The days are getting warmer which must mean we’re getting closer to our spring seasons.
As you begin preparing to move back outdoors now is a great time to take a look at your equipment and setup to see what improvements are available. If you’re someone that does a lot of baseball or softball broadcasts you know that these can be the most difficult setups. Not only are you outside in the elements but you have a lot of area to cover for your cameras. This week we’re going to take a quick look at improving our broadcasts out on the baseball fields.
When you’re doing sports like basketball, volleyball, soccer, or football it’s pretty easy to know where to put your cameras, high and center. With baseball and softball though it’s not that simple. There are more than one angle that your viewers want to see. The easiest spot is high and center behind home plate. It works great for being able to see defensive plays and where a hit ball goes, also you can setup your computer right there in the stands. But what if you care about pitching? Or want close ups of the action? Then it’s not so great. That’s why you also want to have another camera shooting from the center field wall over the pitchers shoulder and a close up shot from the third or first base line. Are your palms sweating already just thinking about running all that cable? Or let’s be honest, paying for all that cabling? I understand. That’s why we’ve got some great options for you to make that second camera possible and hopefully cost effective.
There are a few options available to help you extend the reach and quality of your camera setup.
- Tac N Go: This is an HDMI->fiber cable that lets you run a camera up to 1000ft without any use of repeaters or signal boosters. This is probably the most cost effective way to add extra distance to your cameras. They also make an SDI version.
- Ghost Eye: If you’re looking for a wireless option this is a great choice to add some serious distance to a camera. Connect the transmitter to your camera and the receiver to your capture device and you’re good to go. Check out this video to see how far it can take you.
- SDI Cable: This last option is pretty well known but for some may be a discussion to revisit. If you’re someone who uses HDMI to connect your camera you are limited to 50ft of length. Whereas with SDI cabling you are looking at up to 300ft. No, this won’t reach center field BUT it would give you the option to add that 3rd base camera that you’ve always dreamed about. If you have cameras that only output HDMI you may need a converter. You can also boost your SDI cable over 300ft with an extender.
Our goal is to help broadcasters create the best content possible. Equipment like the Tac N Go is a pretty simple equipment upgrade that can have a huge impact. If you have any questions on how to implement this equipment into your broadcast setup please let us know! Or, if you have a different setup that works great let us know what it is so we can share it with others!