Marshall Offers POV Cameras For Online eSports Competitions

Tim Reis, an eSports event producer, said he significantly improved the quality of his “player cams” by adding CV502 Miniature Cameras from Marshall Electronics. They help bring a more immersive, all access experience to his broadcasts and live streams.

The first eSport broadcast Reis used the Marshall CV502 miniature cameras was for a five vs. five online multiplayer game that was both broadcast and streamed live. The championships were held in an arena format with all 10 players sharing a single stage. The production wanted individual “player cams,” in order to get a look at the intensity of the eSport athletes’ faces as they played. This was previously achieved using standard webcams, which inevitably resulted in a complicated network of wires and conversion boxes to make the player cams a functional asset to the program.

“As we prepared for the event, it was clear that our ‘player cam’ system needed an update,” Reis said. “I needed a 1080p SDI out native camera with a small footprint and action-cam-style field-of-view. We mounted the CV502 cameras on top of each computer monitor and they worked incredibly well.”

Built around a 2.5-Megapixel, 1/2.86-inch sensor, the CV502 delivers progressive Full-HD video up to 1920x1080p at 60/59/50fps and interlaced 1920x1080i at 59.94/50fps in a small form factor.

Built around a 2.5-Megapixel, 1/2.86-inch sensor, the CV502 delivers progressive Full-HD video up to 1920x1080p at 60/59/50fps and interlaced 1920x1080i at 59.94/50fps in a small form factor.

The CV502 camera offered a good solution for Reis, due to its visual fidelity in an environment with constantly shifting stage lighting as well as its streamlined workflow that would have been unachievable with a standard webcam-based setup.

“We bought 15 of the CV502 POV cameras for that show, and a lot of major eSports brands were paying attention to our production that year,” Reis said, adding that the POV camera has an ultra-low, 0.2 lux rating, making it great for low-light settings.

The Marshall CV502 Full-HD Miniature Camera offers performance, flexibility and value in a tiny form factor. Built around a 2.5-Megapixel, 1/2.86-inch sensor, the CV502 delivers progressive Full-HD video up to 1920x1080p at 60/59/50fps and interlaced 1920x1080i at 59.94/50fps.

The CV502 utilizes a full-sized BNC (3G/HDSDI) output and a threaded M12 lens mount for a wide range of prime and varifocal lens options. Remote adjustment and picture settings commands are delivered via common RS485 (Visca) or OSD menu joystick. A wide range of picture adjustment settings are available and adjustable from a distance including paint (red/blue), white balance, exposure, gain control, pedestal (blacks), white clip, gamma and more.

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