Promar TV Broadcasts with Blackmagic Design #NABShow

Liga Venezolana de Beisbol Professional (LVBP), is South America’s largest professional baseball league and Promar TV (Venezula’s largest production company and television station) will be covering every single game using the Blackmagic ATEM 2 M/E Production Studio 4K, Universal Videohub and Teranex 2D Processors as the backbone of Promar Tv’s new OB truck!

In order to manage the multitude of deliverable, Promar TV relies on the ATEM 2 M/E Production Studio 4K, which sits at the heart of the OB truck. “The ATEM was the first choice for us. Its versatility provides exactly what we require. The aux busses allow us to easily separate the broadcasts for different stations, and the ease of changes between different transitions, like stingers, DVE wipes and so on, give each station control over the look they want for their broadcast,” Jorge Santiago Kossowski, engineering manager at Promar TV, explained: . “This season, we expect to work with eight directors, all with their own style and all who like to arrange the cameras, VTRs, Multiviewer and such, to fit that style. The ATEM gives us the flexibility to do this without compromising the workflow or the quality of the broadcast.”

To accommodate the number of feeds coming in and out of the new truck, Promar TV uses the Universal Videohub. “It’s very compact, which makes it ergonomically ideal for our new OB truck. But the main reason for purchasing the Videohub was that we were able to put all 216 cables through one piece of equipment, making cabling a lot easier. Before, we had cables running everywhere. When there was a hiccup and we didn’t know what caused it, we’d have to troubleshoot 144 cables. That’s like trying to find a needle in a haystack. With the Universal Videohub, everything is centralized, and if we need to find something, we know it’s going to be there,” said Jorge.

Promar TV captures the games in HD, offering to each station and network up to four format options for their broadcasts through the Teranex powerful capabilities. as well as, taking care of the individual station and network needs, Promar TV provides in game support with individual feeds to press boxes and game umpires. “This year we had a new rule in baseball: a manager can challenge the umpire’s decision. For this, the umpire needs to review the play from multiple angles, and it’s Promar’s responsibility to capture and provide the instant replay just for the umpires.” said Jorge.

Having the high demand of content meeting various broadcast standards, Promar TV uses Blackmagic’s UltraScope. “It’s a very simple video output controlled by a computer, so we can easily send it through a dedicated satellite feed for the stations and networks to monitor directly. Each station can see the levels for video, audio and more, so they’re confident that what we are outputting is top notch. Since we implemented this, I’ve had a 100 percent success rate. UltraScope has saved me a lot of hassle and a lot of phone calls with technicians,” concluded Jorge.

So with Spring around the corner, and Pitchers and Catchers reporting: It’s time to “Play Ball”! and Go checkout Blackmagic Design in booth SL219 at #NABShow 2015

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