FOR-A provides technology for the replay and AV control system at the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.
FOR-A Corporation has recently announced that the company has been involved in a $15 million dollar A/V upgrade of Washington, D.C.’s Capital One Arena. The improvements focus on technological enhancements to the in-arena viewing experience for fans of professional sports. The improvements were made by Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE).
The arena’s video displays combine to deliver almost 20,000 square feet of 4K UHD quality video. The centerpiece of the in-arena is a 360-degree continuous screen with 4K UHD video across eight distinct display areas.
Behind the scenes, it requires an integrated system of video production switchers, multi-viewers, servers, keyers, recorders, character generators and slow-motion replay systems. In planning for their video production upgrades, MSE compared numerous systems for features, price, functionality, and reliability, as well as the customer service vital to ensure seamless entertainment up on the big screens. “I had lengthy experience with FOR-A systems at previous employers,” said Ryan Dillenbeck, Chief Broadcast Engineer at Capital One Arena, “and it’s always been a pleasure working with their reps. They have the answers I need, are quick to respond, and the equipment is always top notch and affordable.”
The FOR-A core is the HVS-2000 Production Switcher. With its patented MELite technology, the two M/E switcher offers six M/E performance. With a three M/E HVS-3320 panel, the switcher is expandable up to 48 inputs/18 outputs or 40 inputs/22 outputs. “It’s the primary switcher for our center-hung scoreboard, and has expanded our keying capability and ability to easily send more feeds to more places,” assures Dillenbeck.
After an exhaustive, one-month testing period, the MSE video production team chose an Envivo Replay System from Variant Systems Group. This slow-motion replay system provides up to six SDI inputs and two SDI outputs, for more replay channels and more camera angles. “It was originally connected to our primary control system as a second replay system, but we’re using it as a primary now since its ability to output a highlights package at the end of the night is so much faster,” afirms Dillenbeck.
On the other hand and located in the arena’s primary control room, the MV-3240 External Multiviewer provides multi-view windows for producers, directors, and team coaches, and integrates into the switcher’s tally system. On the other hand, the Insight Production Server lets Dillenbeck’s team record and play back packages and pre-production elements. And finally, Dillenbeck chose the LTR-200HS7 Linear Tape Recorder/Player, a multi-format LTO-7 archiving recorder with six TB of internal storage for the arena’s archiving and exchange of recorded materials