Bending what it takes!

In order for large sporting events, open-air concerts and reporting of current events to land on your screen in first-class picture quality, technically advanced broadcast cable is required. They must be resistant to bending, robust and durable – just like Draka SMPTE 311M camera cables.

“Designed for professional studio and live productions, Draka Hybrid HD camera cables meet all the requirements the broadcast industry needs to handle HDTV, super-slomotion, 4K and 8K transmissions in the long term,” says Dipl.-Ing. Marc-Oliver Hentschel, Product Manager Studio Broadcast BU Multimedia Solutions, Prysmian Group. “We are pleased to be able to provide our broadcast customers with highly flexible and powerful camera cables with an optimal cost/benefit ratio”.

The hybrid HD camera cables 2SM 9/125 + 4 x AWG20 + 2 x AWG24 in accordance with the SMPTE 311M standard are now equipped with two BendBright-XS single-mode optical fibers of type G.652.D2 or G.657.A2/B2 as well as control and signal conductors. They are used to transmit power, video, audio and control signals and connect the camera to the base station.

The new BendBright-XS singlemode fibers feature extremely low macro bending sensitivity, tight glass geometry and ColorLock-XS coating. This makes the SMPTE 311M Hybrid High-Flex cables extremely robust and resistant to bending. They are easy to handle, especially in outdoor applications, without compromising the transmission signal. This important feature results from the high performance and flexibility of the Prysmian Group PCVD fiber manufacturing process. The special process ensures that light remains intact in the fibre core. This property is important for critical data transmission applications. This is because normal optical fibers can lose significant amounts of light, leading to signal loss and failure.

The cables are available with PUR, TPE or LSZH outer sheathing. For mobile applications, the BU Multimedia Solutions guarantees permanent winding. The connector can be easily installed on site. The SMPTE 311M Hybrid High-Flex cable is available in various flame-retardant versions and is compatible with all digital camera systems from well-known manufacturers.