Live cam shuffle
If you’re headed up the mountain then wrap up warm and keep topping up on the suncream!
Last week the UK went into shutdown as the so-called “beast from the East” covered the country with snow, however, here in Andorra thick, fresh snowfall is just another day in the office for us.
In Year 8 of the March Madness partnership between CBS Sports and Turner Sports, operations at the Final Four are running more smoothly than ever.
Camera resources have been advanced, IP infrastructures are at full tilt, and in-compound (and nationwide) file-sharing networks have talent from across the country contributing to the overall production of this year’s championship.
The snow is so deep in some places a few of the piste signs on the side of the slopes are becoming partially buried, and in Canillo yesterday, a hole had to be dug around one of the Mont Magic statues so that she didn’t become buried in the snow! The coverage on the pistes is looking pretty good thanks to the snowfall we’ve been having recently, but the consistency of the snow is a little wet and heavy at the moment, so it doesn’t quite have the powdery consistency that we dream of.
However, the snow is still nice and soft, and the pistes are well painted in our favourite colour of the season: white.
Here in San Antonio at the Alamodome, the most notable change comes in the form of a major presence from Game Creek Video.
Five mobile units, four of which are supporting the main game production in some capacity, anchor the compound.
Inside the Alamodome are 50 cameras (59 total if you count the five at Turner’s special set on San Antonio’s iconic River Walk) covering action for the main game, supplementing the Team Casts (which are back), and shooting the onsite studio set positioned at the south end of the arena.
Joining Brown from Turner Sports is Tom Sahara, EVP, technology.
Among newcomers to the production, Janis Murray is running the main game camera, taking over for George Graffeo, who had manned the position for 30 years.
That’s not to say we take it for granted though - Unlike in the UK, we just can’t get enough of the stuff, and rather than moan about it, we wake up every morning with high hopes and fingers crossed for an awesome powder day!
At the moment the upper snow depth on the mountain is just over two metres, so as you can imagine – we’re pretty happy right now!