CBS' Super Bowl tech picks up where regular season left off
Atlanta will host Super Bowl LIII on February 3 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and it will build on a strong regular season when it came to technology. Super Bowl Sunday will bring use of virtual augmented reality graphics and 115 cameras.
As if what happened in the conference championship games didn't give more of a reason to have all those camera angles.
For the first time ever on any network in the U.S., multiple 8K cameras, as well as 16 cameras with 4K capabilities will be in use.
CBS’ Super Bowl LIII virtual plan includes the use of a live, wireless handheld camera showing augmented reality graphics, and up-close camera tracking on the field. This will allow the camera to get closer to these virtual graphics in a way that gives viewers different perspectives and angles including never before seen field-level views of these graphics.
Fans will benefit from four cameras (including SkyCam) with live augmented reality graphics, plus an additional 10 cameras with trackable first down line technology. In all, 14 cameras creating virtual graphic elements that are completely manufactured will seamlessly blend into the real environment of the broadcast.
Get Ready for 8K
For the first time ever on any network in the United States, CBS will use multiple 8K cameras with a unique, highly-constructed engineering solution to provide viewers with even more dramatic close-up views of the action from the endzone including possible game-changing plays along the goal lines and end lines.
Additional Resources for 4K
Also for the first time ever on any network, CBS will deploy 16 cameras with 4K capabilities, as well as nine Sony 4800 camera systems strategically placed around the stadium. The cameras will provide additional live game camera angles, and give the production the ability to replay key moments of the game in a super slo-motion and an HD cut-out with zoomed-in perspectives with minimal resolution loss.
Cameras Covering the Field
Viewers will see dramatic plays from every angle as every square inch of the endzones will have multiple camera angles providing coverage. Over 25 cameras will flank each endzone including HD cameras with super slo-motion capabilities, six 4K cameras, three-goal post super slo-motion cameras shooting the backlines, and 14 cameras embedded in pylons per each side of the field. A total of 28 pylon cameras will be a part of the 50-plus camera feeds from the endzones.