Ekinops helps build uncompressed HD video network

OCTOBER 20, 2009 -- Modern VideoFilm, headquartered in Burbank, CA, has deployed Ekinops equipment to build an optical network for transporting uncompressed high-definition (HD) video, the systems vendor says. The network is used to transport video and data during the post-production process for movies and TV shows.

OCTOBER 20, 2009 -- Modern VideoFilm, headquartered in Burbank, CA, has deployed Ekinops equipment to build an optical network for transporting uncompressed high-definition (HD) video, the systems vendor says. The network is used to transport video and data during the post-production process for movies and TV shows.

Modern VideoFilm has several locations in the Los Angeles area that are networked together so teams can access data between sites.

“Since the emergence of high-definition technology, the need to transport HD video between our different facilities has increased rapidly,” explained Kim Roberts, director of corporate services at Modern VideoFilm. “There really isn’t a comprehensive HD infrastructure that will fit our needs in place yet, so we decided to lease dark fiber between our sites and purchase the Ekinops equipment to light it up.”

Modern VideoFilm is using the Ekinops equipment to transport 10 Gigabit Ethernet data along with the SDI and HD-SDI video over fiber. The Ekinops 360 platform used in the application enables consolidation of multiple video and data circuits, simplifying the network architecture and reducing costs, the systems vendor says. In addition, the Ekinops 360 platform allows data and video traffic to be carried over long distances even on poor fiber with minimum or no in-line amplifiers, the company adds.

“The video equipment we use is very expensive and the new optical network lets us share the equipment among our different sites. Otherwise, we would have had to purchase equipment for each location,” Roberts said. “Now our employees and clients in remote facilities can work as if they were located in our main building.”

Although transporting SDI and HD-SDI can be achieved by compressing these signals, the quality of compressed video is much lower and not suited for the studios, Ekinops says. Increasingly, content providers and production companies are looking for transport of uncompressed digital video signals, which eliminates the need for compression and avoids degrading of the original quality.

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