University of Georgia Brings Broadcast Feel to In-Stadium Experience

This past spring, the University of Georgia upgraded their display and control system prior to the G-Day Spring Game and is fully debuting the system this fall for the 2018 football season.

University of Georgia fans received an upgraded in-stadium experience when they returned to Sanford Stadium this year to cheer on the Bulldogs. Part of the upgrade was updated Show Control software and brand new hardware, which has provided a lot more potential to show off cool content on the display. The new Daktronics Show Control System features an easy-to-use workflow that allows the new display to be used as one large canvas or it can be divided into multiple zones to show any combination of live video, instant replay, real-time statistics, graphics and animations, and sponsorship messages.

Unlimited layering and keying enhance the overall production, allowing the university to build layers and key score bugs, fan prompts, and other elements over the top of video to deliver today’s modern broadcast experience.

Some of the new functionality showcased during the G-Day Spring Game includes:

  • Key/fill and transitions between the different video looks and sources
  • Creating transitions from full video to a live squeeze back revealing the full canvas below

The technology upgrades excite the production team for the upcoming football season, including Mike Bilbow, assistant athletic director – digital and production, for the University of Georgia Athletic Association. Of the new control system, Mike says:

“We’re incorporating updated control features from Daktronics that will launch our game-day productions to the next level. Fans are going to get more of the content and transitions they’re used to seeing on television, but they will be in the stadium experiencing the games live in front of their eyes; an experience that simply can’t be replicated. We’re thrilled to be able to engage our fans on a deeper level with the new functionality.”






Here’s a full list of the new control equipment used to accomplish these looks:

  • Dual DMP-8000 media players – allowing for enhanced functionality
    • Primary/Backup pair of DMP-8400’s feeding the switcher with a Key/Fill for external keying. This is used for a scorebug, tombstone stats slabs and to overtake the full canvas for transitions and prompts
    • Primary/Backup pair of DMP-8500’s for pixel accurate canvas downstream of the switcher connected directly to the VP-6000 video processor
  • Zone transitions – content moving in with a smooth motion
  • Playlist item duration for additional flexibility when building ad rotations
  • VP-6000 (Video Processor) transitions to switch between video looks and sources, enhanced with wipes and other transitions
  • VP-6000 (Video Processor) transitions from Full Video with Score Bug (DMP-8400) to a live squeeze back look revealing the full canvas below with a data/stat slab and other content
  • The Daktronics Show Control Trigger Widget was used to trigger many of these features from their Sony Switcher using the PBUS protocol

For the full overview of University of Georgia’s upgrades, check out this press release.

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