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CP Communications supports MLB All-Star Week broadcasts from Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.
Camera operator and utility manage camera movements on the field. The camera shown here is mounted on a Freefly Systems MoVI rig. (CP Communications manages audio and video at MLB All-Star Game broadcasts.)

Camera operator and utility manage camera movements on the field. The camera shown here is mounted on a Freefly Systems MoVI rig. 

Niles, IL, (August 10, 2018)—CP Communications, the key audio and video vendor for Major League Baseball’s All-Star Week festivities, also acted as frequency coordinator for all events across the event campus in and around Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.

Working with three major broadcast networks—MLB, FOX and ESPN—as well as MLB digital properties, CP Communications provided roughly 150 channels of low-power wireless, including talent microphones, field effects audio, ENG crews and communications (IFB/PL).

Four of the nine parabolic dishes (CP Communications manages audio and video at MLB All-Star Game broadcasts.)

Four of the nine parabolic dishes

President/COO Michael Mason was on hand with a crew of 27 to operate all the needed broadcast hardware. “This was outdoors in D.C., so it was a tough coordination,” says Mason.

Along with Axient Digital, CP Communications used its stock of UHF-R and ULX-D wireless in key applications during the week. Monitoring for all Shure wireless systems was made available through Shure Wireless Workbench software.

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At Nationals Park, key talent used seven channels of Axient Digital and ULX-D digital wireless during the game-day red carpet show, an event designed to give fans an off-the-field look at the style and swag of the players. For this broadcast event, CP Communications used the advanced ADX2FD Axient Digital handhelds, which use frequency diversity to ensure optimal transmission by providing redundant audio on two different radio frequencies.

A view of the RF camera "mini-site" in center field. (CP Communications manages audio and video at MLB All-Star Game broadcasts.)

A view of the RF camera "mini-site" in center field. 

For field effects audio, wireless microphones were deployed inside the bases at first, second and third. High-powered UHF-R bodypacks were selected for this purpose, which required 18 transmitters using three channels because of the frequent changing of the physical bases during the All-Star Game. On the broadcast set itself, six more Shure UHF-R systems—again, in high-power mode—were in use during the game.

The communications room on board RFHD7 supports 12 HPPL systems and eight digital repeaters, with connections to 30 RTS ADAM analog intercom ports, 32 OMNIO digital intercom ports and 16 RVON channels. (CP Communications manages audio and video at MLB All-Star Game broadcasts.)

The communications room on board RFHD7 supports 12 HPPL systems and eight digital repeaters, with connections to 30 RTS ADAM analog intercom ports, 32 OMNIO digital intercom ports and 16 RVON channels. 

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Outside the stadium, two separate facilities benefited from Shure wireless for five straight days during All-Star Week. At Play Ball Park, a 56,000 square foot area featuring interactive family baseball activities, two Axient Digital systems were deployed. At the same time, two channels of UHF-R were in constant use at Fan Fest in the nearby Washington Convention Center, which featured baseball skills activities, autograph sessions with MLB Hall of Fame members, and special events each day.

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