Sports video production

MSNGR Wireless

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 into the video production system.  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 camera 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 MSNGR Wireless featuring our DB Series Brackets.  

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


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!


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, 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, 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.

Dunkin Donuts Park


In addition to these awards from, 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. 

View from the control room: 

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! 

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:

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:


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


For additional reading check out the following links:

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:


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:

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:

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.  


 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.  



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



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.  



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


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.



  • 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 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.




  • 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.



  • 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 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! 











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…..


… 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.


… 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.


… 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!

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