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Rice University Purchases Panasonic 4K Cameras in Stadium Facilities Upgrade

Houston-based Rice University has purchased four of Panasonic’s new AK-UC3000 4K camera systems, as well as AW-HE130 integrated pan/tilt/zoom camera, as part of the upgrade of the historic Rice Stadium.

The Rice Stadium, Rice University (Houston, TX) Athletics, has recently undergone a multi-million dollar upgrade. Commenting on the Panasonic purchase, Ryan Bucher, Rice’s Associate Athletics Director for Facilities and Management, “The UC3000s are state-of-the art production cameras that will give us much higher-quality video to feed our new LED 1080p board, as well as to push out content via social media platforms and to ESPN3 and other broadcast partners. The new cameras will definitely enhance the game-day experience for our fans.”

Bo Hoover, President of Technical Services Group (Baton Rouge, LA), the integrator on the project, added, “In making our camera choice, the initial top criterion was uncompressed long-distance transmission over SMPTE fiber, an ESPN3 design spec. But once we made the decision to invest in 4K now, the UC3000 won out not only on the basis of that capability, but also its attractive price point and 4K/HD image production.”

The upgrade includes Panasonic AW-HE130 integrated pan/tilt/zoom cameras for high end-zone coverage as well as by Rice football’s video production department to capture coaching video. “The HE130 cameras were really a driver on the project because of their seamless integration with UC3000s,” Hoover said. “The PTZs’ common interface with AK-HRP1000 Remote Operation Panel will allow simultaneous shading of all the cameras on the field, which is a real advantage.” 

The Panasonic HE130 PTZ cameras will be used for high end-zone coverage and for coaching videos.

The Panasonic HE130 PTZ cameras will be used for high end-zone coverage and for coaching videos.

The UC3000 features a B4 mount to accommodate the gamut of existing 2/3-inch lenses to maximize customers’ ROI in existing lenses, and allows a wider and more economical choice of glass for sports, concerts and similar applications. An internal relay lens focuses the image on a large, full-UHD resolution single MOS sensor that (with the UCU500 camera control unit) outputs a UHD signal up to 3840/2160/60p, while also delivering superior picture quality in HD. The UC3000 also enables shooting with high sensitivity (F10/2000lx), low noise (S/N 60dB+), high resolution (1800 TV lines/UHD) and a wide dynamic range of 600%.

Rice Atheletics production crew will position will three of the UC3000s in an upper deck looking down, with the fourth placed on the field. The facility and technology upgrade is slated to be completed by September 1, 2016, in advance of the Rice Owls’ first home game vs. Baylor on September 17.

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