NESN Demos New ‘Sony Stitch’ Video Technology During Red Sox Game (Photos)
NESN.com’s Michael Narracci reports: We’re always looking for new technology to use in our baseball broadcasts. Earlier this summer, we used a Sony F-55 4k Super-Mo camera in our telecast. It was the first time the camera had been used in 6X mode on a telecast. In keeping with our mission to push technology in our broadcasts, when Sony approached NESN vice president of engineering David Desrochers about doing a demo of their new Sony Stitch product, we jumped at the opportunity. I met with Sony representatives during a Red Sox road trip a few weeks later at their Madison Avenue location in New York City and had some preliminary discussions about dates and logistics. On Sept. 10, the demo came to fruition when we used the Sony 4k Stitch system in our NESN Red Sox broadcast.
Our Sony account manager, Steve Dirksmeier, brought his A-Team to Boston to facilitate the demo. The team consisted of product marketing manager Deon LeCointe, acquisition sales support engineer Steve Flynn and sales support engineer manager Joe Perecman. They worked very closely with Desrochers and Game Creek Video engineers Bruce Kerrigan, Pat Calhoun and Tim Jobin to ensure the demo stood the best chance for success. Bruce, Pat and Tim prepared the B-unit for the demo on Sept. 8 by ensuring we had counter space, a viewing area for NESN management and ownership, video tie-lines, intercom and other infrastructure available.