LiveSports Goes 4K with Panasonic AK-UB300 Cameras and NewTek IP Series

NewTek-IP-Series-2017-White_r50trimmed“Our newfound ability to produce in 4K satisfies the needs of our largest client, gives us a wider range of events to potentially cover, and enables us to future-proof our work,” said Jef Kethley, president of LiveSports LLC.

LiveSports covers the ATP and WTA tennis tours for both broadcast and streaming has implemented 4K production capability with a NewTek IP Series VMC1 Video Mix Engine and 6 Panasonic AK-UB300 box cameras. In addition, the team has implemented remote operation by mounting the new cameras on robotic motion control heads. In recent projects, they were not only able to remotely operate camera coverage from their production bus, but for tennis tour events in Chicago, Binghamton and Lexington they switched the program and operated several of the cameras from their Network Operations Center in Texas.

Both control and media transport are handled over the network. “We use a mixture of converters to take the 4K output and convert it into NewTek’s NDI® IP video over the network,” said Kethley. “Once the cameras are recognized as a video source, they are accessible to our NewTek IP Series Video Mix Engine switcher on our network. Having the video in the NDI realm from the cameras allows us to have much more flexibility to route them to multiple devices in the truck.

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