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University of Houston Elevates Game Experience with LED and Video Production Upgrade

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The University of Houston women's softball season is winding down as they approach the final games of the regular season.  Their home stadium has provided fans with an elevated experience with the addition of a new outfield video board as well as a production system to web stream every pitch to the online community. 

The stadium's new LED video board is the fifth largest on-campus softball stadium video board in the country and the largest in the state of Texas!

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The upgrades include an MSG flypack system with three cameras and features a NewTek TriCaster Mini system capable of clips playback, instant replay, and multi-camera switching. The system is used to display live camera angles, graphics, video clips, and replay to the video board in addition to the web stream. The flypack features heavy duty casters and locking lids that double as tables, and also provides the flexibility to pack up the system and produce events around campus. 

Dunkin Donuts Park a Hit for the Hartford Yard Goats

Baseball season is upon us and teams are gearing up for their upcoming baseball season.  The Hartford Yard Goats Baseball Club, the Double-A Eastern League Affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, is about to begin their second season at Dunkin Donuts Park with achievements to hang their hat on.  The Yard Goats were named the 2017 Team of the Year by ballparkdigest.com, an accolade awarded to the club that featured increased attendance, improved operations, and a strong fan following.  Dunkin Donuts Park was also crowned Ballpark of the Year by ballparkdigest.com, beating out brand new Major League ballparks!  This award goes to a new or remodeled baseball stadium with the best mix of fan amenities, architectural design, appearance, and site selection.

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In addition to these awards from ballparkdigest.com, the Yard Goat's General Manager, Tim Restall, was named the 2017 Eastern League Executive of the Year.


 

Media Support Group was proud to play a part in this success by providing the video replay system for the ballpark.  This integration involves fans by pushing content, live feeds, and replay to the video board, as well as providing a live feed of the game throughout the ballpark mezzanine, concession stands, and suite TV's.

The system features multiple camera connection points around the ballpark utilizing fiber technology and a Sony PTZ camera mounted in centerfield.  Ikegami cameras handle the main camera angles, while a Wave Central wireless camera system is used to capture crowd shots.


 

The system is centered around Ross video equipment that includes switching, graphics, and video distribution.  Other equipment that makes up this impressive system includes AJA recorders, Abekas replay systems, and a Clear-Com intercom system.  

Check out video footage from a Yard Goats game last year! 

 

The Hartford Yard Goats begin their season on April 5th at home against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.  For more info on the team, check out their website - YARDGOATSBASEBALL.COM.

Katy ISD Impresses with $72 Million Stadium

As we all know, football in Texas is huge and schools are backing the sport on unprecedented levels.  Katy ISD's 12,000 seat Legacy Stadium sports AV technology and facilities that compete with colleges around the country.  The new stadium will serve eight different schools and will not only host football games, but also band competitions, movie nights and many other events.   The $72 million high school stadium,  which was recently featured in Sound and Communications, is currently the most expensive high school stadium in the country and Media Support Group had the pleasure of providing the video replay system. 

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The video control room contains a powerful sports production package which features a NewTek TriCaster 8000 and 3Play 4800.

*TriCaster 8000 is a multi-camera integrated live production system capable of playing back clips, graphics and animated transitions. It accepts eight inputs in various formats and is used for broadcasting and streaming. 

*3Play 4800 is a powerful replay machine that accepts eight inputs and can playback two channels simultaneously. 

Check out NewTek's blog for a more in-depth look at the equipment in their recent post: $72 Million High School Stadium Sports Professional HD Production Facilities.

In addition, the video production system features JVC cameras, Telex wired and wireless intercom, and fiber transmission from multiple camera locations. The facility will also provide learning opportunities for telecommunication students who will handle game day operations for the impressive video board and ribbon boards. 


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Odessa Jackalopes Upgrade Fan Experience with Video Improvements

The Jacks are well into the 2017 - 2018 schedule and new upgrades provide added entertainment to fans in the arena as well as to those watching online.  

The Odessa Jackalopes recently completed renovations in their home arena in Odessa, Texas.  Ector Coliseum now sports a new video board and upgraded video production system.  The new system features a NewTek production solution that is able to switch cameras, playback audio and video clips as well as queue up graphics for lower thirds, animations or full screen content.  Numerous crowd prompts can be played from the system, engaging fans throughout their games.  In addition to upgrading the video control room components, the cameras were also upgraded to High Definition Sony cameras.  One of the cameras is outfitted with an MSG wireless video solution to capture fan shots and unique angles of game play.  The second camera, which is the main camera, follows the action and is connected to the control room via SDI cabling.

 

The league's streaming service, HockeyTV, also benefited from the upgrades as now the Jackalopes are able to stream their games live to viewers around the country in High Definition! 

For those wanting to check out their games, check out: HockeyTV

 

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! 

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

 

 

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.

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