MLB All-Star Game in 3D

It’s been a while since my last update — as threatened, I’ve been very busy lately (a good thing).

It may not be well-known, but I had the privilege of working with Fox Sports, GameCreek Video, NEP, and Pace, along with the rest of the HDlogix Live Broadcast Team on the Major League Baseball All-Star game in July.  Immediately prior to that game, we were working with much of the same team doing the Yankees/Mariners 3D broadcast from Seattle via DirecTV.

These were, as far as I know, the first examples of true hybrid 2D-to-3D and two-camera-3D broadcasts – where the two were continuously mixed.  Pace provided two-camera stereo 3D capture and production via their Fusion camera systems, and we provided 2D-to-3D conversion of specific camera positions, in addition to format conversion and color correction for a great deal of the graphics, promotional and advertising content which was not in 3D via our ImageIQ systems.

It’s interesting to note that although the Pace crew seemed understandably dubious and wary of our team at first, things thawed considerably when it became obvious that we were both there for the same goal — the technologies serve the content and viewer, not the other way around.  We weren’t there to try any publicity stunts, or to draw compare-and-contrasts between our solutions.  We were there to assist YES network, and Fox Sports in putting together successful shows.

That no one knew which shots were which, indicates to me that not only does the hybrid production model work, but that two production philosophies that have been made out to be at odds with each other can not only work together, but fruitfully complement each other — if planned well — and as long as the quality is high with respect to both sides of the hybrid model.

Both Mike Davies from Fox Sports and Ed Delaney from YES Network had good things to say about it.


~ by opticalflow on September 5, 2010.

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