I'd like to share my success story with Caspar CG 2.0. Caspar was used for a live webcast from the FISU 18th World University Championship Cross Country 2012 (http://wuc.cc2012.p.lodz.pl/
) that took place yesterday, Apr 14th in Lodz, Poland. We did a five-camera broadcast in 1080i/25 with two cameras on wireless and three on fiber-optic cable.
I had prepared 7 flash templates: the clock, a current lap/best time strap, a splits view showing five best runners this lap, a "sportsman" lower-third (with the flag, starting number), an ordinary lower-third, a full-screen board and a team introduction graphic (all team members from a given country). All graphics, the opening titles and credit roll were played out from Caspar.
I also wrote a purpose-built client for the event: it uses an SQLite database to store all the runners data such as country, starting position, family name, year of birth, etc. Unfortunately the company in charge of timing was incapable of delivering a machine-readable version of their timing and other data, so I was only able to import the start list and everything else had to be typed in manually, based on a slowly-refreshed "commentators" monitor. Because of that, I tried to make the entire operation as keyboard-operated as possible, with F1-F7 switching the template the user operates on, keys F9-F11 operating the playout of the template (Play, Update, Stop) and SysRq for clock start.
We used a server based on an Intel Core 2 Duo running @ 2.66GHz with a GeForce GTS 250. Even though these specs are rather low-end by today's standards, it allowed us to do 1080p/25 output flawlessly, outputting several layers of flash templates and playing out a XDCAM HD422 clip at the same time. For HD-SDI output we used two Decklink SDI (PCIe) cards linked together with a common reference, thus giving us a single Key+Fill channel. This was then output to a Panasonic AV-HS450, our switcher.
Here is a sample of the graphics recorded later using ffmpeg consumer: http://vimeo.com/40443811
Here is a complete recording of the Men's Championship Race broadcast: http://youtu.be/goGYRqJjmBQ
Here are some screenshots of the client:
And here is a look on our 'control tent' just before the broadcast:
All in all: everything went well, with the officials happy with the result, and this broadcast being quite possibly the best-prepared live broadcast of any FISU World University Championship to date.
CasparCG graphics designer, programmer and live CG operator - available for work
Lodz, Poland http://janstarzak.com/