NAC Hi-Motion II Cameras to Make Super Debut
NAC Image Technology’s Hi-Motion II super-slow motion camera today will make its world-wide debut in style, providing replays for NBC Sports as well as the NFL World Feed during tonight’s broadcast of Super Bowl XLVI from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. But it’s only the beginning of a busy period as Andy Hayford, NAC Image Technology’s international sales manager says 30 of the units will be in the field by April.
“We delivered two units to Fletcher and one to Gearhouse Broadcast Australia and then managed to deliver three more to Fletcher last week,” says Hayford of the camera that has just stepped out of prototype mode.
The camera did make a debut nationally for a UFC fight on Fox Sports last weekend. Hayford says the camera did so well that it became the main handheld used during the fights.
The complete camera system brings together technology from NAC and Ikegami that couples three CMOS sensors with the high-speed recording functionality. Hayford says the advantage of CMOS is it allows for higher frame rates than CCD sensors which max out at 90 frames per second. Tonight the cameras will operate at 300 fps.
“The key difference from the previous version of the NAC Hi-Motion camera is that it integrates really easily for the engineering guys, offering full tallies, return feeds, and control that allows for quick and easy color matching and other settings,” adds Hayford.
In recent side-by-side tests it is also offered improved sensitivity of 2.5 stops versus the older version, allowing it to provide better picture quality and more details.
The camera will also make its UK debut next week for a Sky football match and it is also expected to be used for MLB coverage later this year.