University of Idaho Uses Six Hitachi Cameras for HD Football
MOSCOW, IDAHO – The University of
Idaho’s Video Production Center is using six Hitachi Z-HD5000 HDTV studio/field
production cameras to produce high-definition video during Idaho Vandals
At the ASUI-Kibbie Dome, UI’s 16,000-seat covered football field where the
Division 1 Western Athletic Conference team plays, the VPC produces game-day
entertainment including highlights and replays that display on the stadium’s
20x10 foot Daktronics display, as well as the Dome’s HD cable TV system, and
the VandalXtra live game webcast.
As U-Idaho’s in-house video production service, the VPC also produces and
webcasts HD video of convocations and commencements held at Kibbie, as well as
the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, a prestigious, annual jazz music event that
draws thousands of visitors to the University.
The purchase of the cameras coincided with the University’s 2011 renovation of
the Kibbie Dome—which included new skyboxes, safety improvements, and fiber
cabling runs—that was financed by state funding as well as private donations. VPC
took that opportunity to obtain its own financing to upgrade the Kibbie Dome’s
video production control room, including broadcast quality HD cameras that
could maximize the fiber cabling and the new HD TV system in the suites, club
deck, and press box areas, including the official’s replay review system.
A TriCaster ISO-records camera signals and the program on its hard drives,
webcasts live shows, outputs video for big-screen display, and outputs video to
the Sony HDV VTR. The Hitachi package was purchased through Hitachi dealer VMI
Inc., in Spokane, Wash.