Ultra Slow-Motion Images at Super Bowl XLIX Captured With Grass Valley Cameras

All of the stunning HD slow-motion replays presented during this year’s NFL Super Bowl (including the two sensational end of the game plays) were captured by four Grass Valley LDX XtremeSpeed (LDX XS) 6X ultra slow-motion cameras connected via XCU XtremeSpeed XF Fiber transmission base stations.

Fletcher Sports located the four Grass Valley cameras, equipped with Canon HD lenses as follows: two on the 50-yard-line and two cameras mounted on carts running up and down the field on a track system. The cameras operated at 360 fps (6 x 60).

The Grass Valley LDX XS camera integrates seamlessly into live workflows with 3X (1080p) and 6X (720p/1080i) speeds, including a standard-speed 1X live output—which allows the camera to serve as a typical HD camera when required.

“As a company that operates in a high-demand environment, we need to have reliable equipment that helps us deliver quality content in real-time to hungry audiences,” said Dan Grainge, vice president at Fletcher Sports. “As we sought to upgrade our slow motion cameras from 3X to 6X speed, the decision to go with Grass Valley’s LDX XS camera system was an easy one. The ergonomics, and the look and feel of the camera make it stand out and the components are easy to use.”

The LDX XS camera delivers instant time-to-air capabilities.

Two LDX XS camera systems were located on the 50-yard-line at University of Phoenix Stadium and two on carts running up and down the field on a track system.]

Two LDX XS camera systems were located on the 50-yard-line at University of Phoenix Stadium and two on carts running up and down the field on a track system.]

Fletcher Sports has supplied the cameras to several high profile live sporting events, including the entire 2014 season of CBS Sports’ “Thursday Night Football” games, CBS’ Sunday afternoon games, NBC’s “Sunday Night Football,” and the 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship game.

“We chose Grass Valley because after side by side testing, we felt it had the best overall feature set, was very reliable and, really, the number one thing was the camera’s overall form factor,” Grainge said. “It feels immediately comfortable on your shoulder or on a dolly and that’s important to our rental customers. There’s no time for training. I can show someone who has used a Grass Valley camera how to use these SloMo systems in an hour. That’s very important to our business.”

To fully support both ultra (6X) and super (3X) slow-motion operations, Fletcher Sports also purchased the high-speed Grass Valley XCU XtremeSpeed XF Fiber transmission system, which utilizes the same XCU cradles as the single-speed range of the XCU base. Because the XCU's unique cradle can be pre-mounted and pre-wired in the rack, it can quickly and easily be transferred between OB vans and studios.

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