Wireless cameras

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.  

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.

Dunkin Donuts Park

 

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. 


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

 

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

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