The Final Four only rivals the Super Bowl and the Olympics when it comes to being a road test for new technology and this year's hoops spectacle in Arlington, Texas is no exception.
I've written about Replay Technologies, Inc. and their freeD platform before, but now they are starting to get it on bigger stages, like the Final Four.
Working with CBS and Turner Sports, Replay Technologies is providing in-game replays of the national semis and championship game.
It's college basketball, like we've never seen before.
"We are extremely excited for college basketball fans to see the game in a whole new perspective, through the lens of this innovative technology," explains Oren Yogev, CEO of Replay Technologies. "By showcasing these never before seen perspectives of the game, our goal is to create increased exhilaration throughout the telecast."
The innovative technology is being used during a live telecast for the first time and for this event, for the first time.
The freeD™ technology was used recently during the NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans, LA; and it also received rave reviews for tennis at the BNP Paribas Open, in Indian Wells, CA. For college basketball, it was tested for fans during the Kentucky vs. North Carolina matchup at AT&T Stadium earlier in the season.
The Final Four is a demanding event for debuting this technology, but Replay Technologies is up to the challenge.
"AT&T Stadium provides a perfect situation for our 5K cameras to deliver the highest imagery quality possible," adds Yogev. "Our cameras cover the entire basketball court, which will give viewers a full 360-degree vantage point of the action."
The freeD™, or free-dimensional video, is unique in that is allows audiences to view broadcasts of live-action sporting and any events from any angle. See what it would look like if you were sitting right on the floor or maybe even looking down on the players.
The replays are recorded with cameras that are 5x the resolution of HD cameras, so the picture is perfect.
It quickly renders the captured video in real-time, providing what you could accurately say is a virtual 3D model of the action.
These are replays you really do want to watch.