfinder — all over a standard SMPTE hybrid cable.

“3ality Digital’s 3D camera platforms and technologies have a well-deserved reputation for delivering top quality stereoscopic images for broadcasters, production companies, and studios,” said Jim Hurwitz, director of product management for Telecast Fiber Systems. “3ality Digital’s use of the CopperHead 3400 for the Australian sports events was a great demonstration of how fiber optic technology can be used to make sophisticated 3D cameras easier to deploy and operate, and Telecast is proud to have been able to provide this solution for these groundbreaking broadcasts.”

About 3ality Digital
3ality Digital develops enabling technologies to power live‐action stereoscopic 3D (S3D) entertainment from image capture through presentation, independent of viewing environment. 3ality Digital’s systems are optimized to handle the demands of live S3D broadcast, offering such must‐haves as fast setup, perfectly aligned zooms, accurate imagery right from the camera, and automation that reduces the number of required production personnel. 3ality Digital technology has powered a number of live‐action firsts including “U2 3D,” the first movie shot completely in live‐action S3D; the first live S3D broadcast of an NFL game (Raiders vs. Chargers, Dec. 4, 2008); the first live S3D sports broadcast available to consumers, including the 2009 BCS Championship Game, BSkyB’s landmark Manchester United vs. Arsenal soccer broadcast (Jan. 31, 2010), and the first network hockey telecast ever produced in S3D (New York Rangers vs. Islanders, March 24, 2010 on MSG); the first NFL game broadcast to homes in the USA (NY Patriots vs. Giants from the new Meadowlands Stadium); the first S3D Superbowl commercial broadcast on television (Sobe “Lizard Lake”); and the first full episode of a scripted television series shot in live-action S3D (“Chuck vs. The Third Dimension,” aired on NBC on Feb. 2, 2009).

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

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