SBD/August 14, 2014/Media

NFL Films Switching To Digital Video Cameras In '14 In Effort To Become More Efficient

NFL Films beginning this season will "shoot all regular-season and postseason games with digital video cameras," according to Richard Sandomir of the N.Y. TIMES. NFL Senior VP/Broadcasting & Media Operations COO Howard Katz said, "This is revolutionary. We’ll still be called NFL Films even if we’re not shooting with film." Sandomir notes the shift to shooting all games with digital cameras was "supposed to begin" with the '15 season, but that was "accelerated with the move of the 'Inside the NFL' show on Showtime from Wednesday night to Tuesday night." The show will be "repeated on the NFL Network on Wednesday night with an additional segment looking at the Thursday night game." The change will also make NFL Films "more efficient." Storage will be "easier and video will be easier to access." After extensive experimentation, NFL Films "chose the Arri Amira" digital video camera and bought 30 of them for the camera crew. On game days, reels of film will "no longer have to be driven or flown from game sites or developed." Instead, the "game action captured on digital cards inside each camera will be sent from the stadiums after every quarter" to Mount Laurel, N.J., where it will be "edited and transmitted to the 60 shows on multiple networks that will use the highlights." There is still some unused 16 millimeter film left at NFL Films, but some of it will be "used for future documentaries" and the last bit will be used for "NFL Films Presents," which is moving to FS1 (N.Y. TIMES, 8/14).
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