ChyronHego Introduces Coach Capture

As the only logging tool available on macOS X, Windows™ (versions 7 and 10), and Windows tablets, Coach Capture offers complete cross-platform compatibility with existing workflows.

“We understand that time is the most crucial commodity for sports analysts, and there are numerous individual events they’d like to capture during any given game. Coach Capture removes the restrictions that traditionally limit analysts’ ability to quickly capture, log, and organize game clips,” said James Clarke-Reed, head of sports performance and technology solutions at ChyronHego. “With Coach Capture, we have listened to our customers’ needs and feedback to provide a flexible and dynamic tool that allows sports clubs to work seamlessly within their current workflows, building in additional features and functionality for analyzing game play in more ways than ever before.”

Speed and accuracy are the hallmarks of Coach Capture. Users can log, seek, and skip between events, and they can automatically add clips to playlists and reorganize them on the fly for those instances in which time is critical and pressure is high.

ChyronHego Coach Capture on MacBook Pro

Seamless integration to the analytical workflow of the Coach Paint product suite is at the heart of Coach Capture. Users can log, navigate through events, and easily push clips between Coach Capture and Coach Paint. The tool’s file-based workflow goes even further by supporting the import and export of game footage, utilizing all formats from SD to 1080 HD and external XMLs from other data and video providers.

Coach Paint offers powerful flexibility for capture, logging, and illustration, allowing users to log notational data with its intuitive pop-out labels, organize desktop space, and avoid messy multi-window confusion.

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SMPTE® Partners With IRT to Conduct IMF Interoperability Plugfest

SMPTE® is collaborating with the Institut für Rundfunktechnik (IRT) to conduct a face-to-face Interoperable Master Format (IMF) plugfest that tests the ability of vendors to create and play interoperable IMF packages.

Scheduled for 29 May at the IRT in Munich, the event will be held as a meeting of the SMPTE Media Packaging and Interchange Technology Committee (TC-35PM) Plugfest Drafting Group. A second face-to-face IMF plugfest, also organised by SMPTE, will take place 18-19 October in the Los Angeles area. To facilitate broad industry participation, SMPTE has scheduled the event before the SMPTE 2018 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition (SMPTE 2018), which will be held 22-25 October at the Westin Bonaventure in downtown Los Angeles.

While SMPTE has organised several IMF plugfests in recent years, and various industry groups have organised their own IMF plugfests, this event will be the first collaborative IMF plugfest. The SMPTE-IRT plugfest also will be significant in that it will bring together a wide variety of international content providers, distributors, broadcasters, and vendors.

Thomas Bause Mason, SMPTE Director of Standards Development

“As a robust standard for the interchange of movie and broadcast content, IMF is being taken seriously by broadcasters, content providers, and distributors as a format for file-based distribution and exchange,” said SMPTE Director of Standards Development Thomas Bause Mason. “While IMF has clearly demonstrated its value as a format for the mastering and distribution of content between business entities, further testing is critical to the format’s broad adoption by the broadcast community and to its future success as an industry standard. The participation of the IRT — and the consortium of broadcasters behind the institute — indicates the global industry’s embrace of IMF as a flexible yet stable framework for the interchange of file-based content, and we’re pleased to be working with the institute to move IMF forward.”

First standardised by SMPTE in 2013, IMF provides the media and entertainment industry with one interchangeable master format with a defined structure for the distribution of content between businesses around the world. Based on the SMPTE MXF standards suite, the format specifies how video, audio, and data essence — plus dynamic metadata — can be wrapped in MXF and synchronised using an XML-based composition playlist (CPL) to create a media program, such as a movie or a television episode, in multiple versions and languages. In turn, the IMF can be fed into a transcoder to create a wide variety of deliverables. In April of this year, the UK-based Digital Production Partnership (DPP) proposed an IMF profile as part of its delivery specification for broadcast and online.

During the SMPTE-IRT plugfest, IMF packages will be created by multiple vendors’ devices using agreed-upon test vectors and supplied source material spanning several IMF applications. A package created by one specific device will be tested by all other participating devices to verify whether or not the packages can be processed correctly and produce the same results. In the process, issues will be noted and solutions proposed that can be used to inform IMF users, as well as clarify or update the existing SMPTE standards.

Ahead of the SMPTE-IRT plugfest, a “virtual plugfest” will be conducted to allow vendors the opportunity to work with the source material ahead of time in their labs. More than 16 organisations have registered to participate in the face-to-face plugfest in Munich. SMPTE-IRT Plugfest results will be anonymised before being shared with SMPTE TC-35PM members. Individual results of a participant may be provided to IRT members at the sole discretion of each participant.

Brian Vessa of Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is the SMPTE IMF Plugfest committee chair, with David Deelo, also of SPE, as co-chair. During the Munich event, SMPTE Standards Vice President Bruce Devlin, TC-35PM Chair Pierre Lemieux, and other SMPTE subject matter experts will discuss the nature of IMF and the format’s relevance to industry workflows and business models.

Rico Zimmermann, IRT Project Engineer

“Both the IRT and SMPTE have worked to grow IMF as a format and to sponsor plugfests that both inform document updates and empower industry users to build equipment that can create, play, and transcode IMF,” said IRT Project Engineer Rico Zimmermann. “Together, we are continuing the important tradition of format testing and refinement. With the SMPTE-IRT plugfest in Munich later this month, we’re providing European broadcasters with a convenient opportunity to take part in this vital process.”

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Great City Games and Great Manchester Run

For the City Games, Timeline provide two radio-cameras and employs two satellite uplink trucks.

The Pole Vault and Long Jump at Albert Square are covered with two cabled cameras and a mini camera all of which are individually satellite linked back to the main production at Deansgate.


At Deansgate two radio cameras are covering the action on the running track. The live programme is sent via satellite to the BBC.

For the Great Manchester Run, Timeline provides three wireless, motorcycle-mounted cameras, which have proved to be the best way to cover the Great Run Series. Timeline relays the pictures via a fixed-wing aircraft, circling overhead at 27,000 feet. The company has developed unique airborne systems for FilmNova, using state-of-the-art technology to give unbroken high-quality pictures as the motorbikes weave through the city streets.

Timeline also provides a helicopter along the whole course, as well as two radio cameras at the race start and finish. We will also be covering the runners passing Old Trafford via our new MVP 4G system.

All of the RF facilities are monitored and controlled from Timeline’s technical van, RF10. It is equipped with a 12m telescopic mast, racks of RF receivers, comprehensive RF distribution and monitoring, vision routing and control facilities.

As well as capturing the action, Timeline provides the satellite link to allow live broadcast on the BBC as well as an international World feed via our Ealing Broadcast Centre.

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