NewTek™ salva produtora de jogos eletrônicos LocalGames do desastre da Covid
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
25 May 2021
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SAN ANTONIO, TX–May 25, 2021— In 2020, Latin American video production company LocalGames realized their traditional workflow for producing live broadcasts of eGaming tournaments was completely unworkable during COVID-19 restrictions. Gaming tournament broadcasts, which are the company’s lifeblood, would continue, but all competitions would be virtual. No spectator-packed venues, no competitors on-site, international borders closed. The company was given just over a week to adapt to that change.
“Because all our content is on network, we require a workflow that allows us to efficiently stream video to the network,” says Bernardo Pizurnia, CEO of LocalGames. “And that’s why we chose to go with NewTek. Their products are designed with livestreaming in mind.”
Enter NewTek - The Ultimate Streaming Solution
To accomplish their post-pandemic goals, LocalGames purchased a TriCaster® Mini 4K live production system. The TriCaster puts an entire suite of media production capabilities at a creator’s fingertips. The TriCaster Mini is easy to transport wherever needed and powerful enough to handle even complex productions. For LocalGames, purchasing their TriCaster was more than just a workflow efficiency decision. It also made financial sense.
“We are competing against traditional production companies with traditional workflows for these production jobs,” Pizurnia says. “With their old technology, their end-product is very expensive compared to ours, and ours is much more versatile because the workflow is already designed to stream. That’s one reason we’re as successful as we are.”
Many staff members at LocalGames came from that legacy world of broadcast production, but as Rodrigo Cotiart, broadcast engineer and Chief TriCaster Operator for LocalGames said, “I found the TriCaster to be very easy to learn. And I’m not the sort of person who likes to read manuals. I’m much more of a doer. That’s the way I learn. So, I just got in there, sat down at the TriCaster, and got my hands dirty. I found it to be very intuitive. That’s how I learned to record macros, create camera pre-sets, modify the Multiview, and build buffer animations. I can’t stress enough how important it is to get your hands dirty. I still haven’t read the manual.”
3Play® Makes Replays Easy
Just like any other sports broadcaster, replays are an important production tool in LocalGames’ production arsenal, and the company has made use of NewTek’s 3Play® to produce instant replays for their eGaming programs. The reliability and versatility of the 3Play was one of the reasons LocalGames felt so comfortable turning to NewTek when the pandemic hit.
“Eu estava acostumado a usar EVS ou K2 para replays nos meus dias de transmissão”, diz Cotiart. “A transição para usar o 3Play foi extremamente simples. A única coisa que mudou foi a localização dos botões. E, honestamente, acho o 3Play muito mais versátil e dinâmico do que as outras máquinas, e tudo a um preço muito menor. Nossa experiência com o 3Play não foi nada além de positiva.”
Spark and NDI®: A Unique Use
LocalGames makes extensive use of NDI® (Network Device Interface), a revolutionary software standard developed by NewTek that enables video-compatible products to communicate, deliver, and receive high-definition video and audio over a computer network in a high-quality manner suitable for switching in a live production environment.
“Even before we bought our first piece of NewTek gear, we were using NDI under the free protocol,” Pizurnia said. “And since we knew the power of NDI, it made sense to go with NewTek products when it was time to make upgrades.”
A empresa também possui quatro unidades NewTek Spark Plus, que desempenham um papel vital em suas produções redesenhadas. Os conversores do Spark Plus permitem que os produtores capturem vídeos de câmeras digitais e outros dispositivos sem fio ou através de uma rede Ethernet. A unidade Spark converte fontes de vídeo HDMI ou SDI em NDI, disponibilizando-a como fonte de vídeo.
While many Spark owners use their units to integrate remote cameras anywhere on their network into a TriCaster, LocalGames found a unique way to use the versatile devices. After purchasing their TriCaster Mini 4K, the company had legacy, non-NDI equipment they needed to continue to use. Plugging that legacy equipment into a Spark device allowed LocalGames to continue to use this old equipment and still utilize all the technological advantages their TriCaster offers.
Crescimento contínuo na era COVID-19
Poucos dias depois de seu mundo ter virado de cabeça para baixo, a primeira transmissão redesenhada da LocalGames, alimentada por um novo TriCaster Mini 4K, foi ao ar.
“That first broadcast was accomplished with video boxes over a graphic background,” Cotiart said. “Then we realized we could do more, and that’s when we started adding virtual sets using NewTek’s Virtual Set Editor.”
That capability was easily accomplished as it’s natively built into the TriCaster. The next week, the broadcast featured its hosts sitting on a freshly designed virtual set. The clients liked what they saw and pushed LocalGames to expand their productions even more.
“Parece estranho dizer isso, mas a covid realmente nos tornou uma empresa mais forte”, conta Pizurnia. “Isso nos levou a encontrar novas ferramentas, usar conjuntos virtuais, incorporar o Unreal Engine. Isso nos empurrou para o futuro e nos forçou a aproveitar ao máximo as tecnologias mais recentes.”
“The growth of our company has been exponential. I don’t honestly know where we can get to in the future, but we are rolling at top speed and a whole new world of possibilities has opened up to us.”
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