Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish Digital Media—a new, fully digital production and post facility on the university’s South Bend, Ind. campus—has selected Telestream digital video solutions to make game videos available to viewers as soon as possible.
Telestream’s Pipeline high-definition network video capture and Vantage Transcode Pro solutions help streamline the creation of game highlights and other video clips for Notre Dame’s website and its YouTube channel.
“We want to put game highlights online as quickly as possible, especially following an exciting win,” said Scott Rinehart, FIDM’s lead technologist. The team’s undefeated season has increased interest to “an all-time high” making it important to quickly post video clips.
“With Telestream we’re now able to post game highlights in just 20 minutes following the event, compared to the two to three hours it used to take, and that's a huge improvement,” Rinehart said.
In addition, when Notre Dame athletic events are televised by major networks, FIDM uses a live, high-definition serial digital interface program feed—originating from a network’s broadcast truck—to send the signal over a fiber link into one of the eight channels of its Pipeline HD Dual network video capture and play out device. Pipeline captures the live HD video as Apple ProRes files directly into the facility’s storage area network for Final Cut Pro edits. That enables editors to work efficiently, Rinehart said.
To provide viewers exclusive interviews with players and coaches, sideline activities and locker room pep talks, FIDM camera crews shoot electronic newsgathering-style HD video footage onto P2 HD cards. Telestream Vantage Transcode Pro quickly transcode the P2 video into ProRes and delivers it to the SAN. When finished, editors place their files into a drop folder and Vantage transcodes them for online distribution and places them on the SAN to upload, the company says.