USC relies on MRV for HD-capable optical network

The University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts has selected MRV Communications' optical digital video transport technology for research in HD television networking.

The network is based on MRV's Digital Video SFPs, which allow HDTV signals to be transported across an enterprise backbone network. The mile-long network connects the School of Cinematic Arts to the off-campus Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts, allowing uncompressed HD to be transmitted between buildings and enabling some new uses of HD technology. For example, the school is experimenting with a distributed production method combining images from HD sources in different locations across the fiber-optic network.

This can be used to instantly shoot green screen shots, in which one camera shoots an actor in front of a green screen while another shoots a backdrop in another location. Those images can then be composited together in real time.

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