March 25, 2013

Cobham HD MPEG4 IP Encoder

The UK-based RF specialist, Cobham, has launched a new HD MPEG4 IP Encoder that features IP connectivity via 3G, 4G and LAN, and can be used on camera or stand alone.

It has been specifically engineered for broadcast use, and its high capacity, 3G capabilities should ensure access to fast wireless 3G internet connections from even the most remote locations.

“Our IP encoder provides even more bit rate efficiency with the added benefit of the ability to operate in standard, low and ultra-low latency modes,” claimed Cobham’s Broadcast Systems Director, Stuart Brown. “And with power consumption rated at a very low 7-9 Watts, this encoder is ready for extended periods of deployment in virtually any environment.”

There will be three models, with prices starting from about £3,000, and the device can be connected to any camera. The IP encoder has composite, SDI, HD-SDI and HDMI video inputs, while audio input options include balanced analogue audio running on 48-volt phantom power.

Broadcast-standard IFB (interruptible foldback) talkback is available as an option on all models. This takes advantage of Bluetooth and WiFi for complete wireless links between presenter, camera and the newsroom, including access to IT facilities, email and the internet that can be shared by the entire location crew.

The IP encoder also includes a USB port for high-speed file uploads or for use with a 3G/4G dongle. The encoder is available in three forms, a small brick unit, camera back or rack mount.

By David Fox

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