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AI Tracking Camera Mistakes Referee’s Bald Head for a Soccer Ball

AI cameras have come a long way when it comes to object recognition and tracking, but sometimes the "intelligence" can fail in humorous ways. At a recent professional soccer match in Scotland, the AI broadcast camera tasked with tracking the soccer ball kept getting distracted by the sideline referee's bald head.

FiLMiC Pro Update Adds Clean HDMI Output to iOS and Android Devices

The latest release of the popular FiLMiC Pro video app for both iOS and Android comes with a much-requested feature: the ability to output a clean HDMI signal. With this update, iOS and Android users can easily turn their phone into a "broadcast" camera for livestreaming or even use it as a webcam.

American Idol is Being Shot on iPhone Rigs During Lockdown

As photo/video production crews and their high-end equipment are locked down in the COVID-19 pandemic, companies are getting creative with getting the shots they need. Supermodel Naomi Campbell recently shot her own portrait for a magazine cover with an iPhone, and now it has come to light that American Idol has gone that same route.

Pro Sports Photographers: A Message from Your Friendly Broadcast Camera Operator

A few months ago, I was hired as an on-court, fixed broadcast camera operator for an Association of Tennis Professionals event as an independent contractor. While we were not broadcast live on a network, we were broadcasting throughout the stadium and event village as well as being taped for the network.

The Most Unfair Camera Comparison Ever: iPhone vs $250K TV Camera

You'd have to look long and hard to find a more absurd camera comparison than this. After putting together a very useful video that explains why broadcast TV cameras are so huge and expensive, YouTuber Zebra Zone pit this $250,000 setup against its most obvious rival... the iPhone 11 Pro.

This Video Explains Why TV Cameras are Still So Huge and Expensive

In recent years, small form-factor cameras—both DSLR and mirrorless—have gotten very good at capturing extremely high-quality video. So how come the broadcast equipment in use today is still so massive and expensive? YouTuber Zebra Zone recently answered this question in an interesting breakdown video.

Nikon DSLRs ‘Pass’ BBC Broadcast Test, iPhone Used for Live BBC Interview

Nikon published a news post recently boasting that its D4 and D800 DSLRs had "become the first DSLR cameras to pass the very elaborate European Broadcasting Union (EBU) test, commonly referred to as the BBC Test."

These tests were conducted by Alan Roberts, who spent most of his career in research and development at the BBC and wrote the new EBU guidelines and testing procedures. Alan commented that both the D4 and D800 exhibited the lowest amount of rolling shutter he has ever seen in a CMOS equipped camera. He also commented that the exposure latitudes of the D4 were truly remarkable at around 13 stops;

Other publications reporting on the test results aren't nearly as enthusiastic as Nikon about the results. wolfcrow writes that the D800 actually failed the test, pointing to the concluding line, "This camera cannot be recommended for serious programme-making."