Haven’t been ignoring the blog this week. It’s more like I’ve been avoiding the construction site. The workers are right in the middle of doing a big portion of the terazzo flooring and to be honest, it’s just a pain to get around right now. I always feel bad cutting through areas where those guys are working, and sometimes I just prefer to get out of the way and let them do what they have to do.
With that in mind, here’s what we have cooking on the nerd side of things:
* We’ve just about finalized what all of our crew positions and work stations are going to be in the video control room. Down to the last few positions, we’ve really been focusing on getting the right equipment in there that will bring the best bang for the buck for the fans.
* Hope to move the 360 degree webcam tomorrow to a different location. Thinking on the main concourse level or the front of the upper bowl at the opposite end of where we’ve been. We’ve been recording all of the images from the camera and I watched a cool timelapse the other day at the Eyesee360 Studios.
* Tomorrow we will get a look at what the main camera positions will look like for the first time. We’ll be bringing in a full broadcast rig to test the sight lines. Really excited for this one, we have great cameras going in and with the camera positions both lower and closer hopefully we can get a much better feel on the broadcasts for the true speed of the game. Will try to get a comparative video up.
* Dasher boards are coming soon, probably in the next few weeks. Exciting for us because we can finally see where we can cut them to put the low POV (point-of-view) robotic cameras in. We’re hoping to get one at center ice, and one down at the double attack zone. What we hope to do with these cameras is really get a unique perspective for tight shots. We shoot down on the guys so much, sometimes it’s hard to capture “whats it feel like at ice level” feeling. Hopefully we can pull it off.
* We continue to work hard on the wi-fi integration into CONSOL. We have a lot more places to rig access points over there, and while it’s going to be a difficult task (no idea how much a pain wireless was until I was forced to dive deep into it) I’m confident we’re going to have a great system over there.
* Off tech - the locker stalls are starting to be put in. They look great. Will try to get some photos tomorrow and get them up on penguins.nhl.com
* Thanks for the many kind words, retweets, and emails on the “break-up letter” to Mellon last week. I’d been thinking about it pretty much since I moved down to the main office at Chatham Center at the beginning of the year. I just didn’t expect to have to write it so early. It was a special place for me, and I’m going to miss it. If you haven’t seen it, the game ops crew cut a great tribute video at the end of the season, and it was the last video played at Mellon Arena:
OK, that’s a short one today — I’m sure someone from TPB would call it lameblog. Just wanted to shoot a quick update.