In collaboration with the NFL, the ESPN crew at the Innovation Lab in Orlando, Florida, are in continuous production and development mode to bring pylon cams to college gameday.
ESPN’s Director of Production Enhancements, Marc Rowley, gave a brief behind-the-scenes description of integrating pylon cams, which will go through another rehearsal this Monday – in college football:
“Our heritage has always been to try and bring fans close to the game and deliver views that enhance their experience. Still, safety has to be the first priority on a project like this and we approached it with the belief we could develop a very safe pylon housing that could deliver high-quality video to give our production teams new ways to bring fans close to the action.”
In Thursday Night Football’s telecast between Cleveland and Buffalo, the pylon cam proved to be the successful heir to system of eight two-camera pylons used in the 2015 College Football Championship contest between Ohio State and Oregon.
While Gilman Gear will provide the pylon its outer shell, BSI, which stands for backside illumination, will chip in four cameras to be installed.
The technological layout of the cameras and how their feeds send out high-quality transmissions will rely on the following infrastructure:
Although its purpose will be to up a fan’s viewing experience, one takeaway is whether or not the pylon cams will likely serve as huge upside potential for officiating crews when it comes down to those pesky goal line situations and if the ball breaks the plane.
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