March 12, 2013
The MLS Portland Timbers use a four-channel Abekas Mira IR to capture the action at the Jeld-Wen field in Portland, OR. The Timber’s stadium underwent major construction in the 2010/11 off-seasons to meet Major League Soccer requirements and industry standards. New video and broadcast facilities were included in the renovation. These included new camera positions and new permanent broadcast cabling.
To enhance the fan experience, a new video scoreboard was installed at the south end of the stadium, new LED video “ribbon” boards were placed at various areas of the seating bowl and new television monitors were installed in the concourse serving the new seating areas.
During a match, replay situations such as; goals, saves, and good tackles are displayed on the big screen from Mira. To engage fans pregame and during half time, the Timbers have a variety of entertainment assets; from still images accompanied by PA announcements, to videos and animations, most of which run from a separate graphics workstation. In addition, there are a number of pre-produced video elements that run from Mira.
For a typical match production the control room is staffed by game-day employees, with (usually) one full-time staff member assisting the producer in the operation of the Broadcast Pix, Granite Series switcher. Three in-house cameras and an additional six to eight clean camera feeds from the broadcast truck, capture the action throughout the stadium.
The Abekas Mira is operated in a three in, one out configuration, and controlled by a DNF control panel. Highlights packaged are created by trimming In/Out points on Mira’s playlists delivering timely programming to fans throughout the stadium.