SVG College Sports Summit Technology Showcase Preview, Part 1

At SVG’s College Sports Summit, more than 35 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.

Since leading the revolution in non-linear editing over 25 years ago, Avid has become the world’s leading provider of audio and video technology for media organizations and independent professionals.

Guided by its Avid Everywhere vision, Avid provides sports organizations with tightly integrated, high-performance solutions built upon the Avid MediaCentral Platform — the industry’s most open and extensible foundation. From media editing and management to delivery, Avid MediaCentral enables you to streamline your entire media workflow — from creation to monetization — with greater flexibility. Plus, the platform provides the utmost security and protection to safeguard your content and assets.

Blackmagic Design
Blackmagic Design will showcase its live production products, including ATEM live production switchers, Blackmagic Studio Camera, Blackmagic URSA digital film camera, and Teranex Processors for standards and format conversions, all of which are perfect for capturing the excitement and intensity of sporting events.

ATEM Production Studio 4K switchers deliver professional SD, HD, or Ultra HD live production, and 6G-SDI and HDMI 4K technology effortlessly handle Ultra HD using a single cable. ATEM 2 M/E Broadcast Studio 4K is perfect for fast-action live sports with 12G-SDI for high frame rates in HD and Ultra HD. When used in conjunction with Blackmagic Studio Camera, the ATEM Camera Control software allows for remote setting of focus, iris and full lift, gamma and gain controls. Blackmagic Studio Camera includes features specifically targeted at the requirements of live production, such as 10” viewfinder, talkback, tally, four-hour battery, optical fiber, and more. Blackmagic URSA digital film camera has a 10” on set monitor, Super 35 global shutter 4K sensor, internal dual RAW and Apple ProRes recorders, and more. Teranex Express provides up, down, cross, and standards conversions between virtually all SD, HD, and Ultra HD formats and frame rates, including 3:2 cadence removal and insertion.

ChyronHego will showcase the PAINT Sports Telestrator, including the soon-to-be released COACH PAINT, and VIRTUAL1st, its 1st and 10 system.

PAINT is a powerful sports-production analysis tool. Its power lies behind its feature-rich set of tools and simplicity of use. The result is a highly productive tool that can be used by anybody within a sports-production team, whether they are behind the camera or in front of it. PAINT is used to visually analyze game play by graphically enhancing and highlighting video using a variety of telestration tools. Within a typical hour of a game, dozens of telestrated clips can be created live or stored ready for near-live replays or post-match analysis.

COACH PAINT is a new, powerful and user-friendly video tool specifically designed for coaches of all sports. Engage, teach, prepare, and recruit your players in a way that not only grabs and keeps the athlete’s attention, but lets them instantly visualize forma­tion, progression, alignment, keys, and technique like they’re used to seeing it on live major network sports broad­casts and highlight shows. From self-scout to teach tapes, team highlight meetings to recruiting video, COACH PAINT is a virtual video playbook that grabs and keeps your players’ attention. COACH PAINT comes complete and out-of-the-box with spotlight, zoom, player tracking, zone tracking, and other essential capabilities. It’s a powerful tool at any budget, from high school to the pros.

VIRTUAL1st allows a single operator to insert first-down lines, scrimmage lines in the color of choice, and animated down-and-distance arrows that can be customized to the unique style of the broadcaster or school. VIRTUAL1st tracks camera movement by analyzing up to three camera feeds. This approach removes complexity by using video overlay and sensorless camera tracking technology within a single 2RU rack-mounted server. Ideal for use in stadiums and mobile units, VIRTUAL1st features an easy-to-use and intuitive user interface and includes a powerful chroma keyer to mix additional game-enhancing graphics.

Click Effects
The next generation of Click Effects is here.  A true game changer that continues Click Effect’s twenty-two year track record of redefining video and audio content delivery and entertainment for live events everywhere.

Since its debut in 1993, Click Effects has spearheaded live event productions for the Super Bowl, Olympics, US Open, World Series, Ryder Cup, Final Four, Stanley Cup, NBA Championships, Indianapolis 500, and NASCAR tracks as well as numerous professional markets worldwide. Click Effects products are the most chosen in the industry, trusted by approximately 75% of all NFL, NBA, NHL, MLS, and Major and Minor League Baseball teams.

Unprecedented synchronicity, data, and advanced graphic functionality are the cornerstones of this new generation.  A few of the new elements include improved CG with key-able animations providing unlimited alpha layering, newly added data/stats awareness for triggering and display, new hardware and firmware (64 bit, custom OS), 1080p Level A and B, in and out, and centralized control.  In addition, version 2.0 has expanded its codec support including H264, ProRes 422, Avid DxHD, Quicktime animation, and more.

Evertz will showcase DreamCatcher, the revolutionary replay system and production suite. DreamCatcher is a robust, scalable, and modern IP-based replay system with the ability to create Mosaic layouts, execute 4K Zoom, and build key frame sequences using Play Tracker, amongst many other advanced functionalities.

The company will showcase DreamCatcher’s new features including support for three channels of Ultra HD (4K) in a single 3RU chassis and high frame rate cameras.  Evertz will also introduce new DreamCatcher advanced editing tools which are designed to streamline workflow for publishing content to the web.

DreamCatcher utilizes Evertz’ VUE as a user interface.  This customizable interface has been embraced by operators around the world making DreamCatcher the most dynamic story telling tool on the market today.

In addition to its rich editing capabilities, DreamCatcher offers a scalable and flexible architecture.  Leveraging a 10GE network, multiple DreamCatcher nodes can be networked together to form a cluster that can be scaled to meet the needs of any live event. The clustered DreamCatchers allow multiple operators and users to collaborate on the content simultaneously during the live event.

DreamCatcher continues to change the face of production and instant replay.  DreamCatcher’s rapid editing capabilities combined with enhanced production workflow allow replay operators to be true craftsman in their profession.

MultiDyne is focused on lightening the operator’s load while opening up creative production options for whatever production environment where fiber optics is essential. The company’s latest fiber-optic transceiver, the most compact on the market, is the new SilverBacK 4K5 Fiber Optic Camera Link, which provides full connectivity for 4K/UHD acquisition yet can be set up in minutes.

The SilverBack 4K5 provides a full-bandwidth fiber-optic link between any quad-link or dual-link 4K camera and the truck, control room, or “video village.” Users can send all of the required signals needed for multi-camera 4K/UHD TV production over a single tactical or SMPTE hybrid fiber cable. Its compact, rugged form factor means set up is easier and take down gets you home sooner.

MultiDyne provides a seven-year warranty on its core product line.

PROMISE Technology
PROMISE Technology provides storage solutions for all aspects of sports content production, including video and broadcast environments. PROMISE’s solutions for creative professionals, such as Pegasus2 and VTrak A-Class, support the entire rich media workflow – from ingest and editing to delivery and long term archiving.

The VTrak A-Class shared SAN appliance with NAS Gateway is at the heart of rich media workflows, enabling collaborative, simultaneous editing, and distribution that helps cut workload times by 40-60%.  Pegasus2 Thunderbolt 2 desktop RAID storage helps content creators work more efficiently as it can offload footage from cameras at lightning fast speeds – transforming a process that used to take hours to one that now just takes minutes.

From large media corporations and broadcasters to smaller postproduction houses, the world’s most innovative companies rely on PROMISE’s solutions to help them create amazing content.

Part 2 of the SVG College Sports Summit Technology Showcase Preview series will run next Friday, May 15. If your company would like to be featured, please send your submission to Senior Editor Karen Hogan at [email protected] no later than Thursday, May 14.

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