MultiDyne Camera and transmission system used to film U.S Open golf swings at a whopping 1000 fps in 4K UHD.

by on July 9, 2015

Stephan Jukic – July 09, 2015

Video and fiber technology maker MultiDyne let 4K TV owning fans of golf really see what a swing is supposed to look like in the highest level of detail commercially possible without actually being present in person.

This happened at the recent Fox Sports broadcast of the 2015 U.S Open at Chambers Bay Golf Course, in June and was possible thanks to a video and fiber optic technology found in the company’s SilverBack 4K5 camera back transceiver working as the fiber link to a X-Mo 4K camera system.

This arrangement allowed the company to capture the golf action not only at an ultra-high definition resolution of 4096 x 2160 pixels (True 4K) but also at an insanely fast ultra-high speed of 1000 frames per second. Furthermore, the video data was able to travel at high speed over 5000 to 7000 feet through a single fiber cable without any notable image degradation.

The MultiDyne Video & Fiber Optic Systems SilverBack 4K5 camera

The MultiDyne Video & Fiber Optic Systems SilverBack 4K5 camera

The MultiDyne SilverBack 4K5 system delivers up to five different 3Gbps paths for 4K video acquisition and carries these heavy signals from those paths back to an on-site production truck which then feeds that video into a mainline broadcast.

The transceiver is used to systemize the bandwidth intensive signals for these cameras by offering all of the bi-directional signals needed between a given 4K or HD camera and its base station. This includes up to sic 3G HD paths, intercom, camera and lens control and gigabit Ethernet paths.

The camera transceivers are connected to the camera system with a single fiber optic cable.

In simpler terms, this is how MultiDyne managed to capture the U.S Open broadcast with its X-Mo 4K system so that the golf swings were filmed at a whopping 1000 fps and in full 4K resolution at that.

The company also used other technology in the form of their Fiber Saver HD-6000 system to film the tournament in HD and move those signals around the golf course.

Overall, this particular 4K broadcast test run broke some interesting new barriers in what constitutes conventional 4K broadcasting wherever it’s practiced.

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