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Blackmagic Design Rated Best in Class by Stockholm’s Royal Institute of Technology

One of Europe’s leading technical universities has integrated a wide range of Blackmagic Design products including new optical fiber solutions into its varied project workflows.

The KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, have embraced optical fiber as core component of their numerous workflows for their varied and innovative projects. Multiple Blackmagic Design products are used by students on the Media Technology programme. These include 20 Multibridge Pro, along with Multibridge Eclipse, Mini Converter Optical Fiber, HDLink Pro and HDLink Optical Fiber products.

“We decided to use Blackmagic Design’s products as they have always offered the most advanced technological solutions and are very cost effective, replacing our more expensive prototype solutions,” says Mats Erixon of the University’s Media Technology department.

KTH have recently integrated Blackmagic Design Optical Fiber products as part of a successful ‘i-coaching’ project, a new initiative involving opera school students that links live lectures between University College of Opera in Stockholm and the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. The scheme features a Multibridge Pro to convert component video from the camera into HD-SDI and embed the audio. The signal is then converted to Optical Fiber SDI via the Mini Converter Optical Fiber, using the original SFP transceiver to connect to a CWDM device at a staggering distance of 120km. The return signal is fed back through the Mini Converter Optical Fiber and then to a Multibridge Pro for conversion back to component whilst de-embedding the audio.

A further exciting project that KTH University have recently undertaken was the ‘ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest World Championship 2009’, an annual multi-tiered computer programming competition among universities worldwide involving 100 teams from over 200 regional sites. The competition was broadcast over Swedish national television station Axess and also over the Internet during a seven-hour long transmission.

As part of the live contest a feed from each participant’s workstation was monitored over the network. A DVI output was then converted to HD-SDI, using a DVI to HDMI adapter to the Multibridge Pro’s HDMI input. This signal was then routed through a Blackmagic Design Videohub to four machines each featuring a DeckLink HD Extreme, which were used to overlay graphics onto the video to create a graphical ‘scoreboard’ in both HD-SDI and SD-SDI. The HD-SDI signal was converted to Optical Fiber SDI using Blackmagic Design’s Mini Converter Optical Fiber and transmitted to the audience hall where the progress of the contestants could be followed. The SD-SDI signal was converted via another Mini Converter Optical Fiber for broadcast across national television!

With so many Blackmagic Design products in use by the university’s course programmes and varied and technologically advanced projects, Erixon explains, ‘It is very difficult to decide which Blackmagic Design product is my favourite. I really like the Multibridge Pro and the Videohub. But if I really had to choose I would have to say that the HDLink Optical Fiber wins the prize. Overnight it cut the price of the optical fiber function ten fold and at the same time it gave the extremely practical benefit of the exchangeable SFP transceiver and bi-directionality at a very low cost.’

Simon Westland, Sales Manager Blackmagic Design EMEA comments, “KTH are a wonderful example of a customer pushing the boundaries of video technology! Their successes demonstrate a high level of technical understanding and their ability to create innovative workflow schemes that break conventional thinking.”