The CopperHead line of fiber optic video systems from Telecast Fiber Systems will now ship with Neutrik’s economical opticalCON optical fiber connectors, the companies said.
The Neutrik connectors will enable Telecast to offer its customers broader connectivity across the CopperHead product range and even greater economies for mobile productions.
The opticalCON connectors will be available for all models of the CopperHead, the camera-mountable transceiver with the ability to multiplex all of a camcorder’s input and output signals onto a single fiber-optic cable.
The CopperHead Infinity Digital Media Camcorder (DMC), a camera-mounted fiber-optic transceiver for the Thomson Grass Valley Infinity camcorder, is the first product in the CopperHead line to ship with the opticalCON connectors.
The Neutrik opticalCON connector offers a number of innovations for CopperHead users. It features a heavy-duty cable retention scheme and an automatically self-sealing shutter that protects the fiber connection from dirt and other contaminants. Equipped with copper contacts as well as two fiber connectors, the opticalCON can be used with hybrid cables, transporting all camera signals while providing remote low-voltage powering of the camera.
When local power is available for the camera, the connector also can be used with Telecast’s “TAC”-seriesTM tactical fiber cable, a lightweight, long-distance fiber-optic cable for harsh ENG and teleproduction environments.
“Telecast is a recognized leader in the broadcast industry for high-performance fiber optic systems, so it is indeed an honor for us to be selected as part of the CopperHead solution,” said Christian Ganahl, product manager for Neutrik fiber products. “Telecast’s selection of our opticalCON connectors is a real validation of Neutrik’s own technological excellence in the field of fiber interconnection products and is a further step to standardize audio and video fiber networks.”