Ever wonder how a sporting event on ESPN is broadcast and how everything transitions smoothly? There are so many different moving parts to bring the goal of a smooth broadcast of a sporting event. I am working with the Athletic Communications department at Canisius College. My first task with Athletic Communications was handling the camera for the Go Griffs live stream broadcast. This was for the volleyball tournament that was hosted here at Canisius this past weekend. I was nervous about handling such an expensive piece of equipment. I learned how to pan left to right to cover the whole volleyball game and not miss any of the action. I was also introduced to the concept of a hero shot – the shot that you typically see in any sporting event. For example, in volleyball, there is a zoom into the player who scored the point, and then you follow that player until the studio switches the camera to another shot. I never really thought about the process of delivering a smooth broadcast to my television. The biggest key to broadcasting that I learned is that there is always communication going on at all times to make sure the broadcast looks professional. This made my first day working with the camera simple, because as I was still warming up to the camera, I was making a couple of first time mistakes. The guys in the studio reassured me and let me know it is okay because they are able to save me and just switch cameras if they have to. Garrett, who is the Director of Digital Media, expressed an interest in teaching me how to make a couple of films for teams, along with learning how to make replays and broadcasting them on a live game!
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