Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Webcast in Euroland

I know, I know, I'm getting to this a wee bit late but there is no expiration date and while it might not be at the peak of its freshness it's still worth posting about. If you are up to speed you know VFTD holds the opinion that PBA has upped the ante for a major league series with their webcasts of the PSP. Webcasting in general is interesting on a couple of counts. The technology is almost daily becoming more accessible and I wouldn't be at all surprised to see the webcasting of events move down the tournament food chain in the next couple of years--and if anyone finds a workable revenue model webcasting of paintball events will explode. (All those kids who wanted to make videos gotta do something, right?)
Slightly O/T apparently PBA handled the broadcast of the College Nationals this past weekend, which, in the past has often done a better than average production job. Was this most recent event noticeably better? Worse? About the same? I'm just curious 'cus I missed it.
Back to the Cote D'Azur or at least someplace not too far away, Puget Sur Argens, host of the recent Med Cup--and past host of the St. Tropez Open or whatever they called the event in 2012. While retaining the venue this time around the MS brought in the folks who produced the DPL (German league) webcasts last season to handle the technical side of the Millennium webcast. Unlike the budget webcasts in America that feature the snake wire the Mill's budget webcast featured the D-wire with fixed position cameras elevated in the dorito wire corners of the netting (or thereabouts) and at least one hand held roving the wire. (I watched a DPL event last year with the same basic set-up.) The resolution was barely adequate as any fast and furious action pixelated large areas of the video images--though bandwidth on tap may have also impacted the visuals. Without being overtly critical if one considers the webcast like the proverbial gift horse it was much better than nothing. The question that remains is this a standard the MS will find acceptable--in order to claim that like the PSP they too have a dedicated webcast--or will any effort be made to improve the product as the season goes forward? I guess we'll see.
And what about PALS?


Anonymous said...

Really a interesting NCPA webcast with the finals slated to be shown on CBS Sports 5/18/13 at noon.

FGCU with divisional players bringing the pain to Long Beach with their Ironman pro player.

Anonymous said...

A few years back, the PSP feeder leagues were offered a service in which if they could provide material product and a venue, drop the PSP and form their own national organization, we would sell the products with our storefront and pay for the webcasts/technology ourselves, we'd retain production rights to the programming and only taking a percentage return on every product sold.

Such of many solicitated offers were for all purposes "stolen" by a variety of organizations in exchange for product.

Needless to say, the PSP "m"ucked it up. This is all too hilarious.

It isn't difficult concept to manifest or put into practice- Whores run more profitable webcasts than the PSP/PBA- they've the good sense to at least charge for the milkshake. hahahahaha

Anonymous said...

"The resolution was barely adequate as any fast and furious action pixelated large areas of the video images--though bandwidth on tap may have also impacted the visuals."

I don't think the picture quality was equal to PBA, but it was not that bad. Were you using the better quality version? There was two options and the selection icon was pretty bad near the volume icon.

Lower quality pixelated bad, but I don't think the same happened to the higher one.

Nick Brockdorff said...

If people mised it, an example can be seen here:


- The quality button is the gear icon bottom right.

One thing is for sure, they need better commentators - that is where there quality is most definitely lower than the PBA webcast.

The other thing PBA does better, is the "eye in the sky" feature.

But, all in all, the webcast is not too bad I think - and yeah - better than nothing.

Nick Brockdorff said...

Oops - found this link too:


Mike said...

Yeah I watched quite a bit of the webcast from this years first Millenium Event and thought it was decent. I was pleasantly surprised with the video quality, number of angles, etc.

The one thing it lacked was good commentary.

Baca Loco said...

Anon 1256
It's posible I may have watched some of it in lower rez by mistake.