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FOX Sports Midwest test driving Phantom Cam

During this week’s Los Angeles Dodgers at St. Louis Cardinals series at Busch Stadium, FOX Sports Midwest will bring Phantom Cam to its viewers for the first time. The super slow-motion replay camera records shots at an amazing 3,000 frames per second.

Phantom Cam was first used by the FOX Network during the 2012 National League Championship Series and World Series, when it captured images like individual rain drops falling on Sergio Romo and a ball striking Hunter Pence’s bat three times on a broken-bat hit.

See examples in this video:

FOX Sports Midwest will be using Phantom Cam for its Monday through Thursday telecasts this week. Fortunately, with FSM’s producer Mike Helling and director Tom Mee at the controls, Yasiel Puig shots should be kept under reasonable control.

Phantom Cam has been on an introductory road tour to FOX Sports’ regional networks for various home series since June. The Cards rightsholder will also have access to Phantom Cam during the key final-month series in Cincinnati from September 2-5.

This article goes into the details behind Phantom Cam and considers potential future uses of the new technology.

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14 Responses to “FOX Sports Midwest test driving Phantom Cam”

  1. Brian Walton says:

    I am thinking about doing a follow up story so will be interested in your thoughts after you see it deployed during the telecasts.

  2. crdswmn says:

    I hope this Phantom Cam isn’t as annoying as the Blimp Cam they repeatedly used in the Reds series this weekend. Every time they went to that thing I wanted to throw something at my TV.

  3. blingboy says:

    ” Fortunately, with FSM’s executive producer Mike Helling and director Tom Mee at the controls, Yasiel Puig shots should be kept under reasonable control.”

    At least its not ESPN doing it, you’d probably never know the Cards were there.

  4. Bw52 says:

    Why 3 straight lefty batters versus a LH pitcher? Why? Why? Wasted chances ? Stupid baseball.

    • blingboy says:

      Come on Bw, get with it.

      The right handed swinging Pacific Coast League Home Run leader was called up specifically to keep the bench from blowing away in a strong breeze, which requires him to sit on it at all times.

      I figured that one out with half my brain tied behind my back, just like Mike did.

  5. crdswmn says:

    For your Tuesday viewing pleasure. Someone on Twitter last night discovered this and posted the link. It is a You Tube, supposedly from a few weeks ago at some 80s night event, of Adam Wainwright, dressed up in weird clothes and sporting a mullet wig, singing Achy Breaky Heart to kareoke.

    Enjoy.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=zI-JMPa8l94

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