SOUTH BEND, IND.
—Fighting Irish Digital
Media is part of the University of Notre
Dame’s athletics department and we
wanted to provide our Fighting Irish fans
around the world a window to our stadium
and playing fields. We accomplished this
with the launch of the NotreDameAthletics
channel on YouTube and now fans and
alums anywhere can savor the action and
rejoice in a big win via video clips that offer
a unique behind-the-scenes perspective and
also exclusive interviews with players and
While this initiative has been very well
received, there was a downside—the
amount of time it took to get content ready
and moved on to YouTube; typically two to
three hours per event.
THERE HAD TO BE A BETTER WAY
We were looking for a way to speed up
the process and discovered Telestream’s
Pipeline HD network video capture system
and the Vantage Transcode Pro workflow solution.
By employing these products we are
now able to have game highlights ready for
online viewing in only 20 minutes.
During the 2012 football season, games
were brought in live to one of our eight
channels of Pipeline HD. As soon as Pipeline
HD began ingesting the video, and delivering
it to our SAN, our editors were able
to start their edits and put highlights right
onto the timeline, ready for online distribution.
Before adopting Pipeline HD into their
gameday workflow, our editors had to wait
for the first half of the game to be recorded
onto P2 cards, which were then manually
shuttled back to their edit stations.
The editors couldn’t begin editing highlights
prior to the third or fourth quarter of
each game, drastically delaying our online
delivery time. Also, the editing was being
done on laptop
before it could
start, the received
had to be converted
ProRes, the format
we use with
Apple Final Cut
In order to
productivity, we needed to move this very
laborious log-and-transfer process off our
laptops and onto beefier hardware. . This
is where Telestream’s Vantage and its high-performance
processing power entered the
picture, streamlining the process, and providing
us with the efficient file-based workflow
that we needed to speed. things up.
Even though the live program feed could
now flow directly into Pipeline HD, we still
had to deal with the P2 storage cards, as
we send independent shooters armed with
Panasonic P2 HD cameras to provide background
video to give our viewers a sense of
what things are like on game day. Now Vantage
is able to automatically transcodes the
P2 card content into ProRes and to deliver
it our SAN where it’s easily available for our
editors to work with.
PICKING UP EVEN MORE SPEED
After the editing process is completed,
the ProRes files then are transferred to a
Vantage drop folder, with Vantage automatically
picking the files up and converting
them into the file format that’s needed for
our online distribution. The converted files
are then placed onto the SAN for uploading.
Since installing Telestream’s Pipeline HD
and Vantage Transcode Pro, we now have a
cohesive, efficient, user-friendly workflow
that requires very little manual intervention
along the way from capture to conform.
We’re able to relay Fighting Irish highlights
to our online fans within minutes of the
game and that’s a real win for everyone.
Scott Rinehart is lead technologist for
the Fighting Irish Digital Media at the
University of Notre Dame. He may be contacted
For additional information, contact
Telestream at 877-681-2088 or visit www.telestream.net.