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ZachSchuster
04-19-2014, 03:21 AM
Stream Powered Productions, LLC (SPP) is excited to announce the launch of a new product line of broadcast production software tailored toward college sports called CGStatLink.

The vast majority of colleges in the United States utilize StatCrew for tracking game stats for teams and individual players. CGStatLink acts as a “bridge” between StatCrew and broadcast production Character Generators. This gives broadcast professionals access to up-to-the-minute game status and statistics on teams and individual players.

SPP’s first product in the CGStatLink product line is CGStatLink Lite- Baseball/Softball. This entry-level product will dynamically update scorebugs via external data input, with data keys for team names, scores, bases loaded image toggles, and B/S/O in text and image toggle formats. It also updates inning number, top/bottom of the inning status, pitcher name, and pitch count.

Additional data outputs include game information such as date, start time, city and venue name, and the score breakdown by inning. The best part of all, the CG operator NEVER enters any of this data. All data is being pulled in real-time from StatCrew as it is entered by the StatCrew statistician. CGStatLink parses the data and passes it on to the CG in basic XML format. The CG then fills in template pages with the incoming data. CGStatLink Lite- Baseball/Softball comes with a basic graphics package with various scorebug options, a title page, and score breakdown by innings. Also included is a free project file for NewTek LiveText that has all the dynamic fields configured and ready to go. Advanced users can design their own custom scorebugs, or use CGStatLink to automate the scorebugs they’re already updating manually. Any CG that can pull in external data should be compatible. There is even limited compatibility with Blackmagic Design ATEM switchers via the Adobe Photoshop plugin.

The line of thought behind CGStatLink is that no one should have to enter the same data twice. Tim Leister, Director of Athletic Media Relations at Bridgewater College, has been using CGStatLink Lite- Baseball/Softball and had this to say:
"…we are always taxed by staffing concerns and taking the time necessary to train numerous students on the proper use of our equipment. CGStatLink takes one of the most time-taxing and intricate parts of our broadcast - scoreboard bug graphics - and makes the updating of those boards completely seamless... CGStatLink is an incredible time saver and was well worth the investment."

SPP will be developing individual programs for other sports including football, volleyball, and basketball. In addition to the “Lite” products that will automate scorebugs for each sport, Pro versions will offer a vast array of additional features, such as player headshots with game, season, and custom stats, comparative team stats, stating lineup and on-court data, and user-defined data such as Keys to the Game, Player to Watch, and more.

Every status, every stat... CGStatLink—From Pressbox to Program, Pretty Darn Quick!

CGStatLink Lite- Baseball/Softball is currently available to purchase or to download for a free 10-day trial. Visit www.stream-powered.com/pages/cgstatlink/ for more information and the download link.

ZachSchuster
05-30-2014, 09:57 AM
CGStatLink now has a dedicated website (http://cgstatlink.com/)and new information on the upcoming CGStatLink Lite- Football (http://cgstatlink.com/cgstatlink-lite-football/) product!

ZachSchuster
06-10-2014, 10:38 AM
CGStatLink Lite- Football (http://cgstatlink.com/cgstatlink-lite-football/) is now available for pre-release purchase. You can download the trial version, or order it now and download updates as they become available.

Plus, through July 30, 2014, order Football Lite and get Baseball/Softball Lite for %50 off with this BUNDLE. (http://cgstatlink.com/2014/06/10/two-sport-combo-plus-cosida14-discount-code/)

PLUS, order by June 14, 2014 and use the COSIDA14 Priority Code to save an additional 14%!

Find out why CGStatLink is the perfect compliment for any school using StatCrew. If StatCrew simply isn't an option for your productions, Manual Mode offers an excellent choice for running your scorebug!

ZachSchuster
06-28-2014, 04:30 PM
Just a quick FYI for everyone. For ongoing updates about CGStatLink products, "Like" us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/CGStatLink. Also on Twitter @CGStatLink.

Major announcements will still be posted here but small updates and community conversation can be found on the Facebook page.

And a little preview of the UI for CGStatLink Lite- Football!
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Thanks!

ZachSchuster
07-02-2014, 01:04 PM
The first CGStatLink Lite- Football tutorial (http://cgstatlink.com/2014/07/02/first-cgstatlink-video-tutorial-is-now-available/) is now available to watch.

This tutorial does not specifically cover the integration with LiveText, but LiveText is shown as the applied use case. This will give you an idea of how easy the program is to use and allude to some other features still in development.

ZachSchuster
07-12-2014, 04:49 PM
Awesome new video to be revealed once I get some more likes at http://www.facebook.com/CGStatlink.

More regular status updates are posted there so I'm not spamming forums.

But seriously, like the page to get regular updates, news, and behind the scenes development videos and photos!

ZachSchuster
07-21-2014, 10:41 PM
FREE Graphics Package for LiveText is now available with 17 pages all set up and ready to receive data from CGStatLink Lite- Football. Use it for your productions as-is or use it as a starting point to customize for your own branding! Accessible here! (http://cgstatlink.com/graphics-packages/)

More exciting news to come as football season is rapidly approaching!

ZachSchuster
08-01-2014, 01:29 PM
Scorebugs Now Available without needing LiveText!

Go dual screen with your CGStatLink computer/laptop and use iVGA to bring in a keyable multi-page CG, or save a dynamic PNG over the network to a frame buffer. It's never been easier more efficient, or cheaper to bring a robust scorebug and other football-themed graphics to your productions!

Click here for a tutorial of the newest features! (http://cgstatlink.com/2014/08/01/cgstatlink-lite-football-dynamic-image-output-makes-screobugs-a-breeze-with-livestream-studio/)

ZachSchuster
09-16-2014, 04:07 PM
CGStatLink Lite- Football now supports real time clock feeds from ScoreOCR and SportzCast. Additionally, it now pulls a limited number of team stats like total yards, penalties, and time of possession from StatCrew. Use it in the Internal CG and bypass the need for LiveText so you can use LT for other in-game graphics!

You can bring in the dual screen internal CG via iVGA, send the dynamic PNG to a frame buffer, or link up LiveText to the XML output file to customize the graphics!

Find out more! (http://cgstatlink.com/2014/09/15/cgstatlink-lite-football-v1-0-3-adds-play-clock-and-real-time-clock-feeds/)

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ZachSchuster
09-19-2014, 10:54 AM
If you get a chance, tonight (9/29/14), Harvard Athletics will be using CGStatLink to pull real time team stats in to their production form StatCrew on ESPN3!

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ZachSchuster
04-07-2015, 09:58 PM
CGStatLink Lite- Baseball/Softball is now in version 2.1.

This version adds some cool new features!

1. Added Support for DakStats Baseball/Softball XML files. Support is limited, as Dakstats does not output the current pitch count, so balls and strikes are unavailable. Manual controls can be used to modify the ball count.

2. STATCREW AND DAKSTATS ONLY- Added output elements for current pitcher and current batter. A new graphics package is available from the website. Support includes season stats when a StatCrew CAP file is used. Season stats are still being tested for DakStats. These outputs are unavailable in Manual Mode.

3. Added International Language Support. Now, via a text file, international customers can edit values for "Top of the", "Bottom of the", "Final", and ordinal values for inning numbers so graphics read in their native language.

Find out more here! (http://suitecg.com/2015/04/07/baseballsoftball-2-1-brings-dakstats-pitcher-and-batter-stats-and-international-language-options/)