I know, I know, I'm getting to this a wee bit late but there is no expiration date and while it might not be at the peak of its freshness it's still worth posting about. If you are up to speed you know VFTD holds the opinion that PBA has upped the ante for a major league series with their webcasts of the PSP. Webcasting in general is interesting on a couple of counts. The technology is almost daily becoming more accessible and I wouldn't be at all surprised to see the webcasting of events move down the tournament food chain in the next couple of years--and if anyone finds a workable revenue model webcasting of paintball events will explode. (All those kids who wanted to make videos gotta do something, right?)
Slightly O/T apparently PBA handled the broadcast of the College Nationals this past weekend, which, in the past has often done a better than average production job. Was this most recent event noticeably better? Worse? About the same? I'm just curious 'cus I missed it.
Back to the Cote D'Azur or at least someplace not too far away, Puget Sur Argens, host of the recent Med Cup--and past host of the St. Tropez Open or whatever they called the event in 2012. While retaining the venue this time around the MS brought in the folks who produced the DPL (German league) webcasts last season to handle the technical side of the Millennium webcast. Unlike the budget webcasts in America that feature the snake wire the Mill's budget webcast featured the D-wire with fixed position cameras elevated in the dorito wire corners of the netting (or thereabouts) and at least one hand held roving the wire. (I watched a DPL event last year with the same basic set-up.) The resolution was barely adequate as any fast and furious action pixelated large areas of the video images--though bandwidth on tap may have also impacted the visuals. Without being overtly critical if one considers the webcast like the proverbial gift horse it was much better than nothing. The question that remains is this a standard the MS will find acceptable--in order to claim that like the PSP they too have a dedicated webcast--or will any effort be made to improve the product as the season goes forward? I guess we'll see.
And what about PALS?