Integrated Microwave Technologies Outfits TV Tribuna Mobile Units with Portable HD Transmitters

When TV Tribuna was looking to enhance its mobile broadcasting capabilities, the Brazilian affiliate of Rede Globo turned to Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC (IMT), a Business Unit within the Vitec Group’s Videocom Division, and a leader in advanced digital microwave systems serving the Broadcast and Sports & Entertainment and markets.

TV Tribuna, worked with Videodata, a leading Brazilian systems integrator and equipment supplier, to outfit its smaller sized vehicles, such as motorcycles, with IMT’s Nucomm CPTx-II Compact Portable Transmitters), enabling the station to broadcast from remote and harder to reach locations. TV Tribuna also added RF Central VClip microLite HD Transmitters (VMLT) to its ENG gear in order to give its reporters the flexibility and mobility needed to more thoroughly cover local sporting events.

“IMT is excited to announce this key sale of our state-of-the-art equipment to TV Tribuna in Brazil,” says IMT Divisional Chief Executive Stephen Shpock. “We share in TV Tribuna’s commitment to providing its viewers with the best coverage possible by helping the station improve its mobile capabilities through our compact and portable transmission technologies.”

TV Tribuna becomes the first Brazilian broadcaster to purchase and deploy IMT’s Nucomm CPTx-II. As a result, TV Tribuna’s improved mobile capabilities gives the station a competitive advantage in the Brazilian broadcast market, as it can now provide TV Tribuna’s viewers with unprecedented on-location coverage. The durability and small form factor of the CPTx-II allows TV Tribuna to access and cover stories that traditional ENG trucks cannot access by employing this technology on its motorcycle and small production vehicles.

In addition, the station also incorporated IMT’s RF Central VClip microLite into its arsenal of gear, which will be used in TV Tribuna’s coverage of the Santos Futebol Clube games as well as other local sporting events. IMT’s microLite gives the station the ability run freely throughout the stadium and not be tied down by cable runs. IMT’s microLite has also given TV Tribuna the ability to conduct locker room interviews of the players and coaches.

“IMT’s equipment is stable, practical and robust,” says Jose Meneses, operations director, TV Tribuna. “We typically operate in extreme weather, including direct sunlight, heat and rain, and the equipment has worked really well in all these conditions. As a long-time customer, this durability is why we continue to turn to IMT for our portable receive/transmission needs.”

IMT’s Nucomm Compact Portable Tx-II (CPTx-II) is a lightweight RF video transmitter that delivers HD/SD output at up to eight Watts in 2k DVB-T COFDM mode. The CPTx-II is ideal for covering motorcycle and bicycle races, marathons, triathlons and other fast-paced, high-speed ENG/OB events using such smaller on-course vehicles as cars, motorcycles and even bicycles. The CPTx-II was designed to offer exceptional RF performance and ease of operation. Instead of ‘run and shoot,’ motorcycles and other smaller ENG/OB and production vehicles now are ‘run and transmit.’

The CPTx-II supports video/audio/data/telemetry with selectable modulation bandwidths of 6, 7, and 8MHz. In addition to the small size, the unit has very low latency and a low power consumption. It weighs about 3 kg and comes with a variety of mounts, including special mounts for motorcycles. The maneuverability of a motorcycle fitted with video transmission capability offers significant advantages as the camera can get onto roads and into locations that might be too narrow for a traditional vehicle to navigate safely.

The RF Central VClip microLite HD Transmitter (VMLT) is a new addition to IMT’s award-winning RF Central family of microLite HD products. The VMLT is a compact wireless camera video transmitter that mounts on the end of the cameras between a plate and any V-mount battery, a widely used mounting option for the industry’s leading professional cameras. The V-mount option is integrated on both sides of the VMLT transmitter, allowing the transmitter to be mounted to the camera, then the battery to be mounted to the transmitter. As a result, the battery can be used to power up the transmitter and pass power through to the camera. With its compact, clamshell design, the VMLT is ideal for a variety of mobile applications, including live sports events, reality TV productions, ENG/OB broadcast and video assist.

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