SVG College Sports Summit Technology Showcase Preview, Part 2
At SVG’s College Sports Summit, more than 40 sponsoring companies will be on hand to showcase their latest technologies geared toward the college market. Check out these companies, and many more, at the Omni Hotel in Atlanta on May 28 and 29.
Artel Video Systems
Artel Video Systems now offers one of the largest portfolios of broadcast-quality media transport solutions. Artel will showcase the following products:
- DigiLink L-Band Demodulator
New in the DigiLink media transport platform is the dual port L-Band to ASI demodulator supporting the new ETSI 103 129 Carrier ID monitoring standard
- DigiLink-Lite DL5156 Six Channel Video Mux Transceiver/Receiver
Introducing DigiLink-Lite, a new family of pre-configured, low-cost, plug-and-play solutions. Transporting up to six HD-SDI or three 3G-SDI over one stream, the DL5156 is ideal for smaller deployments and remote sporting events.
- Fiberlink SDI Flex 3394 Series
Ideal for use in broadcast, sports venues, and OB vans, the SDI Flex provides transmission of bidirectional 3G/HD/SD-SDI, audio, data, Ethernet, and contact closure over one fiber.
- Fiberlink 3514 4-Channel 3G/HD/SD-SDI (4K/UHD) Series
Transmit 3G/HD/SD-SDI over one single mode or multimode fiber or, using all 4 inputs, the Fiberlink 3514 supports 4K/UHD resolutions at 60 fps. Ideal for broadcast or pro AV applications in broadcast studios, sports venues, and OB vans.
- FiberLink Battery Powered 3G-SDI Beamer
Providing a fail-safe, glitch-free backup fiber optic transmission system, the SDI Beamer is the perfect solution for broadcasting in the field, OB vans, or stadiums.
Canon U.S.A., a leader in digital imaging solutions, will exhibit several products of special interest to producers of sports programming. These products include:
- The XF205 Professional HD Camcorder, featuring: a built-in wide-angle 20x Canon optical zoom lens for a 26.8–576 mm (35mm equivalent) zoom range; Canon Five-Axis Dynamic SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization; three memory card slots; and support of both the MXF and MP4 recording formats. It also features both an Ethernet LAN terminal and dual-band WiFi for browser preview during shoots and FTP transfers.
- Portable HD zoom lenses; designed for ENG/EFP cameras with 2/3-inch imagers. A newly designed hand grip/Digital Drive Unit provides greater operator comfort, improved operability, and precision integration with virtual studios.
- The Canon Cinema EOS line of cameras and lenses; Cinema EOS cameras are available in EF lens-mount versions, enabling them to be used with the more than 70 EF-Series lenses. The Canon EOS C500 4K camera (outfitted with Canon 4K zoom lenses) has been systemized for major sports coverage because it can capture highly detailed wide-angle 4K shots that can be digitally zoomed into and integrated into HDTV sports telecasts.
Beyond these highlighted products, Canon will also showcase its full line of professional, high-definition imaging equipment for television production, video content creation, and still photography.
At this year’s Summit, Clear-Com will showcase the LQ Series of connectivity solutions and the FreeSpeak II wireless intercom system.
The LQ Series provides intercom connectivity for linking intercom systems across long distances over IP networks. LQ IP interfaces are ideal for cost-effectively extending existing intercom systems to single or multiple remote locations over their IT infrastructures, eliminating lengthy audio cable runs. LQ can also interface between different intercom systems routing both call signaling and audio over LAN, WAN or Internet IP connections: 2-wire partyline with other OEM partyline systems, 2-wire with 4-wire devices, and 4-wire with 4-wire systems. The LQ-2W2 is both Clear-Com and RTS TW compatible.
FreeSpeak II 1.9GHz is an exceptional wireless intercom system for large scale productions. It includes a wireless five channel digital beltpack and active antenna, which deliver more expansive cellular wireless coverage as well as more reliable connections. FreeSpeak II operates in the DECT 1.897-1.933GHz bands. The beltpacks have an ergonomic form factor, intuitive operation and a rugged housing that is IP-65 rated for water and dust resistance.
FreeSpeak II 2.4GHz version is available soon.
EVS will be showcasing several cost-effective solutions that can help maximize the quality, efficiency, and distribution of live production content.
The DYVI next generation IT-based switcher allows you to create, control and connect with unprecedented flexibility, and with fewer resources. Distributed architecture lets you go from entry-level to full-scale productions through expandable I/O processing modules that enable cross-campus and multi-venue switching. It provides all the Effects, Layers, RAM Recorders and DVE’s your operators could possibly need, and lets them configure the panels the way they want, allowing them to program complex actions into single buttons.
XTnano gives you the innovation, premium performance and reliability you expect from EVS, and lets you stay within your budget. For flexible ingest of audio/video (AV) files, live feed recording, live slow motion and super motion, fast clipping and playlist playout control, and third-party media sharing that’s faster than real-time, XTnano provides unmatched speed-to-air and reliability.
FanCast is Redefining the Fan Experience. This all-in-one stadium content distribution solution from EVS can help you deliver custom content aimed at engaging fans—wherever they are in the stadium. By keeping your fans better engaged with what’s happening in the stadium and interacting with each other, you’ll be rewarded with higher fan retention and new business opportunities.
Forscene, from Forbidden, is an advanced cloud-based professional video editing software and the postproduction platform of choice for video makers across the globe.
Trusted by sports industry leaders including IMG, T3Media, and the Professional Bullriders Association, Forscene provides full NLE capabilities in the cloud. The platform’s intuitive interface makes it easy to create anything from simple subclips to complex highlights packages and multicam edits.
Forscene fits seamlessly into your overall production workflow by integrating with all the leading acquisition, media storage and finishing tools including Sony, EVS and Microsoft Azure. The ability to edit live streams while they ingest and to distribute content to multiple platforms simultaneously makes Forscene an ideal solution for both broadcast and digital content distribution.
Provided as a Software as a Service, the platform is available on a ‘pay-as-you-go’ basis. Forscene is simple to access via any web browser and new users can be up and running within minutes of being added to an account.
Proven among media and entertainment companies the world over, Forscene is revolutionizing sport production workflows.
FX Design Group
For more than 25 years, FX Design Group has been creating unforgettable experiences. The company comprises set designers, scenic builders, motion-graphics designers, and lighting experts who understand enhancing the connection between clients and their audience.
FX Design Group will showcase the latest in sports desks, sets, and design. Teams, venues, and networks reach out to FX as they grow their broadcast and coverage of live shows, coaches’ shows, and in-venue programming. The company’s sports clients include the Kansas City Chiefs, UCF, ESPN, Dallas Cowboys, BYU TV, Indianapolis Colts, Golf Channel, San Francisco 49ers, Orlando Magic, Fox Regional Sports Networks, Charlotte Bobcats, and more.
When teams want a partner that understands every aspect of set design, placement, lighting, and motion, they choose FX for a fully integrated approach to showcasing and branding their sports programming.
Additionally, FX Design Group will show its virtual-set design and how teams can use space and cost savings to provide a 3D digital environment that is authentic and believable to the viewer.
Grass Valley, a Belden Brand
Grass Valley, a Belden Brand, offers a full range of scalable, powerful solutions that are ideal for sports broadcast production. The K2 Dyno Replay System, now equipped with DynoZoom capability, allows for pan/zoom functions to be applied to high frame-rate camera systems including 3X 1080p, 6X and 4K/UHD. K2 Dyno is also the only pan/zoom system to implement timeline keyframes on all captured formats—including 4K/UHD—that actively follow a pan or zoom path created by the operator. With DynoZoom functionality integrated into the K2 Dyno, and available on all resolutions, customers have extended workflow flexibility to create engaging replays and highlight packages.
The K2 Dyno Replay System is remarkably easy to learn and use. With a highly intuitive touchscreen interface, shuttle knob and Grass Valley T-bar, users are able to easily create engaging replays and highlight packages. Sharing content is effortless, based on the K2 media server infrastructure and increased content/metadata integration. And K2 Dyno’s unique AnySpeed technology dynamically provides the smoothest playback at any speed from 0% to 200%.
Also for 4K/UHD sports production, Grass Valley recently introduced the LDX 86 Universe, a 4K/6X HD switchable camera that brings 4K and extreme-speed storytelling into the mainstream, enabling any camera or replay position to be set up for regular HD, 4K or extreme-speed acquisition/replay. The LDX 86 Universe offers format flexibility with the same high sensitivity and dynamic range performance in all formats, with the same workflow speed. Utilizing Grass Valley’s proprietary Xensium-FT CMOS, this new camera delivers superb picture quality in 4K and extreme-speed; even in difficult “real world” lighting conditions.
Additional 4K infrastructure solutions include the Kayenne and Karrera Video Production Center switchers with K-Frame that are 3G ready with full 1080p 50/60 support scalable to 4K/UHD, and the
NVISION 8500 Series routers that deliver frame-accurate 4K/UHD routing and are central to preparing for the additional bandwidth required by 4K/UHD production.
Harmonic is a worldwide leader in video delivery infrastructure, and the first to provide broadcasters, service providers and other media companies with emerging video capabilities.
At the Summit, Harmonic will showcase VOS, its software-based, virtualized architecture that unifies the entire media processing chain, from ingest to delivery. This powerful platform provides sports content and service providers the ability to simplify their workflows, maximize flexibility and gain unprecedented operational efficiency — enabling fast, reliable delivery of sporting event news to fans everywhere.
The flexibility of formats, codecs and encoding schemes allow users to provide amazing video experiences at the lowest bitrates. MPEG-2, MPEG-4 AVC and HEVC codecs are supported, along with SD, HD, and UHD content formats for broadcast, cable, satellite, and IPTV delivery. With playout, graphics and encoding functions integrated into software on a single-server blade, the VOS platform’s virtual media API facilitates cloud-executed creation and delivery of variable format, variable bitrate channels, which allows operators to seamlessly process UHD for sports and HD for other programs.
Content and service providers around the world use Harmonic video delivery infrastructure solutions to create and deliver live linear channels to any device faster, with lower TCO and better video quality.
Ikegami, a leader in HD cameras and production equipment for TV broadcasters, networks, and other HD content creators, will be exhibiting the HC-HD300 studio camera system at the 2015 SVG College Sports Summit Technology Showcase.
The latest addition to Ikegami’s Unicam HD product line, the HC-HD300 is a highly flexible, docking style camera that represents Ikegami’s most affordable HD studio camera system. Ready for the studio or field, it features a newly-developed 1/3-inch 3-CMOS optical block design, in keeping with the outstanding imagery and same rugged construction of the broadcast-ready Unicam HD line.
LongoMatch is a software tool that lets users perform real-time analysis on sports game video feeds. LongoMatch is used today worldwide by amateur and professional sports teams, including the Belgium National World Cup soccer team, Cesena FC Italy (Serie A) team, and Harvard University soccer team, among others.
With LongoMatch, professional or amateur coaches and athletes can record and edit videos with tags and diagrams to produce detailed performance breakdowns and game statistics. Customizable to any sport and compatible with multiple software platforms, LongoMatch allows users to review tagged events in-game and export the video clips while still analyzing games live.
Already used worldwide by professional teams in soccer, rugby, volleyball, basketball, field hockey, ice hockey, wrestling, water polo, rugby, floorball, netball, korfball, cricket, and others, LongoMatch was nominated as one of the 10 best sports analysis systems in the world in the 2013 Performance Video Analysis Software Guide and is the recent recipient of NewBay Media’s Best of Show Award, presented at the 2015 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show by TV Technology. LongoMatch is powered by Fluendo technology.
Quantel/Snell is a world leader in providing optimized products, systems, and services for the new media factory – a flexible, agile facility that creates and delivers compelling content to a multi-platform world. Innovative technology continues at the heart of what the company does – IP, 4K, Virtualization, Software as a Service, Media Biometrics – enabling you to tell and deliver compelling stories to today’s multiplicity of audiences.
Quantel/Snell is featuring the LiveTouch Highlights system, a complete highlighting system for live sports and fast-paced live applications. LiveTouch makes selecting highlights from multiple incoming feeds and playing highlights to air fast and straightforward. LiveTouch scales from a single server to a cluster with up to 40 record ports and multiple control panels.
The LiveTouch control panel provides dedicated and soft-programmable buttons, responsive jog wheel and high-precision T-bar that makes it easily accessible to any experienced operator. Integrated editing enables editors to punch in and out, mark interest points, block play with live speed control and add to/modify playlists – even while the playlist is on air. The LiveTouch panel makes it all simple and fast.
Staff will be available to discuss additional solutions for your sports operation, including production switchers, servers, routers and signal processing/conversion products.
Ross Video will be showcasing an integrated Sport Venue & Collegiate Sports Broadcast solution.
On the venue front, the new Carbonite Black production switcher will be shown integrated with the powerful, data-friendly XPression graphics platform. DashBoard software control panels allow for customized user interfaces and workflows specific to each operation. A first at SVG, the new Inception Live system, showcasing a planning, scheduling and live management tool for game day and live event productions. Inception Live facilitates communications while providing the curation of social media elements from a unified dashboard. Inception Live offers a browser-based environment in order to produce a game day line-up, and a tablet-based interface that reflects changes made to scripts on the fly.
Ross will also be showing its most affordable Collegiate Sports Broadcast package in a user-friendly flight pack. Similar to what has been adopted for Conference Networks and school produced games for Digital Tier sports networks – this system is anchored by a Carbonite 1ME switcher and XPression Go! laptop system. It is capable of running broadcast network insert graphics, clips and scorebug off of a single channel of XPression and a single keyer Carbonite through layer management – while harvesting StatCrew, Clock, and Scoring data.
Tightrope Media Systems
Tightrope Media Systems will be featuring the latest release of the ZEPLAY slow motion instant replay server as well as their Carousel digital signage platform, which has recently been integrated with Brightsign players to provide an extremely capable, and affordable digital signage solution for large-scale displays at stadiums and arenas.
The ZEPLAY Instant Replay server is the choice of many NBA, NHL, and college teams because it offers industry-leading performance, rock-solid reliability, and pristine video quality at a fraction of the cost of the competition. With its unique synchronous 4-in/4-out architecture, the operator has instant access to all angles in a quarter of a second, with no backside.
ZEPLAY 3.1 adds additional codec support to ZEPLAY’s native MPEG2 HD I-Frame encoding, ProRes (LT) and DVCPROHD import and export. Individual plays or highlight sequences can be immediately exported in any of these supported formats while the operator is running replays.
The Carousel 6.5 release will seamlessly scale to thousands of screens without adversely affecting performance. With data and social media integration, built-in content creation and management, as well as Carousel’s legendary ease of use, it is a fantastic signage solution for college sports venues.
TVU Networks delivers lightweight, portable video transmission systems capable of transmitting live professional HD video from any location over multiple 3G/4G LTE cellular, WiFi, and Ethernet connections. With TVU One and TVUPack, colleges can transmit live directly to any broadcast facility or CDN for both Web and over the air broadcast.
Go Live From Anywhere – Whether the event takes place inside arenas and stadiums or in a place without infrastructure, such as a golf course, TVU transmitters are versatile enough to transmit video from wherever you need it – including moving vehicles.
Simple Operation – TVU transmitters feature simple one button operation to ensure that any camera operator can easily use them without the need for complicated in-field configuration. Just plug the camera in, push the power button and go live.
Expand Your Audience – TVU enables athletic departments to connect with alumni, boosters and fans in more ways than ever before, delivering live coverage of pre or post game events, signing day activities, press conferences, practice reports, coaches shows, booster events, alumni activities, and more. Additionally, TVU can be used to increase exposure for non-revenue sports by broadcasting live competitions, or can be used to augment recruiting efforts across multiple sports.
Easily Send Content to Broadcasters – TVU’s powerful TVU Grid IP video distribution solution can easily connect schools hundreds of local broadcast stations located in all 50 states, as well as RSNs and national networks.
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