TVTI Selects ViewCast Osprey 700e HD Video Capture Cards

TVTI Video Technologies has selected ViewCast’s Osprey 700e HD video capture cards to support the company’s video analytics solutions and services for professional sports teams.

TVTI offers a range of customizable video services that are designed to provide coaches with quick, easy access to video clips. Clients have the option to implement onsite video systems or use TVTI’s remotely-managed video scouting services.  Onsite services allow a home team to simultaneously record, archive, and playback up to four independent angles of HD video. As for offsite services, TVTI’s video scouting service is managed from TVTI’s Oregon headquarters, where every MLB and NHL game played on a given day is recorded, edited and indexed, and made available to clients.

With Osprey 700e HD cards at the heart of TVTI’s HD video infrastructure, coaches and scouts are provided with a high resolution view of player and team performance mechanics.

“TVTI clients such as the New York Yankees rely on our video analytics technology to help them improve team performance and assess competitors’ weaknesses,” says Mark Watson, founder of TVTI. “Osprey 700e cards equip us with the performance and reliability that we need to satisfy our world champion clientele, while providing the configuration and management flexibility that we need to drive cost and resource efficiencies across our systems.”

Osprey 700e HD is capable of dual SD/HD support with seamless on-the-fly signal switching, and the ability to feed multiple encoders (RealVideo, Windows Media, Adobe, Flash, and MPEG-4) at the same time in any combination. The Osprey 700e HD card provides TVTI with the bandwidth required to deliver up to 1080i video resolution via a high-speed PCI Express bus, and also features configurable archiving capabilities that help simplify post-processing workflows for TVTI’s video scouting service.

“The professional athletics market is yielding some of the most exciting, innovative applications of video capture and streaming technology in the industry, and TVTI and its clients are at the forefront of this trend,” says ViewCast President and CEO Dave Stoner. “ViewCast’s advanced HD capture and streaming solutions are the ideal fit for any athletics organization seeking a high performance, high throughput video platform to efficiently deliver content to coaches, players, and fans.”

TVTI has deployed numerous Osprey 700e-equipped video capture systems into the field for use onsite at clients’ home games, including the New York Yankees. Using four Dell Precision workstations equipped with Osprey 700e HD cards, the Yankees’ video production team records approximately 300 pitches per game from four angles, yielding 1200 raw HD AVI files for each home game. The video files are later compressed, organized, and archived for rapid retrieval.

Racks of Osprey 700e-equipped Dell Precision workstations are employed at TVTI headquarters to record MLB and NHL game feeds throughout the day. TVTI software tools are used to segment these feeds into individual ‘event’ files and synchronize these files with player-specific statistical data provided by third-party partners. The video is then distributed to clients, who will use it to analyze their competitors in the days preceding a game.

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