ABS Redesigns Control Room for the Portland Timbers.

Author:
Publish date:
Social count:
0

Professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) restructured the in-house video production control room at JELD-WEN Field in Portland, OR, for the Portland Timbers Major League Soccer team. The two-day project was completed in time for the team’s season opener against the Philadelphia Union in the Spring.

Image placeholder title

Recently redesigned by ABS, the control room at JELD-WEN Field has helped enhance in-stadium video presentation programming for the Portland Timbers.The home field for the Timbers soccer and Portland State University Vikings football, JELD-WEN Field is an outdoor stadium that opened in 1926 and seats about 20,400. Over the years, the facility has had several major renovations. Part of the 2010-2011 renovation included the installation of a 37x20-foot HD video board at the south end of the stadium and an upgrade of the control room, which is housed in a small, two-level portion of the press box.

Jennifer Smoral, director, events and promotions for the Portland Timbers, said the control room was renovated before the 2011 MLS season. “We ran a really good show and everything worked,” she explained, “but we came to realize quickly there could be a more efficient setup. We are pleased now that we are able to produce an even better in-game experience for our fans.”

To improve their game day workflow (and add fiber connectivity for stadium cameras, which had not been done in 2011), the Timbers hired ABS. Rather than start from scratch or install all new systems, ABS kept costs down by reengineering the existing workspace.

The control room redesign included a variety of updates, including moving the audio operator (and a compact mixer) into the lower part of the control room. Positioned between the PA announcer and scoreboard operator, the audio operator now serves a producer role during games as well. Meanwhile, the video content workstations— including technical director, graphics generator/LED operator, and replay operator—were re-clustered together on the second level.

Fiber Connectivity

ABS also provided new fiber connectivity to the control room, which upgraded the camera locations around the stadium to HD. During a match, the production team has access to up to eight cameras to cover promotions and game action.

Smoral said ABS worked efficiently and was able to “translate” highly technical terminology so it was easy to understand. “They listened to our comments without trying to sell us something we didn’t need,” she added.

As a result of ABS’s work, Smoral said the team is able to provide an enhanced on-screen product for its fans. Plus, the new configuration has improved the production workflow and reduced manpower requirements. “Communication is much easier,” Smoral said. “We work smarter, not harder.”

info

ABS
advancedbroadcast solutions.com
Portland Timbers
www.portland timbers.com

Key Elements / / / for the End User

The Result:
“We ran a really good show and everything worked, but we came to realize quickly there could be a more efficient setup. We are pleased now that we are able to produce an even better in-game experience for our fans.”
—Jennifer Smoral, director, events and promotions, Portland Timbers

Related

Image placeholder title

ABS Completes Control Upgrade for PCTV

Professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) recently completed a master control upgrade for Pierce County TV (PCTV), which operates two government channels and one educational channel from its facilities at Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood, WA.

ABS Opens Portland Satellite Office

Sea-Tac, WA--Professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) has opened a new satellite office in Portland, OR. Located at the KGW / Belo Corp. station facilities at 1501 SW Jefferson St., the new space provides regional customers with a centralized location for product dem

Image placeholder title

Sports Production Control Room Selects Tightrope's ZEPLAY

The University of Arizona’s sports tradition and heritage dates to the early 1900s, with 18 NCAA Championship titles to its name among many other titles and awards. The university recently overhauled its live sports production capabilities to more closely align with the grandeur of its sports tradition, transitioning its aging analog control room to an all-digital, HD-capable environment.

Networked Projectors on Campus: Best Practices promo image

The Agile Control Room

This article kicks off a new bi-weekly newsletter, where we will explore the changing technologies, products, designs, and uses of new generation AV “agile control rooms” – Agility has been made possible by technology such as AV over IP, AVB/TSN, and the rapid increase of capability in mobile devices.

Image placeholder title

Data Driven Collaboration and Control Rooms

Datat’s tempting to simply think of it as the content that is displayed and distributed on AV systems that isn’t video. Several trends are coming together and increasing the value and need for data driven design in collaboration spaces and control rooms; the rapid access to unfathomable amounts of data, the increase in focus on remote collaboration, and the influx of interactive touch displays.