MultiDyne IBC2014 Preview

MultiDyne® will showcase a broad range of innovative, fiber-optic-based video and audio transport solutions

At IBC2014, MultiDyne® will demonstrate significant new features for its SilverBACK™ family of camera-mounted fiber transport solutions, including a new operator control panel that offers intuitive, user-friendly controls and displays.

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New Functionality and Enhancements for the SilverBACK™ Family of Camera-Mounted Fiber Transport Solutions
The SilverBACK family now includes four models: the flagship SilverBACK-II; the SilverBACK-II-L for multicamera production; the SilverBACK-II 4K-L, a feature-rich model that includes Ethernet support and a video option for viewfinder or monitor viewing in the field, enabling camera operators to turn any 4K camera into a true Ultra HD multicamera production; and the SilverBACK II-4K, a low-cost model without the viewfinder/monitor viewing option, designed to support traditional film-style productions. Ultra HD support can be added to any existing SilverBACK system through a simple upgrade, enabling customers to deliver a state-of-the-art 4K television experience cost-effectively.

Utilizing MultiDyne's award-winning SilverBACK solutions, users can seamlessly transmit any camera signal, including Ultra HD video, HD-SDI video, audio, intercom, control data, GPIOs, tally, and power, over a single hybrid copper and fiber cable. The SilverBACK transport system features an elegant, compact case, measuring just over one inch thick, with a simple, intuitive user interface, making it the ideal solution for a wide range of applications including digital cinema, sports, ENG, D-SNG, and multicamera studio. A JUICE power supply can be added to support camera distances of up to 500 meters.

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LightningSwitch Optical-to-Optical Routing Switch
Another key demonstration at IBC2014 will be the MultiDyne® LightningSwitch, a 48x48 optical-to-optical routing switch that simplifies the routing of fiber-optic signals within broadcast infrastructures by eliminating the need for fiber patch panels. LightningSwitch is perfect for a variety of applications, including broadcast and transmission facilities, sports venues, outside broadcast vehicles, cross-campus networks, postproduction, and satellite uplink management. It can be integrated seamlessly with existing routing infrastructures and standard broadcast architectures.

SMPTE-HUT Hybrid Universal Transceiver
The MultiDyne® SMPTE-HUT universal camera transceiver is now compatible with Sony's HSC-100/300 family of camcorders and Panasonic's AK-HC3800 line of professional studio cameras. Designed to increase the transmission distances of HD cameras that can be limited by hybrid copper/fiber cabling, this high-performance transport system is ideal for remote broadcasting, sports, shared control rooms, campus facilities, arenas, and stadium applications. The SMPTE-HUT cost-effectively enables full camera operation in even the most rugged broadcasting environments, extending transmission ranges up to 10 km on just two single-mode fibers.

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Dingo™ Fiber Transport Card Line
At IBC2014 MultiDyne® will showcase the recently introduced Dingo™, a new fiber transport card set featuring a flexible, elegant design. Dingo supports a wide range of camera signals — 3G HD-SDI, composite video, analog or digital audio with cross-conversion, intercom, serial data, and Gigabit Ethernet — over a single fiber-optic cable. Available in three interoperable formats, Dingo brings unprecedented flexibility to all aspects of fiber transport, supporting multiple applications including broadcast, A/V, sports, OB, ENG, POV, and multicamera shoots.

Dingo is available as an openGear® compatible card that offers SNMP management and power redundancy in a single hot-swappable card; as a portable, black box that makes a great addition to MultiDyne's LightBrix line; or as a smaller personality card for the BullDog™, LiGHTBoX®, and LiGHTCuBE® product lines — all from MultiDyne. All three formats are interoperable, enabling seamless communication between openGear cards and other fiber transport equipment in the field.

BullDog™ Field Fiber Transport System and BullDog Big Brothers
MultiDyne® is now shipping the BullDog™, an innovative field fiber transport system that packs endless functionality into a compact, rugged package. Using the BullDog, professional camera operators can significantly extend the transmission distance of multiple camera signals, including HD-SDI video, audio, intercom, control data, Ethernet, GPIOs, tally, and power. In addition to transporting any camera signal over a single fiber cable, the BullDog can efficiently transport up to eight HD-SDI signals in any direction. Designed to withstand the harsh environments of sports and ENG applications, the cost-effective and scalable system can be easily configured to support a wide range of existing and next-generation signals.

Already operating on a lightweight battery pack, the BullDog gives users the option of adding the MultiDyne JUICE power supply. In addition to transmitting signals to and from the camera with a hybrid optical cable, users can send power to the BullDog and the camera. With the JUICE option, there is no need for a battery or local power, which is particularly useful at golf courses and venues without a power infrastructure.

In addition to its standard compact version of the BullDog, MultiDyne will highlight the BullDog Big Brothers, two larger-sized units that pack even more functionality into a rugged and compact form factor.

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For more than 30 years, MultiDyne® has been a leading provider of innovative video and fiber-optic-based transport systems for the broadcast, cable, satellite, production, digital cinema, pro A/V, corporate, retail, surveillance, teleconferencing, judicial arraignment, transportation, government, military, and healthcare markets. MultiDyne's fiber-optic transport systems for video, SDI, 3G HD, DVB/ASI, VGA, DVI, HDMI, audio, AES, Ethernet, data, CATV, as well as the company's other broadcast accessories are used worldwide by such industry leaders as ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, RAI, BBC, and the U.S. Department of Transportation. MultiDyne provides a seven-year warranty on its core product line.

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