Thursday, July 29, 2021

A low-quality television broadcast of a football match

This evening, FC Basel played the second leg of their Conference League qualifying tie in Albania against Partizani Tirana. The match itself isn't worth commenting on: Basel won 2-0 after winning the first leg 3-0. But the television broadcast was unique: the Albanian producers had only one camera that could only swing back and forth, with no zoom function or slow-motion (and in the first half, they experienced technical problems so that Swiss television had only a low-quality image with no sound). The match had few exciting moments, but in the absence of closeups and replays, even they remained flat. High-quality, multi-camera television production clearly heightens the drama of football matches. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 29 July 2021)


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