01.29.2009 03:00 PM
Super Bowl: Sony HD Cameras Cover the Field
Sony has more than 50 high-definition cameras ready to capture every angle of Super Bowl XLIII, when the Pittsburgh Steelers play the Arizona Cardinals on Feb. 1.
NEP Broadcasting will provide 10 trailers—its ND3, ND4, SS24 and Silver mobile units —for pre- and post-game, main game and the half-time show featuring Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. The Sony cameras will be a combination of models HDC-1000, HDC-1500, HDC-950 and HDC-900, as well as an HDC-3300 Super Slow Motion camera in each end zone.
A game of this magnitude requires a significant number of handheld and jib cameras, as well as more field-level and opposite side of the field camera coverage, said George Hoover, chief technology officer at NEP, and Sony cameras are a perfect fit.
“The cameras work extremely well, they have fast response and very good sensitivity,” said Hoover.
Read more about the Super Bowl, NBC and NEP in the Jan. 21 edition of TV Technology.
In addition, Hoover said the cameras’ ability to handle both the game broadcast and the halftime show will help for setting up what essentially is a full rock concert only five minutes after the first half ends. NEP will share many of the high camera positions used for the main game for wide shots at halftime.