IBC 2018: IMT Vislink demonstrates HCAM and UltraReceiver enhancements
By: Kristian Hernandez, Assistant Editor
Friday, September 14, 2018 - 8:51 am

xG Technology announced that IMT Vislink will be demonstrating an enhancement to its HCAM and UltraReceiver wireless camera solution to provide single-frame end-to-end latency for 4K UHD transmissions at IBC 2018 (Stand 1.A69).

Production companies and event producers are increasingly turning to wireless camera solutions in order to make live programming more immersive and engaging for viewers. The growth in UHD and HDR programming follows this trend of seeking out greater realism and a “really there” sense of involvement. Vislink’s single-frame latency wireless camera solution allows greater creative flexibility by allowing event directors to seamlessly cut between wired and wireless UHD resolution cameras at will and with full confidence of providing continuity throughout the broadcast.

“We introduced the HCAM HEVC UHD wireless camera transmitter at IBC last year, being the first company to bring this type of wireless camera solution that enables high-quality, long range operations within narrow RF channels to market,” says David Robins, Global Sales Director for Vislink. “Vislink is proud to offer another market first with the updated HCAM and UltraReceiver solution, as it provides a significant improvement to operators by delivering quality UHD pictures with latencies as low as a single frame, while enhancing broadcasting freedom. HCAM fills the need for reliable HEVC transmission and allows for better compression without sacrificing quality.”

HCAM is the most widely deployed HEVC 4K UHD wireless transmitter on the market. It supports applications such as ENG (Electronic News Gathering) and premium live sports broadcasts. It features user-interchangeable RF modules and a range of software options — including the capability to be HDR Ready. With highly flexible and configurable mounting options and intuitive video interfaces, the unit can be mounted to broadcast cameras, ENG cameras, and prosumer cameras.

HCAM features dual SFP modules supporting quad 3/6/12G SDI/HDMI/Fiber Optic/SMPTE 2022-6 HD-SDI over IP interfaces. It’s also designed with Wi-fi and Bluetooth control via a dedicated Android and iOS app. In addition, the unit features integrated camera control with Vislink FocalPoint compatibility and direct-docking V-Lock and Anton/Bauer battery plates with integral power feed through. It is also compatible with Vislink’s L1750 range of transmitter modules via RTB modification.

Perfect for broadcast sports and ENG news coverage with wireless cameras, the UltraReceiver is a 1RU half-width, rackmount chassis receiver. The versatile receiver features four UHF inputs with maximum-ratio combining, DVB-T and proprietary LMS-T demodulation, as well as ASI and IP capabilities.