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Bluebell Introduces Silhouette Combine Converters at NAB

Bluebell Opticom has announced the Silhouette Combine4 and Combine8 converters, two new additions to the Silhouette power-insertion family for robotic-camera productions in sports, theatre and music venues. When used with the Silhouette power-insertion system, the converters let users combine signals from four or eight cameras onto one SMPTE hybrid cable.

Bluebell Opticom said the Silhouette is a line of rugged, deployable, high-density mixed-technology media converters. The heart of the Silhouette power-insertion product family for robotic cameras in remote-production scenarios, the Silhouette is an integrated 4K UHD robotic head system that works with SD-SDI, HD-SDI, 3G-SDI and 4K UHD cameras to provide power and control to the camera head and fiber optic connectivity for the remote-control panel.

As a result, operators no longer need to rely on stadium power. Instead, they can remotely power, control, and receive 4K UHD pictures from a robotic camera head over a single hybrid fiber cable at distances up to 12.4 miles.

BN390 Multiplexer.

BN390 Multiplexer.

Also at NAB, Bluebell Opticom showed its BN390 multiplexer. A standalone interface that enables single-cable 4K UHDTV transport, the BN390 is designed for cost-effective transport of 4K UHD signals over fiber, with the ability to multiplex four 3G-SDI signals onto a single 12G-SDI signal. The latest version of the BN390 includes a new software interface for remote configuration and signal monitoring.

Besides supporting SNMP access, the BN390 can now serve its own web page via a simple RJ45 connector to give users the ability to set up, configure and manage signals remotely. The BN390 maps the existing control software to Bluebell's emerging GUI technology, built for simple hardware control during remote production.

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