BHV Broadcast's Video Ghost phantom power system is providing the digital signage industry with a low-cost and reliable power source that eliminates the need for local mains power for monitors. Based in Owslebury in Hampshire, UK, BHV is an international manufacturer of compact, cost-effective equipment for live and post-production with a strong global channel network.
"Video Ghost is ideal for short-term or permanent applications that utilise monitors for digital signage such as entertainment venues, retail establishments and houses of worship," explained Julian Hiorns, BHV managing director and designer of Video Ghost. "Operational benefits include portability and rapid deployment - important features for mobile productions and difficult locations where monitoring is required, and the flexibility to send or receive video signals and DC power wherever and whenever the need arises."
Video Ghost is an innovative way to get power to a monitor on a stage floor or in an arena roof and is described as a true 'fit-and-forget' product. The unit is capable of running DC power and SDI video signals in the same coaxial cable. Once installed, it's done; no adjustments need be made. No special cables or connectors are required, and the system can be run from any standard 15V power supply. Equally at home with SD or HD signals, Video Ghost powers monitors at a distance of 500 feet. Adding Video Ghost to the signal path eliminates tedious (and expensive) mains power provision at the monitor's location.
Video Ghost, also available in a rack mount version that holds four transmitters, can also be used to power cameras and SDI converters.