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Studio Technologies Debuts Four New 5100-Series Broadcast Support Modules

Studio Technologies have launched four new 5100-Series broadcast support modules at IBC2012 (Stand 8.E72).
These new units include the Model 5150 Video Generator, Model 5152 Video Generator/Audio Embedder Module, Model 5162 Video Generator/Audio De-Embedder Module and Model 5140 Intercom Interface.
"The unique aspect of our new video-based products is the ability to store and output a
custom high definition video image at HD-SDI and 3G-SDI rates," said Gordon Kapes,
president of Studio Technologies. "The image, based on a bit-map (BMP) file typically
created using a personal computer’s graphics program, is loaded into the modules via
a standard USB Flash-drive memory stick. The image is automatically connected to
electrical and optional optical SDI outputs whenever an SDI input signal is not present.
This ensures that an SDI output signal is always sent to equipment further along the
signal chain. This can be extremely useful, serving as a 'keep alive' signal as well as
providing a detailed graphics image for identification purposes."
In addition to Model 5150's video generation capability, Model 5152 allows four stereo
digital audio signals to be embedded into the SDI signal. The eight channels of audio
will always be embedded, whether or not an external SDI source is present. The Model
5162 includes video generation as well as de-embedding audio from an incoming SDI
signal. The module provides four stereo digital audio output signals.
Model 5140 Intercom Interface will also be displayed at IBC 2012. Its unique capabilities
provide a unified connection interface for party-line (PL) and 4-wire (line-level) intercom
systems, offering a reliable and easy-to-use I/O panel for remote broadcast and
infrastructure applications. Model 5140 was specifically designed to allow "guest" users,
including media crews, OB vans or uplink trucks and temporary equipment to be quickly
and efficiently linked to ports on a host intercom system.
Two input and two output signals, either analog or digital, are typically connected to
ports on a facility’s matrix intercom or fiber optic-based signal transport system. Model
5140 contains a 4-wire to 2-wire converter and intercom power supply circuitry to
provide a 2-channel broadcast-standard party-line intercom interface. This allows users
to directly connect PL beltpack devices, as well as interconnection with existing party-
line circuits. Two sophisticated auto-null circuits provide excellent audio performance.
The Model 5140 also contains two analog 4-wire (line level) inputs and outputs on
standard 3-pin XLR connectors. These are provided so that ports on a 'guest' intercom
system can be directly connected, as well as being compatible with a wide variety of
application-specific equipment. Status indicators and audio level meters help to ensure
that optimal performance is maintained.
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