At NAB, MultiDyne Fiber Optic Solutions unveiled its second-generation BullDog II platform, offering a more scalable platform to support any number of signals in one box.
MultiDyne said the BullDog II will eclipse the current MultiDyne family of Field Fiber units, which includes the LightBox, LightCube and current-generation BullDog. To date, these have been MultiDyne’s systems to support long-distance signal distribution between trucks, studios and hard-to-reach locations in broadcast, live production and commercial AV applications.
With the BullDog II platform, broadcasters, content producers and commercial AV users can scale up and down for any configuration and signal count that were traditionally spread across various product lines.
MultiDyne will initially roll out three different frame sizes for applications ranging from single-camera standup interviews to the largest-scale sporting events, with additional frame sizes to follow. Users can add Pelican cases or other accessories, such as handles and rackmount kits, for protection and transport in studio environments and the harshest weather elements.
It has the ability to interoperate with MultiDyne openGear cards, the MultiDyne VF-9000 rackmount fiber transport frame and other BullDog systems. For example, users can change video signal counts from one event to the next by adding or removing cards. At the same time, new cards can be inserted to increase audio density or Ethernet capacity.
The BullDog II adopts a compact design that is smaller and lighter, reducing weight for easier portability. The design integrates a monitor and touchscreen to enhance signal control and status monitoring between two points.
The new BullDog platform will accommodate multiple video formats (12G, 4K, 3Gb/s, HD/SDI, composite) as well as mic/line audio, intercom, tally, Ethernet, genlock and data. Additionally, camera control is supported using the camera manufacturer’s RCP via serial or a 10/100GigE Ethernet connection.
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