HUDSON, NH—Game Creek Video is a technical production services company responsible for delivering some of the biggest sporting and entertainment events through our state-of-the-art fleet of mobile production trucks and mobile units.
We recently built several new trucks for the fall sports and entertainment season – one of them, named Centennial, is a powerful SMPTE 2110 IP-based broadcast truck designed to handle formats from HD to 4K with Full support for HDR signals to ensure superior contrast and color rendition.
Since quality is paramount for every production, it is important to measure signals from all cameras and ensure that each source frame matches the others (camera shading). It is also important to ensure that the high quality output maximizes the wide color gamut and contrast range provided by the HDR format.
Driven by customer demand, we installed six Telestream PRISM IP/SDI waveform monitors at multiple positions within Centennial. These include camera shading positions, engineering, and the replay area where, directly or via KVM, the TD, tech lead, and replay operators have access.
We designed Centennial as a “Swiss army knife” that can provide all the capabilities the customer needs. Our goal is always to be as flexible and agile as possible. Centennial was also designed to easily expand and connect to other trucks, which we’re proud of.
As formats and signals evolved, waveform monitors had to keep pace. IP-based signals also carry audio and additional metadata, so waveform monitors must also be able to monitor embedded audio signals such as Dolby as well as other ancillary metadata.
While operators need the latest features to monitor IP signals and perform objective HDR measurements, they also appreciate a traditional waveform monitor and vectorscope layout. The Telestream team has been responsive to the market by allowing two full displays from a single scope instead of squeezing everything together in one display, a unique feature that our video shader stances are based on. Not having to purchase two complete units also saves on cost and installation.
Although Centennial is an IP-based truck, part of its flexible design is the ability to work in a mixed IP and SDI environment. The ability of the PRISM waveform monitors to work in both SDI and IP was an important feature that helps provide this flexibility. Since the PRISM platform is application-based, our customers can customize and add tools to suit their unique needs.
For Centennial, two PRISM MPD200 models are installed at camera shade positions and provide dual screens for waveform and vectorscope displays from a single unit. Three PRISM MPX2-25 are deployed with two racks in engineering and one in replay and a single PRISM MPI2-25 is racked in engineering for 2110 and 3G/12G analysis.
Because PRISM uses a software-defined platform, it’s easy to keep these waveform monitors current with updates and any upgrades can easily be deployed in the field. This is a critical design element because there is no time to strip equipment and send it back to the factory for upgrades and modifications when the trucks are constantly on the road.
The Centennial’s build time was short, and given the worldwide shortage of parts, we were concerned about delivering the truck on time. When one of our major customers made the initial request for the PRISM eyewear, we were concerned that potential supply chain issues would affect our short track. Luckily, Telestream was able to pull out all the stops and get us the units we needed on time. For this we were very grateful.
Jason Taubman leads Game Creek Video’s efforts in technology leadership and truck design while serving the company’s broad profile of high-profile sports customers including ABC, CBS, ESPN, FOX, HBO, NBC, MLB , NBA, YES Network, NFL Network, and Amazon Prime Video. Since joining Game Creek in 1999, Taubman has led the design and build process for more than 60 mobile unit projects, and has also helped the company lead the industry into new workflows in HD, UHD, HDR, IP/2110 and remote control of mobile units. by the customer’s production staff. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 603-882-5222.
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