We had the pleasure of providing consultation, design and integration services for a new facility-wide HD video and audio system at the acclaimed Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School in Midland, PA.
The studio and control room are used as a classroom teaching tool as well as a way to get media classes involved in producing content of student performances in several locations on campus.
A NewTek TC1 switcher system connected to an EditShare EFS shared storage system is the main media hub for live broadcasts and streams. Content becomes available to edit workstations and is automatically catalogued into the digital asset management system. Sony HXCFB80 Broadcast cameras are used for studio productions and communication is done through ClearCom FreeSpeak II digital wireless intercom.
Fiber between rooms and buildings paired with MultiDyne Tx/Rx units provided a way to transmit video and and audio from additional Sony BRCH900 PTZ cameras located in theaters and performance halls. And a Dante enabled SSL mixing console was integrated into the system to enhance and expand the recording and mixing possibilities even further.
Our work with the Big Ten Network has expanded beyond their headquarters in Chicago and into their Student-U flypack systems and their mobile acquisition (MICR) trucks.
We designed and built twelve mobile production systems in two different form factors for the individual schools within the Big Ten conference, to be used by the student-run production teams for events including wrestling, gymnastics, volleyball and more. The flypacks all utilized NewTek TC1 switchers with Vizrt’s graphics servers and 3Play replay systems.
Besides hosting a fieldshop to service and maintain the equipment in the existing MICR trucks, we also expanded the fleet this year. We adapted an existing design to incorporate new equipment and a refined workflow, centered around an Evertz 180x288 EQX router. Footage captured by Grass Valley LDX 82 Flex camera chains are transmitted back to the BTN control center in Chicago.
Our next project for BTN will be designing and integrating a VidOvation IPTV system throughout their facility and continuing our work in their studio and control room.
We worked with several members of the church and congregation to improve the video and multimedia system at Mount Ararat Baptist Church in Pittsburgh. Building off of their existing infrastructure, we installed two Sony laser projectors which are used for image, text and video display. The result is a dramatic difference in the quality of the presentation at the house of worship, as well as upgrades to the signal transmission system throughout the facility. Work has continued to expand this system into multiple areas of the building.
We recently completed designing and integrating a brand-new studio and control room at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio. They wanted a state of the art studio and control room that would be used for lecture capture, online course distribution and several other productions. The system was built around Sony triax cameras and a NewTek TriCaster 8000 production switcher. It also features a Clear-Com FreeSpeak II wireless intercom system, EditShare media storage and LTO 7 archiving.
We have had the pleasure of working with several regional Fox Sports engineering teams over the past few years, designing and integrating multiple studios and control rooms in Cleveland, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Detroit and Atlanta. We have helped them relocate and rebuild their facilities while expanding and upgrading their video, audio and routing systems.
We worked closely with the engineering staff at Showtime’s Network Operations Center in Long Island, New York to help them integrate a new Core Routing System, which is now the back bone of their entire operation. This project included the installation of the new router, control panels and other support equipment relative to the system. We fabricated and installed all of the coax and network cabling across more than 70 equipment racks and multiple facility rooms. This work was performed in a systematic way to ensure that all 14 of Showtime’s networks never went off air, and made for a seamless transition from the old system to the new.
Work in the control room at PPG Paints Arena has included integrating a new Evertz DreamCatcher replay system for their scoreboard show this past offseason. Media files are clipped and tagged and stored on a new 192TB EditShare EFS system and archived to LTO.
Upgrades at PNC Park this offseason have included integrating a new out-of-town Scoreboard that was installed by Mitsubishi in right field. Evertz routing expansion along with physical rack space additions were both necessary to accomplish this, as well as implementing GPI triggering from their switcher to the new scoreboard.
SS. Simon and Jude Catholic Parish
We wired and installed a new Sony laser projector with an Extron presentation switcher at this house of worship to go along with some other video and audio upgrades.
Harmony Zelie United Methodist Church
We upgraded their projector system to the new Sony laser series, and installed a multi-format switcher/scaler to enable them to use a variety of video source material. We also replaced a mixer and rewired their audio system which has eliminated some microphone and speaker issues.
The Multimedia Communications Department at Highmark upgraded their post-production facilities by adding EditShare storage and an LTO archiving system. We installed this system and upgraded the video displays for their edit suites.