Washington Redskins Update FedExField With HD Video Systems From CEI

When the Washington Redskins kick off the 2010 regular season against the Dallas Cowboys this Sunday, fans will be treated to a new stadium experience, thanks to a comprehensive HD upgrade to the FedExField video-control room and infrastructure by Communications Engineering Inc. (CEI).

The new system enables the event-day control room to originate HD programming and to transmit the signals to the new HD LED video displays and stadium-wide video-distribution systems.

The upgrade “will give the fans an even better experience and provide us with greater flexibility in providing entertainment and information,” says Redskins COO David P. Donovan,

The system features the ability to receive and record video and audio feeds from network television-production trucks, as well as video signals from the dedicated video-replay system, cameras, and other external audio and video sources. CEI was responsible for project management, space planning, final design, equipment procurement, systems integration, interfacing with the new 100-ft.-wide Daktronics video boards and data processors, installation, testing, and training for the HD upgrade.

Key elements of the project: upgraded Ross production switcher; Boland, LG, and Planar HD displays; Click Effects multichannel HD clip server system; EVS slow-motion video-system upgrade; Evertz multiviewer system; GMS wireless camera system; Grass Valley server; Harris video-routing equipment; Image Video tally system; Sony HD cameras with Fujinon lenses; Sony HD video-recording and -playback equipment; Apple edit-system upgrades; Tektronix test equipment; Wohler audio monitors; truck-dock fiber-optic upgrade; and new operating consoles.