BMG’s Newest 4K Flight Pack Makes Inaugural Trip to SDCC

Jul 31, 2019

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Broadcast Management Group’s system integration team recently completed the design and build out of a custom 4K flight pack, which was designed for the specific purpose of supporting our live production projects. We decided to put the new equipment to the test during a recent multi-camera production with truTV and the Impractical Jokers at San Diego Comic-Con.

system integration, flight pack, 4k flight pack, live production, production equipment, SDCC, Comic-Con, San Diego Comic-ConOur latest 4K flight pack features the Newtek Mix Engine switcher, which can accommodate 44 video inputs with resolutions up to 4K. The switcher also features 8 M/E buses with video re-entry and 4 key layers per M/E bus, plus 4 DDRs, 1 sound media player, 10 animation buffers, 5 graphic buffers, 4 multi-view outputs, 2 independent video mix outputs, 2 streaming outputs, and supports up to 44 PTZ robotic cameras. Also integrated into the flight pack is a 40×40 12G router, 24-port network hub, audio and video I/O panels, 2 standards converters, 2 Hyperdeck recorders, and a built-in UPS. The flight pack itself comes in a custom-built case which easily rolls into venues and sets up within hours.

system integration, flight pack, 4k flight pack, live production, production equipment, SDCC, San Diego Comic-Con, Comic-ConBMG’s new 4K flight pack was the perfect application for truTV’s live stream. Their “Impractically Speaking” Q&A featured 4 cameras, video playback, graphics, ISO and program records, and live streaming to 2 destinations. In addition to our live program, we needed to distribute a sub-switch to the in-house Jumbotron, which we were able to accommodate using one of the two independent mix outputs. Our control room environment was located just a few hundred feet from the main stage, allowing us to get our switcher and cable runs completed in just a few short hours.

If you’re looking for your own custom 4k flight pack, this is just one of the many services our system integration team provides and we’d be happy to help. Contact us today to discuss.

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  • Andrew Ryback Reply
    2018-03-07 21:55:41

    We're glad you found this to be useful, Margaux. Let us know if there's anything we can help with.

  • Margaux Ford Reply
    2018-03-07 05:57:06

    I appreciate the tips on hiring a production staffing company to have more time to focus on the creative aspects of the project. Hiring a production crew is a tedious task, and can take up much of your time. We're currently working on a huge production, and I'll share this article with my boss so he'll consider on delegating the recruitment to a staffing company. I like that you mentioned that staffing company can ensure to have the right team onboard for the project. Thanks!

  • Robert McWilliams Reply
    2017-10-31 19:05:18

    Todd:I have an ad agency in addition to our production company. We put one of our clients on OTT two months ago up in Nevada. Seems to be working!Thanks again for the work earlier this month.Rob

  • Nicole Rohde Reply
    2017-05-27 22:28:45

    Hey Andrew, Any word as to whether or not the Jokers will be back for Comic Con this year? Please let me know. Thanks!!!

  • Aaron Estabrook Reply
    2017-02-23 16:26:57

    I'll be tuning in for sure!

  • David Patton Reply
    2015-01-16 13:16:02

    Interesting blog post Andrew. For those who are nearly ready to cut the cord, but still want access to key channels such as ESPN, I'd recommend checking out Dish Network's new service, Sling TV. It provides access to a handful of channels for $20/month.https://gigaom.com/2015/01/15/sling-tv-details-price-devices-networks-resolution-bandwidth/

  • Andrew Ryback Reply
    2015-01-13 14:44:19

    Go for it! I'll admit that I was a little apprehensive about pulling the plug at first, but honestly, the transition away from DirecTV has been seamless. The only missing link is live sports, but there are a few work arounds depending on what sports you watch. Good luck!

  • Gregory Hart Reply
    2015-01-13 06:35:00

    While I am part of the 55 year old demographic that still has TV boxes and does TV viewing, I do my viewing using DVRs and networked PCs playing video files from an in-home server. I too have noticed that I view a handful of shows on a regular basis and have found various other sources for these shows. And now it has gotten to the point to where I am seriously considering ending my very long relationship with DirecTV and going streaming. Working in the TV industry also helped to open eyes to this as well. This transition from "old" TV is coming and the networks (Les Moonves, I am looking at you!) had better plan for it.

  • Gary Reply
    2013-08-08 09:44:39

    You've left out a HUGE part of this story by not mentioning Howard Stern's effect on the Sharknado buzz! #siris-ly

  • Marybeth Harrison Reply
    2013-08-07 14:46:29

    I can almost hear the theme song from Jaws as I read your post!