Big Ten Video Coordinators Talk MXF at annual meeting

By Matthew Englebert

Park Ridge, IL—An unprecedented number of vendors presented at the Big Ten Video Coordinator’s Meeting hosted by XOS Technologies January 22-23 in the suburbs of Chicago. A busy schedule highlighted by a healthy discussion of MXF exchange as well as the migration of HD into a football program’s work flow was among the topics.

The two-day format was well-received. DVSport and Sony presented on Day One. President Brian Lowe represented the Pittsburgh based company where he recently led the West Virginia Video Operations in their Fiesta Bowl preparations. Lowe’s company currently has Ohio State as its sole conference customer using the editing and network solution. The Big Ten Conference also utilizes DVSport for its instant replay product.

Sony and Panasonic each spoke of their product line and migration to HD. Panasonic, in conjunction with Fox Sports, sent out the AG-HVX200 to each school to use in production for the Big Ten Network. Each company is currently working with XOS Technologies and DVSport to find a HD Solution for the Video Coordinator.

Currently the Big Ten Conference utilizes 3D-FTP and Cute-FTP file sharing programs for video exchange among its members. DragonFly Storm presented with an alternate solution. Kirk Miller, [resident of DragonFly and currently the IT Director at the University of Alabama, has his product in use within the SEC, ACC, Mountain West, and Conference USA to name a few. In the Big Ten, Michigan, Ohio State and Wisconsin had tested this out with their bowl exchange.

Ten of the 11 conference members use one of the many platforms offered by XOS Technologies. Michigan State and Minnesota are developing partners in the Thunder platform. Albert Tsai, vice president Advanced Research and leader of the Thunder Migration demonstrated the new tools which include a partnership with EA Sport in an interactive game simulator. Conference Sales Representative and former Wolverine Football standout Joe Marinaro introduced an overview of HD migration within the athletic department, a presentation that went much deeper than a transition of cameras and monitors, but also into networking issues.

Other notables attending the meeting were Dave Parry, Big Ten Coordinator of Officials and Tim Collins of Notre Dame. Tim’s Fighting Irish play up to four Big Ten schools every year and he is on the Executive Council of the Collegiate Sports Video Association (CSVA). Collins spoke on behalf of the Association. Parry thanked the coordinators of the league for their assistance with video throughout the season. “Our job to become better officials is a direct result of the work you provide us,” said Parry.

Matthew Engelbert of Iowa was voted Big Ten Video Coordinator of the Year and Joel Baron of Indiana was named the conference representative to CSVA.