Of all the major sports (football, basketball, baseball, hockey) it is the season ending NFL Superbowl which generates the most interest (and Las Vegas bets) each year. Every aspect of the big game is finely controlled from the singing of the national anthem, to the half time show and to the Superbowl ads which turn out to be an event in themselves.
This year, CBS will also try and enhance their TV broadcast of the NFL game by using some new special effects using Orad TVs Motion Video Play (MVP) system. Orad is in the business of providing both video and graphic enhancement solutions for all types of sporting events and this years Superbowl will include MVP’s Magnifying Glass feature.
The way this special effect works is you may be watching the game and the referee makes a questionable call. Was it a right call or a wrong call? From the original camera angle, you may have a hard time in determining the accuracy of the call, but the Magnifying Glass feature offers a tighter zoom of the play that allows you to verify the call.
The Orad Magnifying Glass is not limited to just a single frame, but will be dynamic throughout the football game, allowing CBS to invoke it at any time that they choose. It just remains to be seen how often they use this special effect.