An interview from the 2023 Cine Gear Expo in Los Angeles with Jeff Lee of AbelCine. AbelCine is an equipment and service provider to cinematic content creators across the broadcast, production, and media industries. The company’s services, designed to support customers through every stage of the production cycle, include equipment sales and rental, training and consultation, tech services and integration, production services, and assurance programs.

MultiDyne Video & Fiber Optic Systems, a leading provider of fiber-optic transport, live production, and streaming solutions, has appointed AbelCine as its Platinum Partner for Cinematic Broadcast Solutions in the United States.

The announcement follows a robust product development cycle from MultiDyne focused on helping content producers adapt digital cinema cameras into broadcast, multi-cam, and live production workflows. MultiDyne’s efforts have resulted in especially brisk sales for its SilverBack family of fiber camera adapters, which help content producers achieve a cinematic scope and dramatic feel for TV programming, sports, concerts, and worship events, among other productions. The success of the SilverBack family resulted in MultiDyne’s second Technical Emmy Award, which the company received last month during NAB Show 2023.

AbelCine is a well-known and respected industry leader in the design, integration, and support of production equipment for the entertainment industry. As a Platinum Partner, AbelCine will provide support for the full range of MultiDyne products to customers across the United States, with a specific focus on their family of cinematic multi-cam solutions, including the SilverBack family and HUT-APE (Hybrid Universal Transceiver – Advanced Power Extension) product lines, introduced in late 2022. AbelCine will provide sales, integration, front-line support, and service from its New York and Los Angeles facilities. This ensures that customers receive the highest level of support and responsiveness throughout the entire lifecycle of their equipment.

We all appreciate the dramatic flair of cinematic video. Creating high-resolution broadcast content with cinematic quality has historically been a tall order, from cost of entry barriers to workflow integration. MultiDyne developed its SilverBack Series to help content producers convert digital cinema cameras into SMPTE studio cameras for live multi-camera production. SilverBack fiber camera adapters are lightweight “cameraback” systems ideal for live concerts, sports, TV productions and worship services. There are several models to meet varied budgets, all vendor-agnostic and engineered to adapt the user’s camera of choice. SilverBack systems offer modular designs to support diverse I/O configurations, with all signals carried over a single tactical or hybrid fiber cable. Hybrid and tactical fiber conversion as well as remote powering through MultiDyne JUICE portable power supplies further empower mobility for camera operators.

The MultiDyne SilverBack V APE (Advanced Power Extension) provides a robust, full bandwidth fiber optic link between any 12G, Quad- Link or Dual-Link 4K camera and your truck, control room or "video village" position. The system puts power and all of the signals needed for multi-camera 4K/UHDTV production onto a single tactical or SMPTE hybrid fiber cable, ensuring trouble-free connectivity on any studio or remote production.

The SilverBack converts the latest Digital Cinema Cameras into SMPTE Studio Cameras ideal for cinematic live multicam applications. The system is available in multiple video I/O configurations and can support Quad Link 3G-SDI or 12G-SDI based 4K signals as well as up to four 3G. Full camera control is provided by the camera manufacturer’s control panel via serial or a 10/100/GigE Ethernet path. Genlock, Intercom, Tally and GPIO are also provided.

In March this year, Fujifilm released the FUJINON HZK25-1000mm (Duvo 25-1000) box-type broadcast zoom lens also known as “Duvo Box”. The Duvo 25-1000 has been embraced by many customers for its ability to produce cinematic visual expressions in a filming style similar to that of broadcast lenses.

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