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auto centering camera puck thing

use a radio imbedded in the puck to keep a camera centered on it
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Watching a hockey game in person can be a thrilling experience. Hockey is a fast-paced game and the action can move quickly around the rink. When watching hockey on TV, however, a lot of times the camera-men have trouble anticipating where the puck is going to go next and have to play catch up. There are some shots on goal that a fan at home doesn't get to see because of this.

My idea is to imbed a small radio transmitter in the puck and have a TV camera that automatically centers the puck in it's view. That way, no matter what is giong on, the camera will follow the puck and we get to see what is going on. There will still be other cameras manned by people for the rest of the action which the TV crew can switch to, but the auto-centering camera would be helpful when the action is fast.

Please don't confuse this idea with that stupid blue line that followed the puck around that some goofs drew on the screen so slower types could follow the game.

Crackpot, Dec 17 2006

(?) a very intersting article about this subject http://csdl2.comput...g/1997/02/g2006.pdf
[jhomrighaus, Dec 18 2006]


       I think there is a reason they don't do that now with the radio tracked pucks(where do you think they get the stupid line Blue Line). Can you say sea sickness!
jhomrighaus, Dec 18 2006

       So the camera would have to move at about 70-100 mph on a slap shot. I don't see how this would help the viewer at all.
Chefboyrbored, Dec 18 2006

       see link for details of Blue Halo(not drawn at all but digital) This came from the first Google hit when searching "Hockey Puck Tracking" Do some research next time.
jhomrighaus, Dec 18 2006

       After some thought, this idea has nothing to do with that blue halo thing. This would keep the camera focused on the puck. I think you may have misunderstood.
Crackpot, Feb 03 2015

       A lot of people seem to have skimmed the title, come to an incorrect conclusion about the idea, and boned it on that basis. I know that's how things are done around here but perhaps a slower reading is justified in this case?
Voice, Feb 05 2015

       ^true, though the title seems pretty obvious.   


       I'm not sure it would work: you'd definitely need some sort of fuzzy for a slapshot or you'd get seasick, but it'd be worth trying.
FlyingToaster, Feb 05 2015

       I suppose that's preferable to other things you could do with a Sony AS15 action cam wriststrapped to your hand
hippo, Feb 05 2015

       You know, with more deliberation, I think maybe I was wrong. This idea probably does suck.
Crackpot, Jun 26 2022

       Not a bad idea. [+]
doctorremulac3, Jun 26 2022


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