MultiDyne SMPTE-HUT Camera Transceiver Solves A Video Transport Challenge

Needing to bring live video from its outdoor baptismal area to worshipers in its indoor venues and online, Water of Life Community Church in Fontana, California selected the MultiDyne SMPTE-HUT universal camera transceiver.

MultiDyne said the transceiver enables reliable camera connectivity to the church’s single-mode fiber backbone.

“We wanted to perform our live baptisms outside rather than the traditional indoor approach, and to make them an integral part of the worship experience for all of our followers,” said Joe Chappell, production manager for Water of Life. “However, there isn’t space to bring 3000 attendees from our main auditorium outside to our baptismal, so instead we bring live video of the baptisms inside, as well as streaming it online.”

Video of the baptisms is acquired with one of the church’s four Hitachi Z-HD5000 cameras, which are equipped with SMPTE hybrid fiber connectivity. Rather than purchasing a dedicated camera for the outdoor area, a unit from the auditorium is brought outside for the live events.

The two-piece SMPTE-HUT system carries a complete array of signals between the camera and the control room, including the camera video feed, program audio from two camera-connected wireless microphones, Clear-Com intercom and return video.

A MultiDyne HUT-CP camera-end unit is connected to the camera by 50 feet of SMPTE fiber cable and supplies power to the camera over this same connection, simplifying wiring. The HUT-CP is linked by a pair of single-mode fibers to a compact HUT-BS unit in the control room, which converts the transport back to SMPTE hybrid fiber for connection to the camera’s CCU.

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