Modern VideoFilm, headquartered in Burbank, California, has deployed EKINOPS equipment to build an optical network for transporting uncompressed high-definition (HD) video. The network is used to transport video and data during the post-production process for movies and TV shows.
Modern VideoFilm, one of the premiere post-production companies in the entertainment industry, sits in the core of the movie and TV production business and provides services to all the major Hollywood studios. The company 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 10GbE data along with the SDI and HD-SDI video over fiber. EKINOPS is a leading provider of optical transport equipment for service providers and enterprises. Its EKINOPS 360 platform enables consolidation of multiple video and data circuits into one streamlined solution, simplifying the architecture and reducing costs. 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, making the EKINOPS solution very economical.
“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.”
“Modern VideoFilm works with the most demanding directors and producers in the entertainment industry, so they have incredibly high standards.” said Jonathan Amir, vice president of global sales at Ekinops. “We specialize in providing products that meet these high standards and we are very pleased that Modern VideoFilm chose our equipment for their optical video network”
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. 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.
The EKINOPS 360, the flagship platform for Ekinops, is a carrier-class optical transport solution for metro, regional, and long-haul networks. With its T-Chip “Transport on a Chip” technology at its core, the EKINOPS 360 equipment packs its transport intelligence into a highly compact and efficient design, reducing costs, footprint, ongoing power consumption, and manufacturing delivery times to customers.
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