Re: 9/22/12- Reds vs. Dodgers, "Let's Clinch this Thing Again!!!"
Originally Posted by 757690
It actually is easier than poeple assume. Have a cameraman ready with a camera, hook it up to a portable transmitter, flip a switch and you're live. It really doesn't take that long to get a camera rolling and a live feed going. I know, I did it many times as a camera operator for my college back in the 80's. I imagine it's even easier now. Local TV crews do it in a matter of minutes all the time, in much more difficult situations than this one, all at the spur of the moment. The MLB Network had a feed up immediately.
FSO had plenty of time to plan out how to set this up. This happened on their home turf, they could have done trial runs days ago, and spent the game looking over how they should set up once the game is over. On something this rare and important, you run through it ahead of time until you have it perfect. It's not like this was a surprise to them. With the technology today, and the money FSO makes on the Reds, there really is no excuse for this screw up.
MLB Network was allowed to have crews set up in advance. They are given that ability contractually. They were able to get hooked up and test before the game. Single-camera feeds, especially ones you're referring to in situations of on-location reporting are pretty simple. But I've never seen any setup on a production crew as simple as you're describing.
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