Red Bull Supercross SloMo Captured in 4K With FOR-A

OceanWatch Production Group was onsite capturing the high-resolution/high frame rate action.

FOR-A’s FT-ONE full 4K variable frame rate camera was used for the live production of Red Bull Straight Rhythm – a competition featuring an evolution of Supercross where a track is “unwound” (meaning it has no turns and is a half-mile-long straight rhythm section). The event took place in Pomona, CA, on October 4th, and the FOR-A FT-ONE captured super-slow motion coverage of the Supercross competition between 32 riders.

“We’ve used the FT-ONE for several Red Bull events, and the camera always seamlessly fits into our live productions,” said Sumesh Thakur, of OceanWatch Production Group, Red Bull’s production house. “Red Bull’s recent Supercross event was no different. The FT-ONE is an ideal ‘live show’ camera that enables us to capture all of the action in super slow motion, allowing for tremendous creativity in our live event production.”

With an 11-stop dynamic range, the FT-ONE is a high-speed camera designed for super-slow-motion acquisition at 4K resolution up to 900 frames per second (fps). The unique camera incorporates the company’s FT1-CMOS global shutter color sensor. The FT-ONE CMOS was developed by FOR-A to provide superior resolution and sensitivity. RAW material is recorded at high speed to the internal RAM memory, which holds nearly 10 seconds of 4K content shot at 900 fps. Material can then be transferred to optional internal SSD cartridges.

The FT-ONE enabled the production team to capture all of the action in super slow motion, allowing for tremendous creativity and stunning images.

The camera also offers an optional “Spot zoom" feature, which extracts HD frames from 4K footage and is gaining momentum as a tool that allows 4K footage to be utilized within HD content, especially in sports applications. Developed by FOR-A to fulfill market requirements for this spot zoom feature, the 4K extraction system with touch panel operation offers intuitive ease-of-use functions, such as when adjusting zoom magnification and designating extraction parameters. Operating the FT-ONE, users can specify IN/OUT and midpoint view angles for slow motion replay from the touch panel. The 4K extraction system allows pinpoint zoom-ups of super slow motion replays and the creation of remarkable scenes.

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