As the Premier League prepares to restart the 2019-20 season behind closed doors, the usage of CGI-computer created graphics-is being debated, believes Inews.
Ensuring closed-door matches is pushing networks to come up with ideas that were previously unimaginable. This is because the possibility of playing matches in front of empty stadiums brings major obstacles for the league.
One such novel idea is the usage of CGI instead of banks of empty chairs in the quiet stadium.
“And if a team doesn’t sell all of its Premier League seats, if you have one stand that’s particularly empty it results in even lower viewers ratings,” says a senior Sky source.
“And though there’s noise, an empty stand also affects the appreciation of the show by the spectators. If the ground is completely empty and completely silent, then it really is a strange experience,” the source continues.
“It is not really that hard to place moving graphics in CGI, except on the live action line. The task is to do it at the level that is required now. Can you get Old Trafford to look complete as you move the device through all the angles that cameras need to move between them?
“If you have one fixed camera, CGI is simple to do because you’re doing it in one defined location. But think of 24 cameras that offer you basically a 360 degree view. This is a lot about infrastructure. The software exists but the task of operating it at the latency that is required has never been achieved before,” they say.
The Premier League is already trying to do whatever it can to end a season. France’s top two divisions have already cancelled their seasons. In Belgium and The Netherlands has happened the same.
Regarding this, the same source remarks, “There’s still little clarification as to when the season would stop and with what sort of conditions matches will be able to take place.”