NewTek™ 帮助电子游戏生产商 LocalGames 走出新冠肺炎疫情的泥淖
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.
“在过去的广播生涯里，我习惯了使用 EVS 或 K2 进行重放”，Cotiart 说道，“过渡到使用 3Play 是一个极为简单的过程。唯一的不同就是按钮的位置。老实说，我发现 3Play 比其他设备具有更多功能而且更动态化，但价格要实惠很多。我们对 3Play 的体验非常正面。”
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.”
该公司还拥有四台 NewTek Spark Plus 设备，它们在其重新设计的制作当中发挥着关键作用。Spark Plus 转换器允许制作人员通过无线方式或以太网网络捕获来自数字摄像机和其他设备的视频。Spark 设备会将 HDMI 或 SDI 视频信号源转换成 NDI，使其可以被用作视频信号源。
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.
在经历天翻地覆变化的短短几天之后，LocalGames 的第一个经过重新设计，由新的 TriCaster Mini 4K 提供支持的广播开始播放。
“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.
“虽然这么说有点奇怪，但新冠肺炎疫情确实使公司变得更强”，Pizurnia 对我说道，“它迫使我们找到新的工具，使用虚拟场景，并且整合 Unreal Engine。它使我们不得不走向未来，并且充分利用最新的技术。”
“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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