FiberPlex Technologies LLC, a provider of digital transport and communications technology, has introduced its “Production Toolbox,” which provides the tools to run the signals from remote cameras, microphones and other equipment over fiber-optic cable regardless of the media type or the data format.
The FiberPlex Production Toolbox helps overcome many of the challenges encountered in any given live production, according to Kyle Rosenbloom, FiberPlex’s eastern regional client-relations executive.
“Fiber is really the only contender when it comes to transporting information like high-bandwidth 3G or 6G-UHD video, audio, lighting control, etc., because it is high capacity and noise-free from mile one to mile 99,” Rosenbloom says.
However, the different media formats have made it difficult when setting up fiber-optic cable, Rosenbloom says. “With this toolbox, we’ve literally made it easy to not only set up varying types of feeds, but also to change them out quickly as needed,” he added.
Central to the toolbox is the FiberPlex’ WDM16 active wave division multiplexer, which combines 16 optical channels onto a single pair of single-mode fiber, with each channel supporting aggregate data rates from 155 MB to 3 GB, the company says.
The multiplexer automatically converts signals to the appropriate optical wavelength for transport purposes, taking the tedium out of fiber connectivity and opening up the use of optical links for on-demand, fast-paced applications such as live production, according to FiberPlex. The unit also allocates any audio, video or other data feed to a specific wavelength on a full spectrum, and then combines all of those wavelengths together onto a single pair of fiber, the company adds.
“Inevitably, unforeseen challenges crop up at the last minute during a live production or broadcast, and, many times, techs are left scratching their heads and running around like crazy looking for a solution. With the WDM16, all they have to do now is plug in another SFP module and they’re good to go,” Rosenbloom said. “We are making fiber connectivity a plug-and-play proposition,” he added.
Hot-pluggable, small form-factor pluggable modules for the WDM16 come in a variety of formats for interoperability between SD-, HD- and 3G-SDI as well as 10/100/1G Ethernet connectivity, varying wavelengths of multimode/single-mode optics, and single fiber bidirectional, FiberPlex says. The WDM16 frames also accept standard SFP modules from third-party providers, the company adds.
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