Great tournament. I really prefered the coverage you had 2 years ago, with both Craigs as announcers and, as I recall, cameras just at the back of multiple courts. Back then players disappeared off in the corners sometimes, which certainly didn't give that a professional feel, but the angles gave a great feel for the ball. I also really liked a couple of years ago how you had links set up to all the player interviews so you could go back and look at them if you missed them initially.
Stan Smith's speech on court was totally lame. I can't believe he included Ivan Lendl as an example of a former player still playing a lot of tennis?! Everything I've heard on that guy is that he never plays tennis.
Ivo - if there were more people like you I could have saved the sizable amount of money used to all buy professional broadcasting equipment and specialized encoding technology! Back in 2008, I hooked up my home consumer camera and did a basic stream using my laptop...the 2 Craig's talked into a shared microphone/headset plugged into my laptop...haha! We streamed just the 1 consumer camera from only 1 court at a very low speed and produced very grainy footage. As we did in 2008, we continue to use that same exact camera angle from the end of the court, except we now use a wide angle lens attached to a high end professional camera...plus 2 other manned cameras sitting court side for close-ups and instant replay and a 4th camera up high for facility shots.
The interviews in 2008 were done with a 2nd little home camera so they could be uploaded right away. Today, we do the interviews at the end of the match so the viewer has the context of the match they just watched when viewing the interview. We will be posting the archives this week...you can certainly skip to the end of the match if you want to watch only the interview. Craig Karseno continues to be in the booth...Craig O' is no longer at the club.
This years production took tons of equipment and 8 full time staff all working 12-14 hour days...it amazing to compare the difference when thinking back to 2008.
Anyway, we'll continue to try and get better with each event...thanks for watching.