Let´s catch up at BVE in London!

It´s BVE time again! We at Bluebell Opticom will not be exhibiting this year, but of course the Bluebell team will be there; Mark, Taksim, Antonio and myself. BVE has always been a social event for the broadcast industry in the UK and so this year we are going to be more sociable!

If you want to sit down with us at the show, please email sales@bluebell.tv and we´ll set up an appointment. Our office will be the IABM bar in the centre of the exhibition hall.

We have a lot of new and exciting updates to our product line we´d love to tell you about. We have some new additions to the Silhouette family and new features too. The ShaxX range has been qualified with yet more camera models. We are now moving CWDM 12G BN390 modules. Our newly upgraded Fast Ethernet card is set for Jumbo packet transport, and we have a new HDMI offering under wraps until NAB.

So drop us a line and tell us what you are up to and I hope to see you at the show.

Paul McCann

Managing Director

Electronics Technician

Bluebell are looking for an Electronics Technician.

We are looking for the right person to join our fast moving dynamic production team, Working for an award winning Broadcast Manufacturer.

Full Training given with an immediate start.

Salary commensurate with experience.

Please send CV to paul@bluebell.tv

HotHead Silhouette In Live Production

In August Bluebell announced the launch of the Hothead Silhouette, an end-to-end, self-contained power, control, and video tool for 4K robotic-camera productions. Hothead Silhouette replaces copper cabling with one hybrid cable and, more importantly, 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.

Intended for ingest and production of live events at sports arenas, theatres, stadiums, and other venues, the Hothead Silhouette 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 fibre cable at distances up to 20 kilometres.

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 several tens of kilometres 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 fibre to the production truck and consolidated with the other production facilities.

“The whole idea behind a robotic camera head is that the operator can be located away from the camera, while the heads can be put in places manual cameras can’t get to. It’s a great notion, but it’s sometimes hard to put into practice given the challenges of distance and power, especially with data-heavy 4K shoots,” said Paul Felix McCann, managing director, Bluebell Opticom. “Hothead Silhouette eliminates those challenges so operators can control robotic camera systems from a warm, dry cabin or OB truck rather than being perched on the side of a stage — or worse, underneath it — at any live event.”

Upgrades to Bluebell BN390 Multiplexer Enable New 4K UHD Conversion Options and Remote Configuration

As UHDTV takes hold, single-cable transport of 4K signals is becoming more and more imperative. That’s why Bluebell has put considerable effort into building such a solution: the BN390 stand-alone interface supporting 4K/UHDTV in broadcast studios and outside broadcast (OB) applications, especially sport. With the BN390 multiplexer, broadcasters can avoid using quad HD links, which are cumbersome and time-consuming to rig and install, in favour of sending all signals on a single coax or fibre cable. There are few if any other products like the BN390 on the market today.

There are two BN390 modules: a multiplexer and a demultiplexer. An IN and an OUT. That’s it. However, despite their simplicity, the BN390 units are highly sophisticated configurable tools for conversion between of all the various formats of 4K UHD.

Because 12G-SDI doesn’t travel far on copper, these units come with optical ports as standard. The factory default is set to convert four 3G-SDI signals on four BNC connectors to 12G-SDI on a single BNC and fibre optic output. Beyond the default, a slew of configurables includes HD-SDI, 6G-SDI, dual link, and two identical 12G-SDI images.

Besides supporting SNMP access, each BN390 unit serves its own web page for management, setup, and configuration. An RJ45 port means the module can be connected directly to a laptop or hung on a network. The latest version maps the existing control software to Bluebell’s emerging GUI technology built for simple hardware control during remote production. The GUI is a powerful, fast interface that controls the input signal format and the output format. It also works as a network monitor that reports signal loss and other error states.

The BN390 is small enough to be strapped to the side of a camera. Most 4K cameras present their UHD signals across four BNC connectors, creating a headache for the operator, who must manage four coaxial cables on the floor out the back of the camera. Using the BN390 alleviates that problem because operators need only deal with a single fibre optic cable or a single coax — making setup tidy and less time-consuming.

Besides studio and OB applications, the BN390 has also been used in 4K edit suites. Most post houses already have fibre installed, so jumping on to their in-house networks is the perfect way to move content between processes. For example, converting to fibre has proven to be a very neat solution for moving rushes from one suite to another.

In short, the BN390 is a small-form-factor, cost-effective, super-efficient, agile, easy-to-operate multiplexer product that slots into a 4K UHD workflow beautifully. Simply plug it in, configure it, and go. Unique in its performance capability and signal integrity, the BN390 saves time and labour — and therefore money — for the operator.

Product of the Month BN365 12G-SDI

The BN365, is a stand-alone 12G Fibre transport module now upgraded to achieve better performance; cleaner, crisper pictures; and longer distances. Like its BN390 cousin, the BN365 is available with CWDM optics. They are extremely compact single channel fibre optic converters that are perfectly suited to provide interference free transmission and for extending the range of electrical signals, particularly 12G-SDI signals.

Each one is housed in a compact robust enclosure and is designed for Outside Broadcast and special events as well as Studios.

Power is provided via the optional PS12 unit. The PS12 has an IEC mains inlet allowing easy adoption into standard equipment bays. The BN365 has a 4 pin XLR allowing power from a variety of external DC sources in the range 4.5 to 17 V.

Bluebell Wins Emmy® Award for SDI-Over-Fibre Technology

Bluebell Opticom Ltd today announced it has earned an Emmy® Award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for pioneering development of SDI over fibre optic networks.

The award comes as part of the 69th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy® Awards announced in early September and the award ceremony will be held on 8th April 2018 at the NAB Show convention.

When Bluebell, a 24-year-old company, began making equipment that converted SDI to light, it did so out of academic interest. However, when broadcasters saw the advantages, they were quick to adopt the new technology. As a result, SDI signal transport over fibre is commonplace today, and Bluebell has become a trusted vendor for thousands of broadcasters, OB truck companies, stadiums, governments, and satellite uplink stations throughout the world.

“I am very proud of what we have achieved over the years and am so pleased that we have been recognised for those achievements by The National Academy of Arts & Sciences,” said Paul Felix McCann, managing director, Bluebell Opticom. “It’s thrilling to see that what started out as a good idea for a product has been embraced by the whole industry. This is a great honour for us and means a huge amount to me personally.”

Bluebell Introduces Hothead Silhouette

Bluebell today announced the launch of the Hothead Silhouette, an end-to-end, self-contained power, control, and video tool for 4K robotic-camera productions. Hothead Silhouette replaces copper cabling with one hybrid cable and, more importantly, 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.

Intended for ingest and production of live events at sports arenas, theatres, stadiums, and other venues, the Hothead Silhouette 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 fibre cable at distances up to 20 kilometres.

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 several tens of kilometres away 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 fibre to the production truck and consolidated with the other production facilities.

“The whole idea behind a robotic camera head is that the operator can be located away from the camera, while the heads can be put in places manual cameras can’t get to. It’s a great notion, but it’s sometimes hard to put into practice given the challenges of distance and power, especially with data-heavy 4K shoots,” said Paul Felix McCann, managing director, Bluebell Opticom. “Hothead Silhouette eliminates those challenges so operators can control robotic camera systems from a warm, dry cabin or OB truck rather than being perched on the side of a stage — or worse, underneath it — at any live event.”

Hothead Silhouette is part of Bluebell’s successful Silhouette range of throw-down units aimed at ingest, remote production, power, and camera control. The product is available now and will be on display at IBC2017 on stand 10.F24.