NAB 2018

NAB 2018: Camera Corps To Launch SIMPLY SMPTE MAX

Camera Corps has chosen to launch SIMPLY SMPTE MAX, the new addition to its rental range of television production solutions at NAB 2018.

“Developed by our in house engineering team, SIMPLY SMPTE MAX is designed for use in 4K-UHD or multi-camera HD broadcast coverage of live events,” says Camera Corps’ Barry Parker. “It is a compact remote fibre signal transportation system with five 3G feeds to support 4K and super-slow-motion applications operated and powered over long distances.

“SIMPLY SMPTE MAX delivers the security and reliability demanded for high-profile sports events where space is at a premium and a neat efficient fibre solution is required,” Parker says. “It has already been used with outstanding success at one of the largest events in the winter 2018 sports calendar and now forms part of the Camera Corps rental fleet.”

Each system comprises of two units, one base and one remote. Both are compact and highly robust, allowing for fast installation, configuration and tear-down. They connect via a single SMPTE 311M hybrid cable capable of carrying multichannel video and audio from one or more cameras back to a production control room. The same cable can be used to deliver AC main power (240 volts at up to 480 watts) from base to remote. Two XLR4 sockets, delivering up to a combined total of 50 watts at 12 volts, are also available at the remote end.

SIMPLY SMPTE MAX additionally accepts a remote-to-base 3G video feed such as the HD monitor display output from a 4K-UHD camera, typically used to carry camera-settings information. Base-to-remote video is also provided for genlock. Eight bi-directional data channels, 2 x RS232 signals, 2 x RS422/485, 2 x audio and 2 x GPI are all fully supported. Two Ethernet networking ports (10/100/1,000 Base-T) are also provided plus a base-to-remote analog audio channel for camera control data.

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