Originally Posted by Brutus
It sometimes takes 4-5 hours to get fully set up for a press conference, let alone a multiple camera production.
Now, don't get me wrong, it sometimes only takes that long because they're very thorough and take their time in setting up. It can be done much quicker if necessary. But usually crews are thoroughly able to troubleshoot when they set up early in the day. In this case, they had to get set up and hope there were no glitches. Unfortunately, there were glitches.
If they were allowed in Saturday morning or early afternoon, then they would have been able to get set up, troubleshoot and all that. Then it would be as simple as zapping the broadcast to the truck and then out to the satellites. But because they could not set up until after the game was over, they had to get everything perfect on the first try and hope there were not wires crossed. That's not as easy as people assume.
It actually is easier than poeple assume. Have a cameraman ready with a camera, hook it up to a portable transmitter, flip a switch and you're live. It really doesn't take that long to get a camera rolling and a live feed going. I know, I did it many times as a camera operator for my college back in the 80's. I imagine it's even easier now. Local TV crews do it in a matter of minutes all the time, in much more difficult situations than this one, all at the spur of the moment. The MLB Network had a feed up immediately.
FSO had plenty of time to plan out how to set this up. This happened on their home turf, they could have done trial runs days ago, and spent the game looking over how they should set up once the game is over. On something this rare and important, you run through it ahead of time until you have it perfect. It's not like this was a surprise to them. With the technology today, and the money FSO makes on the Reds, there really is no excuse for this screw up.