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Building a flyback with 3 cams

PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2018 7:05 pm
by scarletandgrey33
Hello all,

Where I work is looking at upgrading our live streaming equipment for our events outside of our facility. I have been looking at the blackmagic system and the Ross Carbonite solo. We are also very intrigued by the BMD URSA studio with the fiber converters in its ability to connect with the camera controller.
My question is how would I connect the ATEM Camera Control Panel to multiple Studio Fiber units? I see that each rack mount has a single rj45 jack so daisy chaining would not be an option. Would I be able to feed the camera control panel into an unmanaged switch to then feed the studio fiber converters?

Below is a list of equipment we are looking at. I know it is missing a few pieces like a reference generator.

Thank you for you help and insight!


1: Blackmagic ATEM 2 M/E production studio
1: ATEM Camera Control Panel
1: Blackmagic ATEM 2M/E broadcast Panel
4: Blackmagic HyperDecks Pro 2
4: Blackmagic Studio Fiber converter
1: 1Beyond StreamMachin Studio Pro
2: 27” monitors (1 dedicated for multiviewer and one with A/B for ProP and Stream machine)
1: mac mini for ProP

3: Blackmagic URSA Broadcast bundle each with the Fiber converter

Camplex SMPTE hybrid cable (500ft)

Re: Building a flyback with 3 cams

PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:48 am
by nmsoundengineer
From what I was told at NAB, the Camera panel doesn't have the ability to connect directly via cat 5 to the fiber systems.

Camera panel would connect to the atem over Ethernet, where the ATEM adds the camera control data to the SDI outputs, which then gets fed back to the studio fiber adapters and sent via SDI to the camera.

Re: Building a flyback with 3 cams

PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 2:29 pm
by Xtreemtec
David is right.. Also the Ethernet connection on the Fiber units are not working yet.. This will be in some future update...

Re: Building a flyback with 3 cams

PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:25 pm
by scarletandgrey33
Xtreemtec wrote: This will be in some future update...

Hahaha that is a scary phrasing! Was there any mention of expected timeline? SO my understanding then of the signal chain would lock us into a BMD switcher to use the fiber converters with the camera control unit.

Please correct me if I am wrong!


Re: Building a flyback with 3 cams

PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2018 3:01 pm
by Xtreemtec
It will always lock you to have a Atem, or SDI shield with a piece of software to do it.. Because the Ethernet connection will only be a 1:1 feed trough ethernet connection..

Future upgrade is what was told me on a TradeFair.. And yes that is always scary.. Because there is no timeline.. Could be weeks could be years could be never.. ;)