“It has dual 1.5Gbps HD-SDI channels, which allows us to run 3D or connect two cameras,” explained Phil Longhurst, Lemo’s Fibre Optic R&D Manager (pictured).
It can carry 3Gbps for 1080p (50 or 60Hz – there is also a 1080p return), genlock cameras to each other, has two return video channels, plus eight stereo audio channels for surround sound, and talkback, as well as HDMI and Ethernet ports. It also allows the use of a remote control panel in an OB truck to control the camera via the serial data port. There is a lockable, highly configurable control panel on the side. “It is very user friendly to configure,” he said.
Lemo hopes to deliver it in December, but “there has been tremendous interest” and demo prototypes have gone out to several broadcasters. The full system will cost €11,500, but there will also be a basic system (without 1080p, HD down converter, 3D, dual-link HD-SDI, and several control features) for €7,500.
By David Fox.