Game Creek Video launches world’s first IP-based remote facility routing system
Game Creek Video has introduced the world’s first single scale IP-based routing system in a remote production facility. The historic moment occurred last week in New York City for Fox Sports’ coverage of the Big East Basketball Championships at Madison Square Garden. The new three-unit system, Encore, was designed and built by Game Creek Video.
Pat Sullivan, President of Game Creek Video, said, “We are thrilled to have made history with the successful launch of Encore, and are fortunate to have aligned with such great partners as Evertz, Icon Broadcast, and Fox Sports. Game Creek is committed to employing the best and newest technology in the industry, and we feel we have reached new heights with this unprecedented mobile production system.”
Echoing Sullivan’s excitement, Rakesh Patel, Chief Technology Officer with Evertz, added, “The launch of Encore marks the first multi-terabit, mobile, uncompressed video over IP system to go on air. This was a world technology first.”
Encore will be the primary home for Fox Sports’ coverage of NFL Football and USGA Golf with plans for it to facilitate telecasts of such world renowned events as the U.S. Open, the U.S. Women’s Open, U.S. Senior Open tournaments, and NFL telecasts, including Super Bowls LI in Houston, LIV & LVII.
“The workflow, highlighted by a new Evertz EXE SDVN router, will revolutionise the mobile production business. It will allow Game Creek to surpass current infrastructure size limitations, handling all of our traditional HD formats and paving the way for 4K signal distribution,” said Jason Taubman, VP of Design and New Technology at Game CreekVideo and architect of the new workflow.
The trademark facility will house a new Evertz EXE SDVN router, a Grass Valley 9ME K frame production switcher, EVS XT3 servers, Sony cameras, Canon 95x & 100x lenses, Calrec Apollo console, IHSE KVM routing and Boland monitoring and direct out MADI monitoring. Encore uses Evertz 23Tb/s EXE video service router with MAGNUM SDVN controller at the core of the unit’s infrastructure. The EXE IP core allows for up to 6900 uncompressed HD-SDI signals and support for Ultra HD formats in the future. Encore is also equipped with Evertz 570IPG high density IP gateways and the 306VIP10G 10GbE multi-viewer system, which is driving over 140 displays, creating up to 1,260 images.
Encore’s double expanding A unit, with over 720 square feet of usable workspace, will house engineering and an Evertz routing system that is unique to any mobile production facility in the world with two edit suites and a massive audio room focused around a new Calrec Apollo.
The Encore B unit is a uniquely designed, full-length double expanding trailer that, by 905 square feet, is the largest single mobile unit in the world. The sideways, triple bench production room will be equipped with new Boland 30” 2K 16×10 monitors, and driven by a Grass Valley 9ME K Frame Production Switcher. The sideways, triple bench graphics room will provide ample room for monitoring and staffing.
The Encore C unit is a double expanding 675 square foot unit replay or graphics room with ample workspace and monitoring to accommodate operators for up to 25 EVS XT3 replay servers. It also provides storage room for all ancillary equipment.