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Drones, Helmet Cams, What’s New in F1 on HDR-2022 TV

F1 broadcasters are constantly pushing the boundaries to make the show look better on smaller screens, with new ideas, improved presentations, and the latest innovations.

So as F1 enters the era of new rules at the Bahrain Grand Prix in 2022, the coming season will see sports lift the game again to improve its spectacle.

This is an overview of the major changes that TV viewers will see in 2022.

Helmet cam during the race

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari

Photo: Jerry Andre / Motorsport Image

Following successful trials in several practice sessions last year, F1 plans to expand the use of helmet cams in 2022.

Last year it was only used for practice driving, but in the first race of the season, Driver’s Eyes will be unleashed and we plan to drive up to four cars per event.

Dean Rock, F1’s broadcast and media director, told Motorsport.com about the helmet cam:

“Some of these shots may be better short, so I think we need to test a bit about how to use them.”

At this time, due to FIA official requirements, helmet cams are currently only available for bell helmets, but work is underway to operate them with other manufacturers.

F1 is particularly keen on getting the helmet cam to work well. This is because camera technology can be applied to function in the unique territory of the car and provide unique footage.

“I thought I could use it anywhere if I broke the helmet cam,” Locke added.

“We are looking at a camera that may be in the rear light, or a mirror camera or even a camera that we used in the past, even at our feet.”

HDR

George Russell, Mercedes W13, Alex Albon, Williams FW44, Esteban Ocon, Alpine A522, Guanyu Zhou, Alfa Romeo C42

George Russell, Mercedes W13, Alex Albon, Williams FW44, Esteban Ocon, Alpine A522, Guanyu Zhou, Alfa Romeo C42

Photo: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Image

Due to those channels that can do so, F1 will be broadcast in HDR throughout the 2022 season.

HDR (High Dynamic Range) is becoming more and more popular in sports coverage, providing the highest quality TV images not only on traditional TV screens, but also on other devices such as phones and tablets.

Locke states: “I’m doing HDR, which I tried and tested last year. As a result, I’m really happy with these races, especially under the lights. It looks really good. It’s a really big step forward.”

New camera angle

Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL36

Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL36

Photo: Stephen Tea / Motorsport Image

Formula 1 is constantly challenging new things with camera angles, so in 2022 we plan to offer several different views from both the trackside and the board.

Locke further states: “There’s a very nice new low nose on board, and the front wing isn’t very visible. This gives us a sense of the speed we’re always trying to achieve.

“I also changed the position of the track camera a bit. It seems that I’m in the same camera position in the race, but in reality it’s different every year.”

In addition to the cameras used to report the race, F1 will have access to three high-motion cameras over the weekend of the race, but last year it was limited to one.

There are also two roaming cameras that help you get the footage from unexpected moments on track.

Locke said: “If your car breaks down, say” Go over there! “On the radio.

“There were some really nice shots from there, like when the driver was reacting next to a broken car.

“But cameras everywhere are important. There are more cameras on the pit wall. We had one or two last year, but we want to cover all the teams in 2022.”

Drone experiment

Pierre Guthrie, AlphaTauri AT03

Pierre Guthrie, AlphaTauri AT03

Photo: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Image

Drone camera footage has transformed many action sports, from skiing to rallies, but it’s not widely used in F1.

The team sometimes uses the drone on the shooting day, and F1 evaluated the drone in one of the COVID races in Austria, but the preference for overhead shots is to use a helicopter.

The main reason for this was safety, and the risk of the drone falling from the sky raised several challenges.

Locke said: “When you look at downhill skis, they follow one skier.

“If it falls or something happens to the drone, it doesn’t really matter.

“They don’t have a lot of crowds at the top of the mountain: they’re at the bottom, so it works very well for them.

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“If you’re following one car, there’s usually another car behind you, which causes some fundamental problems, and I think the other parts are running at 200mph. 200 miles and drones aren’t very good! “

However, F1 believes that the latest drone technology is ready for live broadcasts over the Grand Prix weekend.

The lock explains: “We are paying attention to the drone. It’s actually another shot, so you don’t necessarily have to duplicate the helicopter.

“With some new and unique shots that can only be seen on the drone, we hope to bring them along the way towards the end of the season.”

The key to giving green light is to extend battery life long enough. In addition, the broadcast video can be guaranteed at a sufficiently high resolution, so it blends seamlessly with international feeds.

New graphics

2022 TV graphics, pit stop example

2022 TV graphics, pit stop example

Photo: FOM

Another obvious change already seen this weekend is FOM’s major overhaul of television graphics for the season.

Given a much more prominent space on the screen than before, the situation is under the F1 logo that has been moved to the top left of the screen.

Locke said: “These are new looks and very different from the look and feel concept. They’re bold, a little fresh, a little younger. They’re heavily digitally influenced.”

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