We’re watching ‘the’ game on TV – New England vs. Indianapolis on CBS. So far, this battle of undefeated teams, both led by charismatic quarterbacks, is everything promised.
Not a sports fan? Don’t stop reading up yet.
CBS added a new feature to today’s coverage – FreezeCam. Remember when two words actually had a space between them?
I’ve tried to find as much info as I could, but there’s really not much available.
FreezeCam manipulates a high resolution, wide angle image of the field. There are enough pixels to allow zooming into small areas without the image getting ratty. It looks spectacular, though it’s probably not as amazing as it seems. Even in high definition, a television screen has significantly less resolution than a cheap digital camera.
Still, this is a major breakthrough, allowing a view of quick events happening away from the action where a camera would not normally be looking.
FreezeCam comes from Sportvision, the company responsible for many of the best sports video innovations. They provide the virtual 1st down line in football games, car tracking in NASCAR and pitc trajectory in Major League Baseball games.
I think they also provide the technology for the virtual ads behind home plate you see during baseball games. I’m considering giving them a pass on that, all things considered.
These are my type of geeks!
I’ve only seen Freezecam used a few times so far, to isolate a runner’s feet in possible out-of-bounds plays. Very impressive. It’s a gadget with a real purpose and value.
In a few years, we’ll probably be as blas