MARSHALL POV CAMERAS AT FLORIDA UNIVERSITY
As the remote broadcast coordinator at the University of Florida (UF), Kyle Monroe and his Gator colleagues engineer and produce all of the ESPN/SEC Network and the GatorVision VideoBoard broadcasts for many of the school’s Division I sports, including men’s and women’s basketball, football, baseball, softball, volleyball, gymnastics, soccer and lacrosse. In an effort to bring viewers closer than ever to the action and provide angles never before attainable, the University turned to the CV343-CSB and CV502-WPMB compact broadcast POV cameras, and CV-RCP-100 camera controller from Marshall Electronics.
Working out of control rooms located in the College of Journalism and Communications, the sports programming makes up roughly 90 percent of the department’s annual broadcasts. The UF broadcast team also gets tapped to engineer and produce other UF events, such as commencement, convocation, the homecoming parade, TEDxUF and other unique shows.
“We currently use the Marshall CV502-WPMB waterproof camera and the Marshall CV343-CSB camera with multiple lens options for various configurations,” says Monroe. “We also use a mixture of magic arms, mini magic arms, super clamps and magnets with quarter-inch threads to position them on basketball stanchions, drop ceilings and just about anywhere else we need them.”
One of the more popular uses for the Marshall Electronics POV cams are the two upper ‘Slamcams’ during basketball games. The ‘Slamcams’ are used primarily for action above-the-rim including slam dunks, rebounds and foul shots. “I use the Marshall CV343-CSB with a Fujinon YV2.7x wide angle lens,” adds Monroe. “I mount these to some of the stanchion hardware using a Magic Arm with safety chains. In addition, we also have two lower ‘Slamcams’ located below each backboard that mainly show action in the paint, out-of-bounds calls, fouls, etc. I mount these in an opening in the middle of the arm of the stanchion using a mini magic arm and a magnet with a quarter-inch thread. The stanchions are all steel, so the magnet was a perfect solution to mount a camera in a tight location like this one.”