High school video production

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. 

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Conferences are a great way to find out about new trends, technology and what's new in the industry.  The Ohio Educational Technology Conference is an informative conference that highlights these areas with a focus on new ways to educate students.  Check out the interview with our Sales Manager, Kip Perkins, at last year's conference to learn more about Media Support Group's services! 


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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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

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