Elmsford, NY (October 2, 2017)—CP Communications first deployed Calrec’s new Brio consoles for the U.S. Open in June and is now using a quartet of them to help deliver Fox Sports’ coverage of pro golf, baseball and football.
“Capturing and broadcasting golf is challenging on so many levels. You have to cover all 18 holes simultaneously at tee boxes, greens, and fairways. Then add in scores of players to cover — at the U.S. Open, there were 156 — and you can see what an enormous task this was,” said Kurt Heitmann, senior vice president of sales and marketing, CP Communications, a full-service broadcast equipment rental and production company.
At the Erin Hills course in Wisconsin for the U.S. Open, CP Communications deployed the Brios to work in concert with EVS servers for tape replay. The new desks were networked over Hydra2 with two other Brios, two Calrec Artemis consoles, and a Calrec Summa and Apollo installed in Fox Sports’ hired production trucks.
“One of the big reasons we chose the Brios is their ability to talk to each other and other Calrec desks on a production. For the Open, Fox Sports was already using Calrecs in its trucks, and putting the Brios on the course gave us instant connectivity with those other desks via Hydra2,” said Heitmann.
“The Brios may be compact, but they pack some powerful and flexible functionality. For instance, we were able to use each Brio in a split formation that let us mix the action on two holes at the same time. That setup helped us make sure we didn’t miss any aspect of play.”
CP Communications also has a very large installation of audio consoles from DiGiCo, Calrec’s sister company, including 17 DiGiCo S21 desks that are able to communicate with the Brios over MADI connections.