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Penn State Athletics Relies on Mira Multichannel Servers

November 1, 2012

Penn State control room with new Abekas Mira IR Control Surface

When the Penn State Nittany Lions take to Beaver Stadium the action is captured on 36 channels of Abekas Mira multichannel server in three HD production control rooms on its University Park campus. The Mira servers are used for both live Instant Replay and for clip playback of graphics packages, interstitials and other packaged media throughout the more than 150 live events the broadcast group covers annually. Rec Hall, originally completed in 1928, has recently undergone several major renovations with the latest being the addition of the Steve Jones Student Sports Broadcasting Complex, which will be officially dedicated on April 19, 2012. Home to men’s and women’s gymnastics, men’s and women’s volleyball, and men’s wrestling, the venue also hosts special events throughout the year including playing host to President Obama, in the spring of 2011, when he visited campus. Rec Hall houses two new control rooms with 24 channels of Mira shared between them. One is used to produce the video-board production displayed on the two large video screens installed in Rec Hall in January of 2011. The other possesses the capability to provide a live signal to the Big Ten Network headquarters in Chicago. There they can air the event in HD, on the linear Network, or stream it on the Big Ten Digital Network.  The upgraded facilities in Rec Hall enable the athletics department to make every event available to network air, where previously budgetary considerations would have limited the number to 7-10 truck events annually. “The first thing that attracted us to the Mira system was the flexibility at its price point,” says Jim Nachtman, director of broadcast operations. “We can easily allocate the resources of the Mira to meet the requirements of each control room. Another major factor is its ease of use,” explains Nachtman. “Wherever possible we use students to produce our broadcasts, and intuitive operation allows the students to build confidence, which results in a higher-quality production, resulting in a more successful event overall.” To read the complete  press release click here