The Pittsburgh Pirates are discovering an added home field advantage this season, through an A/V system installed by Sony Electronics. Sony’s Solutions Development and Integration group served as the prime contractor, working with system integrator Alpha Video Sports & Entertainment Group to design and install a new video control room using Sony HD broadcast technology that provides the Pirates with additional enhancements to the game presentation.
The control room features a Sony MVS switcher fed by four Sony HDC-2570 HD camera systems and two Sony PDW-850 XDCAM Camcorders.
The new cameras represent the latest generation of Sony HD professional broadcast technology. The HDC-2570 portable digital triax camera systems combine incredible imaging with low-latency performance and are a significant upgrade to the industry-standard HDC-2550 cameras. The PDW-850 XDCAM camcorders, too, are a new industry benchmark combining the benefits of XDCAM file-based technology with HD422 50 Mbps recording.
“The new control room brings an essential refresh to PNC Park,” said Chris Sullivan, National Sales Manager, public venues, for Sony Electronics. “Pirates fans, like all consumers, are now accustomed to a high quality experience, so it’s critical that the in-person experience is as immersive and memorable as possible.”
According to Jeffrey Volk, Vice President, Alpha Video Sports & Entertainment Group, the new enhancements to the facility makes the best even better.
“We are proud to have been selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates and Sony to partner with them on the installation of a new, state-of-the-art control room at PNC Park,” Volk said. “The facility will only help to improve the already incredible gameday atmosphere at PNC Park, which is one of the best and most beautiful venues in all of Major League Baseball.”
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