Admiral Video Uses Marshall POV HD Cameras for Pylon Cameras at Super Bowl 50

CBS Sports and the National Football League (NFL) selected Admiral Video, LLC to supply their “Pylon Cam” system for Super Bowl 50, which includes Marshall Electronics’ HD POV Miniature Cameras mounted inside foam end zone markers.

Lancaster, N.Y. based Admiral Video was one of only two companies the NFL selected to test pylon cameras during the 2015 regular season. The company provided the system for CBS and the NFL Network on their “Thursday Night Football” telecasts. Regular season games saw four of the orange dual-camera pylons positioned on the goal lines. For the AFC Championship Admiral Video doubled the number of cameras and covered the lines around the back of the end zones. Super Bowl 50 also had 16 pylon-based cameras to give fans, officials, coaches, and players the ultimate view of the end zone.

According to Admiral Video, the Pylon Cam was conceived as an advanced application of their FiOPS Point of View camera in late 2014 and improvements have continued during the testing period. Flexibility and player safety have been the company’s primary concern during development. Additional benefits include high reliability, remotely adjustable video parameters and the ability to change lenses without disassembling the pylon. 

The Pylon Cam uses Marshall Miniature HD cameras with a 1/3-inch sensor and interchangeable lenses.

The Pylon Cam uses Marshall Miniature HD cameras with a 1/3-inch sensor and interchangeable lenses.

The embedded cameras are Marshall’s HD 3G/HD-SDI CV502 Mini Broadcast Camera, built around a 1/3-inch 2.5MP sensor, set in a 1 ½-inch body with a 3.7mm (interchangeable) lens.

The system was installed on a “per game” basis. Development of a permanent installation system is well under way and Admiral Video is currently offering this exciting new angle to interested facilities.

“To get to the world’s largest sporting stage in such a short period of time is humbling” said Paul Halsey the President of Admiral Video. “I am extremely grateful to the NFL and CBS Sports for putting their trust in our company”. Halsey has been involved in many Super Bowls in the past 30 years but this will be his first as a Vendor.

In addition to complete turnkey video production, Admiral Video provides equipment rentals and Western New York’s only High Definition Television Production Truck.

You might also like...

Understanding IP Broadcast Production Networks: Part 3 - Resilience

How distance vector routing simplifies networks and improves resilience.

System Showcase: Ireland’s RTÉ Adds Video To Its Radio Studios To Increase Content Value

RTE’s move to new studios prompted a project to add more sophisticated video capabilities to its new radio studios, reflecting a global trend towards the consumption of radio online.

Understanding IP Broadcast Production Networks: Part 2 - Routers & Switches

How Routers & Switches reduce traffic congestion and improve security.

The Peril Of HDR: Just Because You Can Doesn’t Mean You Should

There is a disturbing and growing consensus among viewers that many movies and TV shows today are under illuminated or simply too dark. As DOPs, we surely share some of the blame, but there is plenty of blame to go…

Waves: Part 9 - Propagation Inversion

As a child I came under two powerful influences. The first of these was electricity. My father was the chief electrician at a chemical works and he would bring home any broken or redundant electrical parts for me to tinker…