Installations

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.

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

 

 

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.

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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/

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 

 

TV Truck Integration - South Dakota Public Broadcasting

  

South Dakota Public Broadcasting Trailer 

South Dakota Public Broadcasting (SDPB) has upgraded their production with the addition of a new production trailer designed by Shook Mobile.  We had the opportunity to work with Lubbock Audio Visual (LAV) and Shook Mobile to complete the integration.  Here is a breakdown of the details and gear that makes up this awesome trailer! 

Video Cameras

  • The trailer is outfitted with (6) Ikegami BST-55 Digital Triax Base Stations and Ikegami HDK-55 HD CCD Cameras with Fujinon XA20 Lenses. The cameras also have VFL-200HD Viewfinders and a case with molded foam. The camera’s picture can be adjusted (shaded) with Ikegami OCP-100 control panel units that are mounted in the countertop at the Engineer position.

 

Video Switching

  • Switching is handled by a Ross Carbonite Switcher multimedia frame paired with a Carbonite Black 2S 2ME panel. The switcher is capable of 24 inputs, 8 aux outputs, and dedicated preview and program outputs. The switcher can send 2 multi-view outputs out of any of the 8 aux outputs. There are also many layouts you can choose from for the multi-views.

 

Replay

  • For events that require replay, a Tight Rope Media - Zeplay system is used with the capability of accepting 4 inputs and playing back 4 channels of video with audio from embedded sources.

 

 

Routing and Patching

  • All video sources and destinations are routed for redundancy by being cabled to AVP AV-D232E1 video patch panels first. The most used sources and destinations are then “normalled” to a Ross NK Series video router (32 in X 64 out). This method of wiring increases the flexibility of using the trailer and is a plan B if the router should fail in rare instances.


Recording

  • Recording signals are managed by utilizing up to 6 AJA Kip Pro Rack recorders that record to SSD drives. In addition, there are 2 JVC – SRHD2500 recorders that are capable of burning Blu-Ray discs. All the recorders have the ability to patch or route a signal into them.

 

 

Graphics 

  • There are two Ross dual channel Xpression units. These units will handle all overlays and are capable of reading real time data such as scoreboard data for scoring and clock.

 

Operator Positions / Monitoring

Front Bench  - TD / Producer Area

  • There are 2 – 50” Samsung monitors mounted to the front of the trailer that provide the multi-view outputs from the switcher. The monitors are patchable allowing any source to be patched into each of these monitors. The multi-view outputs of the switcher will mainly be used on these 2 monitors.

CG Operator - Middle Bench

  • 3 – 21” Samsung monitors are mounted to the top of the middle bench. The left monitor is the interface from the Xpression, the middle monitor is fed from an Apantac quad card with routable inputs and the right monitor is the second Xpression interface.

 

 Engineer, Replay, Tape – Rear of the Trailer

  • 4 – 21” Samsung monitors are custom rack-mounted in the racks and are fed from Apantac OG-MicroQ quad cards that are routable and patchable, allowing the users to route whatever signal they desire into the monitors. The Engineer monitors signal from a Wholer RMT-173RM monitor.

 


               Audio

  • A Midas M32 Mixer paired with a DL32 Digital Stage Box controls audio for the trailer. The M32 is a 40-channel Digital Mixing Console with 32 Midas Preamps and 25 Mix Buses. The DL32 Box adds 32-in/16-out Stage Box with 32 Midas Microphone Preamplifiers, Ultranet Ethernet Compatibility and ADAT Digital Connectivity.

  • Audio monitoring in the audio booth is handled by Genelec 8030BPM powered speakers. There is also a Dorrough 40-A dual analog meter rack mounted to keep track of signals. The engineer has a Wholer AMP2-VSDA monitor that is capable of monitoring analog and SDI signals. Tape position has a Wholer AMP-1A-LP10A 10 channel audio monitor for the various recorders. There is also a Wholer VMQ-4 monitor located in the front of the trailer for TD or Producer to use. The speakers in the front of the trailer are also Genelec 8030B powered speakers that are mounted high. For the middle bench and replay operator, there are Marshall AR-AM1 audio monitors.

Audio Flexibility

  • All sources and destinations are cabled to 3 Audio Accessories WEP9615-SH bantam audio patch panels. Certain sources and destinations are "normalled" to a Ross NK 16X16 audio router.

            
I/O

  • I/O panel is located in the rear on the passenger side. 13RU is available for mounting. Triax connection plates, video tie lines, audio tie lines and intercom panels make up the 13RU space. The intercom and audio connections are pass through connectors which give the end user the ability to change the layout of the I/O. We used weather resistant lamacoid labeling in case the I/O layout did indeed change.

 


To summarize, designing and integrating a mobile production unit comes with a set of challenges that you don't normally run into in a fixed installation.  This trailer is outfitted with some amazing gear that is built to cover a wide range of events.  Shook Mobile builds outstanding vehicles and trailers that continue to impress.  Our main challenge on this integration was managing the amount of cable that ran to the video and audio patch panels.  All in all, a great trailer with endless possibilities! 

Check out SDPB's preview of the trailer in the first month of action! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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