TV Camera Angles

Discussion in 'General Pro Player Discussion' started by MasturB, Nov 10, 2009.

  1. MasturB

    MasturB Legend

    Sep 12, 2006
    At first I used to hate the Paris Indoor camera angle, but now I actually like it better than the standard mid-level view.

    The Paris Indoor camera angle makes the court look much wider on TV, and the net taller.

    Personally I wish more tournaments would either use a similar type of angle, or just the court level cam that the US Open started using a few years ago as a change of pace. Really lets you see the type of spins, net clearance, etc. that professionals hit with.

    What do you guys think?
  2. Andres

    Andres G.O.A.T.

    Apr 21, 2005
    Mar del Plata, Argentina
    I have mixed feelings about the camera angle here in Paris.

    Yeah, we can appreciate spins and net clearance more, but it robs off a lot of pace and speed.
  3. Bud

    Bud Bionic Poster

    Jul 23, 2007
    San Diego, CA
    I too really like the angles/camera perspective.
  4. DNShade

    DNShade Hall of Fame

    Jun 8, 2007
    Hollywood Hills and San Luis Obispo (home of TW)
    The camera angle is pretty good - should be a little bit lower - just like the first or second row of box seats for best HDTV viewing.
    It's not the angle but the distance and lens. The problem with #1 camera on the court central at Paris is the fact that the camera position seems to be very far away from the court - back quite away - so they are forced to use a stronger lens that tends to "squish" the distance of the foreground and background on court and flatten the image. This is why the ball seems to be going very slow and to take forever to get from one end to the other. It distorts the speed and distance quite a bit.

    The angle is quite nice (although I prefer the court 1 camera position - much closer and lower to the court - really get to see and feel the shots and spin) but it's much better that the really high angle shots we generally get in Europe indoors.

    The Basel #1 camera was terrible last week (really high up - felt like you were almost looking straight down on the court) but the #2 camera got some really good shots when they used it. At least it seems they are staring to play around and think a bit more and use the 16x9 frame.
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2009
  5. sureshs

    sureshs Bionic Poster

    Oct 1, 2005
    I think you should change your user name
  6. tennis angel

    tennis angel Guest

    Variety of angles is good, but too much is distracting.
  7. Because you want to have it for your own !? :shock:

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