Rastatt, Germany (November 15, 2017)—Syracuse University’s Athletics department and its Newhouse School have expanded their facilities to prepare students for today’s real-world broadcasting by increasing its use of audio and video equipment from Lawo.
Previously, the school had sent a TV truck out for its students to create content. “We no longer have to take the control room to the venue, and can now connect multiple venues to a central control room,” explains Neal Coffey, manager of operations and engineering at Syracuse University’s Dick Clark Studios.
“The goal of the Atlantic Coast Conference Network (ACC) initiative is to connect five Olympic sport venues via fiber-optic lines to the Newhouse School and Carrier Dome. These venues include soccer, field hockey, volleyball, ice hockey, and softball,” Coffey continues. “This will allow production control rooms in the Newhouse School to send and receive signals to produce a complete event. This will include multiple cameras switched with replay, graphics, and commentary.”
In all, 278 strands of single-mode fiber directly connect the Olympic venues to Newhouse’s three control rooms, with another 278 strands connecting them to the Carrier Dome. This will extend production capabilities for Men’s and Women’s Basketball and Lacrosse.
With the existing audio infrastructure at the Newhouse School using a Lawo mc256 mixing console and Nova73 router, the integration at the sports venues has added two Lawo V_remote 4 units (announcer replay and official replay), a Lawo LCU Commentary Unit and Lawo A_line and A_mic8 for EFX mics. Additions to the Control Room setup include two V_remote4 Units (for announcer replay and official replay) and two V_pro8 units (for DreamCatcher Replay embedder/deembedder).
The Newhouse School completed an $18 million renovation in 2014 launching the Dick Clark Studios and Alan Gerry Center for Media Innovation. The ACC Network initiative added broadcast infrastructure to support the learning opportunities for students in sports production and sports journalism.