YES Network gives Yankees fans 3X Slo-Mo Replay in Hi-Def with Sony Camera
the 2007 baseball season, the YES Network, the most-watched regional sports
network in the country and the television home of New York Yankees, is upping
the visual ante for fans who enjoy scrutinizing replays of each pitch and
YES was the first television cable network national or regional to add Sony’s
new HDC-3300, the only high-definition 3x slow motion camera, to its starting
lineup of production tools for baseball telecasts.
“It’s the greatest single enhancement we’ve made to our production for this
season,” said Ed Delaney, vice president of operations for the YES
Network. “The feedback we’ve received from viewers has been tremendous.
The ‘three times’ super slow-mo picture quality and resolution are
phenomenal, enabling our viewers and announcers to analyze close plays and to
experience the game like never before.”
The network primarily uses the camera in its “mid-first” above-the-field
position, located between first base and home plate. The HDC-3300 camera is
mounted with an extremely long lens on a small high hat with a tripod head.
“The ability to do 3x super motion not only lets producers do quality motion
analysis, but it also adds a new dimension to the HD viewing experience,”
said Rob Willox, director of Sony Electronics’ content creation group.
“This HD super-motion system was developed to complement our HDC-1500
multi-format cameras, and the combination of both technologies now gives the
YES Network a great deal of flexibility for delivering high-quality HD
The HDC-3300 system transmits 180 frames per second in full high-definition
resolution paired with an EVS server. The camera outputs normal speed
signals simultaneously for live feeds through separate digital signal
processing. It includes three 2/3-inch high speed progressive CCDs, and enables recording at 1920x1080i or 150i, as well as
1280×720/180p or 150p.