Anton/Bauer, a brand of the Vitec Group, announced the release of its USB Battery Management Application at NAB 2009. The USB Battery Management Application—which includes Battery Management software and a USB to Anton/Bauer battery mount adapter—streamlines battery maintenance protocols while delivering critical information to the camera operator.
When a battery is installed on the USB Battery Manager bracket, information is downloaded from the battery via the Battery Management software into a PC. The software will automatically open a file based on the battery serial number and date of manufacture and store all battery-related data for the purpose of usage tracking. The Battery Management software offers a user-defined battery capacity trip point selection for invoking an early warning e-mail as the battery approaches 60 or 70 percent of capacity, for example. The software also provides for end user-defined options for local, regional and Anton/Bauer e-mail addresses.
The Battery Management software calculates how long a given battery will run a given camera based on an included database of professional video cameras and their respective load rating in watts. The operator simply selects the camera model and the software automatically displays the run time for the installed battery. The operator can also enter camera specifications into the database.
Essential information—such as the battery model name (with a picture of the installed battery), the battery’s temperature, voltage, present capacity, learned capacity, nameplate capacity and serial number—is also displayed. A graphical representation of the battery’s RealTime “fuel gauge” also appears on the screen; percent of capacity and remaining run time are displayed.
“When high-pressure breaking news events are overwhelming ENG crews, the last thing the operator needs to worry about is current battery charge and overall battery reliability,” says Joe Murtha, Anton/Bauer engineering manager. “Our new USB Battery Management Application gives the camera operator the information to not only know how much charge is left, but to know the details of the overall battery health. The USB application delivers all essential information about the battery and the interaction with the particular camera, giving the operator high confidence going into a critical capture situation.”