California’s Chapman University Uses Joseph Electronics Fiber Transport System for Sports

Joseph Electronics (JE) announced that Chapman University in Orange, CA has installed a fiber transport system for its student-run Chapman Sports Broadcast Network (CSBN).

Joseph Electronics said the new system supports CSBN's live broadcasts for local TV, radio and online streaming services. It replaces multiple flight packs and allows the university to consolidate production into one central control room in order to make better use of existing equipment.

Chapman University is a private, four-year university in Orange, California, and home to Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, one of the top ten film schools in the world.

The JE-designed transport system is housed in a mobile case that allows crews to connect to multiple fiber points around campus, including the university's football stadium, aquatics center and gymnasium. A typical broadcast includes eight cameras, two replay channels, four graphics channels, 64 audio channels and three on-camera talent positions.

JE-designed portable transport case.

JE-designed portable transport case.

Through the mobile system, crews can transport signals over 3,000 feet between the venues and the television control room at the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, Chapman’s film and broadcast school. The system is robust enough to support eight cameras, four video returns and four additional fiber connections over a single existing fiber pair.

Because crews are piggybacking on existing fiber runs, the fiber cables connecting the system go through seven different connection points. Joseph also implemented wave-shifting technology to accommodate some existing fiber gear that did not have a CWDM option.

The new system takes the place of multiple flight pack cases that formerly housed the entire production system — including the control room portion — and had to be transported to the venue and assembled on location for every production.

The replacement gear moves the control room portion of the workflow back into the existing Dodge College facility and puts all on-location fiber-transport gear into a single case. By taking control room functions out of the flight pack and merging them into an existing production environment, CSBN can now produce live sporting events out of the same control room as the school's newscasts, narrative television shows and talk shows.

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