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The Heat is On!

January 21, 2013

The Miami Heat action is captured and replayed on the arena’s video board from an Abekas Mira Instant Replay server

Just in time for the 2012/13 season, the Miami Heat has installed an eight-channel Abekas Mira Instant Replay server at their broadcast center in the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida.

According to Senior Director of Broadcast Services, Ed Filomia, the Heat removed an EVS Instant Replay system to make way for the Abekas Mira IR. Filomia, who enters his 16th season with the Heat is a 10-time Emmy Award winner. Filomia built a production system from scratch at the American Airlines Arena to create HEATv, recognized nationally by his peers as one of the best sports presentations and one of the most impressive broadcast facilities in the Sports and Entertainment Industry.

HEATv employs Dixon Sports Computing equipment, which is interfaced to the Abekas Mira, to analyze every aspect of the game from player stats to the number of times Banana Man, the HEAT’s mascot, does a jumping jack. All this data is filed in the Dixon Sports Video Asset Management system, so it can be recalled instantly for coaching analysis or by the armchair fan at home.

HEATv completed the upgrade to HD with the addition of Sony XDCAM HD camcorders shooting content for in-arena and website use, as well as for the team’s Inside the HEAT program which is played on the LED video board during games—and on Fox Sports Net. The Abekas Mira Instant Replay server records the action from six XDCAM cameras court-side and provides live instant replay for fans on the main video board and other HD displays located throughout the arena.

“Essentially, our group is the team’s in-house ad agency,” Filomia said. “We put together all the content you see in the arena on our video board, and we also use our production tools to take care of all our advertising needs—including TV, radio and the Internet.”

HEATv sold their two-year old six-channel EVS system to make way for the Mira. “I was able to sell my six-channel EVS and buy an eight-channel Mira and have enough money left over to tackle another major project.” says Filomia. “Anyone designing an arena or college broadcast facility cannot ignore the flexibility and price-point of the Mira,” he adds.