GRASS VALLEY, CALIF.—Texas A&M will get to watch their team try to advance in the 2018 NCAA March Madness tournament on TV, but while at home during the regular season the Aggies provided coverage via new in-arena video footage courtesy of AJA. The university’s 12th Man Productions handled the live video board broadcast and live stream of each basketball game at Reed Arena with five newly installed AJA RovoCam UHD/HD HDBaseT cameras.
After testing the RovoCam during a regional baseball championship, 12th Man Productions purchased five cameras and RovoRx-SDI receivers. The cameras are placed under the tip-off, under the video board, on top of each basket and on top of the production booth. Each camera captures 1080 HD video from the UHD sensor and are mounted to PTZ heads (except the tip-off camera). Footage is sent to a PC running VISCA-based command control software in the production booth, where an operator controls the camera moves.
RovoRx-SDIs receive the Rovocam signal over category Ethernet cable and the SDI outputs are converted to fiber and sent to the control room via AJA's FiDO mini-converters. They are then run through a video router and sent back to the stadium and/or broadcast truck and are recorded for replays, in-game highlights or marketing materials.
Avid Media Composer bays with AJA KONA desktop I/O cards are used for post-production.
Jesse Janosky, 12th Man Productions director, said that the RovoCams provide a broad range of viewing angles and allow the production team to not worry about missing a shot.