Hoffarth on the media: Fox may want to focus on ‘Puig Cam’ for World Series coverage

“It does go back to that Super Slo Mo – capturing Puig sliding into third base with his tongue out. You always want the memorable shot.”

If a typical MLB network broadcast needs about a dozen cameras at its disposal, Fox will invest in more than 40 robotic, hand-held and stationary specialty HD cameras for this Fall Classic, which starts with Games 1 and 2 at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

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NHRA Ends Successful Season on Fox, Preps To Move to Game Creek Nitro in 2017

The 2016 season has been a pivotal one for the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA). The organization not only enlisted a new TV network partner, Fox Sports, but also built an in-house TV-production team from scratch, increased its social-media and online-streaming presence, and, most important, saw its total TV viewers grow from 14 million last year to 34 million this year, not counting the championship weekend, which took place this past weekend in Pomona, CA.

. . . Also on hand was a new RCP system from Inertia Unlimited, used to paint the Marshall POV cameras located around the track. That unit is being sold by Marshall but is wholly designed and manufactured by Inertia. Read More

Game Creek Video Nitro Unit Set To Give NHRA Coverage New Gas

It’s been a busy few months in New Hampshire for Game Creek Video. The remote-production-services provider’s integration and design teams are hard at work on three builds that will help both new and existing clients embrace new workflows and will also lay the groundwork for future needs. First up is Nitro, which will serve as the home for the National Hot Rod Association’s 2017 production team, which revs into action the weekend of Feb. 9

….Nitro also has some Marshall POV cameras from Inertia Unlimited that Taubman says are small and disposable, an important consideration when shooting alongside a track with cars hitting speeds of more than 300 mph. Inertia Unlimited provides a single point of control for all those cameras. Read more . . .

Five Keys to Fox Sports’ Production of World Series Game 7


Over the past few years, Fox Sports has established a reputation for excelling in the use of high-speed cameras during the MLB Postseason. Many baseball viewers will recall, specifically, Hunter Pence’s “three hits in one swing” broken-bat replay from the 2012 National League Championship Series for the San Francisco Giants and the replay of his Giants teammate Marco Scutaro screaming into the sky during a driving rain in the clinching game of that same year’s World Series.

Fox Sports has committed more high-speed resources to this World Series than it ever has for a major sports event. Deployed tonight at Progressive Field are four Sony HDC-4300’s shooting at 6X, three Sony HDC-4800’s shooting at 16X, and two Inertia Unlimited Phantom cameras running at above 2,000 frames per second. Read More

After Cubs' win, handing out grades for MLB postseason TV coverage

…Tony Gambino is not a sports media name you’d recognize, but he was responsible for one of the most memorable moments of Fox’s World Series coverage. A freelance camera operator who has worked the postseason for Fox since 2012, Gambino took the incredible camera shot of Chapman getting to first base before the Indians’ Francisco Lindor in the seventh inning during Game 6. “Plays in baseball happen so fast, and we as cameramen try to see what’s happening on the field, react, frame it correctly, be in focus, all in a moment’s notice,” Gambino wrote via email from Cleveland. “I just saw what was happening on the field and knew the play would be at the bag. And I went for it…. Compared to other sports, baseball is the hardest to shoot because you have no idea what’s going to happen. Plays happen so fast. I knew if I could get to the bag before them, it would look great.”

Gambino said he was positioned next to the first camera operator on the first-base side of the field—Low 1st. According to Michael Davies, ‎the senior vice president of field and technical operations for the Fox Sports Media Group, Gambino used a Vision Research “Phantom” v64 camera that shoots at 2,100 frames a second. Davies said the camera is from a small company in Jacksonville, Vermont, that provides specialty cameras for companies. He said he believed Fox is the only sports network to use the camera. Read more . . .