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www.inbroadcast.com | Vol: 8 - Issue 2 | February 2018

InTech

Monarch HD Encoder
Powers Sports Interviews
Sister radio stations KTBB 97.5 FM News & Talk and KRWR 92.1 FM The Team Sports Radio have added
live video from Radio Row from the Super Bowl...

T

he Super Bowl draws in over a
hundred million viewers, making it
not only the largest event of the year
for American football fans, but for
the press as well. Every year, media
outlets from around the country travel
to the host city and set up in a venue
dedicated to the press, all of whom
broadcast live coverage simultaneously
from one location.
Coined 'Radio Row', this week-long
promotional event leads up to the
Super Bowl game on Sunday, and
gives all attending media a chance
to interview with current and former
football players, sports commentators,
and celebrities.
For the past 20 years, sister radio
stations KTBB 97.5 FM News & Talk and
KRWR 92.1 FM The Team Sports Radio
have covered the Super Bowl from
Radio Row. After years of traditional
audio coverage, KTBB and KRWR were
among the first radio stations to bring
video equipment to the Super Bowl
convention centre. Paul Gleiser, owner
and operator of KTBB and KRWR,
wanted to move to a live platform to
capture his interviews in a completely
new way, and provide his audience
with a more visually engaging
experience.
New (Hardware) Formation
For a number of years, KTBB and
KRWR recorded video interviews from
a single camera and then uploaded the
content to their websites and YouTube
channels for video on demand (VOD)
consumption. In preparation for the
51st Super Bowl, the stations wanted
to provide an even better viewing
experience with a multi-camera
interview setup that would switch
between the guest and host, all while
streaming live to a social media
platform.
Paul Gleiser researched video
switcher and encoder options and
discovered a bundle from a photo and
video equipment retailer. The package
included the Matrox Monarch HD
encoder appliance and a Roland V-1HD
video switcher. With the hardware
bundle, KTBB and KRWR could

simultaneously stream and record,
and reach their social media followers
through Facebook Live. "For us, the
bundle was key for what we were
trying to do," says Gleiser. "Doing a
live multi-camera shoot, and being
able to record it at the same time - it
was perfect."
Establishing A Game Plan
Super Bowl LI was fast approaching,
and the Monarch encoder and V-1HD
switcher were scheduled to arrive
only 10 days before the event. As
soon as the bundle arrived, Gleiser
contacted Matrox's support
team to ensure
a smooth setup
for the event. "I
was so impressed
with Matrox's tech
support team. Not only
did they help us transition
from the single-camera to
dual-camera platform, but
they also followed up to make
sure everything was going well," says
Gleiser. "An exemplary experience -
beyond anything I have experienced
from a tech company in a long, long
time."
The installation included a twocamera configuration - one camera
focused on the guest, and the second
towards the host. HDMI outputs
from both cameras, and a laptop
(to generate lower-third graphics)
were connected to the Roland
V-1HD switcher. Another HDMI cable
connected the switcher to the Monarch
HD appliance. An audio mixer was
used to capture sound from two
microphones positioned near the guest
and host. An analogue connection
was then made from the mixer to
the Monarch HD's analogue stereo
input via 1/8-inch jack. Streaming
and recording destinations as well
as encoding parameters such as
resolution and bitrate were simple and
intuitive for Paul's team to configure
using the Web-based Monarch
Command Center. With minimal set-up
time and production costs, KTBB and
KRWR were ready to broadcast.

The Team Sports Radio - sideline analysis from Chris Myers

Matrox
Monarch HD

Live,
multi-angled
video
interviews are now streamed in 720p
directly to Facebook Live via RTMP,
with laptop-generated 'title' graphics
superimposed onto the Webcast in
real-time - these titles display the
interviewee's name, the interview
topic, sponsor information, and the
like. VOD content is simultaneously
recorded in higher-quality 1080p on
to the SD card inserted in the Monarch
HD. Interviews are captured in a
single live shot by switching between
the two cameras, and once encoded,
are immediately available for editing
without the need to transcode. This
makes for a quick and seamless postproduction turnaround involving a
simple trimming exercise in Adobe
Premiere Pro at the beginning and
end of each interview. Interviews
are then uploaded to the stations'
YouTube channels, with the YouTube
links embedded within their respective
Websites.
Game-Changing Results
KTBB and KRWR are continuing to
expand the frontiers of what fans

can expect from their favourite
radio stations. At one time, it was
unthinkable that a station on
Radio Row would even
consider
video.
Today, thanks to
the bundle that
features
the
Matrox
Monarch
HD encoder, they
can webcast multi-camera, fully
integrated, broadcast-quality video
interviews to Facebook Live, or various
other video hosting platforms, and
record for VOD.
Encouraged
by
the
positive
experience using Monarch HD at
Super Bowl LI, the stations have since
used the products to cover various
high-profile corporate functions and
political events, including live video
coverage of the 2016 US Presidential
Election.
Gleiser already plans to use
Monarch HD to cover next year's
Super Bowl and is excited about the
future possibilities the complete
solution has to offer. Gleiser says:
"With the two video cameras that we
already own, the switcher, and the
exemplary Monarch HD - we can go
live anywhere. It is pretty amazing."

"Doing a live multi-camera
shoot, and being able
to record it at the same
time - it was perfect"
Paul Gleiser, KTBB - KRWR


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