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Ivy League Football on Fox College Sports

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D2 Productions recently completed production of an seven game series of Ivy League Football aired live on Fox College Sports.   The series was produced in partnership with USA World Events.  Each live football production was done in 1080i in our mobile unit, Genesis.

Eric Frede & Jerry Trupiano alternated play by play duties and former NFL linebacker Steve DeOssie was color commentary.

 

Here was the schedule from the 2013 season:

September 28, 2013  – Holy Cross vs. Dartmouth

October 12, 2013 – Yale vs. Dartmouth

October 19, 2013 – Princeton vs. Brown

October 26, 2013 – Princeton vs. Harvard

November 2, 2013 – Penn vs. Brown

November 16, 2013 – Columbia vs. Cornell

November 23, 2013- Brown vs. Columbia

 

Ivy League Press Release 

 

D2 Productions to Expand Mobile Unit Fleet

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D2 Productions has some exciting news to share with you!

Since its launch over a year ago, our mobile unit Genesis has consistently proven itself as the go-to production unit to handle network-level HD shows with limited budgets like no other truck out there. But now, there will be another truck out there.

Following on the success of Genesis, D2 Productions is pleased to announce our plans to add a second mobile unit to our fleet. Slated for completion in early spring 2014, our new truck will be similar in capability to Genesis, but will incorporate additional improvements and refinements to take it above and beyond. To that end, we will be contacting many of our clients, freelancers, and friends over the next few weeks to gather your feedback on how we can make the new truck meet your needs and work as well as possible for you.

Finally, we’d like to extend our ongoing thanks to all our clients who have made our mobile unit operations the proven success that it is, and allowed us to build on that success with this important milestone to further expand our capabilities to serve you.

D2 Productions Finishes 10 Game Deal with Major League Lacrosse

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Major League Lacrosse selected D2 Productions’ Genesis for production of ten games from their 2012 season.. Each game was produced with four cameras and broadcast on ESPN3 and regional cable networks. D2’s Genesis again was able to provide high definition sports coverage, with full graphics and replay support, at a fraction of the cost of a typical broadcast.

Below is the 2012 schedule along some stills from this season’s productions.

4/27 – Denver Outlaws vs Charlotte Hounds

5/4 – Hamilton Nationals vs Boston Cannons

5/11 – Denver Outlaws vs Boston Cannons

5/18 – Chesapeake BayHawks vs Boston Cannons

6/8 – Ohio Machine vs Charlotte Hounds

6/13 – Hamilton Nationals vs New York Lizards

6/15 – Boston Cannons vs Charlotte Hounds

6/21 – New York Lizards vs Boston Cannons

6/29 – Boston Cannons vs Ohio Machine

8/10 – Rochester Rattlers vs Boston Cannons

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Blackmagic Router Perfect Fit for D2 Productions

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TVTechnology: Blackmagic Router Perfect Fit For D2 Productions 

Live event video production is the heart and soul of D2 Productions, a full service video production and streaming media company. As we work with clients in a variety of markets—including corporate, entertainment, sports and education— we have to be flexible enough to meet their specific needs. This includes recording packages for airing on a major television network or producing live stream pay-per-view or free online content.

This need for complete flexibility is why we created Genesis, an HD mobile unit that includes a three-bench main control room complete with rear audio and video room. This 24-foot trailer contains a multitude of state-of-the-art equipment, with a Blackmagic Design Compact Videohub router and four Videohub Smart Control panels comprising the core of the operation and allowing us to move signals around wherever we may need them.

Space is always at a premium inside a mobile production vehicle and the Blackmagic Designs Compact Videohub provides us with big router performance in a very compact form factor. Its 40 x 40 SDI routing capability is packed into a mere 2RU space. We also benefit from automatic SD, HD and 3 Gbps HD detection, reclocking, and built-in Ethernet, USB and serial router control interfaces.

IPAD ROUTING CONTROL

While the Videohub Smart Control lets me instantly route from the push of a single button, it also provides software control that lets me perform routing operations from my iPad. This enhanced mobile workflow further increases our flexibility and saves additional space inside the truck, as I can route from virtually anywhere inside or outside it.

In addition to myself, our staff typically includes a producer, technical director, replay controller and video operator who all depend on the Compact Videohub and Videohub Smart Controls. The Compact Videohub also handles our instant replay system’s inputs and outputs (vital to any sporting event), as well as VTRs and six frame sync channels. The router also accommodates inputs for our live cameras and utility feeds.

HELPED EASE CABLE BURDEN

We often have as many as eight recorders going to capture everything, especially at sporting events. Each of the Genesis truck’s three benches are equipped with I/O panels for patching devices. Audio and video wiring could be a problem if it weren’t for the Compact Videohub routing system which has helped us keep it under control. The Compact Videohub provides me with plenty of capacity to ensure the correct video sources are fed into the right recorders, and I can direct this remotely from my iPad if I so choose.

It’s only been a little more than a year since we rolled out Genesis, but the response has been amazing. This proves it’s a unique offering that was previously missing in the live production market. Our customers have included professional wrestling, NCAA men’s soccer and Ivy League football, not to mention 2013’s Super Bowl XLVII, and we’re looking forward to many more.

Dave Walzer is a general partner at D2 Productions and has been involved in video production in the Boston area since 1986. He may be contacted at dave@d2productions.com.