NewTek™ salva al productor de juegos electrónicos LocalGames del desastre por el COVID
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
25 May 2021
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SAN ANTONIO, TX–May 25, 2021— In 2020, Latin American video production company LocalGames realized their traditional workflow for producing live broadcasts of eGaming tournaments was completely unworkable during COVID-19 restrictions. Gaming tournament broadcasts, which are the company’s lifeblood, would continue, but all competitions would be virtual. No spectator-packed venues, no competitors on-site, international borders closed. The company was given just over a week to adapt to that change.
“Because all our content is on network, we require a workflow that allows us to efficiently stream video to the network,” says Bernardo Pizurnia, CEO of LocalGames. “And that’s why we chose to go with NewTek. Their products are designed with livestreaming in mind.”
Enter NewTek - The Ultimate Streaming Solution
To accomplish their post-pandemic goals, LocalGames purchased a TriCaster® Mini 4K live production system. The TriCaster puts an entire suite of media production capabilities at a creator’s fingertips. The TriCaster Mini is easy to transport wherever needed and powerful enough to handle even complex productions. For LocalGames, purchasing their TriCaster was more than just a workflow efficiency decision. It also made financial sense.
“We are competing against traditional production companies with traditional workflows for these production jobs,” Pizurnia says. “With their old technology, their end-product is very expensive compared to ours, and ours is much more versatile because the workflow is already designed to stream. That’s one reason we’re as successful as we are.”
Many staff members at LocalGames came from that legacy world of broadcast production, but as Rodrigo Cotiart, broadcast engineer and Chief TriCaster Operator for LocalGames said, “I found the TriCaster to be very easy to learn. And I’m not the sort of person who likes to read manuals. I’m much more of a doer. That’s the way I learn. So, I just got in there, sat down at the TriCaster, and got my hands dirty. I found it to be very intuitive. That’s how I learned to record macros, create camera pre-sets, modify the Multiview, and build buffer animations. I can’t stress enough how important it is to get your hands dirty. I still haven’t read the manual.”
3Play® Makes Replays Easy
Just like any other sports broadcaster, replays are an important production tool in LocalGames’ production arsenal, and the company has made use of NewTek’s 3Play® to produce instant replays for their eGaming programs. The reliability and versatility of the 3Play was one of the reasons LocalGames felt so comfortable turning to NewTek when the pandemic hit.
"En mi época de operador, estaba acostumbrado a utilizar EVS o K2 para las repeticiones", explica Cotiart. "La transición al uso de 3Play fue extremadamente sencilla. Lo único que cambió fue la ubicación de los botones. Y, a decir verdad, el 3Play me parece mucho más versátil y dinámico que esas otras máquinas y mucho más asequible. Nuestra experiencia con el 3Play ha sido totalmente positiva".
Spark and NDI®: A Unique Use
LocalGames makes extensive use of NDI® (Network Device Interface), a revolutionary software standard developed by NewTek that enables video-compatible products to communicate, deliver, and receive high-definition video and audio over a computer network in a high-quality manner suitable for switching in a live production environment.
“Even before we bought our first piece of NewTek gear, we were using NDI under the free protocol,” Pizurnia said. “And since we knew the power of NDI, it made sense to go with NewTek products when it was time to make upgrades.”
La empresa también posee cuatro unidades Spark Plus de NewTek, que desempeñan un papel fundamental en sus producciones rediseñadas. Los convertidores Spark Plus permiten a los productores capturar video de cámaras digitales y otros dispositivos de forma inalámbrica o a través de una red Ethernet. La unidad Spark convierte las fuentes de video HDMI o SDI en NDI para que estén disponibles como fuente de video.
While many Spark owners use their units to integrate remote cameras anywhere on their network into a TriCaster, LocalGames found a unique way to use the versatile devices. After purchasing their TriCaster Mini 4K, the company had legacy, non-NDI equipment they needed to continue to use. Plugging that legacy equipment into a Spark device allowed LocalGames to continue to use this old equipment and still utilize all the technological advantages their TriCaster offers.
Crecimiento continuo en la era del COVID-19
Solo unos días después de que su mundo cambiara por completo, la primera transmisión rediseñada de LocalGames, impulsada por un nuevo TriCaster Mini 4K, salió al aire.
“That first broadcast was accomplished with video boxes over a graphic background,” Cotiart said. “Then we realized we could do more, and that’s when we started adding virtual sets using NewTek’s Virtual Set Editor.”
That capability was easily accomplished as it’s natively built into the TriCaster. The next week, the broadcast featured its hosts sitting on a freshly designed virtual set. The clients liked what they saw and pushed LocalGames to expand their productions even more.
"Parece extraño decir esto, pero el COVID, en realidad, nos hizo una empresa más fuerte", sostiene Pizurnia. "Nos obligó a buscar nuevas herramientas, a utilizar decorados virtuales, a incorporar Unreal Engine. Nos empujó hacia el futuro y nos forzó a sacar el máximo partido de las últimas tecnologías".
“The growth of our company has been exponential. I don’t honestly know where we can get to in the future, but we are rolling at top speed and a whole new world of possibilities has opened up to us.”
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