With a recent software update the videoReferee® judging system is now displaying scoreboard data during replay directly as a PIP. In order to make the scoreboard available to the judges a selected portion of the scoreboard can be included as a Picture In Picture (PIP) during search and playback. This image can be selected from any recording channel containing the scoreboard or from a separate channel dedicated to scoreboard recording.
During most competitions where video assisted judging is used the videoReferee® system is usually connected to the arena scoreboard controller for receiving the pertinent data (time, period, score, etc.). Quite often there are situations when, for some reason, such direct connection cannot be accomplished but are critical for synchronizing video and scoreboard timing. A typical example is judging the validity of a throw in basketball at the end of shot clock. Only if the throw was made before the end of this time-slot, the throw is valid.
In order to deal with such situations the new feature was added to videoReferee® – displaying a selected portion of the scoreboard as a PIP during search and playback. The operator will select the scoreboard area to be displayed at system setup. During playback / search of any channel this part of the scoreboard will be displayed in the corner of the screen.
For systems with a limited number of channels (video- Referee® -B, -Jr. or -SR) there is a special Scoreboard Camera Option, providing an additional external input channel via the USB interface. Any camera with SDI or HDMI output or even consumer camcorders can be used to capture the scoreboard.
The system works with official time, score and game log from scoreboard control systems and is compatible with most controllers (Nautronic, Westerstrand, Megalux, Omega).
The videoReferee® system is flexible enough to work with high-quality broadcast cameras employing SDI format or even COTS cameras with HDMI format.
Using SDI as the videoReferee® recording standard ensures that the signals can easily be used by Broadcasters, for being the worldwide standard for Broadcasting- and OB-equipment.
The system allows for a wide range of different signal formats, thus making it the ideal solution to be included in Broadcast environments as well as fixed installations during sports events: SD-SDI , HD-SDI, 3G; all of them in interlaced (50i, 60i) and progressive (720p50 / 60) and even 3G (1080p50 / 60) HDMI and other sources can easily be converted to SDI.