In the first “Pylon Cam” system deployment of its kind at the Super Bowl 50, CBS Sports and NFL have chosen Admiral Video out of two contenders to supply pylon cameras to capture unavailable views of action near end zones.
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Admiral Video used the pylon cameras on Thursday Night Football telecasts to fully test the cameras and everyone was happy with the results. The pylon cameras are in orange color with dual cameras, and they are placed on the goal lines to capture rare actions along these parts.
With pylon cameras, the numbers of cameras deployed to the back of the end zones were doubled at the AFC Championship. To this end, 16 pylon cams will be deployed at Super Bowl 50 so that players, coaches, officials, and fans can completely see games at the end zone.
Some of the benefits of the pylon cams are their high reliability, remotely adjustable video parameters, and the possibility of switching lenses without the need to dismantle the entire pylon system.
Although Admiral Video looks forward to installing pylon cameras in sporting facilities around the country, it is currently deployed on a per game basis for now until interested facilities would require permanent installations.
"To get to the world's largest sporting stage in such a short period of time is humbling," said Paul Halsey, President of Admiral Video. "I am extremely grateful to the NFL and CBS Sports for putting their trust in our company."
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Admiral Video was established in 1992 and based in Lancaster, New York, to provide specialty coverage of the broadcast industry with multi-video video engineering and production. The company also provides cheap and reliable coverage of sports events and other special projects where point-of-view cameras would not hold up properly.