Texas Legends Leverage Chyron, NewTek Technology in New Mobile Unit

Chyron announced that the Texas Legends, an NBA D-League team based in Frisco, TX, has built the ChyronIP real-time HD/SD 2D and 3D character and graphics generator into a new mobile production trailer powered by NewTek equipment. Loaded with the features and functions offered by Chyron’s Lyric PRO software, ChyronIP brings Chyron’s data-driven 3D graphics to the NewTek TriCaster live production system. As a result, Texas Legends’ basketball telecasts boast the same high-impact graphics typical of the world’s premier live sports broadcasts.

“ChyronIP gives us more robust capabilities and added flexibility in the overall graphics presentation of Legends’ broadcasts, ultimately resulting in more graphics and an enhanced on-air presence,” said Bill Boyce, president of the Texas Legends. “The seamless integration of ChyronIP with our NewTek TriCaster system allows us to leverage the consistency of Chyron’s Lyric software to match larger-scale broadcasts in the creation, storage, and playout of graphic content. The credibility we gain with such graphics adds significantly to our ability to generate greater revenues from Legends’ telecasts.”

The Texas Legends’ trailer was custom-designed by North Texas Trailers and Vantedge Sports Media. It features an internal green screen studio and a game-day studio with 200-square-foot fold-out stages, and a broadcaster desk that can be utilized inside or outside the studio. This unique studio allows users to emulate a TV broadcast studio or create an outdoor studio environment.

The mobile unit is powered by NewTek equipment including TriCaster and 3Play (replay) machines, as well as NewTek’s virtual studio software. Within this environment, the ChyronIP delivers key and fill signals via the TriCaster network interface, which gives producers two full HD or SD live full-motion channels of Chyron graphics without tying up any of the TriCaster’s video inputs. The Texas Legends added a second channel to the ChyronIP system to support streaming graphics.

Winner of the STAR Award (Superior Technology Award Recipient) at IBC2012, ChyronIP for TriCaster is a self-contained system that boasts a compact lightweight chassis. Users can simply plug it in and get to work. Those companies or production teams already working with Chyron graphics systems can employ ChyronIP to bring existing Chyron graphics into their productions.

“ChyronIP makes it easy for broadcasters working with NewTek TriCaster systems to incorporate dynamic animated elements and information-rich graphics into live productions,” said Kathy Power, senior vice president of worldwide sales at Chyron. “This powerful product pairing offers TriCaster users— from the largest media companies to local and regional sports production teams — a flexible graphics solution at an unprecedented price point.”