Bringing sports replay capabilities to schools and small-market sports teams
Last Updated: December 18, 2014 1:01 am GMT
(Milwaukee, Wisconsin--December 18, 2014) Safe Harbor Computers today introduced RPM-24, a 24-key USB controller unit for NewTek TriCaster that provides one channel of instant replay video for live sports productions. Many schools and local sports teams are benefitting from the powerful live video production features of TriCaster hardware, but lack the ability to create quality instant replays as seen on major sports broadcasts. RPM-24 brings advanced instant replay control within reach of practically any sports video producer and offers features such as bi-directional slow-motion and frame-by-frame playback, with digital zoom allowing the operator to expand the on-screen action.
“With RPM-24, we’ve provided a solution to the replay needs of many small-market sports teams that use TriCaster, which includes a lot of high school and college programs. We saw a need for an instant replay controller which offered high-end results, while also providing ease of use,” according to Jeff Pulera of Safe Harbor, engineer of the RPM-24 system. “The RPM-24 unit gives more control to the Replay Operator, yet the simple operation allows one-person crews to easily integrate replays into their workflow as well. One button captures the replay clip, while another initiates a completely automated replay sequence using our unique Replay Pro Macro commands – what could be easier? Of course, the operator can take manual control at any time for video clip analysis, with complete control of all playback attributes.”
View a brief RPM-24 video overview here:
RPM-24: Automated or Manual Replay Control
Producers working with TriCasters know that video replay can be tricky – forget to check one box, and the video playback doesn’t work as expected, possibly interrupting the smooth flow of the live broadcast or web stream. Utilizing the power of complex macros, RPM-24 takes all the guesswork out of instant replays, configuring all the required settings just right to provide consistent, reliable results every time.
The RPM-24 does much more than provide easy one-button replay functionality, offering these features and more:
• Grab 5-second clip from live source with one button ease (playback duration adjustable in DDR)
• Select any DDR2 clip to make it replay-ready
• Select Transition to be used for manual replays
• Control playback speed and direction, including frame advance (speed presets user-definable)
• Zoom feature enhances the center of the screen during playback
• Toggle DDR2 Single and Auto functions remotely
• Select Transition Delegates to automate title behavior for replays
• Use RPM-24 for manual control of any playback clip in DDR2
• Small footprint of less than 6x4 inches fits crowded workspaces
• USB powered with back-lit keys, no power connection needed
RPM-24 requires TriCaster Mini or ProLine model (410/460/860/8000) with Rev. 2-3 or higher software
Pricing and Availability
RPM-24 is available exclusively from Safe Harbor Computers for $995 US and includes the customized back-lit 24-key controller unit with 1.4m USB cable, Replay Pro Macro software, and installation/instruction guide. USB extension adapters are available at $99.95 allowing up to 150’ working distance (using your CAT-5 cabling).
About Safe Harbor
Celebrating over 27 years of outstanding customer service, Safe Harbor is dedicated to providing innovative solutions for video editing, motion graphics, 3D animation, live streaming, live video production, and post-production professionals. Founded in 1987 as a Commodore Amiga reseller, Safe Harbor helped to advance the video production industry by providing quality products and outstanding customer service to a wide range of creative artists.
Safe Harbor is privately owned and is located in Milwaukee, WI.