Copperheads (3404)

SKU: COPPERHEAD-3404 Categories: , ,


The CopperHead 3404 fibre transceiver takes the pristine and unrivaled image quality of dual/quad-link 4K cameras and delivers it into a multicamera environment for in-studio or outside broadcast productions. The CopperHead 3404 conveniently distributes all of the signals needed for multicamera 4K production using a single tactical or SMPTE hybrid fibre cable, ensuring robust, trouble-free connectivity on any studio or remote production.



  • All camera signals on one SMPTE hybrid fibre cable or lightweight tactical fibre cable
  • Long distance range (multiple kilometers/miles)
  • Four uncompressed 1.5 or 3 Gb/s HD-SDI signals from camera to base
  • Full remote camera control with manufacturer’s controller or universal CHRCP-2050A controller
  • Two channels of RTS, Clear-Com or 4-wire intercom connectivity
  • Return HD-SDI video signal
  • Sync option to lock to the phasing of the studio clock (genlock like HD-SDI sync)
  • Four bidirectional data streams:
    • Two RS-422 paths
    • One RS-232 path
    • One 10/100 Ethernet path
  • Return audio
  • Wide temperature range, low power consumption
  • Parallel operation of fibre remote transmission and on-board recording
  • Easy switch between standard camcorder mode and CopperHead mode


Progressive Broadcast Hire Ltd

11 Fairley Street
Glasgow, City of Glasgow, Scotland G51 2SN
United Kingdom (UK)
Phone: 01414202053

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Monday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
SaturdayClosed but staff are available on call.
SundayClosed but staff are available on call.


Additional information


Video, Digital (Quad Link)
-Interface (x4): SMPTE ST 424, SMPTE ST 292, SMPTE ST 259
-Data rate (x4): 3 Gb/s, 1.5 Gb/s, or 270 Mb/s

Video, Digital (bidirectional)
-Interface: SMPTE ST 259, SMPTE ST 292
-Data rate: 270 Mb/s or 1.5 Gb/s

Video, Digital (all)
-Input level: 800 mV p-p
-I/O impedance: 75Ω
-Output impedance: 75Ω
-Bit-error rate at -22 dBm:10-12
-Jitter (pathological data): <0.2 UI
-Rise/fall times: <270 ps

Video, Analog (bidirectional)
-Interface:RS-170, NTSC, PAL
-Frequency response:
*30 Hz – 4.2 MHz: ±0.25 dB
*8 MHz: -3 dB
-Video signal to noise ratio: ≥70 dB
-Differential gain: <2 %
-Differential phase: <2°

-Data support: 10BaseT/100BaseT
-Connector: Twisted pair RJ45
-Cable compatible: UTP 100Ω Cat5
-I/O impedance: 10 kΩ / 30Ω

Data Auxillary
-RS-422/RS-485: 0 to 1 MBd
-RS-232: 0 to 150 MBd
-Number of channels: 2-6 channels*
-Sample: 80 ns

*On: TTL low or short to GND
*Off: TTL high or open
*2 position form A relay, SPST, normally open
*Max switching voltage: 125 VDC, 150 VAC
*Max current: 1 amp

Electrical Output (data connector)
-Power:12 VDC, 300 mA

Audio, Camera to Base
-Number of channels: 2
-Input level at camera unit, switchable:
*Line: 4 dB
*MIC: -60 dB or -10 dB
-Impedance: >15 kΩ
-Maximum input level: 24 dBu
-Sampling: 24 bits, 128x (oversampled), 48 kS/s
-Frequency response: ±0.1 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz
-Output at base station: Line level

Audio, Base to Camera (Return/IFB)
-Number of channels: 4
-Input level at base station: Line level
-Output at camera unit: Line level

-Number or channels: 2
-Interface types (base): RTS, Clear-Com or 4-wire
-Frequency response: 200-18 kHz, ±3 dB
-Max distortion: ≤0.5 %
-Noise: <-60 dBu
-Max gain (RTS or Clear-Com): ≥24 dB
-Min gain (RTS or Clear-Com): ≤-45 dB

-Operating wavelength, standard: 1310 nm
-Nominal optical loss budget values:
-Tx laser output power (std/opt): -6/0 dBm
-Rx sensitivity, HD-SDI: -22 dBm
-Fiber compatibility: Single-mode
-Optical connector options – camera unit:
*Local power: MX or OpticalCON
*Remote power:Short range power: SMPTE ST 304 or OpticalCON
*Long range power: SMPTE ST 304
-Optical connector options – base station:
*Unpowered cable (TAC Cable): OpticalCON
*Remote power – carrying cable (hybrid fiber/wire): Standard Power: SMPTE ST 304, OpticalCON

Distance Limit*
-TAC Cable (local power at camera): Standard laser: 15 dB optical budget
-SMPTE ST 311 hybrid fiber:
*Standard internal power supply w/PowerWafer: ~ 300m (984 ft.), 95W at 12 VDC *
*Long range, HDX: ~2 km (6,562 ft.), 100W cont. / 150W peak *

-Dimensions (W x H x D):
*Camera unit: 64 x 56 x 165 mm (2.5 x 2.2 x 6.5 in.)
*Base station: 445 x 44 x 229 mm (17.5 x 1.75 x 9 in.)
*PowerWafer: 127 x 56 x 155 mm (5 x 2.2 x 6.12 in.)
*HDX: 330 x 216 x 89 (13 x 8.5 x 3.5 in.)
*Camera unit: 0.7 kg (1.5 lbs.)
*Base station: 2.3 kg (5.0 lbs.)
*PowerWafer: 0.7 kg (1.5 lbs.)
*HDX: 4.8 kg (10.5 lbs.)
-Power consumption:
*Camera unit: 8W at 10-18 VDC
*Base station (TAC Cable): 10W at 10-18 VDC
-Temperature range: -25° to 55° C (-13° to 131° F) (with internal fan enabled)
-Humidity range: 0 to 95% RH, non-condensing
-Max noise level: 16 dBA (Fan ON)