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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. 

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

 

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

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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/

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 

 

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…..

 

…..as 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.

 

…..to 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.

 

…..to 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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