(Secaucus, New Jersey--November 9, 2010) Boise State University’s Broncos football team, currently ranked number four in the major college football polls, has begun shooting HD game-day video for live board display and web streaming with four Panasonic AG-HPX370 P2 HD shoulder-mount camcorders.
Boise State has won 22 straight college football games, the longest active winning streak in major college football.
The actual purchase and integration of the HPX370s, along with two AG-HPG20 P2 Portable recorders and an AJ-HPM200 P2 Mobile recorder/player, were done by Fiberpipe, Inc. (Boise, ID), BSU Athletic Department’s longtime digital media partner. The HPX370s have been used to shoot gridiron action since the Broncos’ first home game this season; the P2 HD shoulder-mount cameras are also being used to capture varsity soccer, and are slated to be utilized this winter for men’s and women’s basketball.
Also new this season, the football coaching staff has integrated an AG-HPX300 (predecessor to the HPX370) P2 HD camcorder into its video analysis activities.
Brad Larrondo, BSU Assistant Athletic Director and Director of Marketing, Broadcast Services and Corporate Sponsorships, said that the purchase of the HPX370s represented an upgrade to widescreen, HD shooting and a dramatically streamlined workflow. Previously, game-day video had been shot with mini-DV camcorders.
Larrondo said that all four HPX370s are deployed at each home football game, two shooting low-angle, side line shots; one shooting main action up high from a basket on the 50-yard line; and one used as a roaming “promo cam” to capture crowd shots. The team travels with one or two HPX370s to shoot low-angle highlights at away games.
While video is shot in HD, there is mixed video output this season, prior to a planned transition to widescreen, HD video boards throughout the campus sports facilities. All game video is currently produced live in 720p, archived and output to the football stadium’s Sky Suites over the new BroncoVision HD channel. All the HD video archived provides the quality of content necessary to produce the season highlights in HD for DVD release and for BroncoVision, the official video portal of Boise State Athletics.
“We’ve seen a massive improvement in image and color quality with the HPX370s, and once we install the bigger boards, the fans will really get to appreciate the full impact,” said Larrondo. “The P2 workflow is seamless, and we estimate that we are saving 20-30 hours in post every game, as we’ve eliminated the need to digitize the video.”
Editing is done using Adobe Premiere; in addition to the Blu-ray highlights DVD, the HD archive is utilized to produce “pump you up” videos, video board intros and key play analysis DVDs.
“Brad and I agreed it was time to move the Broncos in HD production,” said Ken Birch, President/CEO of Fiberpipe. “Our digital media department has been dealing with the push for content to be delivered on multiple devices at the highest-quality viewing experience, and we liked the solid-state dimension of P2 HD for seamless integration with editing and digital encoding of multi-formats. I had been introduced to the HPX300 through our work for the NBA D-League (which will be using HPX300s to produce its season live in HD starting this year), and was impressed with the idea of managing content in a solid state environment with a full breadth of video formats to accommodate any type of event.”
Birch said that each HPX370 is equipped with two 64GB P2 cards, affording ample time to capture an entire game. He began the season shooting DVCPRO HD, but has since migrated to AVC-Intra 100 capture. He will be integrating the HPG20 P2 Portables into game-day activity to record two full HD archives, one of BSU’s production, the second of the national broadcaster (ABC Sports, ESPN, e.g.) covering the game. The AJHPM200 six-slot P2 Mobile recorder will be used for field editing.
“We are loving the workflow and the time-savings are phenomenal across the board,” said Birch.
For more information about Boise State Athletics, visit http://www.broncosports.com;
for more information about Fiberpipe, visit http://www.fibepipe.net
About the AG-HPX370
The AG-HPX370 is an affordable second-generation, interchangeable lens camcorder with 10-bit, 4:2:2 , independent-frame full 1920 x 1080 resolution AVC-Intra recording. The HPX370 incorporates newly-developed 1/3”, full-HD 2.2 megapixel U.L.T. (Ultra Luminance Technology) 3-MOS imagers and a 20-bit Digital Signal Processor to acquire native 1920 x 1080 resolution images. Rivaling the image quality and sensitivity of ½” imagers, the new U.L.T. sensor results in marked improvements in sensitivity, measured at F10. The same levels of sensitivity and image production that characterize the interlace mode are now possible in progressive mode courtesy of Progressive Advanced Processing (P.A.P.), a 3D adaptive processing technology. For more information, visit http://www.panasonic.com/P2HD
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