Fifth Third Ballpark is the home of the West Michigan Whitecaps, a Class A minor league baseball team affiliated with the Detroit Tigers. Our relationship with the Whitecaps stadium began in the fall of 2013 when Sam Ramos from Mediatrex contacted Oncore AV to consult with upgrading their video system.
The system that was originally created for the stadium was great for meeting their needs of multi-camera shoot, play back abilities and patch locations for local TV stations. As Oncore AV began to design and build a new system for the Whitecaps, they had an unfortunate fire in the winter that reached the multi-media suite. Thankfully, with the support from the community, the Whitecaps were able to successfully rebuild and continue their 2014 season uninterrupted.
The fire allowed Oncore AV to take a deeper look on what could be beneficial to their production. The accident forced the replacement of all cabling, including audio, video and any other interconnection going in and out of the video suite. This offered an opportunity to upgrade standard coax to 3 GB HD-SDI cable to interconnect their high-end Sony production equipment, as well as running interconnect to the TV truck location on the lower level. Upgrading the cabling gave Oncore AV technicians the ability to rebuild, re-wire and troubleshoot minor issues with the video system that the production staff dealt with in prior seasons. Having a ground approach as opposed to a full rework approach helped to give them a new highly functional system.
During a live game the production staff wanted camera shots of the players, coaches and dugouts; however, they did not have the available space for a camera fixture without being disruptive to staff and spectators. After collaboration and research, Audio Foundry installed pan, tilt, zoom, (PTZ) robotic cameras in each dugout. As an addition to the robotic cameras, technicians ran a full fiber optic link from the video suite to the center field camera location.
Since the 2015 season kicked off, both the Whitecaps Production Team and Sam Ramos from Mediatrex are satisfied with their full working video system that has created a long lasting relationship with Oncore AV. Their upgraded system now gives them access to new marketing materials such as streaming live social media feed along with the availability to have a full HD broadcast.
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