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Old 08-11-2008, 10:23 PM #1
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How do we make paintball look good on TV?

Let's face it. While I like the fact that ESPN2 occasionally shows paintball tournaments, there's simply no getting around it: paintball on TV sucks.

I mean, every single time it's the same ****ing thing. Wide pan of the field. Then cameras zoom in on a team just about to break. Then once they do break, they pan the field again to show the teams' movements. Then after that they'll zoom in on some dude kneeling behind a bunker shooting and getting gogged.

That's about it. And it sucks.

So, PBNation, what changes to tournament paintball can we make to make it actually look exciting and fun to watch?
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Old 08-11-2008, 10:52 PM #2
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UAPL, since the fields and teams were small, it was easy to follow. you could actually tell what the players were shooting at.
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Old 08-11-2008, 10:58 PM #3
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you personally are not going to do anything about it. good waste of time writing this eh?
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Old 08-12-2008, 12:08 AM #4
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you personally are not going to do anything about it. good waste of time writing this eh?
i would have to agree -- unless you or someone you know is in charge of the network then its not gonna make a difference what we have to say
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Old 08-12-2008, 02:20 AM #5
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didn't know that it was required that you change the world to discuss a topic.

Problem is you can't see the dang ball. Also there is usually a single area of focus when watching a team sport. Pb is just not TV friendly.

If you can capture the eliminations from star to finish and show how they get them it would help. A technical problem is the depth of field cameras have. You don't notice because your eyes can adjust quickly but to do that with a lens is impossible at range. What I'm talking about is seeing the shooter and opponent at the same time.
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Old 08-12-2008, 02:31 AM #6
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UAPL was a good format. The fields were small enough where you coudl be somewhat zoomed in and still see a lot of action. And the games were really quick. A 3 man style game play and field like that, with an X-ball format? That would be about as user friendly as it gets.

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Old 08-12-2008, 04:37 AM #7
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I don't thinky ou took any time thinking or looking to make his thread. You obliviously never seen paintball every week on FSN.
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Old 08-12-2008, 08:53 AM #8
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They need to have cameramen on both ends of the field, and elevated about 10 feet or so. That way, people can actually see everyone's position on the field, where each player is shooting, and hopefully see the paint flying. It's hard to see paint even in person if you're standing on the sidelines. It's also hard to tell what is really going on in a game from the sidelines. I always watch from the ends of the field - you can see a lot more of the strategies being used, because from that perspective, you can see what each player is looking at/what is exposed to them.
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