multiCAM Systems Introduces Integrated IP Input Support for All-In-One Production Systems
Interface harnesses inbound streaming capabilities from IP-enabled PTZ cameras; applicable to entire multiCAM Systems broadcast and AV product range
Montreuil, France(14 Jul 2017)
On the heels of its first and very successful InfoComm exhibition experience, multiCAM Systems – a supplier of integrated video production systems serving the broadcast and professional AV markets – is launching a new IP interface feature, compatible with its comprehensive line of products, that receives IP video streams directly from the local area network. The new capability, which requires no additional hardware or software, works with the company’s entire product line as well as any PTZ camera available today. multiCAM Systems will showcase the IP input functionality at IBC2017 (September 15-19, Amsterdam), where the company will exhibit in stand 12.E56.
multiCAM Systems’ integrated IP interface supports a much greater number of cameras than is traditionally available through SDI capture cards. The IP functionality also reduces the size and cost of the central server, as all video streams and PTZ camera control are managed over the network without the need for special IT equipment. Customers retain the flexibility to use IP or SDI for each input to support mixed camera environments.
Available immediately, the IP input feature works seamlessly in Visual Radio applications using MULTICAM RADIO, and is among the first systems of its kind to offer native IP connectivity for Visual Radio. On the commercial AV side, the new IP interface is ideal within classrooms, corporate AV environments (meeting and huddle rooms, large conference spaces) and theaters/auditoriums using MULTICAM CONF, MULTICAM E-LEARNING or MULTICAM TRACKING to produce and stream lectures, presentations and live events.
“The flexibility and freedom of using IP PTZ cameras means our customers can both enhance services and simplify operations,” said Paul Stewart, director of business development, North America, multiCAM Systems. “On a corporate/educational campus or in a large broadcast facility with multiple studios, our customers can more easily distribute cameras across many locations, and bring more content onto the network. Since everything runs on standard network cable, we can significantly reduce the number of cables and associated clutter common in strictly SDI systems.”
Stewart notes that the number of cameras supported via the IP interface feature is limited only by network and bandwidth limitations, whereas traditional SDI capture cards put much stricter limitations on the number of cameras that can be connected to a system. multiCAM Systems’ standard SDI-equipped configurations offer up to 5 SDI inputs, while the new IP support enables radio stations or conference halls to use many more cameras throughout multiple rooms without the need for additional hardware.
Transitioning to IP transport will also eliminate the typical need for a 19-inch rack mount server. These servers can be replaced with a much smaller unit, thus reducing the necessary rack space and costs associated with maintenance and energy consumption.
In addition to immediately adding multiple high-quality camera signals to the network, the IP interface enables full PTZ control and power over a single network cable. The latter is possible when using a Power over Ethernet-enabled (PoE) network switch or PoE injector.
Stewart adds that broadcast and AV systems integrators will also find value in the above benefits due to ease of installation when retrofitting a room or building.
“There is really only one cable providing power, control and video signals, which accelerates the installation and makes scaling systems much more pleasant,” said Stewart. “There’s no need to install an expensive switching matrix. We’re essentially offering a path to a distributed network of cameras while also returning money to the customer’s budget.”
About multiCAM Systems
Founded in 2010, multiCAM Systems designs easy-to-use live video production systems, which feature advanced video switching capabilities and PTZ camera technologies for applications such as recording, live streaming and podcasting. Focusing on the broadcast and e-learning markets, multiCAM Systems, a dynamic and innovative company, offers a wide range of products. These include MULTICAM TRACKING, an entirely automated video recording tool particularly suited for e-learning and conferencing purposes; MULTICAM STUDIO, an all-in-one system for live video production; and MULTICAM RADIO, an automated visual radio studio that allows broadcasters to air programs live 24/7. (www.multicam-systems.com).