An all HD 2008 Olympics in Beijing
There is some great footage coming out of this year\'s Beijing Olympic games. No surprise since Beijing is the first Olympic game to be recorded and broadcast entirely with HD systems. I wanted to know what cameras were using to capture that HD footage. In particular, I wanted to know how they caught some of the more spectacular footage of divers plunging into the water and arrows flying at targets. I also wanted to compare shots grabbed by the big expensive cameras uses by the networks and some of the better prosumer footage being grabbed by spectators sitting on the sidelines. So I went looking for details. Here is what I have found so far...
Primary Chinese News Gathering Cameras
425 LDK 8000 mk II WorldCam cameras
42 LDK 8300 3X slow motion Sportscams
60 LDK 8000 2X slow motion SportCams.
15 Infinity DMC1000 HD camcorders
Robotic God\'s Eyes
Many of the more interesting shots are being captured by specialized robotic rigs. These are designed by Garrett Brown or Camera Corps
Robotic cameras include:
Primary News Gathering Cameras used by NBC
Sony HDC-1400 studio cameras
HDC-3300 3x Super Slow Motion cameras
No Citizen Videographers Allowed in Beijing