Live-Link Remote Camera Interface System

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Designed to handle news, sports, and other day-to-day remote interfacing needs with ease, the Live-Link™ Remote Camera Interface System offers a comprehensive fiber-optic-connected solution for transporting digital video, audio, intercom, and data between a remote camera location and a truck or control room. The point-to-point system consists of a portable Camera End Unit and either a portable or rack-ready Control Room Unit. Both use industry-standard connectors that are clearly labeled for fast, intuitive setup.

Live-Link provides two digital video paths in each direction that support the 3G/HD/SD-SDI SMPTE®-standards. In addition, the system provides connectivity for mic/line level signals, talent cueing, 2-channel party-line intercom, GPI/GPO, RS-232/RS-422 asynchronous data, and Gigabit Ethernet. A full complement of status LEDs simplifies monitoring and troubleshooting. Live-Link systems are suitable for remote production or permanent installation and can be powered by a DC supply or battery.

Live-Link is a reliable and convenient way of linking a production camera crew to an ENG or OB van, SNG vehicle, or production trailer. The system's portability and ease-of-deployment make it an ideal infrastructure solution for studio complexes, arenas, and campus environments. Live-Link units interconnect using two strands of single-mode fiber-optic cable and provide a transmission distance of at least 10 km (per SMPTE 297). Featuring the rugged opticalCON® DUO fiber-optic connectors from Neutrik®, units can also be ordered with ST optical connectors.

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Key Features

  • Transports digital video, audio, and data over two single-mode optical fibers
  • Supports standard 3G/HD/SD-SDI digital video formats
  • Four mic/line inputs with selectable gain and +48 V phantom power
  • Two line-level audio paths for IFB or general-purpose use
  • Party-line intercom interface with 28 V beltpack power
  • 2-wire-to-4-wire auto nulling hybrids for excellent intercom audio
  • 10/100/1000 (Gigabit) Ethernet
  • RS-232 and RS-422 for camera control
  • Available with Neutrik opticalCON DUO for fast, reliable fiber connectivity
  • Anton/Bauer® battery mount standard on both units
  • Low power consumption allows extended battery operating time
  • Industry-standard connectors for all inputs and outputs
  • Available in portable or rack-ready versions

Documentation Where to Buy

Live-Link Camera End Unit

The Live-Link Camera End Unit goes where the action is. Weighing less than 11 pounds (5 kg) the unit is truly portable. And with its rugged aluminum housing it's built to withstand the rigors of field use. The intuitive I/O panel uses industry-standard connectors: BNC for digital video, 3-pin XLR for audio and intercom, RJ45 for Ethernet, and 9-pin D-Sub for asynchronous data. Status indicators and multi-segment audio level meters make setup and use a simple process. The 2-channel party-line intercom interface provides DC power for direct connection of intercom beltpacks. The 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface features an auto MDI/MDI-X input eliminating the need for crossover cables. An Anton/Bauer battery mount allows for battery-powered operation. A maximum power draw of 30 watts allows battery operating time of four hours or greater. As an alternate to battery operation a source of 10 to 18 Vdc can be connected.

Live-Link Control Room Unit

Typically residing in an ENG truck or at a control room location, Live-Link's Control Room Unit serves as the I/O panel for signals going to and from the Camera End Unit. Two single-mode optical fibers carry WDM-multiplexed signals between the units. All video, audio, and data inputs and outputs use standard connectors. Multiple LEDs provide video, audio, and system status information. The Control Room Unit is available in a portable or rack-ready version. The portable version can be powered by a 10 to 18 Vdc source or via battery using the Anton/Bauer mount. Consuming a maximum of 20 watts, battery operation in excess of six hours is easily achieved. The rack-ready version is optimized for use in permanent (fixed or mobile) installations. Using the optional Live-Link Rack Mounting Enclosure, one or two units can be mounted in three spaces (3U) of a standard equipment rack.

Selected Live-Link Control Room versions provide 2-wire party-line support instead of 4-wire. Alternately, applications that require a 2-wire party-line circuit to be interfaced with the Control Room Unit's 4-wire interface can use the Studio Technologies' Model 45A Interface.

System Specifications

Optical:
Cable: 2 single-mode fibers
Optical Budget: 14 dB minimum at 2.97 Gb/s; 17 dB minimum at 1.485 Gb/s and 270 Mb/s
Transmission Distance: 10 km, minimum (per SMPTE® 297)
Wavelengths Utilized: 1310 nm, 1550 nm

Digital Video:
Number of Paths: 4, two in each direction
Data Rate: 3.0 Gb/s maximum
Supported Standards: 3G-SDI (SMPTE 424M), HD-SDI (SMPTE 292), SD-SDI (SMPTE 259M), DVB-ASI

Mic/Line Audio:
Number of Channels: 4 (Camera End Unit to Control Room Unit)
Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz ±0.2 dB
Distortion: 0.1%, DC to 40 kHz
Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 84 dB, DC to 40 kHz
Dynamic Range: 104 dB

Line-Level Audio:
Number of Channels: 2 (Control Room Unit to Camera End Unit)
Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz ±0.1 dB
Distortion: 0.03%, DC to 40 kHz
Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 84 dB, DC to 40 kHz
Dynamic Range: 104 dB

2-Wire-to-4-Wire Interface:
Frequency Response: 100 Hz to 8 kHz ±2.5 dB
Distortion: 0.1%
Signal-To-Noise Ratio: 65 dB
Nulling Method: automatic upon user initiation; null settings stored in non-volatile memory
Nulling Cable Length Range: 0 to 3500 feet, typical

Data Transport:
RS-232, full duplex, asynchronous (serial)
RS-422, full duplex, asynchronous (serial)
Rate: auto-sensing, 115.2 kb/s, maximum with HD- or 3G-SDI (57.6 kb/s with SD-SDI)

GPI/GPO Transport: GPI Input: +3.3 Vdc logic, activates on closure to system common

Auxiliary Power Source: 12 Vdc nominal, 30 mA maximum

 

Live-Link Camera End Unit Specifications

Optical Connector(s): Neutrik® opticalCON® DUO or two ST (UPC polish), factory installed, selectable at time of order

Digital Video Inputs: 2
Connector: BNC
Type: unbalanced
Impedance: 75 ohms

Digital Video Outputs: 2
Connector: BNC
Type: unbalanced
Impedance: 75 ohms
Level: 800 mV p-p

Mic/Line Audio Inputs: 4
Connector: 3-pin female XLR
Type: electronically balanced
Impedance: 2 k ohms
Level: +24 dBu maximum including mic gain
Gain: 0 dB, 15 dB, 30 dB, 45 dB, selectable
Phantom Power: +48 Vdc nominal, selectable on/off

Line-Level Audio Outputs: 2
Connector: 3-pin male XLR
Type: electronically balanced
Impedance: 100 ohms
Level: +24 dBu maximum

Party-Line Intercom Interface: 1, 2-channel
Connector: 3-pin male XLR
Type: 2-wire party-line (PL)
Impedance: 200 ohms
Level: –10 dBu nominal
Compatibility: single- and dual-channel intercom systems such as those from RTS® and Clear-Com®
2-Wire Power Source: 28 Vdc nominal, 300 mA maximum

Ethernet:
Connector: RJ45 (auto MDI/MDI-X)
Rate: 10/100/1000 auto sensing

RS-232/RS-422 and GPI/GPO Connector:
9-pin D-subminiature female

Power:
DC Input Range: 10 to 18 V
Requirement: 30 watts maximum
DC Input Connector: 4-pin male XLR
Battery Mount: Anton/Bauer® Gold Mount System

Dimensions (including protective bumpers and handle):
8.36 inches wide (21.2 cm)
6.54 inches high (16.6 cm)
13.33 inches deep (33.9 cm)

Weight: 10.9 pounds (5.0 kg)

 

Live-Link Control Room Unit Specifications

Optical Connector(s): Neutrik® opticalCON® DUO or two ST (UPC polish), factory installed, selectable at time of order

Digital Video Inputs: 2
Connector: BNC
Type: unbalanced
Impedance: 75 ohms

Digital Video Outputs: 2
Connector: BNC
Type: unbalanced
Impedance: 75 ohms
Level: 800 mV p-p

Mic/Line Audio Outputs: 4
Connector: 3-pin male XLR
Type: electronically balanced
Impedance: 100 ohms
Level: +4 dBu nominal, +24 dBu maximum

Line-Level Audio Inputs: 2
Connector: 3-pin female XLR
Type: electronically balanced
Impedance: 10 k ohms
Level: +4 dBu nominal, +24 dBu maximum

Inputs from 4-Wire Intercom: 2
Connector: 3-pin female XLR
Type: electronically balanced
Impedance: 10 k ohms
Level: +4 dBu nominal, +24 dBu maximum

Outputs to 4-Wire Intercom: 2
Connector: 3-pin male XLR
Type: electronically balanced
Impedance: 100 ohms
Level: +4 dBu nominal, +24 dBu maximum

Ethernet:
Connector: RJ45 (auto MDI/MDI-X)
Rate: 10/100/1000 auto sensing

RS-232/RS-422 and GPI/GPO Connector: 9-pin D-subminiature female

Power:
DC Input Range: 10 to 18 V
Requirement: 20 watts maximum
DC Input Connector: 4-pin male XLR
Battery Mount: Anton/Bauer Gold Mount System (Portable Version only)

Dimensions (Portable Version, including protective bumpers and handle):
8.36 inches wide (21.2 cm)
6.54 inches high (16.6 cm)
13.33 inches deep (33.9 cm)

Dimensions (Rack-Ready Version):
8.36 inches wide (21.2 cm)
5.00 inches high (12.7 cm)
12.60 inches deep (32.0 cm)

Weight:
Portable Versions: 10.9 pounds (5.0 kg)
Rack-Ready Versions: 7.7 pounds (3.5 kg)

Accessories
Option: Live-Link Rack Mounting Enclosure: 3U, holds one or two Rack-Ready Control Room Units

Specifications subject to change without notice.

  • Live-Link™ "04X" Series
    Supports Four Paths of 3G Digital Video, Four Mic/Line Inputs, Line/IFB Outputs, and 2-Channel Intercom
  • Live-Link™ "05X" Series
    Supports Five Paths of 3G Digital Video, Four Mic/Line Inputs, Line/IFB Outputs, and Party-Line Intercom
  • Live-Link™ "06X" Series
    Supports Four Paths of 3G Digital Video, One Path of Analog Video, Four Mic/Line Inputs, Line/IFB Outputs, and Party-Line Intercom
  • Live-Link™ "07X" Series
    Supports Six Paths of 3G Digital Video, Four Mic/Line Inputs, Line/IFB Outputs, and Party-Line Intercom

Parts & Accessories

Documentation

Other Documentation  

Title
Connection Details: Live-Link Camera End (Order Codes: LL-3G-CA-041/051/061 & LL-3G-CA-042/052/062) & Control Room (Order Codes: LL-3G-CR-041/051/061 & LL-3G-CR-042/052/062)
Description
Issue 4
Release Date
01-Mar-2014
Title
Connection Details: Live-Link Camera End (Order Codes: LL-3G-CA-045/055/065 & LL-3G-CA-046/056/066) & Control Room (Order Codes: LL-3G-CR-045/055/065 & LL-3G-CR-046/056/066)
Description
Issue 4
Release Date
01-Mar-2014
Title
Connection Details: Live-Link Camera End (Order Codes: LL-3G-CA-075 & LL-3G-CA-076) & Control Room (Order Codes: LL-3G-CR-075 & LL-3G-CR-076)
Description
Issue 2
Release Date
01-Mar-2014
Title
Live-Link Remote Camera Interface System Full-Line Summary
Description
Issue 8
Release Date
01-Dec-2014
Title
Live-Link Remote Camera Interface System Feature-by-Feature Comparison Chart
Description
Issue 4
Release Date
01-Oct-2016
Title
Live-Link Camera End Unit Dimensions
Description
Issue 2
Release Date
01-Nov-2017
Title
Live-Link Camera End DXFs

Images  

Live-Link Remote Camera Interface System Camera End and Control Room Front Angle Views (Order Codes: LL-3G-CA-041/042 and LL-3G-CR-041/042)
Live-Link Remote Camera Interface System Camera End Front View (Order Code: LL-3G-CA-041/042)
Live-Link Remote Camera Interface System Control Room Front View (Order Code: LL-3G-CR-047/048)
Live-Link Remote Camera Interface System Camera End Front Angle View with Connector (Order Code: LL-3G-CA-041/042)
Size Comparison of Live-Link and Live-Link Jr. Units
Live-Link Accessory Kit included with Live-Link Systems
Live-Link Rack Mounting Enclosure (Order Code: LL-RME-01)
Live-Link Rack Mounting Enclosure Rear View (Order Code: LL-RME-01)
Live-Link Rack Mounting Enclosure shown with one Live-Link system installed (Order Code: LL-RME-01)
Live-Link Rack Mounting Enclosure shown with two Live-Link systems installed (Order Code: LL-RME-01)
Live-Link Cover (Order Code: LL-COVER-02)
Live-Link/Model 45A Bracket (Order Code: LL-BRACKET-01)
Replacement 12 Vdc, 5 A Power Supply (Order Code: PS-DC-01)
Replacement Audio Cable (XLR5M to XLR3F/XLR3M) (Order Code: 13662)
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