Essential Guide to Fiber Optics in Live Production

By June 24, 2016 May 9th, 2017 Bexel ESS, News

June 24, 2016 – Burbank-CA – There was a time when the use of fiber optic cable struck fear in hearts of live production crews because it was difficult to work with and there was a certain black magic associated with distributing optical signals that had to be done right in order for multiple paths of video and audio to cleanly pass through tiny strands of glass.

Today, the technology has advanced to include military-grade tactical cable and fiber/copper hybrid cabling that is much more robust to work with. Along with better equipment, there is a better understanding across the industry of how to deploy fiber cable and hardware with the least amount of effort and on-site field problems. This Essential Guide describes the key issues around the use of fiber optic cabling for live production infrastructure. What’s inside:

  • Single and multi-mode fiber
  • SMPTE hybrid And tactical cable
  • How much fiber do you need?
  • Keep it clean
  • Fiber networking

Read the full guide on The Broadcast Bridge. (Free registration is required.)


About Bexel ESS
Bexel ESS, a division of Bexel, and an NEP Broadcast Services Company, is the choice vendor for custom systems integration, managed services, and fiber optic solutions within the broadcast, league, collegiate, corporate, and entertainment markets. Launched in 2012, Bexel ESS designs and installs complete turnkey solutions for permanent facilities and live events. Our custom solutions are fine tuned to deliver outstanding product performance and broadcast workflow. We pioneered the conversion of copper cable plant systems to optical fiber, and today specialize in design, implementation, and maintenance of broadcast cable plants. We pride ourselves on routinely developing new solutions to improve the longevity and functionality of client systems, and reduce the overall cost of ownership.

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For over 30 years, NEP has been a worldwide outsourced technical production partner supporting premier content producers of live sports, entertainment, music and corporate events. Our services include remote production, specialty capture, RF and wireless video/audio, studio production, audio visual solutions, host broadcast support, post production, connectivity and transmission, premium playout and innovative software-based media management solutions. NEP’s 4,000+ employees are driven by a passion for superior service and a focus on technical innovation. Together, we have supported productions in 87 countries on all seven continents. NEP is headquartered in the United States and has operations in 24 countries. Learn more at nepgroup.com.


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