POV cameras take outside broadcasts to the next level

Editor’s Note: This is the last part of a three part series.

In previous articles, I have covered the cabling infrastructure of HD broadcast studio and portable cameras. Another very exciting camera design is POV (point-of-view). With its standardization on HD, usage of 3G, and its pioneering of 3D, there is nowadays serious competition in sports broadcasting between different kinds of sports. TV viewers like to see thrilling moments, and TV networks need high ratings to grow their advertising revenues. POV cameras are able to help sports events become an even more spectacular viewing experience than ever. 

The POV camera has a design rather different from those of other cameras. It offers an impressively small lens, and consists of two pieces—the head and the CCU (camera control unit), connected via BNC-connector and a small, flexible coaxial cable. This special design allows the POV camera to be mounted practically anywhere and point at any angle. It can capture fantastic, incredible images. This is where the magic happens!

Over a recent weekend, I saw a lightweight camera jib that was highly portable and quick to rig. It was mounted on a standard lightweight dolly for complete mobility. I was proud to see that the camera team had used our small and flexible 1865A black coaxial cable. Team members told me Belden gave them the reliability they need to broadcast live during a sports event. I can tell you, the system delivered really exciting, smooth and floating crane shots! The next time I  see them, I will provide the camera team with our new One-Piece HD BNC connectors. I am sure they will like them, because you can put the 1-P BNCs in your pocket without fear of losing the pin or sleeve – this is not a crimp connector with three pieces you need to bring together before it works. Plus,  it’s very easy and fast to install.

By the way, Telecast’s POV line of fiber optic video/data transceiver modules are the perfect transport systems for high quality robotic cameras. Customers can select the 5200-series for analog cameras, or the 5400-series for digital SDI or HD/SDI cameras. As a broadcast link, these modules are used for goal cameras, beauty shots, etc. As a high-end professional video link, they preserve the quality and integrity of the camera output, while giving you two or three channels of high speed, duplex data for pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) and camera control. The return video path provides a broadcast quality monitor return, or a gunlock sync signal to the camera.

The latest innovation in this POV camera market for me was at the recent Alpine Skiing World Championship in Schladming (Austria).  The host broadcaster, ORF, broadcast live POV camera images from the skier’s perspective for the first time. Due to the size, weight, and not least because of the safety requirements in skiing, onboard POV images from the athletes’ perspective have not been possible until now. But Riedel Communications has developed a new type of camera for this application, fully integrated into the skier’s goggle straps – there’s no need for any cable on the camera, because it’s wireless, and all the cables are on the receiver package!

If you need more details about our solutions let me know and Email me at werner.eich@belden.com

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