There is a huge difference shooting sports at a high frame rate and playing back the action in super slow motion. We are all use to seeing sports covered at 30 frame per second. The jagged frames look like a strobe effect when played back instant replay. Take a look at some footage I shot for broadcast television a few years ago at 90 frames per second and played back silky smooth…
You can watch a behind the scenes video blog about the Sony HDC-3300 HD Super Motion camera that I had the honor of operating for three years by clicking here. The camera was sent back to the rental house because of the $20,000/month rental fee!
I am currently using a Sony HDC-930 that shoots at 30 frames per second for the New England Sports Network to track a hockey puck. I shoot off the shoulder behind the glass at ice level and I am using the super sweet Canon HJ21x-7.6 digital drive zoom lens. Take a look at a Bruins goal I shot tonight at the very end of my 21x lens “backside”. We need more frames!
The camera has just a bit of shutter, 1/100 and I am able to see the action because of the best electronic black and white CRT multi-scan HD viewfinder ever made for a hand held camera, the Sony HDVF-20A. But I had all this shooting supermo and I really miss it.
I will be working the Fenway Park Winter Classic the next two days and I will shoot a quick video blog during setup tomorrow. I will also take a ton of pictures to show you the amount of television equipment that is being used to cover the historic event. I will be operating a hand held camera field/ice level for CBC (Canada). I don’t think it will be a high speed camera, but I do not know for sure yet.
The weather will be very interesting. If it rains on game day (this Friday), the game might be postponed until Saturday. But we are suppose to get some snow on Saturday. It will be fun!
Stay tuned to my Twitter account @tomguilmette for more information right from Fenway Park as I cover the event. I will chat all about sports broadcast television.