Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) announced today that they have added a new camera angle to its productions. The “low home” robotic camera, which is positioned just above home plate, produces the closest available shot of the pitcher, catcher and batter action – as well as a panoramic shot of the field – in Major League Baseball. The new cameras will be used at every Nationals and Orioles home game for both high definition and standard broadcasts.
The low home robotic cameras are anchored to the net just to the right of home plate and 15-18 feet from the ground at both Oriole Park and Nationals Park. Throughout the game, the cameras are controlled by a technician in the production truck and can pan from third base to first base.
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Though the cameras will be used often for replays, MASN claims "they will also offer increased detail and the clearest available picture when watching a pitcher’s setup and release on live shots." With a wider view of the playing field, viewers can see defensive positioning and base runners, while simultaneously watching the ball travel from the pitcher to the catcher.
The Chicago based Emmy award-winning company, Fletcher Cameras, owns the cameras, which are also used by the NBA, NHL, Olympics, World Cup, NASCAR and NFL for high quality sports productions. Currently, the cameras are used by 70 percent of Major League Baseball productions.
“This camera offers fans a whole new perspective of the action on the field and even more access to their favorite teams,” said MASN spokesman Todd Webster. “It marks another example of MASN’s commitment to providing the highest-quality coverage of major league baseball to its viewers.”