|Originally posted by Ken H
The issue is this: When the director chooses the shots for air, he's not thinking 'SD or HD'. He's thinking 'which is the best shot?' Period. End of story. Obviously, in the examples you gave it would seem other, more HD oriented choices could have been made.
Then I was misinformed. As was quoted above in this thread, from Post #99
in a previous Daytona 500 thread:
|NBC will place its 18 HD cameras next to its SD units
Now I don't claim to be a Live HD Event Director. But logically thinking if I had 18 HD cameras, each of which was next to
its SD counterpart, I would place those cameras to cover the action on the track. For those spectacular wrecks at close to 200 mph. That get replayed from multiple angles, multiple times. At least that's where the HD camera were according to 'Mike Wells, a 22-year veteran sports director who is handling NASCAR on NBC and TNT'.
Again, I counted 13 camera that covered the entire track during the first lap. Add in three for the split screen for the pits (the overall pit road shot seemed to be from a track camera) and you've still got two left. Waste, IMHO, one on a crane for hovering crowds shots and you still have one left to roam pit road as far as its cable will reach.
Either way, kudos to NBC for having a go at it. Hopefully we'll be able to have a similar discussion in seven months as it is "uncertain how many, if any, races NBC would air in HD when its NASCAR telecasts begin in September."
See you in September.