PCS pro currently supports three types of video input.
Please note that a high end 64 bit Windows 8 or higher machine is required.
Solid State Drive and i7 processor and dedicated graphics card are almost essential to capture video and live stream from the same laptop. (please note this is still in the testing phase)
The three types of camera are:
- Blackmagic pro recorder video encoder
- IP Camera (preferably onvif)
- Mobile phone camera input
Blackmagic pro recorder video encoder
This is the choice that the First Class game is using.
The Blackmagic pro recorder will accept many types of video feeds into its interface, convert the video feed into a h.264 format, which is then picked up by PCS Pro software.
Detail on the pro recorder can be found here
Please note: All the video formats that the pro recorder supports can be found on this page. In short it will support most ‘normal’ formats of Camcorders that many people still use. Either in HD or SD format.
Eastwood sound and vision are the company that supplies the cameras and can be found here.
The set up is fairly simple.
The camera output connects to the appropriate interface of the pro recorder which will then connect to the Laptop via a usb cable such as the one here:
Please note: The Pro recorder does not come with this USB cable supplied.
The PCS Pro laptop will also need to have installed on it the Blackmagic media express software. This is a free to use piece of software.
You can download the software here
Once all this is in place then the user needs to go to:
PCS pro – Tools – Configuration- video- then click on the Blackmagic radio button. The user must be online at this point as a secondary software install will now happen:
Once that is installed, restart PCS Pro, click on Settings. Assuming that there is a camera feed into the Blackmagic then a picture or video feed will appear in the video window that pops up.
Close those panes down and go to the main screen of PCS Pro.
Then go to View > Video-Video Display and lock this pane into the PCS pro scoring / coding panel. Once this is done you are ready to go.
The ECB are partnered with Genie Access, a company who supply IP camera kits including mounts for the camera to be attached to a robust sightscreen.
The kit would include power packs, wireless connection (AP) and of course the camera itself. The Camera would be PTZ (Pan Tilt Zoom) and full HD (1080p).
This makes lining up of the camera frame up and down the wicket, or wherever you want to point the camera very easy indeed.
A basic video of this set up in its development stages can be seen here.
The current cost of the kit is £1800 inc vat
The kit have evolved considerably since this video was made and we are currently working on improving it as the season progresses.
To set the camera up at the laptop end, the user will need to do the following:
Each camera will come with its own Preset IP address. For example 192.168.2.30. The Network range of the laptop will need to be in the same range as this. For example 192.168.2.32.
The user will need to go to their network adapter settings (Network, Network and Sharing centre, Change adapter settings) and then double click on the Ethernet adapter > Internet Protocal version 4 > properties.
Select the radio button that says "Use the Following IP address" and input for example 192.168.2.32 into the IP field. The Subnet mask will auto fill to 255.255.255.0
Click ok and close those panes down.
Go to PCS Pro > Tools > Configuration > Video, select the IP camera radio button and then Settings.
The software will then ‘look’ for the attached IP camera.
Once it’s found it click on ‘Add Camera’ and close those panes down. Then do the same as the Blackmagic advice with the video player. Go to Video > Video Display and the video will then be there to see.
The camera will then need to be aligned or steered into position. Currently this cannot be done through PCS Pro but is in line for future development.
The user will need to open up Internet Explorer or Firefox browser then type in the IP address of the camera in the browser search bar.
This example is 192.168.2.30.
This will open up the page of the camera control. It will prompt to install the camera software, then once the install has completed, refresh the browser window.
Select the camera steering options and steer the camera into place, there will be an image in the browser which shows what the camera is looking at.
Once in place either save the position as pre-set or continue.
The benefit of this is if the screens are moved for Left arm round etc then the operator can steer the camera to its best position. The video picture seen in the browser will be replicated in PCS Pro.
This is the cheapest option and possibly the easiest to use.
Please see below for a demo:
Whilst the demo does not show a cricket match, this video does give a clear example of what can be done.
Firstly, you need to download the relevant app for your phone:
The App for the iPhone for this is Periscope HD.
The App for the Android phone is RTSP Server.
Secondly, we advise you invest in a telephoto lens.
The telephoto lens we suggest people search on Amazon to see what they can find for their own device.
Firstly, the camera and PCS pro need to be on the same wireless network, nothing else is needed and no data to the cloud for the video to get from phone to PCS is needed either, they just on the same wifi / network.
Set up the camera with the app (both apps are slightly different but basically the same and make a note of the RTSP number that the app will provide. Start the stream from the camera phone.
Go to PCS pro, Tools-config-video-IP camera and click on settings and then search for a camera. The phone address ought to appear in the list, click on this and that’s it, done. If the camera address doesn’t appear, then PCS will prompt you to add in the RTSP number as supplied by the camera. Please note that the last 4 digits of the RTSP number may not be relevant to the PCS pro software, for pcs pro they need to be 5554. Again, when setting this up it all becomes pretty clear, but I will make up more video to show this as soon as I can.