Fibre-optic specialist MultiDyne will unveil its new SilverBack-II with Juice camera-mounted fibre transport at IBC2012. Thanks to the system's robust power supply, users will be able to seamlessly operate both the SilverBack-II transceiver and the camera that it is attached to at distances up to 300 metres, without requiring local power or batteries. Over a single hybrid copper and fibre cable, the system will transmit any camera signal, including HD-SDI video, audio, intercom, control data, GPIOs, tally, and power, making it suitable for news, sports, ENG, DSNG, OB, and multicamera studio applications. The Juice power supply can be built into the base station's 1RU frame or housed separately. When built into the unit, it enables simple plug-and-play operation and delivery of up to 100W of power to 300m. When used externally, the system increases a user's flexibility with regards to where the power can be located, enabling a wider range of cabling topologies and transmission distances to be realised. Milled from a solid block of aluminium, the SilverBack-II with Juice measures just over 2.5cm thick, providing camera operators with a compact, unobtrusive camera-backed system for remote signal transmission. By milling the case rather than piecing it together from disparate parts, MultiDyne is able to include innovative features, such as integrated dovetails on the top and bottom of the unit that can be used with optional accessories like 15mm rod adapters, a feature that will be useful for smaller cameras that do not have professional battery mounts or a method for shoulder use. "Until now, the broadcast industry lacked a low-cost, lightweight camera transceiver with power," said MultiDyne’s President, Frank Jachetta. "We created the SilverBack-II with Juice to be compact, lightweight, and elegant in design so that it literally becomes an extension of the camera, eliminating operator fatigue in the field while simultaneously optimising signal transmission." The SilverBack-II can transport SDI video up to 3G HD-SDI uncompressed with embedded or separate programme audio. A return video option also supports up to 3G HD-SDI video for viewfinder or other external monitors. The unit also enables operators to achieve camera control/RCP paint functions through one of the three available data channels. An additional back channel is available for camera sync or genlock. Several options are available for optical connectivity including Neutrik opticalCon and Lemo 304M. www.multidyne.com By David Fox
MultiDyne will unveil its new SilverBack-II with Juice camera-mounted fibre transport at IBC2012. The system's robust power supply will enable users to operate both the SilverBack-II transceiver and the camera that it is attached to at distances up to 300 metres, without requiring local power or batteries.