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Top 10 Reasons Optiva is a Great Choice for HD and 4K/UHD Multimedia Distribution

Posted by admin on October 22, 2015 11:10 am

1. Optiva is customizable to accommodate all your video, audio and data transmission needs.

Optiva can be customized for a variety of environments, including broadcast and transmission facilities such as sports venues, newsrooms, outside news-gathering vehicles, post-production and satellite uplink facilities, as well as, campus networks such as schools, hospitals and corporate offices, or anywhere that requires high-bandwidth HD 1080P or 4K/UHD transport. Optiva is a great choice due to its out-of-the-box, plug-and-play functionality and multimedia support, allowing you to focus on your event or installation with peace of mind.

2. Optiva cards were designed for uncompressed, lossless video/audio/data and RF extension using multimode or singlemode fiber, or CATx/HDBaseT.

Optiva provides an integrated fiber and CATx/HDBaseT solution for your workflow, enabling you to move forward with a technologically advanced and compact solution at an affordable price. All Optiva insert cards are designed to combat the restrictions involved with point-to-point extension of uncompressed, broadcast-quality signals over short and long distances.

3. Optiva allows for conversion and extension of all analog and digital signals on one platform.

Optiva insert cards can perform an array of functions from format conversion to extension, monitoring, and wavelength management, including CWDM. Analog and digital signal transport can be mixed in the same frame.

Video input and output formats are defined by selecting Optiva insert cards that can convert to and from HDMI, DVI, VGA / RGB, Component, Composite and 3G HD-SDI / HD-SDI / SD-SDI. Additionally, there are cards that can convert between optical and electrical signals, multimode and singlemode fiber, from one wavelength to another wavelength, such as optical and CWDM, and can repeat optical signals.

There are Optiva cards that only do audio or only do RF signals for applications that don’t need a video channel, as well as OTP-USB, which allows you to take in a single USB 2.0 input and send it bi-directionally to up to 4 outputs, over singlemode (CWDM) fiber or multimode fiber.

Such a wide range of functionality enables Optiva to act as a toolkit for systems engineers and as a high-quality converter for any fixed installation.

4. Mix and match fiber, CATx/HDBaseT and RF signals on one platform.

Optiva fiber, CATx/HDBaseT and RF cards may be housed in the same frame for cost-effective, trouble-free routing of video/audio/data and satellite signals. Optiva cards were designed to minimize connection loss and maximize performance from a high-density chassis. Frame options include a 1-slot or 2-slot desktop or wall-mountable unit, as well as, a 6-slot 1RU or 16-slot 3RU rack-mountable units.

5. Optiva is future-proof due to our daisy-chain technology for fiber connectivity.

Rack space is valuable, so we’ve designed Optiva to maximize the number of HD 1080P and 4K/UHD signals that safely and reliably be sent on a single fiber, taking advantage of Time-Division Multiplexing (TDM) and Coarse Wavelength Division Multiplexing (CWDM), which may be combined. In this way, Optiva is able to support and optimize a huge amount of bandwidth within your network architecture and allows for easy expansion. As network requirements increase, many new signals can be added to the Optiva platform without adding additional fiber or can be multiplexed on a single fiber with CWDM.

Since Broadcasters and Pro A/V Installers are often looking for ways to put more signals onto less fiber, one of Optiva’s functions is to act as a CWDM manager. CWDM technology allows for up to 18 simultaneous signals on one fiber and is far less expensive than its 42 wavelength counterpart, DWDM. With many CWDM paths delivering video unidirectionally or bidirectionally, this lessens the possibility of signal transmission failure.

A typical application for Optiva is as a multiplexer, for example, joining up to 16 newsroom cameras with contact closure over one pair of fibers. Another typical application is for Broadcast back-haul feeds, where groups of 8 channels of video/audio are trunked together into single wavelengths on one fiber, using TDM and CWDM.

For example, the Optiva insert card OTP-2HDP:

  • Each I/O card includes dual LC fiber connections carrying 1080P up to 6 Gbps (2 SDI x 2.97 Gbps) with loopbacks for each port for local monitoring. The transmitter converts SDI to fiber and the receiver converts fiber back to SDI. Available optics include 0.5, 10, 60, and 80-km links, as well as, CWDM up to 80-km.
  • Transmit bi-directional 3G HD-SDI / HD-SDI, Ethernet, stereo analog audio, contact closure, and RS-232 data over one fiber using CWDM, in real-time and uncompressed. Requiring no configuration or setup, each of the channels is assigned a fixed time slot and is aggregated into a single wavelength.
  • Transport a full 18 CWDM wavelengths, from 1270nm to 1610nm, on one singlemode fiber, allowing you to maximize the number of SDI feeds you can carry per fiber strand. CWDM optics gives a usable bandwidth of more than 70 Gbps.

Optiva additionally has separate CWDM passive optical multiplexer/demultiplexer insert cards for 4-channels (MDM-7004), 8-channels (MDM-7008), or 16-channels (MDM-7016), designed to send or receive up to 4, 8, or 16 individual signals respectively, with bandwidths up to 3.125 Gbps per wavelength. These devices are capable of multiplexing multiple signals over a single fiber link and then splitting them back into individual signals when received. They also act as passive optical splitters, but when doing so each signal is necessarily weaker after the split.

6. Optiva cards support up to 4K/UHD and remote KVM (keyboard/video/mouse) applications.

Optiva allows you to transmit 4K (3840×2160/30Hz) HDMI video point-to-point over fiber or CATx/HDBaseT, or point-to-multipoint by routing through a matrix switch. Optiva 4K cards include:

  • OTP-1HDMI2A-USB-ETH: HDMI 1.4b with embedded digital audio, stereo analog audio,10/100 Ethernet and USB KVM over single fiber up to 4K/UHD
  • OTC-HDMI2A-USB-ETH: HDMI 1.4b with embedded digital audio, stereo analog audio,10/100 Ethernet and USB KVM over CATx/HDBaseT up to 4K/UHD
  • OTC-1HDMI-IR: HDMI 1.4b with embedded digital audio, IR control over CATx/HDBaseT up to 4K/UHD

7. Optiva provides point-to-multipoint or multipoint-to-multipoint distribution using a matrix switch.

Optiva can become a point-to-multipoint or multipoint-to-multipoint solution by adding a matrix switch as the central hub and at nodes of your star network topology. Switching and routing can be accomplished with the Optiva EMX Series of insert cards for fiber and/or you can deploy a robust, external switch, Genesis XD (GXD), which supports fiber, CATx/HDBaseT and, coming soon, Ethernet/IP transport. Both switches convert video/audio/data to and from fiber, including CWDM, in a purely optical format, thus eliminating signal degradation and jitter. In a typical application, GXD operates as the main switching and routing backbone at the user’s primary site, with Optiva EMX switches located at additional site nodes, running 10.3 Gbps optics from the back of each server to the GXD backbone.

Optiva EMX Series are 1, 2 or 4-slot fiber insert cards that fit in the Optiva frame with 4, 8 or 16-ports, respectively. EMX supports uncompressed video for any Optiva card up to HD 1080P.

GXD’s massive 40 Gbps backplane transmits and scales uncompressed video up to 4K/UHD (3840×2160/30Hz) now and up to 8K later. This modular switch can take in any type of signal and convert it to any other type of signal, as well as, multiplex/demultiplex audio to and from digital video streams. Soon we will release an insert card for GXD that will allow you to take in up to four different video signals and display them simultaneously on one screen, perfect for command and control and video wall applications. GXD is for Installers who want a flexible and reliable connectivity platform at a lower cost than competitive systems.

Currently, GXD is compatible with the following Optiva cards for DVI and HDMI over fiber and CATx/HDBaseT.

  • OTP-1HDMI2A-USB-ETH: HDMI 1.4b with HDCP, embedded digital audio, stereo analog audio,10/100 Ethernet and USB KVM over single fiber up to 4K/UHD
  • OTC-HDMI2A-USB-ETH: HDMI 1.4b with HDCP, embedded digital audio, stereo analog audio,10/100 Ethernet and USB KVM over CATx/HDBaseT up to 4K/UHD
  • OTC-1HDMI-IR: HDMI 1.4b with HDCP, embedded digital audio, IR control over CATx/HDBaseT up to 4K/UHD
  • OTC-1DVI2AUSB: DVI with stereo analog audio, USB KM over CATx/HDBaseT up to 1080P
  • OTC-1HDP: 3G HD-SDI with embedded digital audio over CATx/HDBaseT up to 1080P

8. All Optiva fiber, CATx/HDBaseT and RF cards are managed by the OptivaView Controller Card.

All Optiva cards are controlled by the same TCP/IP controller card (OPV-CTLR-IC), providing critical data to any third-party SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) software or using own our intuitive graphical interface, OptivaView. The OptivaView SNMP Management Suite makes remote monitoring of Optiva products simple and allows for efficient integration with other devices. The controller card occupies a single slot in any Optiva chassis and can monitor all cards operating in the chassis via the daisy-chained backplane.

9. Optiva OTX Series are compatible with VX Pro micro-transmitter modules for greater flexibility.

VX Pro micro-transmitter modules convert 1080P DVI or HDMI signals onto singlemode fiber for transmission up to 10 km (6 miles) or multimode fiber up to 305 m (1000 ft.), and then convert the signal back to DVI or HDMI at the receiver, using LC-connectors for a secure cable connection.

VX Pros can function independently to make any computer, DVD/Blu-ray player, endoscopy camera or HDMI video camera signal quickly and easily be fiber-ready for transmission to a long-distance display. However, if you are already using the Optiva rack-based system, you may want to have the same functionality in a transmitter card instead, which is the OTX Series.

10. Optiva platform is expandable and continually upgraded as user requirements change.

Using the Optiva system, you will be able to meet your current signal transport needs and prepare for the needs of tomorrow, while continuing to support legacy systems of the past. By combining Optiva with the GXD matrix switch as your central switch and router, you have access to additional products that provide you with expanded flexibility.

In addition to the Optiva cards mentioned in #7, GXD is also compatible with the c-linx (CX) Series and GBOX (GBX) Series of throw-down boxes for extending DVI and HDMI, creating mix-and-match opportunities to fit nearly every commercial and residential Pro A/V need.

  • CX-1DVI-A-D: DVI with stereo analog audio, RS-232 over CATx/HDBaseT up to 1080P
  • CX-1HDMI-IR: HDMI 1.3 with HDCP, embedded digital audio, RS-232, IR control over CATx/HDBaseT up to 4K/UHD
  • CX-1HDMI-LT: HDMI 1.3 with HDCP, embedded digital audio over CATx/HDBaseT up to 4K/UHD
  • GBX-C-HDMI: HDMI 1.4b with HDCP, embedded digital audio, stereo analog analog,10/100 Ethernet, RS-232, IR control over CATx/HDBaseT up to 4K/UHD
  • GBX-F-HDMI-VGA: HDMI 1.4b with HDCP, embedded digital audio, VGA & Component video for legacy analog sources, 10/100 Ethernet, RS-232, IR control over single fiber up to 4K/UHD


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