CINCINNATI, Ohio – FOX Sports Ohio was able to experiment with FOX Sports’ super- and ultra-slow-motion camera "Phantom Cam" in some Cincinnati Reds games last season. It made its first appearance this season in the Reds home series against the St. Louis Cardinals and will return tonight and through the weekend as the Reds host the Tampa Bay Rays.
Phantom Cam allows replays to be shown with an incredible level of detail. Real time video is shown at 30 frames per second and standard slow-motion replays are at 350 to 400 frames per second. FOX Sports Ohio’s X-Mo, the slow motion technology used in every Reds game, shoots at 1,000 to 2,000 frames per second. Phantom Cam can record up to 5,000 frames per second.
"We knew coming in last season that the technology would be incredible. But when you physically see the results, it’s a game changer," said Tom Farmer, Executive Producer of FOX Sports Ohio. "When the bat meets the ball, you can literally see the ball being crushed. It’s amazing to see game action in that capacity."
FOX Sports has added an additional Phantom Cam this season, allowing three to be rotated among the FOX Sports Regional Networks. So while Phantom Cam is not available to FOX Sports Ohio for every Reds game, fans will get to see it during select telecasts throughout the season.
"In addition to sharing FOX Sports’ Phantom Cam with the other FOX Sports regions, we continue to use technology like X-Mo, Pitch Trax, and other technology on all of our games which truly enhances our Reds telecasts," Farmer said. "We always look to grow our productions, and Phantom Cam is just one of the many ways we are able to do that."