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3G Transmission Family

XCU WorldCam & XCU Elite Series of Camera Base Stations

The XCU WorldCam for all LDX Series cameras and many LDK Series camera heads is part of Grass Valley's 3G Transmission series. XCU is a follow up to the world's first transmission system that supports all HD video formats (720p, 1080i and 1080p) with full performance over triax and fiber cables between the camera heads and the base station. The rack-mounted XCU cradle makes the XCU chassis easily removable.

FEATURES

  • Full support for all HD formats: 720p/1080i/1080p/1080PsF
  • Two versions available:
    • Triax only
    • Hybrid fiber only
  • Unique cradle connectivity to support dockable XCU (eXchangeable control unit)
  • Built-in memory in XCU Cradle for production-set storage
  • Video outputs: 6x 3G and 2x 1.5G or 8x 1.5G video outputs
  • 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

SPECIFICATIONS

XCU Elite & XCU WorldCam (see XCU WorldCam additional specifications)

Video

720p: 50/59.94 Hz

1080i: 50/59.94 Hz

1080PsF (LDX Elite or WorldCam required): 23.98/24/25/29.97 Hz

1080p (LDX WorldCam required): 50/59.94 Hz

Compatible CamerasAll LDX Series cameras running HD formats

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% (non-condensing)

Shock resistance: Max. 10G (transport, Max. 2G (operating)

Altitude: Max. 15,420m (50,000 ft.)

Weight XCU + cradle: 11.8-12.2 kg (26.0-26.9 lbs.) (depending on version) full-option equipped

Weight XCU: 7.3-7.7 kg (16.1-16.9 lbs.) (depending on version) full-option equipped

Power requirement: AC 100V/240V, 47 to 63 Hz

Power connector: IEC type, 3-pin male

Power consumption: Total power (Cam + 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 black-burst

HD-SDI out: BNC 6x 0.8 Vp-p, 75Ω, SMPTE ST 292, 1080i/720p at 50/59.94 Hz or BNC 6x 0.8 Vp-p, 75Ω, SMPTE ST 425‑A, 425-B, 1080p at 50/59.94 Hz

HD-SDI out (live/effect): BNC 2x 0.8 Vp‑p, 75Ω, SMPTE ST 292, 1080i/720p at 50/59.94 Hz

HD-SDI monitoring out: BNC 1x 0.8 Vp‑p, 75Ω, SMPTE ST 292, 1080i/720p at 50/59.94 Hz

SD-SDI out: BNC 2x 0.8 Vp-p, 75Ω, SMPTE ST 259 ITU-R, BT.601

SD-SDI monitoring out: BNC 1x 0.8 Vp-p, 75Ω, SMPTE ST 259 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)

Fiber (Hybrid) executions: Lemo Hybrid fiber connector acc. SMPTE 304 (other fiber connectors on request)

Triax executions: Fischer, other Triax connectors on request

External video in: HD-SDI (1.5 Gb/3.0 Gb) or SD-SDI in 1, (loop-through output), 0.8 Vp‑p, 75Ω/HD-SDI (1.5 Gb/3.0 Gb) or SD-SDI in 2, 0.8 Vp-p, 75Ω/HD-SDI (1.5 Gb/3.0 Gb) or SD-SDI in 3, 0.8 Vp-p, 75Ω

2-ch. audio: Audio out, XLR-3 2x ; 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, Dig audio output Audio 1 and 2

AES-EBU 3+4: BNC 75Ω, Dig 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)

OPTIONS INFORMATION

Additional cradles (each XCU base station comes with one cradle)

XCU Elite to XCU WorldCam permanent license upgrade

ORDERING INFORMATION

XCU WorldCam Triax

XCU 3G dockable base station — triax only

XCU WorldCam Fiber

XCU 3G dockable base station — fiber only

XCU Cradle

Additional XCU cradle for all XCU base stations

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DATASHEETS

LDX Series: 2020 Cameras, Transmission and Accessories Catalog/Datasheet
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