Broadcast News

Bookmark and Share

Bluebell Announces New Products For 4K Broadcasts

News Image
Bluebell Opticom has delivered a range of products that provide a single coax or fibre connection to a 12 Gbps SDI video interface for 4K/UHD applications.

The connection provides broadcast studios and OB operators with a SMPTE 2082-compliant, one-cable alternative to the quad-link HD solutions required for 4K broadcasts.

The current method of transporting a single 4K signal is to send four 3 Gbps SDI signals over four separate cables, i.e. one signal per cable. Bluebell's 12 Gbps SDI solution reduces the cable count for a 4K signal from four to one, thereby reducing the complexity of the setup. The solution also allows customers to use 12G 4K/UHD monitors to troubleshoot source signals in 4K before transmitting an IP stream.

Bluebell's range of SMPTE 2082-compliant, 12G-SDI-capable products includes the BC365, the BN365, and the new BC390. The BC365 card is a dual-channel 12G-SDI link over single-mode fibre. Its stand-alone counterpart, the BN365, is a compact, single-channel 12G-SDI interface unit for remote throw-down applications. Meanwhile the BC390 – which will be launched at IBC 2016 (Stand 10.F24) – is an interface card to support 4K/UHDTV. It will provide an infrastructure transport system, not only for quad 3G-SDI and two sample interleaves, but for serial 12G-SDI on both copper and fibre as well. It will also allow for a very high density of 3G-SDI signals to be multiplexed onto one fibre.

Both the BC390 and BC365 are modular cards designed for Bluebell's BC Series 19-inch rack-based system. They can be used with any other card in the range to build a complete optical infrastructure that links remote 12G-SDI cameras with Gigabit Ethernet, audio, data, and sync signals.

Paul McCann, Managing Director, Bluebell Opticom, said: "We developed this 12G-SDI UHD solution as a direct result of conversations with customers, who have expressed frustration at the lack of single-cable, 12 Gbps SDI connectivity on the market for emerging video equipment related to UHD production. This solution will help our broadcast and OB customers – especially those involved in high-end sports-TV production – not only to save time and money when rigging, but to more easily take advantage of some of the capabilities that 12 Gbps 4K monitors have to offer."

Image: Bluebell Opticom's BN365 stand-alone unit.


Top Related Stories
Click here for the latest broadcast news stories.

Leader Electronics Sustains Emphasis On Efficient SDI/IP Test & Measurement Transition
Leader Electronics Corporation has sustained its momentum as a globally active innovator of broadcast-quality test and measurement instrumentation at
Bluebell Opticom 2018 NAB Show Preview
At the 2018 NAB Show, Bluebell will demonstrate the Silhouette line of rugged, deployable, high-density, mixed-technology media converters. The heart
Bluebell Opticom At NAB 2018
Bluebell has announced that it will demonstrate the Silhouette line of rugged, deployable, high-density, mixed-technology media converters at the 2018
Just Add Power Announces Latest Solution To Its MaxColor Series
Just Add Power has announced the latest solution in its award-winning MaxColor series, the MC-TXWP1 Wall Plate. Being shown for the first time in Boot
2017 Innovations From Bluebell
Bluebell Opticom developers were busy in 2017, and our customers reaped the benefits with new and updated problem-solvers for 4K UHD and IP signal tra
Connecting Cameras And CCUs
An End-to-End Optical Infrastructure From Bluebell Opticom. By Paul McCann, Managing Director, Bluebell Opticom. For more than 20 years, Bluebell has
Argosy To Debut 4K Signal Solution At BVE
Argosy has announced that it will debut its new UHD/4K cable solution at BVE, 28 February to 2 March. On display will be the company's MUDIGSA connect
Bluebell Puts IP And 4K UHD Fibre Transport Front And Center At NAB
Spring is upon us in the northern part of the globe, and with it our thoughts turn to our annual trip to NAB. Our three main areas of focus this year
Uniguest Releases 4K Edition Of Its Low Latency Encoder
Uniguest has released a 4K edition of its Low Latency Encoder, delivering best-in-class encoding and streaming at 4K resolution, ideal for live events
BroadcastAsia2014: 4K To Transform Onscreen Viewing
HD (high definition) viewing will soon be a technology of the past, as a result of the proliferation of 4K coming Asia's way. 4K, also commonly known
4K OK? Understanding UltraHD... (Pt 2)
"The latest workstations and professional laptops are now up to the task of 4K content creation and NLE developers are all beginning to support native
Bluebell Opticom Confirms New Appointments
Bluebell Opticom Ltd is undertaking a series of new appointments that will enable even greater agility and responsiveness to both customer and market
Sony And FIFA To Collaborate On A Range Of 4K Initiatives
Sony and FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) have announced they will collaborate on a range of 4K initiatives at the 2014 FIFA W
Bluebell Opticom Enhances BN390 Multiplexer
Bluebell Opticom has upgraded its BN390 multiplexer so that it now supports new 4K UHD conversion options and remote configuration. The standalone int
4K & IP Fibre Transport Took Front & Centre IBC2017
Big news! Bluebell earned an EmmyAward from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for pioneering development of SDI over fibre optic netw