“We’ve acquired some sensible expertise in digicam know-how”– F1 goals to usher in revolution to TV expertise with the brand new driver eye-cam.
On Friday, followers have been introduced a brand new expertise in the course of the Belgium Grand Prix, the place the drivers’ efficiency in the course of the free follow classes have been seen from their eye perspective.
It actually gave a novel expertise, and now Method 1 envisions to adapt it for the longer term to revolutionize the TV expertise for the followers, and the officers speak about what do they intend forward.
— Method 1 (@F1) August 27, 2021
“We’ve acquired expertise with helmet cameras going again 15 years, perhaps extra,” F1’s director of broadcast and media, Dean Locke, tells Motorsport.com.
“We’ve achieved some stuff with David Coulthard, and we did some stuff with what was GP2 on the time. So over time, we’ve tried it a number of instances.
“Most of these options have been on the skin of the helmet. And as developments go on in F1, that’s not essentially permitted. Therefore why it’s all the time been tough to do. So we have been all the time trying to try to get contained in the helmet, if potential.”
“We’ve achieved some bits, not essentially in races, however round testing and pre-season testing. We’ve achieved some with glasses that had just a little digicam on. However to try this in an F1 occasion, in a race or qualifying session, it’s a totally totally different surroundings.
“Additionally don’t overlook it’s generally simpler to file after which use it afterward. However to really take that sign and color appropriate it and all the pieces else in a stay capability is an entire totally different ballgame.”
The distinctive expertise it may possibly present
Locke additional claims that his staff doesn’t want a 4K expertise with the eye-cam, and it might be much more immersive if followers get the immersive expertise with the vibrations drivers to really feel.
“We’ve acquired some sensible expertise in digicam know-how and supply of digicam know-how,” says Locke. “So working intently with them, we predict we are able to ship a product that’s as much as F1 commonplace.
“We’re actually working with them because the specialists, after which utilizing our know-how in acquisition and curation in getting a sign off a automobile at 200mph and getting that stay into our programs.
“We’re working collectively to see if we are able to get it to the purpose that we’d be glad to make use of it in F1. And at present was simply the primary begin of that testing and seeing the place we are able to get it higher and higher.
“We don’t want it to be full 4K photos or something like that, as a result of I believe that’s the distinctive factor about it, isn’t it? That it has the vibration and so forth. However we have now numerous expertise in that vibration know-how and round that space that we might help them with.
“We’ve been working over the previous few weeks on that supply to try to get it to a wonderful commonplace. We’re going to make some tweaks to the product and our supply mechanisms to get one of the best out of it.
“After which once more the week after, and the week after that. It’s nonetheless very a lot an experimental take a look at base for us to get it to a extremely good commonplace.”