For Immediate Release
April 11, 2018
SPORTZCAST’s Control Room Wins NewBay’s Best of Show Award, Presented by TV Technology
LAS VEGAS — Control Room, created by Sportzcast, is a recipient of the NewBay Best of Show Award, presented at the 2018 NAB Show by TV Technology.
NewBay’s Best of Show Awards are evaluated by a panel of engineers and industry experts, and are selected based on innovation, feature set, cost efficiency and performance in serving the industry.
Winners receive an award for display and will be featured in TV Technology, the digital television authority, serving the broadcast, cable, production, post production, business and new media markets.
All nominated products are featured in the special Best of Show Awards Program Guide, to be distributed in digital edition form to more than 100,000 readers of TV Technology, Digital Video, Video Edge, Government Video, Radio World, Radio magazine, Pro Sound News and Sound & Video Contractor after the convention.
An industry first, Control Room completely automates scoring data with graphic overlays directly from the venue scoreboard – all in a single AXIS camera and without a PC. In addition, in-camera video ads may be automatically inserted at logical queue points within the broadcast. Control Room utilizes SPORTZCAST’s native integration with Axis Communications’ IP Cameras and the SPORTZCAST Scorebot. The mounted Axis camera, connected and powered solely via a PoE Cat5 cable, handles all encoding functions and scoreboard overlays through Control Room. The integrated solution eliminates the need for external laptops, switchers, or ancillary production equipment. Installed in the venue press boxes, Scorebots receive scoreboard data from each field. Using SPORTZCAST Control Room, producers upload a custom graphic template into the camera that is combined in the camera with live scoreboard data. The end result is an encoded RTMP 1080p HD video feed with automated graphic score overlays streamed directly from each venue camera.
This innovative and turnkey solution allows for complete coverage of multiple events by a single operator. Utilizing SPORTZCAST Control Room, operators are able to remotely start and stop multiple cameras, control and assign streaming information and design custom graphic overlays – all from a single web interface.
“The NewBay Best of Show Awards at NAB are now in their fifth year,” said Paul McLane, NewBay managing director, content. “The program seeks to shine a spotlight on relevant innovations in technology as seen around the million-square-foot exhibit floor of the industry’s top trade show. The list of 2018 winners and nominees gives real insight into where and how rapidly our media tech businesses are evolving.”
“Sportzcast is very honored to receive the 2018 TVTechnology Best of Show award.” Said Dan Gustafson, Vice President of Sportzcast. “ControlRoom greatly reduces the effort required to stream an event and automates the tasks involved in a one man production.”
One of the early adopters of the technology has been USA Volleyball. During sanctioned Junior and Adult Indoor and Outdoor National Championship Tournaments, organizers are challenged to cover as many courts with as few on-site staff as possible. To meet the streaming demands of the fan base, USA Volleyball elected to deploy SPORTZCAST Control Room.
“Control Room allows scoreboard data with graphics, and video encoding to be accomplished by software running directly inside the camera,” said Matt Podschweit, Manager of Creative Services for USA Volleyball. “Our initial trial event saw flawless performance from the embedded encoder on each of 4 cameras/courts from which we were streaming. We anticipate streaming as many as 8 courts with significantly improved performance and reliability, all for an annual fee less than the typical cost of the computer and software in our old solution – and all run by a single operator. Without SPORTZCAST, this simply would have not been possible.”
SPORTZCAST provides automated tools to sports venues to enable high quality media production. Automated scoreboard overlays are created in real-time and made available for immediate insertion into sporting events. Scoring graphics may be inserted live in the production system or in the cloud during distribution. From sporting events, webinars, live entertainment, classrooms and corporate communications, SPORTZCAST gives customers the power to grow their audiences, brands and businesses, faster than ever before, and in virtually any venue. www.sportzcast.net.