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There have been some significant changes to the way Formula 1 is broadcast behind the scenes, particularly with Winter renovation of the Biggin Hill production facility [Reino Unido] to be more modern. However, where Great Circus never stops is when it comes to trying to improve what fans see at home, whether that’s when the Grand Prix is broadcast live from the circuits or in regards to other elements like screens and graphics.
With the 2023 season starting earlier than usual, Formula 1 spent the entire winter break figuring out what to deliver in its coverage, and now that the job is done, a fresh batch of ideas are set to get started. Completely innovative technology.
Below, let’s take a look at what fans can expect this season.
Artificial intelligence in slow motion replay
Formula 1 often uses super slow motion in places where seeing movement at a different speed provides a spectacle like never before, such as when cars go over the barriers at the Monaco Grand Prix. However, those cameras that They cost about 400 thousand euros eachit cannot be installed at all angles, as it is difficult to predict where the most exciting moments will occur.
So when we watch incident replays in slow motion, it can appear blurry, especially in 4K. Formula 1 has been working to make this replay look even better, and they tested a new AI product at the US Grand Prix last year.
The system processes images from regular cameras and intelligently fills in missing frames [técnicamente denominado como interpolación]Ensures repeats are silky smooth. The AI was put into action when Fernando Alonso was blown up after a collision with Lance Stroll, so everything looked a lot better.
Formula 1 Broadcast and Media Director, Dean LockeHe stated that the process would be used in all races from now on, which should be an improvement in definition: “It’s a very clever system. We can make all our cameras HD, which is another level we can do live.”
This process can be used for any type of weekend recording, including on-board cameras.
Improved sound-style survival engine
After the success of the Netflix series, campaign to surviveFormula 1 ensures that the live show has the same expectations and atmosphere. Although part of that is due to the visual effects, the sound is also a very important component, and they have already thought about improving the sound in 2023.
Locke said the championship wants the live broadcast to look as exciting as the Netflix experience or any other series like it, so they’re planning some tweaks: “People expect, when listening to a traditional Formula 1 broadcast, to make it sound as good as Drive to Survive.”
“So we’ve decided we have to do everything we can to improve, and we’re looking at how,” insisted the director of this key part in Formula 1’s growth, which will consist of repositioning the microphones on the track and turning them towards the crowd to catch their screams.
Attempts are also being made to capture the sound of individual seats, either by adding microphones to the barrier chambers, or by mixing sound from the sides of the circuit as cars pass.
New augmented reality graphics
Last year, Formula 1 improved the images from the on-board cameras to offer some Augmented reality graphic overlays Of the cars that are being followed, indicating their speed and the name of the driver. It turned out to work, and this season, technology has advanced for these additional items to be layered on top of helicopter shots.
Locke suggested that this could be particularly useful for highlighting the gap that gets compressed when a driver pits: “Maybe we could do a stretchable piece where one car moves into the pitlane and another car chases after, that could show the time between the two.” “
New cameras on board
Formula 1 fans already know that Onboard helmet cameras It will be very popular this year, which will provide more choices for TV networks. Bandwidth limits mean that, for now, FOM will only use six to eight drivers per race, and their photos will fill in the regular corners on the board.
The gyroscopic camera with which Carlos Sainz competed in the Dutch Grand Prix will return to the track to better show the banking of the corners, including the opening round in Bahrain. In addition, Great Circus is considering the possibility of using more mini-cams inside the cockpit, after recovering them from the pedals last season.
Formula 1, satisfied with the result, is looking at options Install more in the cabineither looking at the pilot from the waist, or from the feet: “We will move around the cockpit a little more, and some teams have already promised to help us.”
Technological advances for this course should also help full imagery get on board much faster than has been the case in the past. Until now, you had to wait until the Monday after the race to get some specific photos that weren’t broadcast live, but should really be available almost immediately.
Easier graphics and “instant tangles”
Formula 1 has had a major overhaul of its graphics over the winter, and It will launch a simpler system in 2023. Some items, such as AWS data, were considered too complex for viewers to understand, whether it was roadside alerts for accidents, new top speeds, or whether or not DRS was on.
A new graphic theme that will be released later this season is a “moment dilemma”, where FOM will pose a main question that can be discussed among commentators and voted on by fans. It could be, for example, whether the driver should stop further to put on new soft tyres, or whether he should choose a medium or hard compound on his last stop.
Locke explained: “We’ll inform the commentators and let them know a few seconds in advance. Then, at the end of the race, we’ll be able to answer the question, as if the driver had pitted, did he get four positions, for example.”
Farewell to the use of drones
One of the innovations that Formula 1 experimented with last year was the use of drones to get better aerial shots. Although the first test at the Spanish Grand Prix did not give good results, the most recent test in Austin did even better, although Gran Circo considers that drone technology still does not meet the requirements of covering high-speed sports.
“The drones are not fast enough,” Locke explained. “It’s great for other avenues that can’t afford a helicopter, but we’re so fast. I think the technology is going to come very quickly, but we’re going to take a step back for a while until we can’t improve it enough. We don’t want to do anything that’s bullshit.”
“We will do more testing at some of the races, but we are waiting for really fast drones to come to us,” said the head of Formula 1 TV coverage.
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