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Red Sox Hit a Home Run with Nikon Robotics

Nikon Inc. recently partnered with Major League Baseball team the Boston Red Sox to install a state-of-the-art Robotic Pod camera system throughout iconic Fenway Park to capture action-packed still images and full-HD video. In the era of social distancing and Covid-19 related constraints, our remote system is the solution that minimises risk and offers operators and photographers a safe way to remotely control cameras to capture amazing content – with the added benefit of more creative options than ever before.

The team worked with Nikon Professional Services (NPS) at Fenway Park to install five Robotic Pods, a modular camera system housing that can be remotely controlled by an operator from a custom software interface.
With the system, the photographer/operator can capture high-quality photos and videos for broadcast, social media and marketing needs while reducing proximity to other staff and players and gain remote access to restricted areas. In fact, a photographer can cover an entire game without ever leaving the booth.

“In these times, we have had to adapt at a far faster pace than ever before when it comes to the way we operate, and that includes producing content for our fans, sponsors and partners. We are extremely pleased with the image quality and capabilities from the MRMC Robotic Pods and are already discussing new opportunities to use the technology at all Fenway Park events in 2021.

Billie Weiss, Sr. Manager, Photography, Boston Red Sox

The cameras also offer more creative flexibility than ever before, affording new camera angles where photographers simply could not access before. The cameras are positioned on the roof of the press box, on the third and first baselines, overlooking centre field and the bullpen, in addition to a low-angle immediately behind home plate. Because the Pods allow for 360-degree movements and zooming capabilities, the system allows for shots that are just not possible with a fixed remote camera.
Additionally, the photographer has full remote operation of zoom, focus, exposure and more, while the automated system can save pre-set capture points to easily repeat shots with precise consistency.
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