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MultiDyne Fiber Used In Live Event Production By CP Communications

In an effort to reduce configuration headaches and strengthen connections for fiber-optic transport for broadcasters in live event production, CP Communications of Elmsford, New York has purchased and installed multiple VF-9000 bulk fiber transport systems from MultiDyne Fiber Optic Solutions.

Installed in CP Communication’s HD-11 and HD-21 RF production trucks to support broadcasters at live events, the MultiDyne VF-9000s solve the per-show scalability, performance and technical limitations of their previous fiber solutions.

The VF-9000 enables new technical services for the company, including support for native 3Gb/s signal transport on HD-11 and HD-21. Transport of 3Gb/s is a requirement for the high-profile sports productions that CP Communications routinely handles for FOX, NBC and The Golf Channel.

The VF-9000 allows the company to natively accept 3Gb/s camera feeds over RF into its fiber transmission infrastructure, and is downward compatible for standard HD feeds.

Operationally, the VF-9000 outperforms their previous fiber transmission platforms. This includes the flexibility to hot-swap, add or reduce SFPs to meet specific production requirements – a limitation of the previous system. This required connecting drop-down units, including external multiplexers, to the main frame.

Crew member inside CP Communications truck.

Crew member inside CP Communications truck.

The VF-9000 allows automatic recognition of SFP module connections as inputs or outputs, as well as by format and application. This allows an imbalance of input and outputs based on the needs of each production, instead of being limited to a certain number of each.

In addition to video and Ethernet SFPs, the VF-9000 allows their production teams to transport MADI audio as part of the video feeds. Following automatic recognition, the VF-9000 then transitions to the proper setup upon coming online, eliminating additional configuration steps.

The compact VF-9000 delivers robust multiplexer features, combining up to 18 signals over one single-mode fiber for efficient, high-density signal transport. At just 1RU, the VF-9000 returns two rack unit spaces that the previous systems absorbed in each truck, freeing more space for additional RF gear.

In both trucks, the VF-9000 integrates within the complete RF infrastructure, which includes a high-density routing system, mesh technology and wireless cameras and microphones. The VF-9000 also connects to signal monitoring systems on both trucks, allowing operators to keep an eye on the health and performance of each feed and connection.

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