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Telecast's POV Modules Complete Unique Camera System

Trust Automation integrates POV modules in news studio camera shuttle system (July 26, 2005)

Telecast Fiber Systems today announced that Trust Automation, a motion control and systems engineering company based in San Luis Obispo, Calif., is integrating two Telecast POV (point of view) fiber optic video/data links in a state-of-the-art camera shuttle system for TVN24, a major TV newscast studio in Poland. In addition to transporting video from the camera to the control room, the POVs facilitate robotic control of the camera shuttle, which is unique in its ability to move both laterally and vertically.

"Since there are shuttle control signals and almost a kilowatt of power driving the shuttle system, the video integrity had to be protected," said Dave Rennie, director of marketing and sales for Trust Automation. "We chose Telecast's POV units because they transmit video from the camera to the control room via a long, single length of fiber without any loss of quality, while simultaneously providing the means to control the camera shuttle via the serial port."

Trust Automation is nearing completion of manufacturing and integrating the custom-designed system at its California facilities. The system then will be shipped to the broadcast studio, a brand-new facility that was constructed in late 2004.

The POV system supports a Sony DXC-990P camera with a Canon lens and image stabilization, built onto a robotic shuttle that transverses a horseshoe-shaped track 40 meters in length. Operators have pan and tilt control of the camera platform and the ability to move it not only laterally along the track, but vertically by two meters as well, a unique characteristic that makes the system one of a kind. Despite the large range of movement, camera stability and near-silent operation were also essential. The POV module resides on the camera shuttle itself to transmit the SDI video over fiber from the camera to the control room for use in live or mixed video news productions.

"The shuttle system is an innovative, unique application, and we're thrilled that Trust Automation identified our POV modules as the best solution to address the dual demands of distributing video from the camera shuttle while providing control over its movements," said Richard A. Cerny, president of Telecast Fiber Systems. "As Trust Automation develops more custom camera shuttle systems for other broadcasters worldwide, we look forward to seeing more creative applications for our POV fiber links."

More information about Telecast's complete range of fiber systems is available online at

About Trust Automation
Since 1990, Trust Automation's electrical, mechanical, and software engineering teams have provided comprehensive engineering services and consulting to a broad range of industries, including semiconductor manufacturing, medical, entertainment, automotive, and aerospace. Its engineering services and motion control products reflect quality, robust performance, and ease of use, qualities attained over many years of helping original equipment manufacturers achieve and go beyond their goals.

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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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