U.S. Figure Skating (USFS) is the national governing body for the sport of figure skating in the United States. The Event & Video Production department is a key resource for the association, handling live production for three to five major televised events annually, creating 150-200 pieces of content supporting USFS programs, vision, branding, and Team USA athletes. The production area also provides production equipment and oversight to a team of technical producers in the field acquiring footage from U.S. Figure Skating qualifying competition events, adding to the extensive archives that the department maintains.
The almost 100-year-old organization’s production environment was formed just six years ago. From simple storage and asset management to content creation, broadcast event management and live-production, “simple” wasn’t cutting it anymore. It was too difficult to store, tag and access footage.
How CHESA Helped Them
With deep knowledge of all components in place, Chesapeake assessed the hardware and infrastructure, recommending ways to extend the life of the infrastructure while simultaneously integrating workflow solutions.
Chesapeake has become Event & Video Production’s media technology department, handling software upgrades, dealing with issues that come up, proactively performing system security and health checks, identifying new technologies and assisting with expansion plans.
Disaster recovery protocol was a priority after Colorado fires came uncomfortably close to the facility.
A rewrite of the software workflows, including a custom ingest workflow with metadata, was built so that every ingest was backed up and cloned on two LTO tapes.
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