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AV Overhaul at Consol Energy Center Part 1

Jan 13, 2011 11:28 AM

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What kind of a timeline did you have on this thing? Was there any kind of a hurry up on it?
Well yes certainly were on the pucks, that wasn’t part of the original bid but these are things that they certainly wanted for some of their first open houses was these pucks. [Timestamp: 5:29]

This center-hung scoreboard display is so impressive in the pictures I’ve seen. How big is the video screen on it?
The video screens are in the center-hung, there’s four of them on each side, but it’s 14.5ft. high by 24.6ft. wide and above it on each side is the matrix for screens. It’s really a video screen but it’s primarily used for scoring and graphics and advertisement they’re a 5.3ft. high by 24.5ft. wide. And at the very top we have a circular video ring—it’s a ribbon board ring, the top one is 3.7ft. high by 122.7ft. in circumference but the diameter’s about 39ft. in diameter. And underneath of the scoreboard is another ring that is about 2.1ft. high and about 80ft. in circumference or about 25.5ft. in diameter. [Timestamp: 6:37]

Yeah from the pictures I’ve seen of the display nobody’s going to have any problem seeing what’s going on there but you have a lot of stuff going on not only on the center scoreboard but on the ribbon displays and the monitors all over the building. You’re never going to be very far from the action or from the advertising too. So what video format did you send to the screens? These are some mighty long cable runs.
Of course everything is HD to the video screens and then most of the computer and animations are all DVI. Our controllers are actually up in the control room because we had multiple channels, different types of formats, DVI, standard definition. Although they’re not driving it we can handle all these different types of inputs. So the controllers are in the control room and then from our controllers we still use SD-SDI HD-SDI signals to get our data out there but primarily the video signal is up in the control room and that is HD-SDI and 1080i is the format that they’re using in the HD format. [Timestamp: 7:44]

And while you were installing this and running all the cabling did you have anything in the way of architectural challenges and getting the cable where it needed to go?
The biggest challenges in course of the center-hung were coordinating with all of the other different vendors. There was Wi-Fi being put everywhere within the facility and cameras that are mounted in the center-hung to get that view from the top down over the ice. So there was a lot of different other contractors and suppliers that were wanting to use the center-hung to host in the bottom of the structure. There are now many different Wi-Fi antennas and stuff that are mounted in the bottom of it so we had to coordinate a lot of other cables from other suppliers bringing down into the center-hung and so that was somewhat of a challenge. Also from an architectural standpoint on the ribbon boards, they wanted a really nice clean look for the emergency fire alarm lights and because the ribbon board almost covers all the fascia we allowed the fire alarm companies to actually run their cables in part of our ribbon board troughs and mount their lights underneath the ribbon boards so that they could easily be seen. [Timestamp: 8:59]

And I think they have some 10mm dasher board displays in there too?
Yes, that was a really nice addition too. That came around the same time as the pucks did but the dasher boards had to be coordinated obviously with the dasher supplier and mounted in there and then the anti-glare and Lexan, but be tough enough to be able to handle the pucks and players running into these things and take the abuse. But we’ve been well pleased with those 10mm products. They look very good. We have the ability to match any color—one of the problems with dasher board is they’re on camera all the time and they tend to look pink or bluish turn because of the LED’s reacting with the cameras color compensation and we can actually match any color but the challenge we’ve found is we’ve matched with all the cameras in-house but every time there’s a different network coming in they tend to have their different cameras, different set ups so what we’ve done now is create various color settings to try to match the cameras so that it looks actually white on TV. [Timestamp: 10:14]

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