Archive for the ‘HD Video Production’ Category

Intern Success Story

Monday, March 18th, 2019

For the last decade Crew West has enjoyed mentoring interns from ASU. At CW interns get a chance to cover stories that interest a national audience and see how network correspondents do their job.

Johnathan Rugg (2015) has recently been hired by Crew West to do some work for ESPN. He worked camera on Spring Training games and then helped out in Las Vegas for our UFC coverage. Next up, we’re assigning him to the NFL owners meetings here in Phoenix.
Congratulations Johnathan!

Primary Election Night

Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

When you sit down and watch the evening news you have no idea on how much work goes into broadcasting live feeds for a less than five min hit on the network.  Last night gave me much appreciation for the people in the industry.

 Satellink West was hired this past Tuesday by NBC to broadcast Kelli Ward’s viewing party for the primary election. Ward’s viewing party was hosted at the Embassy Suites in Scottsdale, Arizona. Satellink West ran three fiber lines each embedded with audio and video for NBC, CNN and the POOL feed.  In addition, there were two sets of COM lines with PL & IFB for NBC and CNN.

I had no idea the amount of work it takes to uplink three signals to a satellite for the networks to broadcast.  My experience with uplink communications is very limited.  The Crew West team showed me how to run cables for our clients and talkback communications for the talent and photojournalist. I took this opportunity to learn and soak up everything.  For example, I didn’t know that the position of the Pool camera always courteously gets the middle of the press/media podium.  This is because the Pool feed gets distributed to more networks.  The sat tuck has a lot of components that make the uplink work.  Hanging out with Mike gave me a good understanding of the terminology and general understanding of how the uplink works.

This experience was humbling and makes me appreciate all the of the work done behind the camera.


– written by ASU intern Zach Vesledahl

Crew West and UFC

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018

Over the past couple of years our good friends at ESPN have been hiring us to cover UFC events in vegas.  With the recent acquisition of UFC rights, ESPN is ramping up their coverage and have brought us along for the ride.  In July we helped produce a new show they are taking on the road to cover major UFC PPV events – Ariel & the Bad Guy – with Ariel Helwani and Chael Sonnen.  Thus far this new show has been at two events, one in Las Vegas and the most recent in Los Angeles, with 3 more events in the books for Crew West for the remainder of the year.  We’ll be heading to Dallas for UFC 228, then back again in Vegas for the huge fight between Connor McGregor & Khabib Nurmagomedov, and then we’ll wrap up the year in December for the final card of the the year.  For these shows our crews provide most of the production support.  Fight week coverage usually includes a couple of live shots, weigh in & press conferece coverage, and UFC Media Day interviews with the fighters.  For fight night we man two cameras and light the set that ESPN ships in for the hour long post-fight show.