January 28, 2021
CBS SPORTS ADDS TO NETWORK’S LONG HISTORY OF INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY WITH SUPER BOWL LV COVERAGE
Super Bowl LV to Feature Trolley Cam and Movie Bird Crane with Dramatically New Camera Angles
Super Bowl Graphics To Be Shown in Never-Before-Seen Detail on Sports Television During Network’s Coverage
LINK to preview: https://twitter.com/CBSSportsGang/status/1354881865971281923
Presenting the Network’s record 21st Super Bowl, CBS Sports is poised to deliver viewers a Super Bowl LV telecast of unparalleled coverage. CBS Sports will continue its long tradition of introducing innovation and technology at the Super Bowl by introducing various new camera enhancements with unique new camera angles never before seen, and cameras never before used live, during the Super Bowl on February 7 from Tampa, Fla.
With more than 120 cameras implemented around the field and stadium, CBS will introduce a few new camera enhancements never before used at the Super Bowl that will increase the viewer experience.
► TROLLEY CAM, VENICE CAMERAS AND MOVIE BIRD CRANE PROVIDE CINEMATOGRAPHIC FEEL AND NEW ANGLES OF COVERAGE
● TROLLEY CAM – For the first time ever live at the Super Bowl, CBS Sports will deploy the Trolley Cam. The Trolley Cam will speed from one end of the stadium to the other, ziplining along a wire and positioned to provide the viewing angle of a fan in the eighth row of the stands. The rig can travel up to 65 mph and will provide a look at the players from a vantage point not used in the history of the Super Bowl.
● VENICE CAMERAS - CBS will use several on-field cameras to capture a dramatic cinematographic feel. Two Sony Venice cameras will be used for the first time ever live at a Super Bowl. The Venice, which is normally used for cinema-style applications like commercials and movies, will use full frame imager shot in a short depth feel to give it that unique look. The cameras, provided by Inertia Unlimited, will be operated on a traditional steadi-cam rig, as well as a MOVI rig to capture the flare of the action in what has been described as a 3D video game look.
● MOVIE BIRD CRANE - A 53-foot Movie Bird crane, traditionally reserved for major motion pictures and television productions will be located on the upper concourse to give dramatic sweeping shots of the THE SUPER BOWL TODAY pregame set, game action as well as serving as one of the many augmented reality encoded cameras that will be strategically placed throughout the stadium.
► UNIQUE VIEWS
● NEW ANGLES DEBUTED – Twelve cameras with 4K and 8K capabilities will be scattered throughout the stadium allowing the production team to extract close-up shots in the key moments of the game. The 4K cameras will be controlled robotically from high up in the stadium concourse levels while two Sony 8K cameras will be fixed on robotic gimbals slung to the stadium lower field. While past Super Bowls deployed 8K camera technology high up in the stadium infrastructure, CBS will debut this angle from near-field height for a unique view of the field.
► GRAPHICS UNIFY IMAGE OF SEA AND SAND
This year’s graphics package will unify the simple, intuitive image of CBS with the motif of Super Bowl LV of sea and sand by using four augmented cameras. Animations, in-game graphics and augmented reality will continue to enhance the viewer experience. Utilizing the power of the Unreal Engine, embers and particles will light up the Tampa night during America’s most-watched event with detail never before seen on sports television.
► ALTERNATIVE PRODUCTION METHODOLOGIES
To protect the health and safety of our entire crew, CBS Sports will continue to utilize alternative production methodologies that have been refined and enhanced during the course of this season. While keeping the viewer experience unhindered, extra mobile units will allow for person-to-person social distancing. Remote replay operators will provide instantaneous footage playbacks from home, and dozens of other editors, graphic operators and show production personnel will work remotely from the CBS Broadcast Center in New York City.
► CBS SPORTS’ SUPER BOWL LV PRODUCTION AND TECHNOLOGY BY THE NUMBERS
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