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Video: BallCam Puts Football Fans on the Field

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Charles Murray
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Re: Cameras in other rotating objects
Charles Murray   3/6/2013 9:55:56 PM
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You're right, bkcTN. The technology for calling balls and strikes is available right now. Baseball is a little more stodgy about change, though. It would probably take an act of Congress to get the MLB to make that kind of change.

Charles Murray
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Re: video capture rate is more than adequate for moving forward
Charles Murray   3/6/2013 9:57:56 PM
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I also wonder how good the sky-detecting algorithm would be at night, Dave.

Elizabeth M
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Re: Put a camera in both ends...
Elizabeth M   3/7/2013 4:37:24 AM
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It just occurred to me...wouldn't having a camera in the ball now take replays to an entirely new level?? You could really see what's going on. This could open up a new can of worms (and makes football games drag on even longer! Sorry, not a fan!)

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Re: Put a camera in both ends...
Charles Murray   3/7/2013 6:03:50 PM
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Actually, the technology's developer told me that it could be used for replays, but only after a few minutes of waiting. I don't know if impatient football fans will tolerate that. So you don't have to worry, Liz.

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apresher   3/7/2013 8:10:23 PM
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Don't think this is remotely appropriate for replay but only if the angle is really very unique. Waiting becomes even more of a deal breaker.

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William K.   3/7/2013 10:16:40 PM
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All of the MANY delays in televised football are why I think that High School football games are a much better value. No delays for hardly anything. Plus, the players are not such "Prima Donnas" as a few of the bigleague stars are. And most seats are closer to the action. You don't get to actually see the players faces at any NFL games. Way to far of.

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Charles Murray   3/8/2013 7:07:12 PM
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I couldn't agree more, William K. I do admit to watching the Super Bowl every year, but I find high school football far more interesting. I live across the street from a high school football field, and every Friday night in fall I am drawn toward the lights like a moth.  

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Re: Not...
bobjengr   3/9/2013 2:17:26 PM
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  I agree with you tmash on this one.  I can possibly see some use for officiating and coaching players but not much application for the fans.  Instant replay, at lest for me, gives me enough information relative to the game.  It is fascinating to witness how the software transforms the video.   This is the only way I can see real value-added to a game.

 

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Re: Put a camera in both ends...
Elizabeth M   3/11/2013 5:17:52 AM
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Ah, ok, Chuck, good to know that this will probably not be applicable for replays. That shows you how much I know about football!

Charles Murray
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Re: Not...
Charles Murray   3/12/2013 8:44:31 PM
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Good point, bonjengr. The real value in this technology is the way the software transforms a chaotic video into a watchable one.

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