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Super Bowl Transitions

Anyone else watching the Super Bowl notice the quality shift right after one of those fancy NBC transitions?

I did.

And it confused me more than it bugged me. Why, after a nicely rendered transition, would the system play what appeared to be poorly compressed SD footage for a second before jumping back up to high quality video? Was it a bandwidth problem? A system limitation? Graphic RAM? Bit rate? ...anyone have any ideas or know what was up with that?

Or was I the only one who noticed?

I mean, I'm okay with being the only one more interested in the technical side of things instead of the game.

And I just stumbled across an explanation of how they draw the first down line, something I've been wondering about for a while now.

Football is fascinating.

No, not the game--though the defense man who ran a 100 yard touchdown was super impressive--the technology behind the video coverage we see of the game. That's fascinating.

 ~Luke Holzmann
Your Media Production Mentor

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