Bluebell Opticom designs and manufactures high-quality Fibre Optic links for the broadcast, telecommunications, and professional AV industries. Its products are used for the critical delivery of video, audio, and data services at live world-class sporting events and venues requiring the transport of high-bandwidth signals over long distances. Applications range from robust stand-alone links to complex fixed installations over fibre backbones.

With products in use worldwide, Bluebell Opticom counts many of the top blue-chip companies and networks among its clients. The company serves customers directly and through a select global network of partners and distributors.

Bluebell Opticom Ltd is a UK based, privately funded company, and has been designing and manufacturing fibre optic equipment since 1994.
We are specialists in “point to point” fibre technology for the broadcast television industries around the world. We pride ourselves on being a reliable and innovative supplier with an excellent quality to price ratio.
We have always maintained a flexible attitude and approach, often working with customers to provide an application specific solution on tight timescales.

We have thousands of links in operational use for critical on-air applications and live events. Some of our original links are still in active use many years after the scheduled replacement point. Our products are used for the critical delivery of video, audio and data services at most premier live world-class sporting events. These applications range from robust multiple outside broadcast links to complex optical infrastructure systems.

All products are supplied with a 5 year factory warranty and are manufactured to ISO9001:2008 standards. Our integrated control and management software allows for flexible manufacturing to the tightest deadlines, flexible stock control and provides full traceability down to batch and component level.

All products are lead-free and RoHS compliant and meet all the current legislative standards.

We work with a global network of Distributors, Dealers and Systems Integrators to provide sales, installation and engineering support wherever our customers are located.

Hopefully this website gives a comprehensive overiew of both our products and capabilities.
For further information please contact your local Distributor or contact sales@bluebell.tv

Product Overview BC Series Modular Transport System

The BC Series is a compact and modular point to point fibre optic transport system for broadcast. The range is field proven with leading broadcasters and play-out centres around the world. Having supplied the industry since 1994 we believe that we are specialists in “point to point” fibre technology.
The BC Series is the “often unseen” reliable backbone of many flagship broadcast infrastructures.

BC364 Side WhiteThe BC Series system is based around modular cards with a very compact 60 x100 mm footprint. Combined with the highest performance optical, video and audio components all international standards and certifications are met while still offering an excellent quality/price ratio.
The BC Series provides a complete range of fibre optic links for Studios, Master Control, Transmission and Outside Broadcast.

Individual datasheets and full product information can be found via the full product listing.
Systems can be provided to transport;

Video 4K, 12G-SDI, 3G-SDI, HD-SDI, SD-SDI & DVB-ASI
Composite, B&B, Tri-Level
HDMI/DVI
Audio Analogue
AES/EBU
MADI
Data/GPI RS232, RS422, RS485
Ethernet 10BaseT, 100BaseT, Gigabit

Using any or combinations of the following technologies;

Electrical Time Division Multiplexing
Optical Wave Division Multiplexing
Optical Coarse Wave Division Multiplexing
Optical Dense Wave Division Multiplexing
 

 

 

New card designs are being introduced all the time, some of the latest additions to the range provide the following fibre transport

New Cards
Recent new additions – click to enlarge

The flexibility of the BC Series modular system allows many different applications to be covered, often using individual cards as “building blocks” to create large optical networks.

Cards can be used to provide different solutions including Drop/Insert/Add, Wavelength Management as well as CWDM and DWDM.
All the Bluebell passive optical modules (CWDM, WDM) use the same footprint as the standard BC Series cards. This allows them to be used with any combination of active interface cards in a 19” frame for the highest packing density. They can also be housed in separate stand-alone passive frames like the BC160P and the single, dual and triple slot enclosures.

All the key parameters of the cards and frames can be monitored over SNMP by the optional BM102 network card. The MIB file is available on request. A simple web interface allows users to remotely interrogate the status of cards and frames. The BM102 reports amongst other parameters, the card type and serial number, slot number, SFP type and wavelength plus temperature and power supply status.

Card BM102
Typical parameters available via monitoring facility – click to enlarge

The latest BC363 and BC364 cards offer a range of options including distribution, format conversion, monitoring and Wavelength Management including CWDM. The schematic below is just one example recently supplied.

Muxing Schematic
Example of BC364 building block in a muxed system – click to enlarge

Using combinations of the BC364 above allows multiple cameras to be deployed during an event and connected over a single cable thus reducing rigging time. This solution is particularly compact and in this example 4 cameras can be deployed over one cable but 8 or even 16 cameras is readily achievable. The BC364 and BC160 combination above can also be used to ensure all signals are available at an event when the fibre count is reduced due to unforeseen circumstances.

The BC363, BC364 and BC368 all allow for the use of intelligent SFPs with in-built signal processing.

Full specifications and datasheets for each product are available to download via the full product listing.

Deployable Systems for Outside Broadcast

Our modular 19” rack based infrastructure systems are complimented by a wide range of stand-alone portable products specifically aimed at Outside Broadcast and Special Events. Many products are designed for specific applications e.g. linking small robotic cameras, remote POVs or high end studio cameras, wavelength management and remote production.

Starting with the BlueNano, a growing range of compact full broadcast quality interfaces, though to the BlueLite and Caddie-LB units there is a solution for all key applications.

BC323-63 Multi format Interface

Bluebell offers a range of entry level units when you need an electrical to optical interface but cannot afford to compromise on performance and reliability. Based on a robust aluminium construction these units are durable and rugged and are complemented by a growing range of video, audio and data interfaces.

The latest BC323-63 offers a multi-functional interface defined by solely by the input and output SFP. All BlueNano units can be integrated to a rack-based equivalent BC Series card for optimal system integration. The BlueNano units are not just for monitoring, they can be inserted directly in the main transmission path and QA tests would not notice any signal degradation.
Each unit is contained in a rugged aluminium enclosure with a 4 pin XLR for power with new models added regularly.
All Bluebell products come with the same level of after sales service, support and 5 year warranty.

BC323-63 Multi Format SFP Interface
BC313/BC323 Single and Dual Channel SDI video links
BC550 SDI video links with return control or audio for remote robotic cameras
BN365 Single channel 12G-SDI video link
BC623 Bidirectional intercom and RS data link
BN723 Bidirectional RS data link

The TDM-700 is often used to link remote, robotic POV cameras to a central point, be it an OB truck or a CAR in fixed installations. The compact footprint allows the units to be discreetly located at the camera position while the modular construction allows single or multiple units to be housed in any of the 19” frames within the CAR/truck. The remote or Camera end can be housed in enclosures with ruggedised OB connectors for harsh environments or standard BC101 enclosures for fixed indoor installations like a Senate Chamber.

BlueLite and Caddie-LB 3G units are portable units specifically designed for Outside Broadcast and deployable applications. BlueLite is a particularly cost effective solution for commentary positions and with compact remote cameras asnd portable camera cranes and jibs.

Caddie-LB units provide a single cable link between cameras and ENG/OBs. Typical features include 3G-SDI video paths in each direction, on-air and IFB audio, intercom, and Ethernet data. Based around field proven technology the units offer a range of signals to the operator including program video, audio, comms, data and genlock for camera control and synchronisation. Generally all signals are multiplexed onto 2 fibres to ensure easy and quick system rigging with standard readily available cables.

By combining different elements of the Bluebell range complete end to end solutions are available.

For example, the Shax units allow cameras and CCUs fitted with SMPTE connectors to be linked over a standard (often pre-installed) singlemode network. This can ease rigging and take advantage of a venues installed network. The ShaxX can then be inserted into the SMPTE cable run to deliver power to the camera.

Using combinations of BC364 or the BC363 allows multiple cameras to be deployed during an event and connected over a single SMPTE cable thus reducing rigging time. The BC364 and BC160 combination below can also be used to ensure all signals are available when the fibre count is reduced due to unforeseen circumstances.

The Blue Box QUAD 3G is a 4 channel multiplexer/demultiplexer that makes 3G-SDI to fibre conversion over SMPTE hybrid cable possible. The QUAD 3G provides a rugged conversion unit which allows the outputs from up to four cameras to be transmitted over a cable. The system is available in different configurations all operating over a single cable link.

 

In the event that you have multiple diverse 3G/HD feeds converging on a central point then the WB170 offers a high density and cost effective rack mount solution. The WB170 is designed as an ultra-compact 19” rack-mount media converter for the high density conversion of 3G-SDI, HD-SDI, SD-SDI and ASI signals into fibre optical cable. The WB170 fits applications where space is at a premium but no compromises on the broadcast performance can be accepted.

Wavelength Management

We have developed a range of interface systems for managing wavelengths within a facility or outside broadcast.
This is often done in order to multiplex multiple wavelengths or cameras onto a single fibre or cable. This can be to ease the rigging time or to reallocate signals to different fibres in the event of an emergency or core failure.
These vary in complexity – from single point to point links on individual fibres up to 16 wavelengths with signal monitoring which can equate to 8 cameras on a single SMPTE cable.

Entry level systems are based around a fixed configuration within a 1RU frame. Alternative systems are modular, scalable and can offer remote monitoring based on the BC160 1RU or BC100 3RU package.

Wavelength Multiplexing

Wavelength Multiplexing – click to enlarge

SFPs

We offer a comprehensive range of SFPs all of which have been rigorously tested and authorized prior to inclusion in our interface products.
This ensures all signal parameters are maintained across our fibre links including full pathological SDI and SMPTE specifications.
We select SFPs on the basis of performance in order to provide piece of mind, a pre-requisite for critical on-air applications.
We maintain a proactive stock control profile to ensure flexibility in product lead-times.

Within the BC Series range, the BM102 network card reads specific SFP information including manufacturer and part number, wavelength, bias current and status, optical power and signal status.

We do not restrict SFPs via any software restrictions to those sourced only via Bluebell.
However, when supplying a fibre link we ensure that all devices and SFPs are soak tested together prior to shipment.
Most of our cards will support both MSA and non-MSA versions.

The Table below highlights some example SFPs from our current stock holding.

Non-MSA Footprint
Video SFP modules
Dual Channel Transmit
Standard Wavelengths For BC313, BC323, BC360 single channel, BC362, BC450, BC460, TDM-300, BC323-63
VT/S/SFP/13/13 Singlemode dual channel video SFP transmitter 1310nm
VT/S/SFP/13/15 Singlemode dual channel video SFP transmitter 1 x 1310nm TX, 1 x 1550nm TX
VT/S/SFP/13/15/WDM Singlemode dual channel video single fibre SFP transmitter 1 x 1310nm TX, 1 x 1550nm TX. Fitted with internal WDM mux.
CWDM Wavelengths For BC313, BC323, BC360 single channel, BC362, BC450, BC460, TDM-300, BC323-63
VT/S/SFP/CWDM/27/29 Singlemode dual channel video CWDM SFP transmitter 1270/1290nm
VT/S/SFP/CWDM/31/33 Singlemode dual channel video CWDM SFP transmitter 1310/1330nm
VT/S/SFP/CWDM/35/37 Singlemode dual channel video CWDM SFP transmitter 1350/1370nm
VT/S/SFP/CWDM/39/41 Singlemode dual channel video CWDM SFP transmitter 1390/1410nm
VT/S/SFP/CWDM/47/49 Singlemode dual channel video CWDM SFP transmitter 1470/1490nm
VT/S/SFP/CWDM/51/53 Singlemode dual channel video CWDM SFP transmitter 1510/1530nm
VT/S/SFP/CWDM/55/57 Singlemode dual channel video CWDM SFP transmitter 1550/1570nm
VT/S/SFP/CWDM/59/61 Singlemode dual channel video CWDM SFP transmitter 1590/1610nm
Dual Channel Receive
VR/S/SFP Singlemode dual channel video SFP wideband receiver
VR/S/APD/SFP Singlemode dual channel video SFP wideband APD receiver
VR/S/SFP/WDM Singlemode dual channel video single fibre SFP receiver, 1 x 1310nm, 1 x 1550nm.
Fitted with internal WDM demux.
Transceiver
Standard Wavelengths For TDM-700, BC360 transceiver, BC620, BC551, BC550, BC560, BC501
VTR/M/SFP Multimode dual channel video SFP transceiver 1 x 850nm TX, 1 x wideband receiver
VTR/S/SFP Singlemode dual channel video SFP transceiver 1 x 1310nm TX, 1 x wideband receiver
VTR/S/SFP/13/WB/WDM Singlemode dual channel video single fibre SFP transceiver 1 x 1310nm TX, 1 x wideband receiver. Fitted with internal WDM mux.
VTR/S/SFP/15/WB/WDM Singlemode dual channel video single fibre SFP transceiver 1 x 1550nm TX, 1 x wideband receiver. Fitted with internal WDM mux.
EOLS -1330-50-DN 50km / 1310 nm / DFB_APD
VTR/S/55/APD/SFP Singlemode dual channel video SFP transceiver 1 x 1550nm DFB TX, 1 x wideband high sensitivity APD receiver – 80km
CWDM Wavelengths For TDM-700, BC360 transceiver, BC620, BC551, BC550, BC560, BC501
VTR/S/SFP/CWDM/27 Singlemode dual channel CWDM SFP transmitter 1270nm, 1 x wideband receiver
VTR/S/SFP/CWDM/29 Singlemode dual channel CWDM SFP transmitter 1290nm, 1 x wideband receiver
VTR/S/SFP/CWDM/31 Singlemode dual channel CWDM SFP transmitter 1310nm, 1 x wideband receiver
VTR/S/SFP/CWDM/33 Singlemode dual channel CWDM SFP transmitter 1330nm, 1 x wideband receiver
VTR/S/SFP/CWDM/35 Singlemode dual channel CWDM SFP transmitter 1350nm, 1 x wideband receiver
VTR/S/SFP/CWDM/37 Singlemode dual channel CWDM SFP transmitter 1370nm, 1 x wideband receiver
VTR/S/SFP/CWDM/39 Singlemode dual channel CWDM SFP transmitter 1390nm, 1 x wideband receiver
VTR/S/SFP/CWDM/41 Singlemode dual channel CWDM SFP transmitter 1410nm, 1 x wideband receiver
VTR/S/SFP/CWDM/47 Singlemode dual channel CWDM SFP transmitter 1470nm, 1 x wideband receiver
VTR/S/SFP/CWDM/49 Singlemode dual channel CWDM SFP transmitter 1490nm, 1 x wideband receiver
VTR/S/SFP/CWDM/51 Singlemode dual channel CWDM SFP transmitter 1510nm, 1 x wideband receiver
VTR/S/SFP/CWDM/53 Singlemode dual channel CWDM SFP transmitter 1530nm, 1 x wideband receiver
VTR/S/SFP/CWDM/55 Singlemode dual channel CWDM SFP transmitter 1550nm, 1 x wideband receiver
VTR/S/SFP/CWDM/57 Singlemode dual channel CWDM SFP transmitter 1570nm, 1 x wideband receiver
VTR/S/SFP/CWDM/59 Singlemode dual channel CWDM SFP transmitter 1590nm, 1 x wideband receiver
VTR/S/SFP/CWDM/61 Singlemode dual channel CWDM SFP transmitter 1610nm, 1 x wideband receiver
MSA Footprint
Data SFP modules For BC710, BC720, BC860, BC625, BC630, BC635
Standard Wavelengths
DTR/M/SFP Multimode dual fibre SFP transceiver 1 x 850nm TX, 1 x wideband receiver
DTR/S/SFP Singlemode dual fibre 40km SFP transceiver 1 x 1310nm TX, 1 x wideband receiver
DTR/S/WDM/13/SFP Singlemode single fibre 10km SFP transceiver 1 x 1310nm TX, 1 x wideband receiver
DTR/S/WDM/15/SFP Singlemode single fibre 10km SFP transceiver 1 x 1550m TX, 1 x wideband receiver
DTR/S/SFP/CWDM/27 Singlemode dual channel CWDM SFP transmitter 1270nm, 1 x wideband receiver
DTR/S/SFP/CWDM/29 Singlemode dual channel CWDM SFP transmitter 1290nm, 1 x wideband receiver
DTR/S/SFP/CWDM/31 Singlemode dual channel CWDM SFP transmitter 1310nm, 1 x wideband receiver
DTR/S/SFP/CWDM/33 Singlemode dual channel CWDM SFP transmitter 1330nm, 1 x wideband receiver
DTR/S/SFP/CWDM/35 Singlemode dual channel CWDM SFP transmitter 1350nm, 1 x wideband receiver
DTR/S/SFP/CWDM/37 Singlemode dual channel CWDM SFP transmitter 1370nm, 1 x wideband receiver
DTR/S/SFP/CWDM/39 Singlemode dual channel CWDM SFP transmitter 1390nm, 1 x wideband receiver
DTR/S/SFP/CWDM/41 Singlemode dual channel CWDM SFP transmitter 1410nm, 1 x wideband receiver
DTR/S/SFP/CWDM/47 Singlemode dual channel CWDM SFP transmitter 1470nm, 1 x wideband receiver
DTR/S/SFP/CWDM/49 Singlemode dual channel CWDM SFP transmitter 1490nm, 1 x wideband receiver
DTR/S/SFP/CWDM/51 Singlemode dual channel CWDM SFP transmitter 1510nm, 1 x wideband receiver
DTR/S/SFP/CWDM/53 Singlemode dual channel CWDM SFP transmitter 1530nm, 1 x wideband receiver
DTR/S/SFP/CWDM/55 Singlemode dual channel CWDM SFP transmitter 1550nm, 1 x wideband receiver
DTR/S/SFP/CWDM/57 Singlemode dual channel CWDM SFP transmitter 1570nm, 1 x wideband receiver
DTR/S/SFP/CWDM/59 Singlemode dual channel CWDM SFP transmitter 1590nm, 1 x wideband receiver
DTR/S/SFP/CWDM/61 Singlemode dual channel CWDM SFP transmitter 1610nm, 1 x wideband receiver
Multi Function SFP For select devices – check before ordering
SDI Coax DIN 1.0/2.3
EB30CS2T-LN SDI SFP (emSFP) COAXIAL DUAL TRANSMITTER, LONG REACH, NON-MSA, DIN
EB30CSRT-LN SDI SFP (emSFP) COAXIAL TRANSCEIVER, LONG REACH,NON-MSA, DIN
EB30CS2R-LN SDI SFP (emSFP) COAXIAL DUAL RECEIVER, LONG REACH, NON-MSA, DIN
EB30CS2T-LNR SDI SFP (emSFP) COAXIAL DUAL TRANSMITTER, LONG REACH RECLOCKED,
NON-MSA, DIN
EB30CSRT-LNR SDI SFP (emSFP) COAXIAL TRANSCEIVER, LONG REACH RECLOCKED,
NON-MSA, DIN
EB30CS2R-LNR SDI SFP (emSFP) COAXIAL DUAL RECEIVER, LONG REACH RECLOCKED,
NON-MSA, DIN
SDI coax HD-BNC
EB30HD2T-LN SDI SFP (emSFP) COAXIAL DUAL TRANSMITTER, LONG REACH, NON-MSA, HD-BNC
EB30HDRT-LN SDI SFP (emSFP) COAXIAL TRANSCEIVER, LONG REACH,NON-MSA, HD-BNC
EB30HD2R-LN SDI SFP (emSFP) COAXIAL DUAL RECEIVER, LONG REACH, NON-MSA, HD-BNC
EB30HD2T-LNR SDI SFP (emSFP) COAXIAL DUAL TRANSMITTER, LONG REACH RECLOCKED,
NON-MSA, HD-BNC
EB30HDRT-LNR SDI SFP (emSFP) COAXIAL TRANSCEIVER, LONG REACH RECLOCKED,NON-MSA,
HD-BNC
EB30HD2R-LNR SDI SFP (emSFP) COAXIAL DUAL RECEIVER, LONG REACH RECLOCKED, NON-MSA,
HD-BNC
COMPOSITE NTSC/PAL – DIN
EB30CS2T-AN COMPOSITE CODEC SFP (emSFP) COAXIAL DUAL TRANSMITTER NON-MSA, DIN
EB30CSRT-AN COMPOSITE CODEC SFP (emSFP) COAXIAL TRANSCEIVER, Non-MSA, DIN
EB30CS2R-AN COMPOSITE CODEC SFP (emSFP) COAXIAL DUAL RECEIVER, NON-MSA, DIN
COMPOSITE NTSC/PAL HD-BNC
EB30HD2T-AN COMPOSITE CODEC SFP (emSFP) COAXIAL DUAL TRANSMITTER NON-MSA, HD-BNC
EB30HDRT-AN COMPOSITE CODEC SFP (emSFP) COAXIAL TRANSCEIVER, Non-MSA, HD-BNC
EB30HD2R-AN COMPOSITE CODEC SFP (emSFP) COAXIAL DUAL RECEIVER, NON-MSA, HD-BNC
HDMI / DVI
EB34TD1T-SN SDI to HDMI/DVI SFP (emSFP) Transmitter, Non-MSA, Type D with retention clip
EB34TD1R-SN HDMI/DVI to SDI SFP (emSFP) Receiver, Non-MSA, Type D with retention clip
MADI
EB06HD2T-MN-MADI MADI emSFPTM Coaxial Dual Transmitter Medium reach, Non-MSA, HD-BNC
EB06HD2R-MN-MADI MADI emSFPTM Coaxial Dual Receiver Medium reach, Non-MSA, HD-BNC
EB06HDRT-MN-MADI MADI emSFPTM Coaxial Dual Transceiver Medium reach, Non-MSA, HD-BNC