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NFL Playoffs 2022: CBS Sports Rolls Out New Sony F5500 Shallow-Depth-of-Field Camera, TrolleyCam, Live Drone for AFC Championship


NFL Playoffs 2022: CBS Sports Rolls Out New Sony F5500 Shallow-Depth-of-Field Camera, TrolleyCam, Live Drone for AFC Championship NFL Today show iw onsite in KC; RomoVision makes big strides By Jason Dachman, Chief Editor

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Coming off one of the greatest games in NFL Playoffs history, CBS Sports is primed to deliver its biggest production of the year at the AFC Championship on Sunday. With more than 80 cameras covering the game and its NFL Today studio show onsite at Arrowhead Stadium, CBS is looking to go out on a high note in Kansas City.

Overall, it has been a really amazing season for us, says Steve Karasik, VP, remote productions, CBS Sports. We're looking forward to another exciting and innovative production on Sunday. I think we showed last week - not just in that unforgettable Kansas City-Buffalo game but also in the Tennessee-Cincinnati game - just how great our production can be. We're going to carry that momentum into this weekend, and we'll have every possible angle covered.

80+ Cameras: Sony HDC-F5500, TrolleyCam, Live Drone, and More CBS will be well-covered in the air - with TrolleyCam and Skycam cabled aerial systems, as well as a live drone - and on the ground with 16 super-slo-mo cameras and two shallow-depth-of-field wireless RF cameras on the sidelines.

CBS will use the Sony HDC-5500 on the sidelines as a combo broadcast/shallow-depth-of-field camera.

In addition to the Atlas Cam RF Sony PXW-FX9 shallow-depth-of-field system that has become a staple of CBS's NFL coverage, the network will deploy an RF Sony HDC-F5500 handheld shallow-depth-of-field system. The F5500, which first appeared on NFL coverage in November, can switch between a traditional broadcast sideline handheld configuration and a shallow-depth-of-field cinematic configuration.

We're very excited about the new Sony F5500 camera because it allows [the operator] to go back and forth between a normal game camera and a shallow-depth- of-field camera, says Karasik. We experimented with it on a regular-season game a couple of months ago, but we wanted to [formally] debut it for the first time on a major national game like this. We feel like it's going to add a whole new element to the broadcast.

The TrolleyCam will fly parallel to the field at speeds up to 65 mph.

The TrolleyCam point-to-point cabled camera system is back, having drawn rave reviews on CBS's Playoffs coverage last year and this year (check out the aerial replay shot it captured of a Bills-Chiefs TD at 00:27 in this clip). Provided by Flycam, the camera zips along a wire from one end of the stadium to the other at up to 65 mph to capture front- row angles for viewers.

It gives us a lot of really exciting and different types of shots that you haven't seen much in football, says Karasik. We got a lot out of it last year in the playoffs and so far this year as well. The TrolleyCam really shines on long runs and big plays, so, with the explosive offenses of both the Bengals and the Chiefs with guys like Tyreke Hill, Jamar Chase, and Travis Kelsey, there's going to be a real opportunity to get some exciting replays out of that TrolleyCam.


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After deploying a live drone first during a game in Green Bay earlier this year, CBS will bring back the Beverly Hills Aerial-provided camera for the AFC Championship.

The drone will give a lot of real impressive sense-of-place shots for director Mike Arnold to weave into the broadcast, says Karasik. We used [Beverly Hills Aerial drones] a lot on our SRX auto-racing coverage, and they were tremendous. We're excited to see what the drone can give us on Sunday.

Remote control for one of four Sony HDC-4800 high-speed 4K robo systems provided by Fletcher for zoom-in replays in Kansas City

3G Wireless is also supplying 20 pylon cams across the two end zones, as well as two line-to-gain cameras embedded in the first-down markers.

NEP's Aerial Video Systems (AVS) is handling RF for all the wireless cameras (including the Sony PXW-FX9) and also providing the RF Sony HDC-3500 handheld, and the RF system for the TrolleyCam system, as well as an RF Sony HDC-P1R Steadicam and an RF Sony 3500 handheld for the NFL Today studio show.

In addition, NEP's Fletcher division is providing four Sony HDC-4800 high-speed 4K camera systems zoom-in replays, two Sony HDC-P43 high-speed goal-post robos, a Sony HDC-P31 booth robo, two Sony HDC-P1R hallway robos, and a Panasonic AW-UE150 PTZ camera for the commentator camera system.

Inertia Unlimited is supplying the RF Sony PXW-FX9 shallow-depth-of-field camera, as well a Sony Venice 4K cinema camera in the booth to shoot play-by-play man Jim Nantz and analyst Tony Romo.

The broadcaster has gone heavy on Canon glass, including a full arsenal of 4K UHD-DIGISUPER 111x and 122x lenses. In addition, the SkyCam system is outfitted with a Canon CJ20ex5 lens, while the Sony 5500 has a Canon 17-120mm Cine Servo lens.

RomoVision Hits Its Stride: Now Available on First Replays As this season progressed, so too did CBS Sports' RomoVision augmented-reality-driven replay segments. The technology, which CBS created in conjunction with Second Spectrum (owned by Genius Sports) and the NFL's Next Gen Stats system, shows 11 X's and 11 O's on a virtual field on the left side of the screen as Romo breaks down the play.

By the time the regular season came to an end, CBS Sports was using RomoVision on first replays, thanks to an accelerated turnaround time in the truck.

A look at the @Juiceup__3 TD in RomoVision courtesy of @NextGenStats@NFLonCBS #BALvsPIT

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