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Telecast Fiber Systems Expands SHED Product Line

To include support for Ikegami camera systems (February 24, 2005)

Telecast Fiber Systems today announced that it is expanding its line of SHEDT SMPTE hybrid elimination devices to include support for several Ikegami camera systems. Now shipping, the new SHED adapters allow production crews that are using SMPTE fiber-equipped broadcast cameras to replace hybrid optical fiber/copper cabling with low-cost single-mode fiber. The SHED family reduces the bulk and expense associated with hybrid cabling and extends the distance capabilities of the camera. Telecast's full SHED product line will be on display at the company's NAB2005 booth, SU8375, April 18-21 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Each SHED system consists of two adapters that allow communication between the camera and base station via two single-mode fibers. On the base station side, the small SHED device interfaces with the CCU via hybrid cable. Two single-mode fibers then link to the SHED HDX at or near the camera location, where the HDX unit allows the camera to be safely powered. Up to an additional kilometer of SMPTE hybrid cable can be supported between the HDX and the camera head. The SHED HDX can be used with Ikegami HDK-series cameras including the HDK-79E, HDK-75EX, HDK-725P, and HDK-790E cameras.

"We're glad to be able to offer our customers maximum flexibility in selecting cabling that best suits their needs. The integration of the SHED system with our HDK-79E and HDK-725P provides the added feature of being able to use dark fiber in addition to standard hybrid fiber camera cable and triax with our HD triax system," said Ikegami Vice President and Director of Engineering Alan Keil. "We've also worked with Telecast to directly interface their HDPOV link with our HDL-40 compact HD camera. Product integrations like these give us the opportunity to combine novel technologies and adapt our products to fit even the most specialized broadcast needs."

F&F Productions recently relied on the integration of the SHED adapters with an Ikegami HDK-725P to cover the second inauguration of President George W. Bush. "We provided two HD mobile units for ABC News, and they used cameras to cover the inauguration from various locations throughout the city. There was no way to run triax from several of the vantage points back to Capitol Hill, so we hooked the SHED HDX into our Ikegami cameras and used single-mode fiber instead," said Bill McKechney of F&F Productions. "It worked great, and we will definitely continue to keep the SHED in our trucks. It gives us the ability to use single-mode fiber in addition to SMPTE hybrid fiber and triax, so now we have plug-and-play functionality for virtually any facility infrastructure."

F&F Productions ( will display one of its new HD mobile units with the integration of Telecast's SHED at NAB2005. See the system in action at F&F Productions' booth, MM100. More information about Telecast's complete range of fiber systems is available online at

About Telecast Fiber Systems, Inc.
Telecast Fiber Systems, Inc. is a leader in portable and fixed fiber optic systems for television broadcast production. The company's video, audio, and communications systems are used worldwide by TV networks, teleproduction companies, telecommunications providers, and private and government institutions and facilities to extend range, simplify cabling, and reduce labor costs and set-up time. The company's systems accommodate all television production signals, including NTSC/PAL video, 601 and HDTV SDI, analog and AES/EBU audio, triaxial wideband camera interfaces, and intercom and data signals.

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