ST. PAUL, MINN. – Tightrope Media Systems is introducing a 2×2 version of its ZePlay slo-mo instant replay solution for sports production. The new version brings the same rock-solid stability, ease of use and expansive feature set of its 4×4 sibling at a much lower cost of entry – as in roughly half the price.
“We have found that many customers don’t require the four-in, four-out, eight-angle support that our original ZePlay solution offers,” said Steve Israelsky, broadcast solutions lead for Tightrope Media Systems. “A large cross-section of our customer base in the local cable market was being underserved in this sector. The 2×2 ZePlay gives these and other customers, including small-to-mid sized venues and colleges, an affordable, feature-rich and reliable solution to enhance the sports fan experience. It also gives our 4×4 customers another option if they want to add more angles at a lower price.”
Both ZePlay units will incorporate new features that are available in the ZePlay 3.0 release. This includes a new export feature that allows production staff to export entire multi-angle sequences as opposed to individual clips, making it easier to share engaging content – and game-changing moments – immediately in an edited sequence as opposed to a series of individual clips.
ZePlay 3.0 also adds a number of operator-oriented refinements to the sequence editor. Individual clip speeds across sequences have always been variable, allowing operators to show play highlights from one angle at full speed; and then show the culmination of the play in slow motion from a different angle. ZePlay users can now specify a default rate for the entire sequence, then modify that speed from the T-Bar as the sequence plays out. ZePlay 3.0 also includes an enhanced audio capability to assist in editing the highlight sequences, as well as improvements in the storyboard and editing window layouts.