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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The Magic Of Technology At The Olympics

Hollywood can create magic. Movies offer special effects and computer generated images. Television can transport its viewers from their living rooms to anywhere in the world.

Modern movie-making technologies and the Internet combined with the drama and uncertainty of human competition makes for compelling television and live streaming.

What the TV or online viewer sees is not always what it may appear to be.

And that is also true in the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Announcers and commentators can be in one location (e.g., broadcast booth) talking about a competition in another location. But the difference in the physical location of the announcers and the athletes takes nothing away from the uncertainty and excitement of the competition.

Not only can announcers and commentators be in different locations in London, they can also be located in completely different countries.

A good announcer can call a race in real-time (or near real-time) while watching screens in a studio far, far away. These announcers are so good they give the illusion they are physically present at the competition venue. Viewers feel the immediacy and passion in their voices while announcers have the benefit of viewing the action from several different camera angles.

So while the person-to-person interaction and ambiance of an Olympics cannot be replaced, the action and entertainment in the open water, field or gym can be relayed and replayed effectively and automagically by talented people aided by modern technologies.

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