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Video over Fiber and the Future of Hi-Res


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Video over fiber isn’t exactly brand new, but it has outpaced other technologies in delivering some high impact results on complicated, high-resolution setups. It certainly beats the competition in terms of dealing with the standard installation challenges of speed and distance that we have to address.

It’s a technology that’s ready for the future and will likely suit the requirements of several generations of tech that are fast approaching. Here a few reasons why you might consider video over fiber for your next installation…..

Why Video Over Fiber and Not AV over IP?

Speed and distance are the two great limiters when it comes to streaming high resolution video.

AV over IP solutions solve quite a few of the problems that traditionally occur but only up to a certain point. While it continues to remain a popular extender technology, IP is going to remain at its current speed of 10.2 Gbps for a while yet.

Speeds are constantly increasing, and we need to quickly adapt to these increases. Higher quality video needs a more robust solution than AV over IP for all your devices and video over fiber is ideally positioned to provide that much needed solution.

Although it was first introduced several decades ago, it is only now that it is really coming into its own and the whole host of solutions that solve the speed and distance problem include extender boxes, active optical cables (AOCs) and even optical adapters.

Active Optical Cables Have Some Advantages

AOCs are increasingly popular. They are generally hybrid cables that have a combination of both optical fibers and copper wires within a jacket.

Their hybrid construct enables both the power and low-speed control signals to use the copper wires, like a regular cable, whist the high-speed signals are transmitted optically along multiple separate fibers.

However, distance still remains a bit of a challenge for active optical cables because of the limitations of the copper wiring that is used.

Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) for Video over Fiber

Being able to cut AV cables to bespoke lengths on site was one advantage of IP-based solutions. Video over fiber has this capability also which is very convenient.

Wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) is a technology that combines multiple channels onto a single fiber. They convert electrical HDMI, Display Port and other protocols to light, and then transmit the video over the long distances that IP-based protocols would find restricting. The light is then converted back to electrical signals and an image is displayed.

WDM is a new technology to the AV market so, is in its early adoption phase and we can expect to see it becoming more commonplace over the next year or two.

Be Prepared with Video over Fiber

It’s easy to see there are plenty of advantages to video over fiber, but the biggest advantage is how it future proofs a setup.

Fiber infrastructure at the point of installation should easily last through a few generational upgrades to your hardware and software. Video over fiber is fast becoming the go-to solution for 4K HDR video.

If you are thinking of upgrading your setup and want any advice please don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team.

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