Check out the Sony Megaladon NFL Setup for the Seattle-Washington game. A Sony a7r IV with a G Master lens attached to a Ronin was operated by Mike Smole for Fox Television. If you saw the match up, the cinematic shots had a shallow depth of field with fans commenting that it looked like a video game. How the video was transmitted isn’t disclosed, but it’s likely a Verizon 5G setup with an Xperia phone.
Sportico’s Jacob Feldman wanted to know what that Sony Megaladon NFL Setup was all about too and asked For Sports.
It’s a bit of a Frankenstein
Fox Sports senior vp of technical and field operations Mike Davies said Sunday, explaining that the kit consists of a high-end Sony consumer camera, a gimbal (which keeps the camera steady while on the move) and a backpack transmitter that sends the video back to the production truck. The results were anything but monstrous. You can see the camera operator in this clip.
And, here’s the footage.
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) December 20, 2020
It looked so different, commentators thought it was 8k. It wasn’t. Instead, 4k and with bokeh. I asked a broadcast colleague who thought they may have also added a 3:2 pulldown to make it look more filmic.…
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