High-Speed Cameras to Provide Ultra-Slow Motion Replays at Super Bowl XLIII
Sunday, Phantom digital high-speed cameras from Vision Research, a manufacturer
of high‑speed digital imaging systems, will provide ultra-slow-motion replay
for NBC’s broadcast of Super Bowl XLIII.
digital high-speed cameras will be used as part of Inertia Unlimited’s X-Mo
slow-motion replay systems, which were instrumental in recording many of the crucial and defining plays of last year’s Super Bowl XLII, including the
infamous “helmet reception” by the New York Giants’ David Tyree. NBC plans to air a feature story on Tyree’s catch as part of the network’s pregame
coverage on Sunday Feb. 1 starting at noon ET.
Unlimited will utilize three Vision Research digital high‑speed cameras for its
X-Mo systems at the game: two Phantom V10s and the award-winning Phantom V12.1. In high-definition, Inertia Unlimited will use the
Phantom cameras to record the key plays of the game at speeds ranging from 300
frames per second (fps) to 600 fps, resulting in playback that is as much as one-third that provided by other standard slow-motion
Unlimited will outfit each Phantom digital high-speed camera with a B4 mount
broadcast zoom lens and will position each camera strategically throughout
Raymond James Stadium. Each camera position, including one mounted high above
the reverse 50-yard line, will provide NBC with unique vantage points and
useful angles for slow-motion replay.
V12.1 delivers performance with an advanced CMOS sensor and blazing speed. At
high-definition resolution, the Phantom V12.1 can record 6,933 fps in wide aspect
ratio, making the camera perfect for high-definition broadcast applications,
including slow-motion sports replay as well as special effects. For unique
applications and at lower resolutions, the camera can go even faster, maxing
out at 1 million fps.
V12.1’s two HD-SDI ports can be used together for 4:4:4 video out or independently at 4:2:2, which will allow Inertia Unlimited to simultaneously
feed replays to the broadcast truck while still viewing and capturing new
footage at the start of each play. The Phantom V12.1 also features an internal
shutter, which gives the camera operator the option of performing a black
reference without having to close the iris of the broadcast lens.
information and detailed specifications for the Vision Research Phantom V10 and
Phantom V12.1 can be found at http://www.visionresearch.com/index.cfm?sector=htm/app&page=products&prodcatid=1