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DiGiCo, Clear-Com and Optocore connect via optical fibre at IBC 2014

At Prolight + Sound 2014 DiGiCo and Optocore released a new version of Optocore for all optically enabled DiGiCo consoles. The new format provides connectivity to X6R, DD2FR and DD4MR units, allowing Optocore devices to live on DiGiCo’s optical loop. At IBC 2014, Amsterdam, September 11-16, live demonstrations, connecting the DiGiCo stand 8.D70 to the Optocore and Clear-Com stands via an Optocore loop for audio, with a BroaMan Route66 core router for the video will take place during IBC providing video, audio, intercom and data connectivity between all booths. Also, DiGiCo will be showcasing dedicated broadcast versions of its SD7, SD5, SD10, SD9 and SD11 consoles at IBC.
Graphical view of pl+s connectivityFor video transmission Optocore provided a combination of the Route66 core router (from sister company BroaMan) at the Optocore stand and BroaMan Mux22 satellites at Optocore, DiGiCo and Clear-Com. “By deploying those units just a duplex fibre between each booth will provide multi-channel video, audio and data application. We can also route each video or audio source to any output within the network,” explained Optocore Application Engineer, Maciek Janiszewski. “I believe this is the first time that anything on such a scale has been implemented.” Click the picture to the right for an enlarged graphical view of the setup.
Mux22 has the capability to combine the protocol-independent transfer of up to eight 3G/HD/SDI video signals with the synchronous Optocore audio and data network via two optical fibres in just 1RU.
Visitors at pl+s could see each Optocore interface as a part of the DiGiCo-Optocore network, showing how their X6R and V3R mic preamps can be controlled directly from the console.
“Users can add a simple Optocore 16-channel X6R-FX interface to the DiGiCo network to provide additional I/O connectivity together with Ethernet and RS485/422,” explains Maciek. “They can also use Optocore cost efficient DD2FR-FX and DD4MR-FX MADI interfaces to increase the number of MADI ports available on the console.” DiGiCo is the only console manufacturer to benefit from OEM Optocore and is running the native 2.21 Optocore protocol.
“The best way to demonstrate just how easy the system is to use is via live demonstrations,” says DiGiCo managing director James Gordon. “So we connected the DiGiCo booth to the Optocore and Clear-Com booth via an Optocore loop for audio, with a BroaMan Route66 core router for the video.”
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