EYE IN THE SKY
The passenger seats are swapped out for TV monitors, camera controls, and the camera itself—over half a million dollars of gear. “The camera, zoom lens, and stabilization equipment are all mounted into a 100-pound ball that can pan, tilt, and spin 360 degrees,” says Goodyear flyboy Jim Maloney.
2. Long View
From 1,500 feet above the tackles, the camera’s 36:1 zoom lens can zero in on a single player. “Usually we’re zoomed in on the whole team just before the snap,” Maloney says. “Then, if it’s handed off to a player, the cameraman will zoom in more and follow him as he runs across the field.”
The camera’s high-definition picture is compressed and fired down via microwave to antennas sitting in the stadium. The signal is never encoded for security. If you had the same microwave demodulator that Goodyear uses, you could pirate the blimp’s sinal. Shhhh! The brand name is Duma.