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CJP Broadcast Captures FA Women's National League Playoff Final

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One of the CJP Broadcast cameras in position at Stockport County FC stadium, Edgeley Park. (Image credit: CJP Broadcast Service Solutions)

ROSS-ON-WYE, U.K.—CJP Broadcast Service Solutions Ltd has announced that they captured the live HD video production of the FA Women's National League Playoff Final. For the first time, the match was streamed live online globally by the BBC on the BBC Sport website and BBC iPlayer, bringing wider exposure for the third tier of women’s football in England.

"We were commissioned by the FA to work with the BBC based on our proven experience in the sports sector," explained sales and marketing manager Kieran Phillips. "This includes Step 2 (National League North & South) of Men's non-league in football and Tier 2 (Championship) in women's football. We were also commissioned by the FA to produce content around the FA Cup Semi Finals and Final for two years in succession. We deployed a complete transportable solution for the WNL Playoff Final, including four JVC cameras and a CJP Live Sports Production System. System operation was in the capable hands of our Technical Manager James Ruddock, with supporting technician Louis Shaw plus freelance No.1 & No.2 Camera operators Paul Farrell and Alex Queen. We also received very welcome assistance from Edge Hill University and Sunderland University students who in return gained important experience of working on a live OB project on contribution cameras 3 & 4."

Held on Saturday May 21st at Edgeley Park, home of Stockport County FC, the final was played between Southampton Women FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers WFC, respective champions of the FA WNL Southern and Northern Premier Divisions. The teams were contesting for the National League title and a place in the next season's FA Women's Championship. Southampton defeated Wolves 1-0 to secure promotion.

Available in several versions supporting up to eight camera inputs, the CJP Live Sports Production System provides a wide range production and streaming capabilities.

Its facilities include ISO recording, four-layer graphics, transitions, real-time replay, slow-motion replay, on-the-fly highlights creation, advert insertion, clip insertion and audio mixing. Operation is via a touch screen and keyboard with the option of an external joystick for pan/tilt/zoom camera control. Full multi-screen monitoring facilities are included with the option of a second screen for commentator positions. An H.264 live stream can be fed directly to a TV station or third-party OB control suite via a 10 megabits per second link or via 4G mobile, with the ability to simulcast to multiple platforms and in-stadium screens. Up to 96 terabytes of RAID5 storage can also be attached.

George Winslow is the senior content producer for TV Tech. He has written about the television, media and technology industries for nearly 30 years for such publications as Broadcasting & Cable, Multichannel News and TV Tech. Over the years, he has edited a number of magazines, including Multichannel News International and World Screen, and moderated panels at such major industry events as NAB and MIP TV. He has published two books and dozens of encyclopedia articles on such subjects as the media, New York City history and economics.