Bluebell Introduces Hothead Silhouette for Power Insertion at Live Events

Bluebell Opticom has announced the Hothead Silhouette, an end-to-end, self-contained power, control and video tool for 4K robotic-camera productions. It will be shown at IBC 2017.

Bluebell Opticom said the Hothead Silhouette replaces copper cabling with one hybrid cable and allows camera operators to sit far away from the robotic head — a combination of benefits not previously available in conjunction with 4K UHD production and remote powering.

The device is intended for ingest and production of live events at sports arenas, theaters, stadiums and other venues. It combines 4K UHD transport, an open-architecture data-control system and up to 60 watts of power insertion to run the robotic camera head — all in a self-contained, fully integrated system.

By placing the portable unit between the robotic camera head and the base station and adding an external interconnect, users can remotely power, control and receive 4K UHD pictures from a robotic camera head over a single hybrid fiber cable at distances over 12 miles away.

As a result, instead of standing on the wings of a stage using copper cables to connect to the robotic heads, operators can now be a great distance away if required and still have full control. They can manage the robotic heads from the same place as the standard manned cameras, and all control, services and ingest can be sent via fiber to the production truck and consolidated with the other production facilities.

Hothead Silhouette is part of Bluebell's Silhouette range of throw-down units aimed at ingest, remote production, power and camera control.

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