“Ref Cam” debuts this Saturday on Fox
August 1, 2012
There will be a new camera angle for the nation when viewers tune into the UFC on Fox 4 this Saturday. Fox issued a press release Wednesday stating that it was introducing the “Ref Cam.”
As many recall, the Pride organization in Japan had a “Ref Cam” which gave viewers at home a direct view into what the ref was witnessing.
Via MMA Junkie:
According to a release from FOX, the camera will be positioned at the top button of the referee’s shirt during matches. The camera is powered by a lithium ion battery with a transmitter under the ref’s shirt in a vest.
It has been subtle, but Fox has introduced several new camera angles with its FX UFC Prelim events. The “Ref Cam” is another innovation that brings a different perspective of the action. It also may help educate the novice MMA fan through closer views of what is going on with different positions and holds when the fighters are on the ground. Another benefit of the “Ref Cam” is that it will help the UFC determine whether or not the ref is in position during a match. We’ll see if the new camera angles will help bring viewers.