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XCU XtremeSpeed XF Fiber

Grass Valley XCU XtremeSpeed XF Fiber base stations have been developed to support the extended bandwidth requirements of LDX high-speed cameras with up to 6X speed operation. They are the latest members of the XCU range of camera base stations and share the same unique cradle concept with the other XCUs that are available for the LDX Series of cameras. The future-ready cradle concept supports the broadcast requirements of today and tomorrow.

The XtremeSpeed XF Fiber transmission systems are heavy-duty, high-quality, multi-standard systems with specially developed advanced technologies. XtremeSpeed XF Fiber is fully 3G and 3D ready, and supports current 1080i50/59.94 and 720p50/59.94 formats in up to 6X speeds, as well as 1080p50/59.94 transmission in up to 3X speeds.

The XtremeSpeed XF Fiber system works perfectly with SMPTE hybrid fiber cables, offers an increased maximum cable length, and has the capability to support even the extended bandwidth requirements of high-speed camera systems. The maximum cable length (including power) can be up to 3,000m (9,842 feet), and when powering the camera locally, a maximum cable length of more than 40,000m (24.85 miles) can be achieved.

The unique cradle implementation of the XCU base stations take flexibility to a new level in connectivity. The XCU cradle (XCUs each come with one cradle—additional cradles are available separately) can be pre-mounted and pre-wired in the rack so that the XCU base stations can easily slide in and out whenever needed, making a secure mechanical and electrical connection.

Unique benefits are:

  • Significant time saving while reconfiguring OB trucks
  • Preventing cabling mistakes
  • Reducing vehicle or facility costs
  • Takes minimal rack space: a compact design of only 2 RU


The combination of all of these features delivers flexibility between OB trucks, and cuts the shipping/transport costs of moving XCUs between locations. XCU base stations offer extended connectivity. The XCU XtremeSpeed XF Fiber is equipped with eight HD outputs, six of which are single-link HD-SDI outputs (1.5 Gb/3 Gb switchable) with the remaining two being 1.5 Gb HD-SDI outputs. These automatically convert the signal to 1080i or 720p when the camera head is delivering 1080p. In addition, three HD return connections are provided, two of which can be selected as a return channel by the camera adapter. Audio connectivity offers great versatility with two analog outputs and two AES/EBU pair outputs (2x2 channels) which are also embedded in the HD-SDI outputs.

  • Unique cradle connectivity to support dockable XCUs
  • Built-in EEPROM in XCU cradle for production-set storage
  • XtremeSpeed XF Fiber transmission supports the high bandwidth required by high-speed cameras
  • Full support for all speeds and HD formats:
    • 1X to 6X speed
    • 720p/1080i/1080p/1080PsF
  • Video outputs:
    • 6x 3G and 2x 1.5G or 8x 1.5G video outputs (in 1X speed)
    • 2x three phases on 6x 1.5G and 2x 1.5G live (in 3X speed 720p, 1080i)
    • 2x three phases on 6x 3G and 2x 3G live (in 3X speed 1080p)
    • 2x six phases on 6x 3G (dual-link) and 2x 1.5G live (in 6X speed 720p, 1080i)
  • Extensive (analog/digital) audio connectivity
  • Embedded audio
  • 3x selectable return inputs:
  • 3G, HD, or SD
  • Universal 3G power supply
  • Compact (2 RU), robust base station
Video (specific format support depends on the camera model)
720p: 50/59.94/150/179.82/300/359.64 Hz
1080i: 50/59.94/150/179.82/300/359.64 Hz
1080p: 50/59.94/150/179.82 Hz

Compatible Cameras
LDX HiSpeed and LDX XtremeSpeed

General (incl. cradle)
Dimensions XCU + cradle (HxWxL, approx.): 438 x 88 x 510 mm (19" rack, 2 RU) (17.2x3.5x20.1 in.)
Operating temperature: 0 to +45°C (+32 to +113°F)
Storage temperature: -20 to +70°C (-4 to +158°F)
Operation humidity: Max. 90% (noncondensing)
Shock resistance: Max. 10G (transport), max. 2G (operating)
Altitude: Max. 15,420m (50,000 ft.)
Weight XCU + cradle: 11.8 kg (26.0 lbs.)
Weight XCU: 7.3 kg (16.1 lbs.)
Power requirement: AC 100V/240V, 47 to 63 Hz
Power connector: IEC type, 3-pin male
Power consumption: Total power (Camera + XCU) 450W max.

Connectors
Teleprompter in: BNC 1x (loop-through output), (C)VBS, 1.0 Vp-p, 75Ω
Reference in: 1x (loop-through output), 1.0 Vp-p, 75Ω HD tri-level sync or SD blackburst
HD-SDI out*: BNC 6x 0.8 Vp-p, 75Ω, SMPTE 292M, 1080i/720p at 50/59.94 Hz
HD-SDI out (live/effect)*: BNC 2x 0.8 Vp-p, 75Ω, SMPTE 292M, 1080i/720p at 50/59.94 Hz
HD-SDI monitoring out: BNC 1x 0.8 Vp‑p, 75Ω, SMPTE 292M, 1080i/720p at 50/59.94 Hz
SD-SDI out: BNC 2x 0.8 Vp-p, 75Ω, SMPTE 259M ITU-R, BT.601
SD-SDI monitoring out: BNC 1x 0.8 Vp-p, 75Ω, SMPTE 259M ITU-R, BT.601
Composite video monitoring output: BNC 1x 1.0 Vp-p, 75Ω (CVBS text with video, for viewing purposes)
Signaling in/out: D-sub 15-pin – male, preview, green tally (call – dry contact), yellow tally (iso – dry contact), red tally (on air – dry contact), remote audio level control (22-64 dB), DC
Auxiliary in/out: D-sub 9-pin – female, private data in/out – 100 kb TTL (RS-232)
Control data: RJ-45 connector for C2IP (camera control)
Control data: RJ-45 connector for Ethernet (future use)
Hybrid fiber connector: LEMO hybrid acc. SMPTE 304 (other fiber connectors on request)
External video in: 3x HD-SDI (1.5 Gb/3.0 Gb) or SD-SDI 0.8 Vp‑p, 75Ω
  • Input 1 (loop-through output) / Inputs 2 and 3 (no loop-through output)
2-ch. audio: Audio out, 2x XLR-3 – 0/+6 dBu (±1.5 dB, max. 18 dBu, 600Ω, gain max. 70 dB)
Frequency response: 40 Hz to 15 Hz, (+1/-3 dB, 1 kHz, -10 dBu output level)
Distortion: Less than 0.5% (100 Hz/1 kHz, +6 dBu out, 600Ω)
S/N ratio: 58 dB (unweighted RMS)
AES-EBU 1+2: BNC 75Ω, digital audio output Audio 1 and 2
AES-EBU 3+4: BNC 75Ω, digital audio output Audio 3 and 4
Intercom in/out (2/4-wire intercom): D-sub 15-pin, female – program in, production in/out, engineering in/out – in: 0 or 6 dBu, out: 0 or 6 dBu (±2 dB, max. 12 dBu)
Frequency response: 150 Hz to 6 kHz (1 kHz, -10 dBu output level)
Distortion: Less than 2% (1 kHz, +12 dBu level)

*
— 8x 1.5G video outputs (in 1X speed 720p, 1080i)
— 6x 3G and 2x 1.5G video outputs (in 1X speed 1080p)
— 2x three phases on 6x 1.5G and 2x 1.5G live (in 3X speed 720p, 1080i)
— 2x three phases on 6x 3G and 2x 3G live (in 3X speed 1080p)
— 2x six phases on 6x 3G (dual-link) and 2x 1.5G live (in 6X speed 720p, 1080i)
May 6, 2014
MONTREAL, May 6, 2014 — For ultimate camera flexibility and superior image quality like never before, the Netherlands-based rental house Broadcast Rental has purchased the LDX XtremeSpeed (LDX XS) 6X ultra slow-motion camera system, along with companion XCU XtremeSpeed XF Fiber base stations and camera adapters from Grass Valley, a Belden Brand. Broadcast Rental is a full-service rental house and expert in super and ultra slow-motion cameras. It supplies leading broadcast technologies to clients around the world.
April 7, 2014
MONTREAL, April 8, 2014 — For cutting-edge productions within its mobile production fleet, veteran mobile broadcaster Lyon Video has purchased two LDX XtremeSpeed (LDX XS) 6X ultra slow-motion cameras, two XCU XtremeSpeed XF Fiber transmission solutions, and a K2 Dyno Replay System from Grass Valley, a Belden Brand. Introduced at NAB 2014, the powerful new LDX XtremeSpeed camera delivers instant time-to-air capabilities and integrates seamlessly into live workflows with 3X (1080p) and 6X (720p/1080i) speeds for ultimate versatility, including a standard-speed 1X live output. Lyon Video's LDX XS cameras will be teamed up with the Grass Valley K2 Dyno Replay System with its AnySpeed dynamic playback technology to provide smooth playback at any speed from 0% to 200% and all speed transitions for ultra slow-motion 6X playout. This will dramatically expand the ability of replay operators to tell a compelling story during replays to keep viewers engaged.

LDX 2014 Cameras Catalog

LDX Series
A unique line of advanced imaging cameras built around Xensium- FT CMOS imagers. These cameras have the highest sensitivity and image performance across different video formats, while offering a new level of business flexibility by using one hardware platform with a flexible GV-eLicense software upgrade implementation. LDX Compact Series
An extension to the LDX Series of cameras with an identical image performance and a comparable feature set but in a smaller mechanical package. They are the perfect companions to the LDX Series cameras and bring a new level of image performance and business flexibility for all applications where cameras with a compact form factor are required.
LDX HiSpeed 3X and LDX XtremeSpeed 6X Cameras
Members of the LDX camera range set a new standard in high-speed image acquisition. They capture fast-paced sports action and emotion with unrivaled quality levels at high frame rates and with instant timeto- air. All captured frames can be permanently recorded, so not a single moment will be missed or lost. LDX Compact HiSpeed 3X and LDX Compact
XtremeSpeed 6X Cameras
The world’s first self-contained high-speed cameras in a small form factor for space-constrained applications. As an extension to the LDX range of cameras, they produce the same level of quality from angles and in areas where high-speed cameras with a compact form factor are required.

Posted Apr 07 2014 (CAM-6091D-6) File Size: 5.1 MB

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