Dallas ISD - John Kincaide Stadium Improves Fan Engagement with AV Upgrades

Football is in full effect and Dallas ISD's John Kincaide Stadium begins the football season with new ways to entertain fans and improve the overall game experience. Recent renovations include a new video board, sound system and HD video system.

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Media Support Group (MSG) was involved in the project by providing an upgraded turnkey HD video system to provide graphics, clips, live switching and instant replays. The video control room is outfitted with some of the latest video production equipment from NewTek, Blackmagic Design and Sony.

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The system features a NewTek TriCaster video switcher production powerhouse and 3Play replay system. The video switcher is capable of switching four live cameras and has the ability to playback graphics and video clips.  The 3Play system can record four angles of replay simultaneously and playback two angles at the same time ensuring every play is captured from varied angles.

 

"The new system provides a way for fans to stay engaged throughout the entire game, especially between plays, timeouts, intermissions and even before the game." Video and Audio Production Supervisor, Carrey Hollands says. 

There are multiple connection points in the stadium for a camera to connect into the system as well as a robotic camera mounted to the scoreboard for a unique angle of gameplay.  A Blackmagic Design video router handles all incoming and outgoing signals. A video router is a great asset that adds flexibility and minimizes cabling and clutter in the rack, eliminating the need for distribution amps.   A Clear-Com intercom system keeps the camera operators in contact with the technical director at all times during the game via intercom tie lines to each camera location.

 "The upgraded system allows us to bring out the best of each game with the support of video and audio elements and we're hopeful we can incorporate students in next year's productions." states Hollands.

Rough Rider Stadium Video Production Upgrade - Saginaw, TX

As the football season approaches, schools around the country are gearing up for the upcoming season.  Everyone knows Texas is serious about its football, and they carry over that same mentality into the technology that supports its football programs.  MSG had the pleasure of helping Saginaw High School upgrade their video production system in time for the upcoming football season. 

 

The upgrade included cleaning up the video production space and housing all equipment in a floor standing equipment rack.  Having all the gear located in one place helps with wiring, troubleshooting equipment, and allows the school to utilize all countertop and desk space.  The rack is completely wired and outfitted with casters, so that it can be rolled out for easy access. 

JVC cameras were added to replace their analog cameras, as well as a new MSG wireless video solution to capture all the action around the stadium.  

The system is supported by Blackmagic Design equipment which includes a 2Me switcher, a router and various converters. 

Their replay system was also replaced with a NewTek 3Play system that has the ability to record four angles of playback; two of which can be recorded simultaneously. 

 

A big addition to the upgrade was a second clips server to playback video clips and graphics to the video board.  A NewTek TriCaster was added to achieve this goal. The TriCaster has two powerful clip engines and endless graphic playback solutions built right in.  Not only will the TriCaster handle clips and graphics, but will also give Saginaw the ability to stream and record their production.  Demand for web content is constantly increasing, so this is a great solution to meet that demand. 

Saginaw High School will also be upgrading their video board / scoreboard in time for the upcoming football season, further improving the fan experience for next season! 

Camera Storage and Transport

When you make an investment into purchasing a camera, you definitely want your investment to last. In schools and organizations, multiple people are handling the facilities' cameras, including students who are just learning how to handle fragile camera equipment.  

A solution we have had great success with is using hard cases, specifically, Pelican cases.  Pelican has been around since 1976 and specializes in producing cases for any application and environment.  With their multiple case size options, we can specify the perfect case to fit any camera. Not only do we account for space for the camera but also accessories that are needed with the camera.  Pelican cases are great on their own, but they also ship with "pick and pluck" foam that provides extra protection for your equipment and allows you to customize your case to fit your exact needs.  Their "Lifetime Guarantee of Excellence Warranty" is one of the best in the industry and ensures peace of mind that the case will outlast the equipment it's protecting.  Check out some of the camera systems we were able to outfit Pelican cases for. 

MSG HD Wireless Solutions

When it comes to sports video production, getting the "shot" is what it's all about. Having a camera in the right place at the right time can pose a challenge. In sports venues, typically there are camera connection points throughout the venue that allow a camera to connect to them.  This is a very effective way to achieve a multi-cam setup, but getting a camera connection point at every spot you desire can be pricey and add complexity to the system. 

Adding a wireless video system is a great solution to get that camera shot without being tied down to a connection point in the venue.  An added benefit of going wireless is losing the camera cable, enabling you to move about the venue during the event and set up different angles. 

A wireless system is great for marketing game promotions, crowd shots and presentations to the video board or web streaming. With the improvement of technology and affordability, it is now easier to implement a wireless camera system into your video production system.  Our DB Series Brackets integrate multiple wireless systems with Anton Bauer configurations.  Anton Bauer batteries are an industry standard in production and provide plenty of juice to power an entire event.  This setup allows use of both consumer and prosumer cameras. Check out a few pictures of the cameras we have integrated featuring our DB Series Brackets.  

Archer City Debuts New School with Emphasis on Technology

 

A brand-new school paves the way for enhanced learning in Archer City, Texas!  

After a year of attending classes in portable buildings, students in Archer City now have a permanent home in their new school which features upgraded classrooms and facilities, such as a new auditorium, student lounge area and TV studio. 

Media Support Group (MSG) was able to assist in the design and integration of the TV production studio which features multiple cameras, video switching, graphics and a studio lighting system. 

 

Archer City's production system will allow students to learn about production, editing, sound and lighting, as well as prepare them for college and future careers in production.  This system features a NewTek TriCaster that handles live video switching, graphics, clips playback and virtual sets.  JVC cameras and a prompter are attached to mobile dollies to move freely in the studio and are connected to the system with custom camera cabling. The prompter is used to assist students with the production script. 

Their new TV studio has plenty of space for the school to shoot segments using a news desk setup similar to a traditional news set, as well as an interview area with a green screen.  The lighting system features Ikan LED lights mounted to a lighting grid which provides flexibility if the lighting positions need to be adjusted in the future. An audio snake provides mic connections for the talent and are connected to an audio mixer in the control room. 

This new production system provides a way to keep the school informed with its weekly newscast and allows students to learn about video production and audio visual technology. 

 

 Check out one of Archer City's newscasts!

https://www.archercityisd.net/vnews/display.v/SEC/Junior%20High/High%20School%7CExtracurriculars%3E%3EVideo%20Tech

 

For further reading: 

 http://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/dec/19/new-school-opens-in-archer-city-same-site-as-1925-/

 

 http://www.newschannel10.com/story/34564606/archer-city-isd-shows-off-new-school

 

 

Carthage High School Springs Forward with Press Box Upgrade

It's officially spring and track season is in full effect for high schools across the country.  Carthage ISD in Carthage, Texas recently underwent a press box renovation for their high school which included upgrades to their current video production system just in time for their district track meet.


Carthage's renovation included merging two rooms in the press box into one room to add more space for operators and house all gear in one equipment rack. On the countertop, user monitors and peripherals were extended from the rack which sits on casters for easy access.  The new setup also integrated camera runs to multiple locations making it easy to patch depending on the event. Their production is powered by NewTek, which is capable of switching live cameras, graphics and replays. 

 

Their previous production setup, shown below, was a flypack placed in a corner of the room with the TD operating the system from the flypack. The room was very crammed making it difficult to accommodate the operators, which affected the workflow of the production.

Previous control room setup

Previous control room setup

 

Carthage's new setup included upgraded equipment to improve the signal to high definition. Conversion allows the cameras to send an HD signal from the HDMI output over the existing SDI cabling.

 

In addition, their wireless camera system has been replaced with a new system that beams an HD signal from anywhere in the stadium line of sight. This creates a vast improvement over their previous system by increasing range and reliability. In addition, a large monitor was wall mounted to allow the producer to easily view all sources and stay on top of the production.

 

Carthage's improved system is not only good to go for track season, but will be a great addition for the upcoming football season and CHSTV!

 

For more information on CHSTV check out their website:

http://chs.carthageisd.org/extracurricular/c_h_s-_t_v

Lubbock Christian University Hosts NJCAA Women's National Tournament

Another exciting college basketball season is in the books! 

For the second year in a row, Lubbock Christian University (LCU) was selected to host the NJCAA Women's National Basketball Championship. LCU's Rip Griffin Center is outfitted with an MSG production system powered by NewTek, capable of running up to four cameras, instant replay and graphics.  This system program is used to broadcast to television, the web and to the video board in the arena. 

 

The control room in the Rip Griffin Center 

The control room in the Rip Griffin Center 

Rip Griffin Center - Lubbock, TX

Rip Griffin Center - Lubbock, TX

Baseline camera operator 

Baseline camera operator 

The system is also capable of broadcasting play-by-play announcers to the web stream, keeping fans engaged in the game. The announcers conveniently sit courtside with a video monitor to see the final web stream, allowing them to comment on replays and graphics.

The NJCAA has partnered with BlueFrame Technology to not only bring live action to the fans via web streaming, but also provide on-demand content straight from the conference's website to be watched at a later time.  BlueFrame has also released a new app that is compatible with Amazon Fire Stick, Apple TV Roku boxes and other content streaming devices to deliver the games directly to your TV.

Check out BlueFrame's blog regarding the Championship:

https://www.blueframetech.com/blog/blueframe-production-njcaa-basketball-championships/

 

This year Gulf Coast State took the title against Trinity Valley 87 - 63.

 

For additional reading check out the following links:  

 http://njcaalubbock2017.org/

http://www.visitlubbock.org/event/njcaa-womens-division-i-national-basketball-championship/

Horned Frogs are NIT CHAMPS

TCU basketball is on the move.   Congratulations to the Horned Frogs on their NIT championship!  Speaking of moving, Media Support Group provided TCU with a portable video production solution in the newly renovated Ed and Mae Schollmaier Arena.  Commonly called a "flypack", this portable solution allows for TCU to produce separate content for the in-house audience, rather than displaying a program feed from the broadcast center as had been the practice previously.

 

Powered by NewTek TriCaster 460 and 3Play 425 components, the flypack receives SDI camera signaling over fiber from the remote broadcast center and allows the on-site operator to capture and replay camera angles independently, providing fans with multiple slomo angles of the highlights that elevated the Horned Frogs to a championship level.

 

While using the flypack to select multiple slomo replays greatly enhances the entertainment value for the fans, this functionality also expands the amount and value of inventory available to sponsors.  Possibilities for video production of other TCU athletic events are also expanded by the portable nature of the flypack, as well as the ability of the NewTek products to provide clip playback, graphics creation and streaming capability.

March Madness - TCU

March Madness is approaching its finale with the final four coming up.  In addition to March Madness, also known as the Big Dance, the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) is also nearing its end with Texas Christian University (TCU) still in the race to the championship. 

Today, we look at TCU's home court and the recent audio/video integration at Ed & Rae Schollmaier Arena.  

The renovation included: 

  • Upgraded four-sided video board and auxiliary led screens
  • Upgraded PA system  
  • MSG flypack system for in-house production  

The Arena's original video board was fed from the main control room located at a separate building used primarily for broadcast with the video board feed being secondary. This workflow only allowed the video board to display the program feed without independent control of camera angles, replays, graphics and clips. 

Adding the flypack in conjunction with an in-house Click Effects clips server allows the university to produce a separate production solely for the video board.  This workflow enhances the in-game experience and gives the university more options when it comes to the video board production. 

The camera feeds are fed from the main control room via fiber, but they now can be independently switched and independent replay angles can be sent to the board, as well.  The flypack is powered by NewTek equipment, a TriCaster 460 paired with a 3Play 425. The flypack allows easy setup and tear down for events and can be stored away when not in use.  

 



TCU takes the hardwood tomorrow night at 9pm EST against UCF. 

Check out ESPN's preview of the game:

 http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/game?gameId=400948289

 

College Hoops - Cal State University - San Marcos, CA.

The madness is approaching! March Madness that is! College basketball is in full effect and nearing the end of the season.  Initially, in the video production and video board world, only professional arenas were outfitted with video boards to display content, replay and live action. Fast forward to today and a majority of NCAA Division I schools have this technology and use it to enhance the game experience for fans as well as capture their footage for post production use. 

Not only are Division I schools utilizing this technology, but also Division II and III schools are implementing this technology into their arenas.  

With the popularity of video increasing over the web and social media, Division II and III schools are taking advantage of this technology to provide live web streams to their fans and archive the events for viewing at a later date. Selecting a video production system that serves a dual purpose is a popular and cost effective choice among schools that gives them the ability to capture/stream to the web and send content to the arena.


Cal State University in San Marcos California (CSUSM)  is doing just that with a newly integrated video system that was installed in their brand new arena - The Sports Center.  CSUSM selected Nevco to integrate the scoring system as well as video displays located in the arena and MSG to integrate the front end video system (video switching, capture, replay, camera systems, and more).

For more information related to the Nevco install check out Nevco's press release: 

http://nevco.com/cal-state-san-marcos-cougars-prowl-2016-season-new-nevco-equipment/

The arena is wired with SDI, audio, data and intercom tie lines at each baseline and the center court location.  This allows for cameras, belt packs, microphones and various transmit-receive devices to be connected.  There is a main PTZ camera mounted at high center court to follow the action as well as a PTZ camera mounted on one of the baseline walls for coaching purposes. 


Here is some of the gear that makes up the video production system:

Check out some of the archived games or future games here:

http://www.csusmcougars.com/

Northeast Technology Center - Pryor Campus - TV Production Studio

As technology improves and becomes more affordable, schools and technology centers are better able to provide programs that teach students about video production.

Northeast Technology Center (NTC) in Pryor, Oklahoma is one these technology centers.   The Business Administration, Multimedia and Graphics (BAMG) career program at NTC was awarded a lottery grant from the Oklahoma Department of CareerTech that was used to build out a high-end production studio. 

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April Blackwell led the charge by applying for the grant and having the vision for the new production space. 

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The new set-up will provide students with opportunities to learn firsthand about editing, production, live television, sound and lighting.  The space will also function as a photography studio.  

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April believes the new studio will help students by providing hands-on experience with the latest video production technology and prepare students to enter the workforce with advanced skills.  Additionally, NTC's facility will be available for rental by "sending" schools and members of the community.  NTC’s Business & Industry Services Business Development clients will be able to utilize the studio to promote their small businesses, and local companies can enlist the help of video students to promote their businesses while providing the students real-life work opportunities.

 

Check out the press release from the Pryor Daily Times:  

 http://www.pryordailytimes.com/news/ntc-business-classroom-gets-major-upgrade-through-state-lottery-grant/article_f606659e-4ced-11e6-a7d4-bbec8912d32a.html

 

Arvest Ballpark - Northwest Arkansas Naturals - Video Control Room

The weather is warming and that means one thing... Baseball! Here's a quick overview of one of our baseball installations -- Arvest Ballpark, home of the Northwest Arkansas Naturals.  

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 The renovation included an upgraded ultra-wide video board that allows for plenty of space for content and live video. 

The video production is centered around NewTek products featuring a TriCaster 8000 and 3Play replay system.  

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Cameras included in the upgrade are JVC cameras paired with Grass Valley base stations. The cameras transmit intercom tally and video signals over fiber.

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An HD wireless system lives on one of the JVC cameras to capture fan shots and other angles without the worry of being tied down to a cable. A Sony BRC camera mounted in center field is used to capture the common pitcher to batter shot.   Cameras, multiple replay channels and graphics are all routed through a Blackmagic Design router that distributes the signals to the TriCaster 8000 video switcher, 3Play machine and MiLB live stream.  

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Check out some Northwest Arkansas highlights from the Naturals' MiLB website!  

 http://m.milb.com/t1350/video/1081470483 

 

Value of a Video Production System in Sports

 

Sporting events have always been a favorite when it comes to spectators. People travel thousands of miles just to watch their favorite team play. This experience has become more convenient and interesting due to the rapid development of technology. One example of this is video production systems in sporting venues. Video production systems have greatly aided field sports in countless ways. Here we explore the value of installing a video production system in conjunction with a video board. Although it can apply to almost any team sport, we will be looking at high school and college football.

 

Your new system could be used…..

 

…..as a showcase of home advantage. One vital factor when it comes to sporting events is where it is played i.e. home field advantage. This is due to the majority of the crowd being on the side of the home team. However, this fact does not add much value if the crowd is not synchronized and does not know what to do to spur their team on. This is where a video board comes in handy. Several crowd prompts could be put up which will result in a synchronized response. This is sure to be a fan favorite when they can help their team by participating alongside an animation during crucial parts in the game. DE-FENSE!

 

…..for analytical and entertainment purposes. A disadvantage of going to watch an event live compared to watching it on TV is that you do not get to see instant replay.  Through the introduction of a video board, the fans get to see the instant replays. Add multiple cameras, and the fans will also be able to see  different angles and close up shots.  Highlights of touchdowns, great tackles and player responses could all be shown. This could also be used for entertainment purposes as activities could be planned for halftime shows and timeouts. The famous animated race videos are a big hit!  In addition, fans could be shown on the video board; everyone loves to be on the big screen.

 

…..to generate revenue. This is perhaps one of the most important advantages for a school to consider. In this day and age, advertising is one of the major earning points in any showcase technology. Video systems are no different. Advertising could be done in such a way that it does not interfere with the experience of the user by playing during highlights and other intervals. Companies will be more than willing to showcase themselves during an event that has people glued to the video board throughout the game. Sponsorships could also be gained for instant replays, touchdowns and the famous play of the day.

 

…..to stream to online users.  This results in increased advertising revenue and adds even more sponsorships due to the increase in user base. Footage could also be recorded and archived  for later use by the school, making it possible to sell the game footage to fans depending on the regulations of the district, conference, etc.

 

Having a new video production system is not only going to be a fan favorite but also a major money maker. It is an opportunity that no school should miss!