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Middle Tenn. State Athletics Streams To Facebook Live With JVC

Capability comes from cameras’ integrated RTMP feature

Middle Tennessee State University Athletic Communications is using JVC GY-HM850 ProHD cameras to provide live streaming coverage of its post-game press conferences.

MURFREESBORO, TN–The athletics department for Middle Tennessee State is using JVC gear to shoot and stream campus events directly to Facebook Live, cutting out the usual route of directing signals to a central production unit before sending them to viewers.

Nathan Wallach, multimedia specialist for MT Athletic Communications, uses the RTMP option on two JVC GY-HM850 ProHD cameras to shoot and stream to Facebook Live the after game press conferences for 17 of the university’s sports. “JVC’s built-in streaming has saved me a lot of hassle,” Wallach explained. “I can take the video stream straight out of the camera and there are no buffering issues. The picture quality is incredible and the audio is great. It’s been a lifesaver for press conferences.”

Wallach connects the GY-HM850 to the university’s network via Ethernet through an adapter plugged into the camera’s USB port, where he already has the required server information saved in the camera to establish a connection with Facebook Live’s session link. Before, he’d have to connect his camera with the department’s mobile flypack unit, which includes a Newtek TriCaster production system, and send his signals to the school’s pressroom for playout.

In the future Wallach hopes to utilize other schools IP networks for away post-game press conference streaming as well.

MT Athletic Communications also finds the JVC GY-HM850 ProHD cams useful for providing game footage and highlights. During Middle Tennessee State’s football season, Wallach fixes two Fujinon 20x lenses for the job and even employs its balance and shoulder-mount when the time is right.

“Finding new ways of generating revenue is a great thing for us,” Wallach added, “and the JVC camera has given us the ability to do that.”