On The IBC Exhibit Floor: MultiCAM Systems
MultiCAM Systems | Stand 12.E56 | Website: www.multicam-systems.com
MultiCAM Systems, a supplier of integrated video production systems for the broadcast and professional AV markets, will unveil a new dual SDI/IP camera interface that increases camera density for acquisition workflows using SDI PTZ cameras.
In late June, MultiCAM Systems unveiled a new interface attachable to its production systems that allows users to choose, or switch between, IP and SDI camera connectivity. As with all previous product releases, customers using the company’s Multicam Radio (for Visual Radio) or Multicam Conf, E-Learning or Tracking systems (for lectures, presentations or live events) were limited to five SDI cameras.
The new interface raises the SDI camera count to nine. This high-density platform ensures that broadcast and professional AV customers that have not yet transitioned to IP workflows and networks are not limited in production scope — especially when it comes to multi-room productions or larger live events, including concerts and sports productions.
“While our IP connectivity option supports a large number of cameras limited only by network capacity, the fact is that a large majority of our customers will remain SDI at the acquisition point for many years to fully leverage their SDI camera investments,” said Paul Stewart, MultiCAM Systems director of business development, North America. “Adding support for three additional SDI cameras in the same interface allows a broadcaster to more efficiently bring in feeds from adjacent studios, or allow a university campus to incorporate live video from nearby classrooms. Our technology enables our customers this flexibility without expensive routing equipment, time-consuming cabling and integration, or complicated signal paths.”
From a design perspective, the additional inputs are cascaded to ensure no additional footprint, which simplifies transport of the system between meeting rooms, classrooms and/or broadcast studios, for example. Furthermore, multiCAM Systems’ design philosophy centralizes all manufacturing processes at the company’s headquarters in France, instead of putting the pressure on customers to add modules to support different cameras models and counts.
For those customers with lighter acquisition needs, multiCAM Systems will continue to offer its five-input SDI option. However, both the five- and nine-SDI input options will include the IP option on the same interface, which will allow customers to seamlessly transition to the benefits of moving to the network, including single-cable connectivity for acquisition, PTZ camera control, and Power over Ethernet (PoE) support among other attributes.
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