Choices facing technology decision-makers are becoming increasingly complex due to rapid changes in the industry like broadcast and IP technology convergence, multiplatform demands, and the rise of 4K and 8K. It is now a constant challenge to balance the need to maintain already-installed equipment and fulfil the desire to provide the highest resolution picture and sound.
Time-to-market is a familiar buzz word for any engineer. Meeting these demands requires early concept testing where simulations have become an indispensable tool. This approach is particularly useful when developing cable TV components, which must cope with many different types of interference.
The BNC was probably widely accepted into the broadcast television industry because of its locking feature made possible by the bayonet lugs on the female connector. Also the connectors relatively small size.
It has been a long time since a broadcaster has owned the entire chain from talent, camera and production crew all the way through the transmission network of masts that beamed the signal into the home.
For a broadcast engineer, choosing the big equipment is always exciting. Even comparing specifications and functionality on core products like routers or DAs is interesting.
Then you have to connect it all together and the temptation is just to reach for the nearest drum of co-ax and bag of BNCs. There surely cannot be much fascination in comparing cables and plugs, can there?
Digital, server-based systems in production, post-production, news gathering and playout bring increased efficiencies and productivity. Nonlinear editing and news gathering allow users to access the same material across a data network. Digits are here and are now dictating the form of cables and connectors, from camera through to playout.
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