Those HD Net Threads

I still marvel at how people manage to film sporting events. I guess all I’ve got is an ordinary DSLR, which isn’t really made for filming much of anything. As much as camcorders are the video apparatus of the masses, I do appreciate the autofocus. Nothing worse than getting a load of footage, then suddenly realising that the settings were wrong and only the backgrounds of the shots are actually in focus. It HAS happened to me. Devastating.

I still remember when they revealed the ultra-slow-motion cameras for the Australian Open a while back. They were action shots, but you could still look at the tennis netting and count the individual threads in the footage. So the people who make sports nets must’ve been pretty happy that their work was finally on show, in HD, for the first time ever. Many orders for netting, made upon that day. Also, tennis balls. Sports equipment in general.

Anyway, I don’t think I’ll be getting my hands on technology like that any time soon. I never really wanted to get into sports broadcasting anyway, but it was interesting to see what people can do with the technology. If you can film a bit of netting, in an action shot no less, and make it look like you can reach into the screen and brush your hand along the threads…then what else? People have done all sorts of things. One video I saw showed a fly beating its wings at normal bird speed, which was oddly satisfying. At one point during my project, I’d like to see if I can rent something that powerful. For now, it’s just me and my DSLR…for filming static sports netting only, lest a ball slam into it at high speed and make it all blurry. No autofocus is a killer.

-Jesse