Field Report: Aldis Systems Uses Video Ghost to Power Systems

Many times you want to run a camera, mixer or monitor without a power cable. Video Ghost provides an effective and easy-to-use solution

Although power is always a consideration when designing a facility or OB truck,it takes a back seat to the sexy widgets and sophisticated solutions that nonetheless depend on it to perform properly and consistently. “It’s one of those things that’s always in the back of your mind, but you’re never going to design a project around a power solution. If you’re building a facility and/or need remote production capability, Video Ghost really solves the problem.” said Chuck Walior, Aldis Systems VP & Chief Engineer.

Video Ghost provides a unique and cost-effective solution for remote power. Power is expensive to wire, especially if it needs to extend beyond the main plant. In Walior’s opinion, “It’s just a pain, it’s a hassle in a studio, and wherever you move a device you have to move its power with it.”

How Video Ghost works

Video Ghost, designed and manufactured by BHV Broadcast, is the video equivalent of phantom power for audio. It runs serial digital video (SD/HD/3G) and DC power in one standard coaxial cable eliminating the need for batteries or local AC power sources. The serial digital video can run in either direction so the power works equally well with cameras or monitors.

Video Ghost typical application block diagram.

Video Ghost typical application block diagram.

The system can supply 65W of dc power at distances of 500ft (150m). The system provides an innovative and unique way to get power to a monitor or POV camera on a stage floor or on an arena roof, and eliminates the need for local mains power.

The power solution also offers optional HDMI monitoring of SD/HD/3G video feeds.

The power supply system is also available as GhostRack, a rack-mount version that offers four channels of power over coax in a 1RU x 19" rack case with dual power supply options and front panel monitoring and control. In many fixed installations, coax is already in place, eliminating the need to run additional cable.

Versatile solution

GhostRack is an ideal solution for a range of locations. Operational benefits include portability and rapid deployment (important features for mobile productions and difficult locations where monitoring is required) and the flexibility to send or receive video signals and DC power wherever and whenever the need arises.

GhostRack four channel power transmitter.

GhostRack four channel power transmitter.

Video Ghost will operate with any manufacturer’s standard power supply. Although Video Ghost is shipped with its own 19V supply. Walior decided to experiment and substitute the brick from the original OEM device and inject it in the Video Ghost. He found himself working with the exact amperage and the exact voltage that the manufacturer specified and was able to run power from the core plant all the way up to a remote location. He explains: “I used it with some Grass Valley compact cameras. I took their bricks and injected those into Video Ghost and it worked perfectly. It is completely compliant with any manufacturer’s specs, so I’m delivering exactly what they want delivered.”

Video Ghost can fit and fix a multitude of problems. Put it on a shelf or in a rack, and it’s power receiver is compact enough to mount on a camera or monitor. “It’s going to come more and more into play because we understand that it not only can solve one problem real easily, it can really fix a dozen. It is a unique little fix. Simple and reasonably priced," said Walior.

Chuck Walior, Aldis Systems VP & Chief Engineer

Chuck Walior, Aldis Systems VP & Chief Engineer

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