Slo-Mo HDTV for the Olympics

I-Movix has announced that they will be providing their SprintCam Live 2 HDTV cameras to Beijing Olympic Broadcast for the Summer Games coverage. The cameras will be deployed with mobile units at the major Olympics venues, according to a company press release. What makes these cameras special is that they can record the action at speeds up to 8,000 frames per second, which is more than 260 times as many as normal video rates. What’s more, these clips are available for immediate slow-motion replay.

Sports fans worldwide have come to expect slow-motion instant replay, so that they can see the action up close and in detail. This feature becomes all the more valuable when the action includes questionable officiating. This feature is commonplace with standard definition productions, but it’s essential to be able to provide the same service in high definition.

The Summer Olympics will be a coming-out party of sorts for HDTV, and the I-Movix cameras will be just one of many behind-the-scenes bits of hardware that will deliver HD coverage to sets around the globe.