HDBaseT camera crosses over

AJA has announced RovoCam, the company's first compact block camera for industrial, corporate, security, ProAV and broadcast applications
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AJA has announced RovoCam, the company's first compact block camera for industrial, corporate, security, ProAV and broadcast applications. It's capable of capturing Ultra HD and HD imagery with built-in 12x optical and up to 20x zoom with Sony Super Resolution Zoom. It offers an integrated HDBaseT interface, supporting uncompressed video, power, stereo audio and RS-232 control over a single CAT 5e/6 cable running at lengths of up to 100m.

Nick Rashby, president of AJA, said BVE 2016 marked the first time RovoCam had been seen in a broadcast environment.

“We've branched out and come up with something that we think is fairly unique,” he added. “HDBaseT is super common in the Pro AV market, but you can barely find it in the broadcast world. However, you can get 100m of uncompressed 4K on Cat6 cable. Our sports broadcast customers in particular have been very interested, looking at it for maybe goal-line cameras or arenas.”

RovoCam is built around Sony's 4K FCB-ER8300 Functional Camera Block, featuring back-illuminated CMOS sensor technology and Sony image processing. The small aluminium unit allows for simple mounting in a wide range of scenarios.

RovoRx-HDMI, the companion receiver unit, offers simple integration for RovoCam with an HDMI output, and all video/audio signals, power, and control over HDBaseT.

Shipping soon through AJA’s resellers, RovoCam is also compatible with some third party receivers.

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