ESPN Studio-X

Three Byte recently helped complete the build out of Studio-X located in ESPN's much celebrated new Digital Center 2.  The new state-of-the-art broadcast studio is the home of SportsCenter, ESPN's premier sports commentary show.  Studio-X represents a quantum leap in interactive studio environments, incorporating over 114 monitors, 10 independently automated moving scenic components, 8 custom 3D video wall processors each with 8 outputs, and 6 remote production control rooms.

Client: 
Worldstage

Scope:
Software

Testing video alignment and scenic automation of 6 floating LED screens that track horizontally under show control.

Testing video alignment and scenic automation of 6 floating LED screens that track horizontally under show control.

The system integrator, WorldStage asked Three Byte Intermedia to help specify, design and implement a Medialon show control system to bring all of the various studio components under centralized monitoring and management.  The system facilitates faster setup, calibration and troubleshooting of each subsystem as well as more reliable and repeatable cueing while on air.  In coordination with WorldStage and the operators at ESPN, Three Byte built a flexible preset and cueing system that is tailored to fit the daily workflows that ESPN expects when getting ready for a filming a segment.  The primary goal achieved is massive amount of technology across 5 major sub-systems can easily be managed by one operator and ultimately run under completely autonomous control during broadcasts.

A look at calibrating 56 LCD and plasma monitors using Medialon to make sure the image is uniform and color-matched when seen through a broadcast camera.

A look at calibrating 56 LCD and plasma monitors using Medialon to make sure the image is uniform and color-matched when seen through a broadcast camera.

In the process, Three Byte leveraged Medialon's low-level SDKs to create a custom MxM which implements the PBus II protocol for receiving frame-accurate trigger signals from video production switchers.  Three Byte used Medialon's Web Panels feature to allow distributed access to the control interface from any of the production control rooms.