Skehan Communications Selects MultiDyne for Multicamera Remote Production

MultiDyne, a provider of fiber-optic-based video and audio transport solutions for broadcast and pro A/V applications, announced that Washington, DC-based video production company Skehan Communications is using MultiDyne’s new SilverBACK-II with JUICE camera-mounted fiber transport system. Leveraging the reliability, robust power supply, and versatility offered by SilverBACK-II with JUICE, Skehan Communications can transmit any camera signal, including HD-SDI video, audio, intercom, control data, GPIOs, tally, and power over a single hybrid copper and fiber cable up to a distance of 300 meters, without requiring local power or batteries.

“Remote power over a long distance is essential when we are working on electronic field production cameras, so we needed a fiber transport system with a reliable power supply that would never die in the middle of a shoot,” said Mike Skehan, owner of Skehan Communications. “In the world of multicamera remote production, the SilverBACK-II with JUICE is the best development I have seen in the last five years. Not only does it dramatically extend the distance we are able to transmit camera signals, it also integrates intercom, tally, CCU functionality, and much more into a lightweight and user-friendly design.”

With more than 30 years of experience specializing in live multi-camera remote event coverage, Skehan Communications has served a variety of clients that range from small nonprofit organizations to the White House. Utilizing SilverBACK-II with JUICE, the company can now transport SDI video up to 3G HD-SDI uncompressed with embedded or separate program audio as well as 3G HD-SDI video for viewfinder or other external monitors. Video operators achieve camera control/RCP paint functions through one of the three available data channels, with an additional back channel available for camera sync or genlock.

SilverBACK-II with JUICE is milled from a solid block of aluminum and measures just over one inch thick, providing Skehan Communications’ camera operators with a compact, unobtrusive camera-backed system for remote signal transmission. Integrated dovetails on the front and back of the unit further optimize camera operation by enabling users to add optional accessories like 15-mm rod adapters to support cameras without professional battery mounts or a method for shoulder use.

The JUICE power supply provides Skehan Communications with a reliable power source at the camera and can be built into the base station’s 1-RU frame or housed separately for added flexibility. When built into the unit, it enables simple plug-and-play operation and delivery of up to 100 watts of power to 300 meters. When used externally, the system supports a wider range of cabling topologies and transmission distances, making it perfect for electronic field production (EFP) and electronic news gathering (ENG) applications.

“SilverBACK-II with JUICE is an excellent example of how MultiDyne responds directly to customers’ needs,” said Frank Jachetta, president at MultiDyne. “After receiving feedback from camera operators who were looking for a more compact and versatile transport system, we created the SilverBACK-II with JUICE, which combines all of the important features necessary for news, sports, ENG, D-SNG, OB, and multicamera studio applications into a single, lightweight unit designed to optimize signal transmission.”

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