Video production company Mediapro Canada engaged MultiDyne Video & Fiber Optic Systems for rapid deployment of universal camera transceivers to support 12-camera productions in Houston and Los Angeles for the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament soccer matches in late January 2020.
This came after Mediapro had found there was no fiber infrastructure in the venues just two weeks before the events.
“We have fully transitioned from triax to fiber-based cameras,” said Chris Priess, Vice President, Mediapro Canada. “MultiDyne was our first choice, and the only vendor that could deliver on time. They understood our production demands and delivered the inventory we needed with urgency.”
The latest MultiDyne camera transceiver, the plug-and-play SMPTE-HUT, replaces copper connectivity with single-mode fiber. According to Priess, using single-strand fiber instead of SMPTE hybrid fiber can save Mediapro Canada up to 30 percent of cabling costs per project. “The MultiDyne SMPTE-HUT reduces our cabling costs because ST fiber is considerably less expensive, especially when running SMPTE hybrid fiber for a mile or longer,” he said.
Designed for mobile production companies that require long cable runs, the SMPTE-HUT eliminates RF, EMI, and grounding issues to optimize signal integrity over long distances. Priess also noted that the transceiver had a smaller form factor than the brand it replaced.
Based in Toronto, Mediapro Canada has seven mobile production trucks and 32 full-time employees, holding the exclusive contract to cover all Canadian Premier League soccer for the next 10 years, as well as non-exclusive rights for FIFA matches in Canada and the United States.
“Beyond soccer, these devices will see extensive use for horse racing events,” Priess added. “Running SMPTE hybrid fiber on the backside of the horse tracks is expensive and laborious. We have already installed ST fiber in some of these venues so that we can utilize the full capabilities of our broadcast cameras.”
Mediapro Canada has standardized equipment across its fleet with 55 Sony HDC-2500 cameras, and its truck bulkheads have been designed to accommodate the SMPTE-HUT units.
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