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NEWS MOVE & DELIVER Fibre optic interfaces Graphics and playout Bluebell Opticom has added the BC364 card to its BC Series of rack-based modular fibre interfaces. The BC364 is a compact rack-mountable multi- format converter for use with a wide range of broadcast video and audio signals. When paired with Bluebell’s ShaxX line of SMPTE hybrid alternative connector kits for broadcast camera systems, the BC364 can multiplex multiple camera links over a single dark fibre. The BC364 card contains input and output SFP cages, enabling users to adapt the functionality of the unit to suit different applications simply by switching to a different SFP converter module. Signal input and output formats are defined by selecting appropriate standard SFPs that can perform optical and/or electrical format conversions. The BC364 card can perform an array of functions, from distribution and format conversion to monitoring and wavelength management (including CWDM). “We designed the BC364 card to work with SFP modules because they provide a relatively inexpensive, easily swappable, universal way to make the card serve whatever function is needed in a given situation,” said Paul McCann, Bluebell Opticom managing director. “Importantly, since broadcasters are often looking for ways to put more signals onto less fibre, one of those functions is to act as a CWDM manager. In this way, the BC364 becomes a multiplexer that joins up to 16 cameras with ShaxX units over one pair of fibres.” The BC364 card will make its US debut at NAB (booth N4422). At NAB (booth SL1110) ChyronHego will preview Lyric64, an all-new 64-bit version of the company’s flagship Lyric graphics creation and playout platform. Lyric64 features a new customizable user interface and is resolution-agnostic with full support for graphics authoring and playout in non-standard aspect ratios, such as on video walls, and in 4k and above. Like its predecessor, Lyric64 offers point-and-click access to external data sources using ChyronHego’s Advanced Data Object technology. Compatible feed include ODBC, JSON, AP wire and XML. “Lyric64 is the result of an extensive development effort to evolve our flagship product to keep pace with customers’ ever-challenging graphics requirements,” said Johan Apel, chief executive of ChyronHego. “With Lyric64, we’ve taken everything that’s great about Lyric and ported it to the 64-bit environment to give users more power and versatility than ever before. In addition to new user interface features that bring all of Lyric’s rich functionality right to the surface and make them instantly accessible, Lyric64 positions ChyronHego and our customers perfectly for the coming world of 4k broadcasting.” Lyric64 will be available in the third quarter of 2015. Signal processing Axon Digital Design will launch three new 4k capable products and showcase its Ethernet infrastructure innovations at NAB 2015 (booth SU5405). The three 4k products are a distribution amplifier and two production Tool Boxes. Both production Tool Boxes (U4T100 and U4T140) will “ease the challenges” of a 4-wire production setup by carrying Vanc and Hanc data such as timecode and embedded audio. The U4T140 also provides a Dolby E encoder and decoder. Also at the show, Axon will showcase live video transport over Ethernet using its Neuron networked live media production system. All product demonstrations on the booth will be transported over fiber cable. Demos will include Synapse 4k signal processing, combined SynMC Master control and SynLive live production mixing. 36 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 100 APRIL 2015