Wednesday, February 24, 2016
What goes on in the booth before a game?
It’s 3:55, the action is about to start, so many things to worry about, so many things to check and do. Camera is almost setup, the live stream is about to start and go!
“Hello everyone, this is Filip Zapeca and Vincent Ouimet"
Broadcasting a High School game can sometimes be really stressful. It definitely is in the 5 minutes before the game is about to start and especially if you want it as professional as possible. Sometimes when nothing is working the way expect you just really want to take the computer and throw it out the window onto the basketball court. To understand more in depth what happens in the booth, here is a quick overview since the time of the final school bell and the game at 4 o’clock.
At first, the bell rings and 3:35 and the most important thing in this very moment, is to get food. One runs over to the snack bar as fast as possible before the people start piling up and a line starts to form. One tries to get as much food as possible for 50 UAH and attempt to be out of there by 3:42.
Once the food is purchased, it is time to head over to the booth and if everything goes well the planned arrival is at 3:45.
Once in the booth, the first five minutes are spent on turning on the computer, the camera, the monitor, and all the necessary software.
The game is about to start and in the final 5 minutes before the pre-game all the checkups have to take place. The microphone has to be checked for sound levels, the web camera for functionality, the game camera for rotation and if the live stream can run smoothly.
There is still about 5 minutes left before the game, and in those 5 minutes is when everything should start but everything starts to fail. One must ensure that the proper graphic has been added and it is not the old one from last game. The microphone doesn’t work, oh no, what are we going to do? The most important thing to do is “go slow, breath, and smile” (Mr. Conover) then unplug the microphone and replug it back in. One repeats the same step for whoever else isn’t working.
Next, there is only about 2 minutes left and it is time to start the broadcast. You make sure that the broadcast is switched to the web camera and that you hit the big red “Start Broadcast” button. Once that is done, if everything goes according to schedule, one should have 1 minute left and that is the time to introduce the game. Introduce the game, introduce yourselves, and introduce the lineup.
The game is now starting, one must ensure that the camera is switched to ‘Scene 1’ which is the game camera and the commentary and video has now started!