––Integrated TV-ready graphics, advanced replay
capabilities, production consistency and future-ready NDI possibilities key
SAN ANTONIO, June 27,
2016––The Big South Conference is
providing a new, fully integrated switcher-replay-graphics workflow to its 10
member universities to produce TV-ready content that meets the requirements for
ESPN3 broadcasts and beyond. The new workflow is based on NewTek’s flagship TriCaster® 8000 multi-camera video production system equipped
with TriCaster Advanced Edition software, NewTek’s 3Play™ 440 sports production
system for instant replay and slow motion, and state-of-the–art real-time 3D
graphics with Vizrt’s Viz Trio. With NDI-enabled TriCaster Advanced Edition
software, Big South Conference schools will be on the cutting edge of IP-based
workflows with potential storytelling capabilities normally only seen in very
large sports networks.
Key to the Big South’s
goal of getting self-produced content on ESPN3 is TV-ready graphics. With Viz
Trio, Big South Conference sports productions will be using the same graphics
technology implemented by ESPN’s flagship station. NewTek and Vizrt have been
collaborating since 2015 ensuring that Vizrt’s graphics engines integrate
seamlessly with TriCaster via a network input. The resulting integration potentially
reduces dedicated personnel for graphics operation and also frees up a hardware
input on TriCaster that can be used for extra camera sources. The workflow
negates the need for specialized SDI hardware while delivering pristine quality
graphics viewers come to expect from sports broadcasts on television.
Also critical to
improving the quality level of each Big South Conference broadcast is the
upgrade to 3Play 440 for instant replay. In the dynamic world of fast-paced
athletics, triggering replays from multiple angles in a timely fashion so
commentators can convey every nuance of the game is paramount. 3Play 440’s
advanced capabilities include tagging, bookmarking, macros, titling, social
media publishing, as well as, network control directly from TriCaster.
"We are working diligently with ESPN to get evaluated for production readiness on every campus," said Mark Bryant, director of Multimedia Development for the Big South Network. "Vizrt graphics are used by ESPN's flagship station that now integrate with TriCasters we've grown up with and are very familiar with. We’ve been amazed at its constant evolution and improvement. Our members are very enthusiastic about the new workflow and the adoption of state-of-the-art graphics and instant replay. Audiences can expect to see a level of sophistication on par with that of a major sports broadcast network."
Video production and
broadcasting of collegiate sporting events is an important and evolving branding
endeavor for the Big South Conference. Over the last decade, the Big South
Conference has provided the basic switcher-replay-graphics elements to each member
school to help ensure consistency and quality of every Big South-branded broadcast.
Schools are free to enhance and expand to the extent they desire. In exchange,
Big South schools are expected to produce a minimum number of home games
including football, men’s and women’s basketball, soccer and volleyball,
baseball, softball, and women’s lacrosse each year for distribution over the
Big South Network (BSN). Many go beyond the minimum by producing broadcasts of
other sports. Consequently, the Big South Network has grown along with each
school’s ability to consistently produce quality, professional-looking live sports
content that rivals anything on regular television. Currently, the Big South
Network delivers more than 900 events annually.
"We're very content
with the model we’ve chosen and our ability to generate continuous improvement
across the board in all Big South Network productions. NewTek has been the key
to our evolution because they have been relentless in upgrading the
functionality within TriCaster and we've grown right along with them," said
Kyle Kallander, commissioner of the Big South Conference. "We believe in
strength in numbers, working to everyone’s collective advantage. These upgrades
benefit all our members and they have come to expect it. We will also be able
to brand content differently for ESPN3, BSN and others that will take content
from us that will serve us very well in the future."
Being TV-ready for the
fall season isn't the only reason the Big South Conference is excited about the