We recently completed a 4K studio project in a newly renovated space inside the Student Union building at Duquesne University. The leadership at the school wanted to bring attention to their media arts and broadcast center that borders Academic Walk. We worked with the architects and contractors to design a head-turning studio enclosed in glass that really shows off the technology.
Students and visitors can't miss the 98" NEC 4K monitor on the back wall of the studio. The NewTek TC2 Elite switcher drives the broadcast shows that are shot with Panasonic AW-UE150K 4K PTZ cameras. The operators communicate with the ClearCom FreeSpeak II intercom system and using the AJA KUMO router and OpenGear converter cards, video and audio sources of any kind can be sent to the switcher and monitors.
We also took advantage of existing fiber between the Student Union and College Hall to connect this system with a secondary studio and control room via NDI, as well as to the student radio station using MultiDyne converters. Four Adobe edit and graphics systems are located in the control room, and elements are easily shared between all of the users.
“In 2016 we installed a 576X1152 Core Routing System along with 14 new Control Rooms. This was a project that involved more than 80 thousand feet of cable, countless terminations, equipment installations, precise coordination and most important all done in an On-Air Environment. Texolve provided flawless integration services, their staff and management went above and beyond to make sure we met all of our expectations in regards to the overall project. We will absolutely continue to use them for future projects and consider them an asset to our Engineering team. Outstanding Workmanship!!”
Vice President Operations & Engineering
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 Center 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.
Most recently we designed and integrated a VidOvation IPTV system throughout the BTN facility and continued 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 (now Bally 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.
Deer Lakes High School
We helped Deer Lakes High School upgrade their studio classroom to HD. JVC cameras feed a NewTek TC1 switcher that streams morning announcements and other student produced content.
Upgrades at PNC Park this offseason have included a shared media storage system refresh. The new EditShare EFS system has 480TB of storage and LTO7 archiving capabilities. The storage upgrade also introduces new remote editing workflows for the Pirates staff.
We integrated a new production studio at the Steelers practice facility on the Southside. Recent upgrades at Heinz Field include Riedel Bolero intercom, Adder KVM and WaveCentral wireless camera systems.
Truth For Life Ministry
We upgraded the podcast studio with new equipment, including a Calrec BRIO audio console with Dante capabilities. We also connected their facility with the neighboring house of worship to capture services on their EditShare EFS storage system.
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.
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.