Hitachi, MultiDyne to Show Camera Routing System
Hitachi has partnered with MultiDyne to produce a new HDTV camera optical routing system that combines its SK Series of HDTV studio and field production cameras with Multidyne's advanced EOS-4000 series.
Hitachi HDTV Camera Routing System
Hitachi has partnered with MultiDyne to produce a new HDTV camera optical routing system that combines its SK Series of HDTV studio and field production cameras with Multidyne's advanced EOS-4000 series. The solution significantly lowers the costs of fiber cable installation and camera equipment management, Hitachi officials said. Hitachi camera customers now have complete flexibility in assigning camera heads to CCUs. The company said it is a natural progression from Hitachi's TCP/IP data network compliant control system, where any control panel can control any camera wherever there's access to a LAN, WAN, MAN or internet.
The HDTV camera optical routing system will be on display at April's National Association of Broadcasters show in Las Vegas.
"Today's modern stadiums, arenas, TV stations, production studios, universities, large churches, and other HDTV camera installations all use digital fiber cable due to its superior ROI. Its low cost, ease of installation, seemingly limitless bandwidth, and ability to transport audio, data and video beyond 3Gbps make SM fiber the logical choice when deciding the cable infrastructure of a facility," said Emilio Aleman, product manager for broadcast and professional products at Hitachi Kokusai America, in a statement. "Previously, assigning camera heads to different CCUs was done manually by connecting and disconnecting fiber patch cables."
Hitachi's camera and CCU signal transport design utilizes the SMPTE-311M standard. With this design, camera power and digital optical transmission can be isolated without losing any function, operational benefit, or picture quality. The combined solution supports fiber distances of up to 10 kilometers..
With the optical routing switcher, Hitachi can maximize CCU usage and offer the ability to connect studio and portable cameras moved around a facility for different production purposes and venues.
"It's very exciting to see the use of the EOS-4000 optical router continue to expand within the traditional broadcast market," said Fred Scott, vice president of sales and business development for MultiDyne, in a statement.
Any number of cameras and CCU units can be configured with the optical router. The router can be controlled via a standard PC, Crestron, or AMX control system. Installations involving multiple studios and groups of cameras in each studio can share a common set of CCUs and control panels at the control room, saving the user substantial costs in equipment, company officials said.