One of the biggest trends now in sports are the big projections they have on the court or ice for player introductions. This started not too long ago and it was a really cool idea at firs. There has been a lot of potential creative ideas that have come from this and as the months have come along, I have found myself in awe of the great visuals that have been produced on the floor.
Take a look at the Hawks video above. It’s not overbearing but the visual is phenomenal. It really transforms the floor into some kind of 3D adventure. Included are the sights and sounds of the city and the arena. The Hawks came up with a great way to incorporate the player introduction video from the scoreboard screen into a visually interactive projection on the floor.
What makes these so great for me is that there is no bad seat in the house to see this. It’s so big and so detailed that it’s a great way to pump up the fans before a game.
The Toronto Maple Leafs intro is equally impressive. Take a look at how the ice appears to be a revolving platform. Not only does the video include the players, but it also includes the opponent for the night. This isn’t just a default video that is used over and over again. This was made specifically for this game and with the clear white ice, there is a lot of potential.
What I like most about this video is simply the accuracy of the lighting on the ice. With the highlighted red line and blue lines, along with the face off circles, it just shows how great technology has advanced to make something so basic as an introduction video to this masterpiece on ice.
I believe that with this technology available, all teams should use it. There is a lot of creativity waiting to be unearthed with this.
What are some of your favorite videos?