For-A Lights Up Izod Center

The facility was renovated to make better use of its big-screen displays.

The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority has purchased four For-A MVS-1610HS 16-input multi-viewers, five MV-410 Quad multi-viewers and 10 UFM-145DFS modular frame synchronizers for New Jersey Nets basketball games at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J..

For-A viewers in the Izod Center

Kenilworth, N.J.-based Diversified Systems oversaw the Izod Center renovation with a goal of making better use of the venue’s large-screen displays.

“When the New Jersey Devils hockey team relocated, the NJSEA decided it was time for upgrades to improve in-house game day events and to streamline the process of displaying highlight reels and clips that are played before the game,” said Kevin Collins, Diversified Systems’ chief operating officer “Establishing a digital system was important not only from a workflow and tape acquisition point of view, but financially as well. Distribution of game highlights can be turned around more quickly. And since the upgrade, the NJSEA no longer has to fund conversions from an analog signal.”

The NJSEA selected four For-A UFM-145DFS modular frame synchronizers due, in part, to their ability to be remotely controlled. The Nets often share cameras with visiting sports networks to supplement images shown in-house and the UFM-145DFS modular frame unit synchronizes tie-ins to the video board and allows those supplementary shots to be easily assimilated into the program for the arena.

A challenge of the installation was the small size of the control room.

“We made sure that if a component occupied a lot of rack space it had to be doing more than one job,” said Collins. “By doing this, the upgrade to digital has opened up the space, giving operators have more room to maneuver. We replaced a very deep and cumbersome monitor wall with 40-inch flat LCD screens and use For-A’s MV-1610HS multi-image processor to feed all the signals. Operators can change the layout with the touch of a button, as opposed to a complex rerouting and rewiring of everything.”