Technology Highlights 2009 Super Bowl Broadcast

Source : http://www.chron.com

With all due respect to Al Michaels and John Madden, I think I will remember Super Bowl XLIII for pictures more than words.

At every critical point Sunday night of the Steelers’ last-minute win over the Cardinals, NBC had cameras and technology in the right place to provide a definitive view. The networks’ NBSeeIt technology, essentially a magnifying glass that can be used on any camera, and it’s super slo-mo cameras were put to particularly good use on decisive plays.

The first was on Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s near-touchdown in the first quarter. NBC’s super slo-mo goal line camera, which shoots at 300 frames per second, showed that Roethlisberger was short of the goal line, and the Steelers were forced to settle for the field goal.

The second critical shot was on James Harrison’s 100-yard interception return, when the reverse goal line camera showed Harrison’s knee resting on Larry Fitzgerald’s leg as he tumbled into the end zone. And the third was Santonio Holmes winning touchdown catch. NBC several times showed the NBSeeIt zoom shot of Holmes attempting to tap both feet in bounds, but I thought the definitive shot was from the goal line camera at the other end of the field.

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