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Vaddio makes a splash at Virginia Tech swimming and diving facility

Andrew Brister 29 October 2012
Vaddio makes a splash at Virginia Tech swimming and diving facility

Vaddio cameras capture 2012 ACC Championships at Christiansburg Aquatic Center – Home of the Virginia Tech Hokies. In 2010 the Virginia Tech swimming and diving teams moved their home to the Christiansburg Aquatic Center after decades at the pool inside War Memorial Gym on Virginia Tech campus. Built in cooperation with the town of Christiansburg and Virginia Tech, the 64,000 square-foot facility features a full-size, 50m Olympic-style pool – double the length of the pool at their previous location. The facility also features two 1m springboards, two 3m springboards and a diving tower with 5m, 7.5m and 10m platforms. The venue can seat up to 1,000 spectators that can watch the action on the massive scoreboard and video board adjacent to the diving boards and platforms.    In the winter of 2012, the facility drew conference-wide recognition by serving as the hosts for the ACC Championships. “We wanted to make sure we were capable of streaming live SD video to the cable networks, showing live HD video on our video board and still be able to make DVD copies for our participants,” explained Kevin Hicks, director of broadcasting and visual media at Virginia Tech.  After bringing in Jim Hogan of IES Commercial – and a year of convincing, planning and designing – they installed an HD/SD Vaddio camera system. Four WallView HD-19 cameras and a WallView 100 camera are placed throughout the pool area. The original locations of the HD-19 cameras had to be altered in order to capture the height of both the low and high diving boards. One HD-19 is placed about 20 feet above the stands on the second level of the pool deck. Another camera is placed below the pool deck for shooting straight at the swimmers as they swim toward the camera, while an additional two HD-19 cameras capture both the stands and the diving platforms. The standard definition WallView 100 sits about 20 feet above the pool deck for capturing the scoreboard showing swim meet results.   “There was concern about how the cameras would react to the moisture, as the swimming pool is a closed room,” said Hogan. “We originally priced it with environmental closures, but due to budgetary constraints and having to run electricity, we ended up not doing so. But it ended up not being an issue at all. Even though the cameras are around an indoor swimming facility, it’s pretty dry, so the Vaddio cameras ended up working well in the conditions.” The cameras are controlled by a ProductionView HD MV camera control switcher/mixer with a built-in multiviewer. The system works really smoothly explained Hicks. “We were able to easily bring in and mix both the standard definition and high definition outputs from the different cameras. Streaming the video in SD and displaying the HD video on the video board was really big for us.” www.vaddio.comwww.ies-co.com

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