How the Milwaukee-based SmashBoxx pulls off its productions
June 28, 2018 by Bennett Wineka in Livewire with 0 comments
Disc golf media outfit SmashBoxxTV was profiled by video technology company Teradek for using its cellular bonding device during its video livestreams. The profile was published to the company’s blog, which regularly highlights how people and companies utilize their products. Teradek designs and produces video equipment for “for broadcast, cinema, and general imaging applications.”
Jon Van Deurzen, better known as ‘Jonny V’ in the disc golf world, offered an inside look on how their broadcasts operate.
“Our goal is to be able to stream footage that makes disc golf as exciting as a PGA tour, but without the massive budget that they have,” Van Deurzen said. “They can easily afford broadcast trucks and several cameras, but as a niche sport, our small budgets force us to find solutions that can get as close to a TV broadcast as possible.”
He continued: “One of the most important things for us is being able to manage the stream remotely. We don’t have the infrastructure that mainstream sports broadcasts have, but by going to the cloud, we can pull down the stream from anywhere and add all of the graphics remotely. I’m at my workstation at home instructing my team on where to position, and editing the live footage as it comes in.”
SmashBoxxTV films from two angles: one at the tee and one at the basket. Both cameras have Teradek Bonds equipped with 2x Verizon 4G LTE modems, which stream video directly to Van Deurzen’s Milwaukee home. He pulls down the stream via Teradek Stream Reader into his vMix software switcher to add graphics, switch between camera and publish the stream.
Teradek has been in business since 2008 and is based in Irvine, California.