A ProHD Studio 4000S sports production and streaming studio and three GY-HM620 Pro HD camcorders anchor the flypack production system that World Team Tennis will use for the streaming of its 2019 season (July 14 – August 3) for the second consecutive year. TDS Media has provided the design of the systems, which takes the place of the previous OB production truck used in past seasons.
According to Doug Sicchitano, principal of TDS Media, the 4000S was the best solution because of its economical price and because its simplicity: “This was the best solution out there for what we wanted to achieve. The user interface feels like a smart phone app. It’s a highly intuitive layout that I can teach anybody in of a couple of hours to use and use well”.
Other technologies deployed in the transmission of the matches are a Behringer mixer (although the 4000S includes a built-in audio mixer), a separate graphics laptop with NewBlueFX Titler Live 3; a Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Studio Mini for the recording and a Teradek VidiU Pro for the streaming, with the 4000S serving as a backup for the last two tools. Furthermore, the fourth input of the 4000S is used for the Hawk-Eye SMART Replay technology.
The three-camera production (with its integrated Fujinon 23x zoom lens) is handled by a six-person crew plus two commentators. A director switches the show and handles replays, while the producer is in charge of audio and graphics in the control room. In addition, there are three cameras operator and a utility crew member.
During 2018, WTT produced 32 of its 43 matches using flypack systems. All the games were streamed on WTT.tv and syndicated to Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Twitch. In addition, some matches were provided to regional sports networks on TV delay. In the 2019 season, it is expected that 40 of the 59 matches will be produced through flypack systems.