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Bear River introduces live broadcasting of student theatrical events and sports

Cameras set up to record the gym, football field, and theater offer live footage of Bear River’s events. Photos by Jacob Dickie and Maya Bussinger

 Cameras were recently set up in the theater, football field, and McCrory gymnasium and connected to a live program for family of Bear River students to watch sporting and theatrical events that they cannot attend in person.

Along with Erin Beatie, junior Mason Parsons was one of the main people in charge of setting up the cameras and program in the theater.

“Erin taught me the ropes and I really enjoyed it, so I decided to try and do more with video and all that,” said Parsons.

Parsons believes that this new feature could be really useful for loved ones that cannot make events in person.

“Families can watch them, or people can get entertainment,” he said. “If they have a kid, they can watch them act.”

He explained how the cameras function.

“we have manual and some remote controlled cameras,” Parsons said.

People controlling said cameras must make sure to pick up each moment of an event.

Athlete junior Zachary Smith shared positive thoughts on the subject.

“I like the recordings, because I have family that lives far away who enjoy watching me play,” Smith said. “I think the team would agree; they have family that watches it too, and it’s just nice to have film on yourself.”

These recordings are put out to and broadcasted live, so families can watch their athletes play in real time. 

Jeffery Bickmore, Bear Rivers Athletic Director explained how families can tune in to events.

“For people and relatives that live out of state, and they want to watch one of our games, it really is a good thing.” he said. “It’s not very expensive; if you have a kid that only plays one sport, you can sign up for the whole year, or just pay monthly. It is definitely worth it if you cannot make games and you want to watch Bear River athletics.”

The monthly payment will be more than worth it, he elaborates. “The system we have is amazing. Tt actually follows the ball and looks like we have a camera operator going back and forth, filming the game. The picture quality is amazing, it’s really good to watch.”

Even some away games will be broadcasted by schools that use the same programs.

“All our home games that are in the gym and on the football field are being recorded but some schools that also have the same system as we have take a lot through the NFHS,” said Bickmore.

Recordings of these games can even be watched any time following the event.

Having recordings and broadcasting of these events will benefit Bear Rivers athletics and theatrical events immensely. This will prove very helpful to those who are unable to attend events at the school.

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Jacob Dickie
Jacob Dickie, Senior Writer
Jacob Dickie is a journalist for the, and has been in Online MultiMedia for two years. He is a varsity football player in the fall, and plays for Bear River's golf team in the spring. He likes to spend his free time with friends and family, and enjoys recreational activities like camping and dirt biking. He wants to become a pilot after high school and fly commercially.
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