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Clemson Athletics Gears Up for New ACC Television Network

Clemson Athletics Gears Up for New ACC Television Network

Clemson University, Division 1 college football 2017 national champions, is increasing its complement of Panasonic production cameras with an incremental purchase of Panasonic AK-HC5000 4X high-speed 1080p camera systems. Already equipped with two HC5000s, the Clemson University Athletics Department is taking delivery of seven additional cameras, all in full studio configuration, this summer.

This purchase occurs during Phase Two of Clemson’s three-phase build-out leading up to the launch of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) linear television network in August 2019.

According to Assistant Athletic Director/Video and Technology Rick Bagby, the investment in multiple HC5000s to cover live sporting events is a key component of Clemson’s ramp-up for the debut of the ACC Network. (When the new Network—a partnership with ESPN-- premieres, it will feature 450 exclusive live events, including 40 regular-season football games and more than 150 men's and women's basketball games.) Bagby said he plans to invest in up to three more HC5000s in Phase Three next spring.

The fast, high-resolution HC5000, capable of high-speed output up to 1080/239.76p, incorporates new 2/3” 2.2M 3-CMOS sensors with high sensitivity (F11/2000lx), low noise (S/N 60dB+), and resolution measured at 1100 TV lines. The HC5000’s system components include the AK-UCU500 CCU, which provides power up to 6600 feet over standard SMPTE fiber along with IP streaming video feature; the AK-HRP1000 Remote Operation Panel, featuring PoE+ power and PTZ camera control capabilities; the AK-HBU500 studio build-up kit for integration with long field lenses; and AK-HVF100 9-inch, Full-HD LCD viewfinder. All of Clemson’s HC5000s are fully configured with these components.

Bagby said he had invested in the HC5000 model based on its 240fps capability, easy set up, and the camera’s ability to send/receive audio, facilitating live interviews.

Until the ACC Network launch, Bagby will continue to produce live sports coverage for digital channel ACC Network Extra with the HC5000s. The cameras are available to cover events in eight campus athletic facilities. Bagby currently shoots 720p, but will migrate to 1080p once Phase Two is completed this summer.
Clemson Athletics also has a VariCam HS (high-speed) camera/recorder that is utilized for “non-live” field production. Other recent Panasonic purchases include two AW-HR140 outdoor integrated pan/tilt/zoom remote cameras and an AK-UB300 4K multipurpose camera, both used in the Doug Kingsmore (baseball) Stadium. The HR140s are mounted on each dugout and provide side views of the batters’ box and the pitching mound, and the UB300 is mounted atop the Batters Eye in Center Field directly in line with the pitcher and home plate.  The UB300 provides replays of pitch location, and 360 degree beauty shots of the Athletic District that will be used during broadcasts of football, basketball and baseball.

Bagby is also using AW-HE130 FHD PTZ cameras for basketball and volleyball coverage. In Littlejohn Coliseum (basketball), an HE130 hangs over midcourt under the center-hung video board.  The PTZ is manned and shoots game action for broadcasts along with fan shots for video board productions. In Jervey Gym (volleyball), the HE130 is located in the ceiling at the end of the court, providing the end-line shot for broadcast.
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About the AK-HC5000 High-Speed Camera System
The AK-HC5000, capable of high-speed output up 1080/239.76p, incorporates new 2/3” 2.2M 3-CMOS sensors with high sensitivity (F11/2000lx), low noise (S/N 60dB+), and resolution measured at 1100 TV lines. Features encompass Advanced Focus Assist Functions, shockless Gain (-3~36dB), a User Gamma setting, Black Gamma Correction tracking pedestal, multi-step Digital Noise Reduction (DNR), reduced skew and, Dynamic Range Stretch (DRS) and Chromatic Aberration Compensation (CAC). 

About the AK-UB300 4K Multi-Purpose Box Camera
The AK-UB300 provides the precise camerawork and high image quality you need for sports and other events. It can achieve 4K image quality even when shooting low-budget content in a small-scale studio, and it is also an excellent choice for aerial shooting. To maximize ease-of-use and handle a wide range of needs, the AK-UB300 has a low-light noise reduction function utilizing high sense mode, a newly developed haze reduction function, and 4K output board (3G×4) switching. Along with the 4K output, it has a 4K focus assist function, and there is also an HD cropping marker. In addition, HD-IP streaming and IP control enable system integration with the AW series. The result is camera operation with both flexibility and scalability.
About the AW-HR140 Outdoor Integrated PTZ Camera
The AW-HR140 outdoor integrated PTZ FHD remote camera is enclosed in an IP65 protected case that eliminates the need for a separate housing.  Primary applications for this SDI-output camera are for outdoor live event and sports arena/stadium capture, as well as for broadcast coverage of weather, traffic and scenics. The water and dust-resistant case likewise resists salt damage and features a wiper. Stable images are captured with vibration compensation.

About the AW-HE130 Integrated HD PTZ Camera
The AW-HE130 PTZ incorporates new high-sensitivity; low-noise 1/3" 3-MOS imagers that produce stunning pictures, even in low light conditions. Features include Power over Ethernet+
(POE+) for easier integration; and multi-stream transmission of H.264 HD video and audio (up to 1080/60p at 25Mbps.).
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