University of Florida Deploys Marshall POV Cameras To Boost Fan Engagement

The University of Florida (UF)’s video production team has deployed a series of compact broadcast POV cameras from Marshall Electronics in and around the school’s various sports venues to bring SEC Network TV viewers closer to the action.

As the remote broadcast coordinator at the University of Florida, Kyle Monroe and his team engineer and produce all of the ESPN/SEC Network and the GatorVision VideoBoard broadcasts for many of the school’s Division I sports teams.

Working out of control rooms located in the College of Journalism and Communications, the sports programming makes up roughly 90 percent of the department’s annual broadcasts. The UF broadcast team also produces other UF events, such as commencement, convocation, the homecoming parade, TEDxUF and other unique shows.

Monroe uses the Marshall CV502-WPMB and CV343-CSB cameras

The POV cameras bring fans closer to the action, providing unique angles (on TV and the venue’s score board) never before seen.

The POV cameras bring fans closer to the action, providing unique angles (on TV and the venue’s score board) never before seen.

One of the more popular uses for the Marshall Electronics POV cams as the two upper “Slamcams” during basketball games. These are used to display and replay slam dunks, rebounds and foul shots.

They use the CV343-CSB camera with a Fujinon YV2.7x wide angle lens mounted to some of the stanchion hardware using a Magic Arm with safety chains. In addition, we also have two lower “Slamcams” located below each backboard that mainly show action in the paint, out-of-bounds calls and fouls.

“I mount these in an opening in the middle of the arm of the stanchion using a mini magic arm and a magnet with a quarter-inch thread,” Monroe said. “The stanchions are all steel, so the magnet was a perfect solution to mount a camera in a tight location like this one.”

For men’s basketball games, the team also puts a Marshall CV343-CSB (known as “Gatorhead”) POV camera in the hallway where the team huddles prior to running out. Monroe uses a drop ceiling scissor clamp and mini magic arm to mount it from the ceiling. Monroe also deploys these cameras for women’s basketball and volleyball as, he said, it’s a great look for when the teams run out onto the court and for celebrations at the end of a big win.

“Since we do so many broadcasts inside of our multipurpose arena, the Stephen C. O’Connell Center (also called the ODome), all of the setups for basketball are semi-permanent,” Monroe said. “I’m able to build these cameras, safety chain them to the stanchions or the drop-ceiling and leave them almost year-round. This significantly cuts down on setup and strike time and is one more piece of gear we know is going to function every time we fire up our control rooms for a show.”

“The Marshall POV cameras are discrete,” he said. “With a larger broadcast camera, both hard and handheld/RF, they take up a lot of real estate and can be complicated to maintain at times. Cameras of this size are really easy to work with, all season long.”

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