Bluebell Opticom has upgraded its BN390 multiplexer so that it now supports new 4K UHD conversion options and remote configuration. The standalone interface supports single-cable 4K UHDTV transport in broadcast studios and outside broadcast applications. Among other improvements, the BN390 multiplexer and demultiplexer modules are now capable of converting between the various formats of 4K UHD, not just 12G-SDI, for both copper and fibre; and they also come with a new software interface for remote configuration and signal monitoring.
The input on the original BN390 solution was fixed to convert four 3G-SDI signals to a single 12G-SDI output. The latest version can handle HD-SDI, 3G-SDI, 6G-SDI, and 12G-SDI and can be set for copper or fibre functionality. As 12G-SDI doesn't travel far over copper, the new BN390 units have optical ports as standard.
The BN390 can be set to configure itself automatically, or technicians can control it manually through a graphical user interface. In addition to supporting SNMP access, each BN390 unit serves its own web page for management, setup, and configuration. An RJ45 port allows the module to be connected directly to a laptop or hung on a network. The GUI interface controls the input signal format and the output format; it also works as a network monitor that reports signal loss and other error states.
Paul McCann, Managing Director, Bluebell Opticom, said: "The industry has dictated that remote production is the way forward; therefore, remote access to hardware is key. In the past year, we've invested big in software that makes it simple to control our gear over the web or SNMP, and now that software is part of this highly sophisticated throw-down tool for single-cable transport of 4K UHD. Between the simplicity of remote configuration and the new conversion capabilities, the BN390 makes it easier than ever to reconfigure workflow conditions to accommodate changing camera formats while using existing transport hardware and fibre networks for multiplatform broadcasting. Remote configuration has always involved big, bulky, rack-based equipment. We're changing that scenario with small, robust throw-down units that slot into a 4K UHD workflow beautifully."
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