BaylorVision Honored With National Award For Best Overall Video Display
BaylorVision, Baylor University's in-house video production division, was recognized for superior achievement by the leading professional organization in the game operations industry with the 2009 Golden Matrix Award for "Best Overall Video - Universities."
The Information Display and Entertainment Association (IDEA) presented BaylorVision with the award during the 27th annual IDEA Conference, held Jan. 22-25 in Scottsdale, Ariz.
The Golden Matrix Awards were created by Mitsubishi Diamond Vision and SONY JumboTRON in 1988. The awards recognize artistic and technical excellence in the programming of large screen video and matrix displays located at stadiums, arenas, racetracks, convention centers and other public assembly facilities.
"BaylorVision's in-game shows on our big boards add significantly to the game day atmosphere, and Baylor's investment in personnel and technology has allowed us to create a first-class experience for our fans, our teams and for our competitors," said Randy W. Woodruff, assistant vice president for video and electronic communications. "We've known for some time that our fans and teams appreciate and enjoy the shows. But for a group of our peers at universities across the country to recognize that Baylor produces the best overall video across all universities is a tremendous honor."
Bryan A. Bray, video production manager for BaylorVision, received the GMA, which was presented by Chris DeRuyscher, chair of the GMA committee and director of game entertainment for the Kansas City Royals. Other BaylorVision personnel honored by the award were Terry Daily, assistant director of BaylorVision, and Jeromy Otter, video production assistant.
The award competition was based on overview of universities' best large screen video and/or fascia programming for primary and secondary video displays, including plaza screens and exterior boards. All entries included examples of numerous production elements, such as live camera work, public address announcing, video graphics, headshots, replays, video open/team intros, sponsor features, sequences of scoring and celebration/wins, live elements (dance teams, bands, cheerleaders, mascot), crowd prompts/interstitials, interaction feature and statistics.
"BaylorVision submitted a five-minute video with a sample of our work on the six sports that BaylorVision covers throughout the year: football, men's and women's basketball, volleyball, baseball and softball," Bray said. "All content submitted was produced in house. No outside production elements were used."
In addition to university game operations personnel, video professionals from pro sports leagues (MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL and various minor league sports) attended the IDEA conference.
"When your peers say you are doing the best job in the country, that is quite a compliment not only for Bryan, Terry and Jeromy, but for Baylor University," Woodruff said.
Founded in 1983, the Information Display and Entertainment Association has been the foremost professional association for members of the game operations industry for more than 25 years. Through its various offerings, the organization seeks to foster, cultivate and maintain the high professional, educational, creative and technical standards of its members in all areas of game presentation.