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Forward Referee™

"Forward Referee" multichannel system is designed for reviewing on-the-fly of disputed events happened during hockey match. It can be used in other sports too.

The system is based on the "Forward Goalkeeper" product with advanced "Forward Referee" software for multichannel recording (up to 13 input channels) and reviewing of video material. The system allows to mark interesting events during match and review it with high accuracy (50 images per second). Marking of events during match, quick navigation and further reviewing is implemented by controlling the system via external consoles (are purchased separately).

General description

Hockey is one of the most spectacular, dynamic and difficult sports to referee. In every match we observe different kinds of body-checks with high player speed (puck speed may reach 200 km per hour, for example). Sometimes it is necessary to review some disputed events of the match. Video goal judge reviews replays of disputed goals and other disputed events.

Workplace of video replays referee

"Forward Referee" system is a software-hardware complex for reviewing on-the-fly of disputed events of hockey match. The system allows to review events in frame-to-frame mode (50 images per second). Reviewing does not interrupt recording. You may also get a collection (report) of the most interesting moments of the match via "Forward Referee" system.

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The system meets all requirements of Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) regulations. It can be a work place for video goal judge during official KHL matches. Successfully used at KHL matches starting from 2009-2010 hockey season.

Main features of the system

Recording

  • Recording with a high quality (suitable for professional broadcasting) by multiple camcorders
  • «Typing» of playing time in frames over the image
  • Integration with score board for receiving of playing time
  • Reviewing does not interrupt recording
  • Stop and start of recording at any time

Review of events

  • Frame-to-frame events review (50 images per second)
  • Display of image on extra monitor for video goal judge to examine and on remote TV monitor for referee to watch disputed event
  • Preview of enlarged image from any camera on extra monitor
  • Minimum delay between the event and its display is 2 seconds
  • Instant switching between cameras when reviewing event
  • Automatic creation of video report on interesting events when necessary
  • Broadcasting to the Internet and transmitting of information to the KHL committee office in real time

Operating convenience

  • Integrated system with simple, intuitive, and configurable user interface
  • Marking of event ensures quick navigation for further reviewing
  • Use of any analog cameras and possibility of adjusting image parameters
  • Disconnection of one or several cameras does not influence the whole system
  • The ability to review the input video in the preview panes
  • Support of external consoles to control the system
  • Simple in start-up and takes a short period for staff to learn

Description of the «Forward Referee» system

"Forward Referee" system is delivered as a video server with preinstalled software. Commutation devices for camera connecting are included in scope of supply. Just connect cameras to begin working.

1. Specifications

Number of record channels up to 13
Types of input signal Analog (CVBS, YUV, RGB):
PAL/SECAM (720x576, 25 fps)
NTSC (720x480, 29.97 fps)

SD-SDI:
PAL (720x576, 25 fps)
NTSC (720x480, 29.97 fps)

HD-SDI:
720p (50 fps, 59.94 fps, 60 fps)
1080i (25 fps, 29.97 fps, 30 fps)
Compression DV, MPEG2 I-frame, Motion-JPEG
Language English / Russian
System Case SuperMicro CSE-745TQ-800B, 4RU, 178x452x648 mm

Storage capacity can be enlarged if necessary. Also, the system can be supplied with additional power supply unit, 19" rackmounting kit, another hardware configuration etc. in accordance with a customer.

2. Multichannel recording

The "Forward Referee" system can record up to 13 inputs channels simultaneously. For example, it`s possible to connect six goal-area and all-around view control cameras. All-around view cameras help to examine events happened outside overview of goal-area camera.

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Disconnection of one or several cameras does not influence the whole system. You may connect cameras "on-the-fly" (when match is being recorded) without stopping and restarting of the system. You may watch "live" signal on computer screen when recording.

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Any type of signal (Analog, SD-SDI, HD-SDI) is supported. You may work with purchased and installed earlier equipment.

Signal is of a high professional quality. «Forward Referee» system provides a possibility to edit further recorded material, for example, to create a film for players with the most interesting moments of the match.

3. Increased frame rate when video data viewing

Video data is reviewed step-by-step with accuracy within 50 images per second (for the PAL system) in the «Forward Referee» system. Doubled frames number allows to examine event in details and it increases credibility of puck trajectory identification.

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4. Adjusting of camera image parameters

Cameras have a wide range of brightness and chromaticity parameters value. You may adjust camera parameters (brightness and chromaticity) in the "Forward Referee" system when recording. It simplifies examination of event recorded by several cameras from different angles.

5. Simple interface

The "Forward Referee" system offers easy configurable interface. Signals from all cameras (goal-area and all-round) can be simultaneously displayed on preview panes. Image on all panes is changed synchronously when events are reviewed. Review of events from several angles simplifies its examination and identification of puck location.

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Image can be enlarged and reviewed on a separate monitor. You may place an extra monitor near rink for referee to review disputed events of the match remotely.

Click here to enlargeThe system provides an instant access to recorded events. Minimum delay between the event and its review is 2 seconds.

6. Handy navigation over events

The "Forward Referee" system allows to mark interesting events of the match (goal, violation, shooting). You may quickly navigate over marked events when reviewing and getting a report. Every event can be coloured to simplify its further search.

7. "Typing" of playing time in video frame

The "Forward Referee" system provides a possibility to "type" playing time in frames. Time marks are displayed in frames when reviewing a match and in report frames. You may select location, font, size and colour of marks.

According to KHL requirements time should be taken from scoreboard. The following score-board systems are supported: Nautronic, Swiss-Timing, LEDbow, NATA-INFO, Araneus, PALAMI, and other types. Other models of scoreboards can be supported by the customer request.

8. Direct broadcasting of the game to the Internet

The "Forward Referee" system allows to broadcast a signal to the chief KHL office via the Internet. A standard and free Microsoft Windows Media Encoder software is used for this purpose. The software converts analog signal in Windows Media and transmits it to the net. Windows Media Player can be used for receiving of the signal and for reviewing it in real time. This program is included into Windows software complex. You may organize match broadcasting on web site via standard devices.

9. Compact and turnkey system

Click here to enlargeThe "Forward Referee" system is delivered as a video server with preinstalled software. Commutation devices for video cameras connecting are included in the scope of supply. You need only to connect cameras to begin working. System simplicity gives a chance to prepare staff quickly for dealing with the system. A single person is able to install and to work with the "Forward Referee" system.

Capacity of system hard disks in standard configuration provides storing of full recorded matches (with additional periods and bullets) in DV AVI quality. You may enlarge capacity if necessary.

10. Report with match events

The "Forward Referee" system may create a video report on-the-fly with marked by referee events of the match. The system provides an instant access to recorded material.

Every event can be exported in a separate video file. All events can be put into one video file. You may "type" the time in video frames when exporting if necessary.

Support of external consoles

You may handily control the system from external consoles (purchased separately), which are external blocks with keys and jog shuttles. The FDReferee application provides a possibility to configure the mode of control over commands by pressing external console keys:

  • Marking an event (interesting moment) for further replaying
  • A 0...9 seconds move back from the event
  • A move by one of several frames forward-backward
  • Fine motion (accurate within a frame) using the jog shuttle
  • Adjusting the event
  • Switching between the marked events in the list
  • Selecting the current camera

The following console models are currently supported:

JLCooper Es-SloMo - Click here to enlarge JLCooper ES-SloMo/ES-SloMo J. Has a jog shuttle for fine positioning and more than 40 keys. Each of the keys can be assigned to any of the main commands controlling the Forward Referee system.

DNF ST300 - Click here to enlarge DNF ST300. Has a jog shuttle for fine positioning, and more than 30 keys. Each of the keys can be assigned to any of the main commands controlling the Forward Referee system.

Shuttle Pro 2 - Click here to enlarge Shuttle Pro 2. Connected via USB (our system can support other USB consoles as well). Has a fast forward/rewind ring, jog shuttle for fine positioning, and 15 keys. Each of the keys can be assigned to any of the main commands controlling the Forward Referee system.

DPS Jog-5000 - Click here to enlarge DPS Jog-4000 - Click here to enlarge DPS Velocity Jog-4000/5000. Has a fast forward/rewind ring, jog shuttle for fine positioning, and more than 20 keys. Each of the keys can be assigned to any of the main commands controlling the Forward Referee system.

 

JLCooper MCS-3 - Click here to enlarge JLCooper MCS-3/MCS-3S. Is an enhanced analog of DPS Velocity Jog-4000, connected via USB.

 

 In the future, we plan to add support for other consoles. For more specific information, please contact Support.

Software, documentation and price-list

This product is delivered as a turnkey solution (a computer unit with the pre-installed and configured system). If necessary to load documentation, go to the "Documentation" section. To see price-list, go to the "Where to buy" section.