Studio Technologies Introduces Portable Truck-End Live-Link Camera Interface

Studio Technologies has introduced a new, compact portable truck-end unit for its Live-Link Mini Remote Camera Interface System. Weighing less than four pounds, the device — which interconnects through one single-mode optical fiber cable — was designed for “run-and-gun” operations in which the quick transport and setup of broadcast equipment is necessary.

The Studio Technologies portable unit, with an integrated carry handle, includes dual SDI outputs (active “mults”), two analog de-embed audio outputs and dual-channel party-line (PL) intercom support. The PL intercom interface can provide power for user belt packs or can be connected to an existing powered system.

With the new system, broadcasters now have three options to interconnect with the Live-Link compact camera-end unit, including two previous model rack-mount truck-end units. Each allows a system to be optimized to get the right “fit” for a wide range of applications.

For flexibility, the portable truck-end unit can be powered by two DC power sources. A 4-pin XLR connector on the front panel allows a 12-volt DC power supply to be connected. A battery mount, located on the back of the unit’s cover, is compatible with Anton/Bauer batteries. An optional V-Mount battery mount can be provided to allow for use of other brands of rechargeable batteries.

The system offers one SDI path in each direction, supporting a wide range of SD-, HD- and 3G video signals. Standard optical, video and audio connectors are used throughout the system.

Unlike other systems from the Live-Link family, “Mini’s” camera-end unit relies on the associated camera or camcorder to embed on-air audio signals into audio group one of the source SDI signal. This minimizes the camera-end unit’s size and simplifies setup. The embedded audio signals are then transported, along with picture data, to the associated Live-Link Mini truck-end unit.

“The addition of the portable truck-end unit to the Live-Link Mini system offers a feature set that is optimized for field applications where easy setup, fast configuration, compact size and battery operation are important,” said Gordon Kapes, president of Studio Technologies. “Used together, the portable camera- and truck-end versions maintain the goal of a cost-effective solution while providing excellent video, audio and intercom quality.”

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