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North Carolina University Picks Broadcast Pix Slate for Stadium Video Production

East Carolina University’s (ECU) Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium will run the Slate 1000 system with five new Panasonic cameras.

A new 16:9 jumbo video screen and scoreboard that is displaying video produced through a new Broadcast Pix Slate 1000 video production system has been added to East Carolina University’s (ECU) stadium located in Greenville, N.C.

In addition to the video screen, Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium has installed five Panasonic AG-HPX500 HD cameras with Fujinon lenses at points around the stadium to capture game action, crowd shots, halftime activities and any presentations or ceremonies on the field during game breaks.

Mike Myles—ECU’s multimedia and technology services producer/director—serves as technical director for home football game coverage and uses a number of Fluent workflow tools during game coverage, including Fluent Clip Store, which is used to run commercials during games, and Fluent Macros, which he used to create an animated ECU Pirates wipe. In addition, the built-in Fluent Multi-View reduced the number of monitors needed in the control room.

“I’ve been using a Slate 1000 for many years now in the medical campus studio, it is one of the best purchases we ever made,” Myles said. “I was concerned about being the TD and director on a five-camera show that had to look clean and slick, but it was easy to set up multiple effects in Fluent Macros and recall those saved effects. This will cut down on the number of effects I have to set up on the fly and make for a very clean show.” Myles said the Broadcast Pix system was a great choice for ECU Athletics because of its flexibility, and said it will continue to help improve the quality of game coverage for fans in the stands. “It makes it simpler and cleaner,” he added. “I never have to wonder if it’s going to work.”