October 9, 2014
The University of Missouri in Columbia, MO, has installed 12 channels of Mira Instant Replay server and three Mira Control Surfaces. An eight-channel Mira and two Mira Surface panels are located in the main control room and provide replays to the SEC Network and ESPN 3 for wrestling events. A second, four-channel Mira is located in the video board control room, a dedicated system for entertaining and informing fans on the video boards at venues across campus.
The broadcast operations facilities are located in the Mizzou Arena, which hosts men’s and women’s basketball as well as concerts and special events. Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field, home to Mizzou Tigers football, the Hearnes Center for volleyball and gymnastics, Walton Stadium for soccer, University Field for softball, and Simmons Field for baseball are all connected to the broadcast center via a fiber infrastructure across campus.
The five-person broadcast operations team controls the two Mira systems. In the main control room, which provides the SEC Network feed, the eight-channel Mira is operated in dual-user mode with two Mira Control Surface panels. One operator generates instant replay highlights from 4-6 camera angles. The second operator controls two output channels and creates highlight packages for replay during breaks in the game. The dedicated video board control room employs a four-channel Mira with one Mira Surface control panel and is operated in three in, one out configuration. The broadcast operations staff intends to have student operators take over the controls of Mira in the future.
“I travelled around to a number of other SEC schools to see what they were using for replays and how they operated them,” explains Stan Silvey, Assistant Athletic Director, Broadcast Operations, Mizzou Athletics. “A lot of schools I visited used the Abekas Mira and it was clear why. It’s really easy to operate and the price point allows you to do so much more.”
“We are really pleased with how quickly the Mizzou athletics broadcast team came up to speed with Mira,” says Junaid Sheikh, CEO, Abekas. “We are seeing more and more SEC schools select Mira for their replay operation, which is very gratifying.”