For the 3-3 Bears in their 36-25 home defeat against the Saints but there was a heroic moment for fans of camera technology and TV production. Bears fans: It's not too late to jump off the sinking ship and sinking train, and it's likely to be more profitable.
In the first quarter, Cordarrelle Patterson returned 102 meters for a landing. Even more notably, the entire return was broadcast live by Fox & # 39; Skycam, the remote-controlled camera suspended on crossed wires above the field, allowing the camera to fly around the action, apparently in action.
Patterson's return and Skycam's point of view proved to be the perfect combination of play and perspective:
This shot was Fox & #'s 39; producers and cameraman to owe no easy task. The Skycam is a two-person job where one operator controls the camera over the field and the other shows and focuses – Here is a short excerpt from a few years ago that describes how it works shows. (That was NBC's booth, but it's the same system.) Skycam is a brand name – there are competing systems like CableCam and SpiderCam – but all NFL transmitters use Skycam, the originator of the technology.)
Skycam goes back longer than One might expect that he was used for the first time in 1984 in an NFL game. But it was a novelty for a long time, and it did not take long for the XFL to make major use of it in 2001 – making it even what it meant to be the first-cam angle in Week 1, before it was determined that this was a bit a lot was – that it became ubiquitous at football matches. ESPN's Sunday Night Football used it regularly in 2002 and now it is a standard component of NFL broadcasts of any network. In fact, the new trend is to use two Skycams – the original, which is between 12 and 40 feet above the turf, and one second between 40 and 80 feet.
Skycam is not universally popular. Certainly not from players who have seen how it interfered with Blows and thrown balls and even had to dodge the camera that crashed on the ground. And not by viewers. Skycam makes it difficult to see what's going on outside the ball when compared to the conventional camera angle and where the ball is in relation to the first-down marker. It can often feel like a shiny toy. The technology is only used to present itself, not to make the viewer a little clearer. But it's useful to convey a sense of the speed and chaos of football, things that can be lost from a wider angle. From time to time there is a piece like Patterson's TD-Return, for which Skycam is perfect and no other angle could do it justice.