The last few months have been interesting times for everyone. With all sports cancelled, many producers have shifted to offering other online services, including graduation ceremonies.
We’ve spent some time modifying MultiSport Scoreboard to meet an important need for those producers. Basic lower thirds for guest speakers is fairly easy, but managing the list of names for students as they walk the stage, either in person or virtually, is a different matter all it’s own. We’ve repurposed the Sponsor Carousel feature to meet that need, including a basic user interface for manually advancing student names or allowing it to play on a timed interval, as well as importing the student list from a CSV file all at once.
We’ve included a simple but elegant graphics package to use with our built-in NDI CG, and as always, the data fields are exported to XML or CSV to use with third-party systems.
We see potential for this interface in more traditional podcasts and shows with guests as well.
SuiteCG is excited to announce a new release that adds Hockey support for MultiSport Scoreboard. This release also updates SuiteCG to NDI 4.0.
One of the best features of hockey support is the ease at which Power Plays and Players on Ice are automatically displayed in the built-in graphics package. Power Play tabs automatically reveal and hide based on the number of players on ice for each team, meaning the operator only needs to focus on the number of players and the software handles the rest. Additionally, Delayed Penalties, Empty Net, player headshots, and players in the penalty box are easy to update and display with a few quick clicks on the touchscreen-friendly interface.
This is the first of what we plan to be a few updates for hockey. Future updates will address penalty clocks, which are not yet supported.
An informal walk-through of the Hockey user interface is provided below:
Additionally, this update includes NDI 4.0 libraries and we have changed the built-in preview monitor to be more reliable and include transparency.
This update is available through the website or through the License Manager, accessible from the SuiteCG Main Menu.
We’re really close to getting a release out with hockey support! We have a few tweaks to make and get some more testing done (mostly relating to NDI 4.0!) before we can release this to the general public, but we do have a short video for you to salivate over!
SuiteCG users that integrate with a third-party CG should take note that after identifying an issue where the game clock was slow to update in certain situations, we have made a permanent change to how we export the game clock data. Game clock will now always write to suitecgclock.xml or .csv, depending on your export settings for third-party CGs. Previously, the game clock only wrote to this file if the clock counted down and displayed 1/10 second intervals in the last minute of the game.
We do not expect this change to affect many customers, as most game templates already counted down and had the 1/10 second setting applied. Customers using the built in NDI graphics will see an improvement, but do not need to apply any changes to their CG Settings. CGs such as LiveText that rely on a broad “watch folder” for data updates are unaffected, however vMix customers or customers that bind game clock data though a data source management tool may need to change their data binding to the suitecgclock file.
This change has been applied to version 0.6.47, which can be downloaded through the SuiteCG License Manager page, accessible from the SuiteCG Main Menu.
We’ve dropped another update, this time for volleyball support. This volleyball interface and graphics package is fairly basic and not where we intend to leave it, but it’s straightforward and easy for the fast pace that comes with volleyball.
This update can be obtained through the SuiteCG License Manager screen. As always, updates can be performed within the License Manager even without a license.
We’ve released a minor update that includes a new graphics project for American Football that automatically displays Down and Distance, as well as Ballspot, per the end-user’s option. For more details watch the included tutorial video.
This update is available through the License Manager screen of any existing installation of SuiteCG, regardless of the presence of a product license.
SuiteCG is thrilled to announce the release of version 0.6.35, which adds the long-awaited, much-anticipated, highly-deliberated Team Rosters feature! Included in this new release are the following:
Importing and Exporting of Team Profiles, including team rosters inside the team profile
Importing of team rosters from CSV and tab separated value files
Importing and exporting of Match Details to eliminate constantly typing broadcast team and company details with each new game
New user interface for American Football with streamlined controls
Keyer Opacity feature to blend team logos with graphics to improve chroma and luma keying on hardware switchers
Fixed various bugs and small user interface issues
Team Rosters has been planned from the beginning as a key feature of SuiteCG MultiSport Scoreboard, and we’re excited to get it out the door in time for fall sports. Player selection is a breeze. With three clicks (and in about that many seconds) from the user interface you can have a player’s headshots and bio up on the screen. Click to open the roster, click to select the player from large buttons with the players name, uniform, position, a headshot, and then a click in Graphics Control to animate the headshot element.
In addition to this new release, we’ve also added new tutorial videos to the Knowledge Base, including:
User Interface: American Football which gives an in-depth review of the new American Football UI, including player selections, counter and toggle images, and context values for integrating SuiteCG with third party CGs.
Connecting SuiteCG to Hardware Switchers via HDMI answers common questions related to integrating SuiteCG with hardware switcher that do not support NDI natively. Using Newtek’s NDI Studio Monitor and an HDMI cable, set up a computer or laptop in extended display and perform a luma or chroma key on the incoming video feed.
Player headshots are currently supported only in American Football and Baseball/Softball. Other sports will see added capabilities soon.
Download SuiteCG for free evaluation. Data outputs are scrambled unless the MultiSport Scoreboard Module is licensed.
Were getting close to a new release that includes support for Team Rosters and player headshots. Stay tuned for updates! We will include this awesome sample roster file so you can play around with it and get familiar with the new tool.