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Wings Event Center Hockey Arena Upgrades to HD Production with Broadcast Pix

Wings Event Center Hockey Arena Upgrades to HD with Broadcast Pix
Chelmsford, Massachusetts – August 16, 2016 – Broadcast Pix™ today announced Greenleaf Hospitality in Kalamazoo, Mich., recently added a Granite™ 1000 integrated production switcher to The Arena at Wings Event Center for improved coverage of the Kalamazoo Wings professional ice hockey team.

The ECHL, the league in which the K Wings participate, recently mandated that teams provide online audiences with an HD feed of game coverage that includes the game clock superimposed on the video. The 5,100-seat venue also needed a system that could deliver HD production for concerts and other events.

AVTEK, a systems integrator based in Battle Creek, Mich., determined the best solution was the Granite equipped with Rapid CG, Broadcast Pix’s optional software that works with the switcher’s integrated CG to streamline graphics by automatically integrating clock, score, and penalty data from the arena’s OES scoreboard. The integrated BPView™ multi-view populates two 42-inch screens in the control room, and the built-in clip store is used for easy access to the extensive scoreboard graphics. AVTEK completed installation of the Granite system over a weekend in early February.

During a game, four camera operators using JVC ProHD cameras capture the action, a technical director handles production with the Granite, and a producer coordinates audience interactions and other game elements. The Granite feeds a live stream, coaches live game tagging system, and monitors throughout the concourse, all with game clock, scoring, and penalty monitoring.

For the Wings Event Center, the Granite’s dual power supply and expanded I/O were important features for reliability and potentially larger productions, respectively. “We wanted to make sure they had the most reliable system,” explained Andrew Walker, owner of AVTEK.

Michael Oswald, Greenleaf vice president of food, beverage, and entertainment, said the new Granite has provided a noticeable upgrade for attendees and online viewers, and has improved workflows for the crew. “It’s second-to-none in terms of ease of use,” said Oswald. “We love it, it’s a great system.”



About Broadcast Pix Founded in 2002, Broadcast Pix provides tailored solutions for any live production environment. From compact mobile units to large-scale solutions, every Broadcast Pix features patented control and automation technology and a performance toolset that make it easy to optimize and customize your workflows. With customers in more than 110 countries, Broadcast Pix is the leader in integrated production switchers for broadcast, streaming, live event, and visual radio applications.

Broadcast Pix, BPView, and Granite are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented. Made in USA. 

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