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NAB Show 2018 Preview:  MultiDyne to unveil industry’s first 12G and 4K camera-back system to integrate an IP Gateway

The 'future proof' ultra-compact, lightweight SilverBack V will make its debut in Vegas

MultiDyne Fiber Optic Solutions is set to extend its SilverBack range of camera-mounted fiber transport solutions with the launch of the SilverBack V – the industry’s first 12G and 4K-capable camera-back system featuring an IP output. 

Silverback V will make its debut at the 2018 NAB Show, taking place April 9-12 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. MultiDyne exhibits at Booth C6818.

MultiDyne claims its SilverBack V systems offer the industry’s broadest range of camera-back transceivers, with common benefits that increase bandwidth for UHD formats, simplify infrastructure, and enhance connection flexibility. What makes the SilverBack V special is its 12G transport and conversion capabilities, a new compact size, and the integration of an IP Gateway on its base station. The latter introduces an opportunity to contribute content to studios and production trucks overboth IP and SDI.

The same base station can support two camera heads simultaneously — another SilverBack first — which further empowers users in cinema, electronic newsgathering (ENG), sports production and other remote production needs to contribute more field content. A built-in multiviewer provides live monitoring for both camera feeds, along with optional audio monitoring. The SilverBack V also integrates expansion slots to support external I/O connections with other MultiDyne fiber transport systems and third-party products.

Frank Jachetta, president of MultiDyne, emphasises that the Silverback V offers users a strategy for IP and fiber convergence that delivers immediate value today, while protecting the customer’s investment for future use acrossmultipoint networks.

“Dark fiber for point-to-point transport continues to offer the most efficient bandwidth for the higher bit rates and data rates of live 4K, 8K and 12G transmission,” said Frank Jachetta, president, MultiDyne. “With the continued adoption of IP across the broadcast and production workflow, the time is right to help our customers converge their fiber transport systems with the broader multipoint networking capabilities of IP. The Silverback V offers more opportunities for our customers using fiber in the field today to move signals between cameras, switchers, and control rooms over very long distances.”

Jachetta adds that the new Silverback V is the most compact unit in the SilverBack family to date, with a new design that significantly shrinks its width. The result is a much lighter camera back load with easier mobility for the user. In addition, MultiDyne is working closely with camera manufacturers such as Sony, Panasonic, Canon, JVC and others to customize Silverback V designs to best align with the ergonomic features, including connection points and color textures, of each camera.

“With camera size shrinking, our customers benefit more from having the camera weight balance the lens in front of them,” said Jachetta. “The much smaller footprint of the Silverback V takes these user needs into consideration, adding just the right amount of thickness while drastically reducing width.”

In addition to 12G, 8K, 4K and 3G, the Silverback V supports 1.5Gb/s video, audio, intercom, camera control, tally, data and power onto a single tactical, SMPTE hybrid fiber cable, and/or IP network.