Just about every college and university in the country sent representatives to Atlanta last week for the annual SVG College Sports Summit. Held May 31 – June 2, 2017, at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center, attendees were able to see how far collegiate athletic departments and conference offices of all sizes from across the country have come when it relates to quality video production and distribution. The SVG College Sports Summit was the place to share and get new ideas, keep up on the latest trends, and see first hand the most cutting edge and cost-effective video production gear in the business.
There was a panel discussion on live social streaming strategies, a keynote presentation from Instagram’s Will Yoder, along with the special Facebook Video Boot Camp and plenty of social topics to discuss with leaders in the industry.
It’s no secret that live streaming on platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Periscope have opened entire new distribution channels that have proven to be tremendously direct and engaging. Content creators from teams, leagues, and media companies that have found success quickly on these platforms were on hand to share their advice behind their work.
An expo, showcasing the latest in audio and video technology was open each day for attendees to walk through and learn.
This year’s exhibitors were AJT Systems, AT&T, Avid, Blackmagic Design, BlueFrame Technology, Calrec/DiGiCo, Canon, ChyronHego, Clear-Com, Comrex, Convergent Design, Creative Dimersions, Digicaster/Digital Comm Link, Evertz, EVS, FX Design Group, Globecomm, Grass Vallet, Harman, Ikegami, Imagine Communications, Integrated Microwave Technologies, Joseph Electronics, JVCKENWOOD, LiveU, LTN Global Communications, Markertek, Multidyne, Neutrik, NewTek, Niles Media Group, Panasonic, Quantum, Riedel Communications, Ross Video, SimplyLive, Sony, SportZcast, Telescope, Telos Alliance, Teradek, TV Graphics, TVU Networks, Vizrt, Wave Central/CP Communications, and Wesco.
One of the highlights of the week is the College Sports Media Awards Ceremony, which this year was hosted by Tom Rinaldi. The College Sports Media Awards recognize the best in college sports production from athletic departments, conference offices, national networks, regional networks, independent production companies, and more. The Sports Video Group and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) will honor the outstanding work in college sports-video productions from campuses across the country and the staff that makes them possible. Kudos to the University of Nebraska with the fifth-annual SVG/NACDA Technology Leadership Award and SVG will celebrate the great career of Ball State Sports Link founder Chris Taylor with the presentation of the SVG College Sports Summit Pioneer Award.
For more information regarding the SVG College Sports Summit, visit www.svgcollege.com.