Midtown Video Specifies DYVI switcher at University of Miami Athletics

The University of Miami (UM) – the home of Hurricanes Athletics – is set to become the first university in the US to deploy the software-defined DYVI switcher to produce live sports. The switcher from EVS, the leading provider of live production technology, is used by multiple professional sports teams and will be implemented into the athletics department’s campus production control room as it prepares to undertake its new production role for ESPN’s upcoming ACC Network. Midtown Video played an important role in bringing EVS solutions to the attention of the University so it could prepare for the launch of the ACC Network.

Installed as part of a wider broadcast facility upgrade, DYVI will be instrumental in the creation of both digital and linear programming by the university production team as it begins outputting broadcast TV feeds for the first time. This comes as each of the 14 schools in the Atlantic Coast Conference assume responsibility for producing their home-events for the ACC Network which is set to begin broadcasting next year.

To meet the expectation of the highest-quality output for ESPN, the University of Miami knew it would need a switcher that featured at least three MEs and could be reconfigured quickly because it would be used for more than ten sports with overlapping schedules. The built-in flexibility and configurable nature of DYVI means it’s perfectly suited to this kind of production setup and doesn’t need reconfiguration for each sport requirements.

“When the EVS team demonstrated the DYVI switcher to us, I was immediately blown away,” said Drew Thomas, the director of production services for the University. “DYVI could effectively let us put in place 99 MEs if we needed them, so we can jump from a basketball setup to a baseball configuration at the touch of a button.”

With a young team of production operators, the intuitive interface is another feature of DYVI that played a key role in the university’s decision to go with the switcher. “The interface quickly makes sense and provides an excellent user experience,” added Drew. “It easily does what I’ve always wanted other more traditional switchers to do.”

As part of the same control room upgrade, the production team also needed to implement a robust replay solution that would consistently deliver for over 100 sporting events a year. To meet this demand, UM also put in place two XT3 live production servers and four LSM remote controllers. The EVS systems will be used to ingest live feeds from events taking place across the campus into the control room, where operators will create replays of the action, which will be cut into the live output by DYVI.

“The introduction of the ACC Network is a great opportunity to showcase the on-campus sports that the Hurricanes excel at, so we wanted to maximize this opportunity with this facility upgrade,” commented Drew. “The reliable and intuitive nature of EVS technology is going to play such a key part of the creation of our first linear TV broadcast and I’m really excited to get it up and running.”

The University of Miami will complete all aspects of its facility upgrade and begin running full productions by the end of the year. ESPN’s ACC network will begin broadcasting on its dedicated TV channel in 2019, while continuing to also deliver output to its accompanying ACC Network Extra mobile platform.

Live Streaming Iconic artist, Judy Chicago in Miami Design District

February 23, 2019

Iconic artist, author, and advocating feminist, Judy Chicago presented a new site-specific performance exhibition in the Miami Design District Jungle Plaza on February 23, 2019. Entitled A Purple Poem for Miami, Chicago’s smoke performance was an event that took her a full year of preparation. Doors opened to the public at 5:30pm for the ticketed event and Miami was filled with colored smoke and fireworks at 6:15pm on behalf of the Institute of Contemporary Art, The New Tropic, Salon 94, and the Miami Design District.

Midtown Video had the pleasure of live streaming this unique experience for Judy Chicago on ICA’s YouTube page with the help of LiveU and Sony equipment. The technology provided by Midtown included but was not limited to a LiveU 300 encoder, a LiveU 2000 decoder, a Panasonic AWHS-50 Switcher, and a Sony PMW300 camera. Even with limited access to internet in the area, the LiveU 300 encoder, (with attached dual cellular modems from both Verizon and AT&T) was enough to successfully stream a clear performance. For productions that are limited in crew, this combination of compact equipment yields a low cost and yet results in a powerful HD image production system.

Mystery Tattoo on Facebook Live, South Beach, Miami, FL

Miami Ink star Ami James has taken his talents to facebook. James’ tattoo culture website Tattoodo.com, and Drive Studios (both based in Copenhagen) partnered with the social media site to deliver 8 live episodes of “Mystery Tattoo” on the new Facebook Live video platform. Midtown Video provided local production support, broadcasting live on Tattoodo’s facebook page.
Drive Studios designed the shoot with 2 Canon C300’s, a Roland VR50HD Switcher, wireless HD-SDI links for the cameras, and a complement of wireless audio for host Ami James and the Love Hate Tattoo Artists. To maximize upstream bandwidth, Midtown provided a LiveU Solo. The outbound stream was split across multiple network interfaces, including 4G LTE.

This show broke boundaries of interactivity between the viewer and the media. Facebook viewers voted in real time to decide which tattoo designs would be inked on contestants knocked out after each round of competition. Clicking surprise, love, or other face-moji’s, registered a vote for the corresponding tattoo design. Mojo the shop bulldog even makes an appearance to tip the scales of fate in some games. The winning contestant after 3 rounds of elimination earns a free tattoo from Ami, valued up to $1,000.00.

If you want to stream live to Facebook, or any other delivery platform, contact Midtown Video.

Cable Bahamas, Nassau

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cablehotelCable Bahamas Ltd. is a full service telecommunications company providing cable television services and Internet services to over 90% of Bahamians. It has its own submarine 600km fiber optic cable system that continues into the United States circling South Florida providing triple play services to four additional systems. These combined networks make up the Cable Bahamas network.

Programming channels include Cable12, ZNS, the Parliamentary Channel and various local radio stations. In all, Cable Bahamas offers approximately 23 local channels to 72,400 households on 11 islands.

 

When Cable Bahamas was ready to enhance the live news part of their business, they called on Midtown Video to design and install a new television system for live news production, on-air master control and four cable TV channels. Master systems designers Fernando Iglesas and Jesse Miller gave them just what they needed. The package included four HD cameras with pedestals, a live production switcher, master control switch, on-air graphics and a Harris HD integrated playout solution.  Audio and lighting systems topped off the package in keeping with the company’s reputation as the most technologically advanced company of its kind in the Bahamas.

WSVN-TV, Miami, FL

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WSVN-TV, the Sunbeam Fox affiliate in Miami, called on us once again to help keep their news product engaging and exciting. Midtown’s team led by Fernando Iglesias worked with WSVN to install a large LED video wall and LED video ribbon spanning the entire newsplex. WSVN creates more local news programming than any other Florida station. As a mater of fact, they’re the fifth highest news programmer in the U.S.

Patrick McNiff, News Operations Manager, told us they were ready to take their newsplex to the next level.  Iglesias put together the perfect package: a DNF controlled LED wall with 120 PVP S5 panels from CHAUVET Professional that sits at the center of the spacious WSVN newsplex. And an LED video ribbon circles the entire second floor. These enhancements open up new creative opportunities and gives the news department greater flexibility when covering breaking stories. The sharp images of the CHAUVET line brings the viewers a step closer to every story.

We’re glad to have this nightly exposure. Every time you watch the news, you’ll also be seeing an enhanced broadcast television studio design and installation by  Midtown Video.

Island Luck, Nassau, Bahamas

Lights, Camera, Quick Draw!

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Midtown Video installed a new television studio for Island Luck, one of the largest gaming companies in the Bahamas.  Island Luck’s goal was to create a live three-ball Quick Draw game show on their own HD TV channel, ILTV Studio.  With a lot of knowledge and a bit of luck on their side, Midtown Video’s team used its versatility and technical expertise to turn Island Luck’s vision into a reality!

The project involved creating a 30-foot set with specialized lighting.  The main equipment purchased was a NewTek TriCaster 8000, a robust multi-camera video switcher, audio mixer, and so much more with live streaming capability; a combination of Sony Robotic Cameras and Sony Handheld/Studio Cameras, as well as Chauvet Lighting.  Island Luck, with Midtown Video’s assistance, chose Fresnels and Ellipsoidals from Chauvet’s Ovation line.  With three on-set screens built into the design, Island Luck wanted to have total control over set lighting.

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To complete the installation, our team ran cables through multifaceted building structures, customized a neat rack, and engineered audio and video workflow until the system was perfect.  All signals are routable through an AJA KUMO router, giving the system the flexibility to assign different signals to on-set screens.

Our team coordinated its efforts with several contractors, including construction crews, a set design company, and Island Luck’s own management team.  With a one-week deadline, we managed all of the moving pieces seamlessly to get the job done right, on time, and on budget.

Island Luck showed our crew exceptional hospitality during their time in the Bahamas, and we appreciate the extra efforts they took to help us arrange travel logistics.  Bahamian hospitality is alive and well at Island Luck!  And the island’s first televised three-ball Quick Draw game is now live, too!

VISTA Worldlink, Dania Beach, Florida

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VISTA Worldlink is a global leader in transmission services offering satellite, mobile and fixed uplinks, fiber optics and streaming services. Co-located with their production arm Stirling Studios, they deliver cutting edge creative and production capabilities. As a major media solutions company, it was important to them to build and develop their own master control room and Midtown Video was uniquely qualified to make this happen.

Although VISTA was always able to monitor their client’s feeds in their facility, they wanted to bring all signals in and out of one unified location. With technology outdating rapidly, it was important to create a suite that is ahead of the curve today with components that can grow as technology evolves. Joshua Liemer, VISTA Worldlink’s Vice President states, “It was imperative to enhance our gold standard customer service by investing in a state-of-the-art master control facility that provides flexibility. Our service offerings continue to evolve as technology changes, making it necessary to coordinate a variety of broadcast services from satellite distribution, fiber optics and Internet Broadcasting. CEO Roy Liemer likes to call our facility a virtual MCR, because we embrace IP connectivity and our team can control all the equipment within a central location, from the comfort of our coordinators work stations or remotely on-site at a production.” The MCR bridges the traditional service offerings with Internet broadcasting and digital archiving solutions. Building the best facility and maintaining cost was one of VISTA’s goals.

vista2After reviewing the existing master control setup with Midtown’s sales representative Chari Hill, VISTA’s Director of Technical Operations chose a 288×288 Blackmagic router and Solid State Drives for recording in 15 Blackmagic Hyperdeck Studios. They also added a NewTek TriCaster switcher with live streaming capability and Decimator SDI Quad Splitters for viewing along with monitors, converters, and peripheral gear to enhance system stability and redundancy.

Delivering world-class customer service to the sports, entertainment, news, corporate, religious, government and PR industries is a daunting task. How good is VISTA Worldlink? Good enough to internationally distribute all Major League Soccer games and transmit from World Cup in Brazil. They provided multi-camera production services packaged with mobile uplink trucks and international space segment along with offering live shot positions from all 12-host cities throughout Brazil for foreign broadcasters. All services were monitored and coordinated on-site by VISTA’s Major Events Department and remotely by VISTA’s team located within the comfort of their new Master Control Room. Midtown Video was thrilled to be part of the excitement. See what it takes to bring World Cup soccer from Brazil to your living room here: http://VISTAworldlink.com/blog/svg-world-cup-qa-VISTA/

vista3Midtown and VISTA have a lot in common. Both are family owned, have a long history, place a very high value on relationships and supporting their community, and never lose focus on providing unsurpassed customer service. These shared values made the project especially meaningful to both companies. “It was incredibly rewarding to work with such terrific, dedicated people. The VISTA production facility is so impressive, and I’m proud that we were able to meet their high standards”, says Debby Miller, Executive Vice President of Midtown Video.

Thanks to an amazing team effort, VISTA Worldlink now offers the services of a comprehensive Master Control Operation manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Ruiz Television – La Ley Production Studios, Miami, FL

La Ley TV is a grassroots television show that offers people access to the law. To fulfill his vision, attorney John H. Ruiz had Midtown design, construct and outfit a television studio on the 2nd floor of a 9-story office building.

The plan was to create a panel of attorneys, experts in real estate, immigration and finance and have them answer live calls and emails regarding legal questions. Midtown’s team of engineers built a control room and studio using state of the art Sony equipment.

Ruiz then came back to Midtown with an ambitious plan to build satellite La Ley studios and connect them back to the main studio using a T1 communications line. These satellite studios, called La Ley Cafes, have an onsite set, remote connections to the main studio, and touch screens. Using top of the line Panasonic equipment, and high-end SDI solutions, the satellite café is remotely connected to the main studio. The café offers live, interactive, town hall meetings on current issues facing the community.