Fox Adds 4K Replays to Daytona Speedweeks CoverageNew Gyro-Stabilized Cameras, Virtual Graphics Also in Play 2/17/2013 7:53 AM Eastern
Fox Sports Media Group will be using several new technologies for its coverage of Speedweeks 2013, including 4K cameras for replays, new in-car gyro-stabilized cameras and improved graphics.
For the coverage, Fox Sports Media Group will be using its Fox Super Zoom 4K system, which was introduced last year during the programmer's coverage of MLB and the NFL. The 4K “Super Zoom” camera produces pictures with five times the resolution of normal HD cameras and captures the action at 300 frames per second. This additional resolution allows producers to zoom in to smaller details that would not be visible with HD cameras. The resulting images are encoded at regular HD images and incorporated into the regular HD telecast.
The coverage will also use a “Gyro-Cam,” which is a gyro stabilized, in-car camera mounted in the center of the cockpit. It rotates as cars enter Daytona International Speedway’s extreme 31-degree banked turns. These views demonstrate how dramatic Daytona’s turn angles are at race speed.
In addition, FSMG will be using a “VIZ-RT Encoded Camera” that places virtual three-dimensional virtual objects on screen, and a “CAMCAT.” Supported by two gigantic cranes outside the track, the CAMCAT cameras can speed up to 85 miles per hour along a 2,900 foot long cable.
The new arsenal of enhancements will be on display, beginning Feb. 16 at 8 p.m., as Fox Sports presents live and exclusive coverage of the Sprint Unlimited, followed by Daytona 500 qualifying on Feb. 17 at 1 p.m. (ET). For its part, Speed has over 100 hours of programming from Daytona International Speedway, highlighted by live coverage of the Budweiser Duel on Feb. 21 from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m, where drivers battle for the final spots on the Daytona 500 starting grid and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season opener on Feb. 22 at 7 p.m.