AI Camera Mistakes Linesman's Bald Head For The Ball In Inverness Game
Scottish football continues to be the gift that keeps on giving - the latest incredible story being that a camera mistook the ball for the linesman's bald head.
Inverness Caledonian Thistle took on Ayr United behind closed doors in the SPFL in a game that was only available for £10 on pay-per-view.
Instead of a multi-camera operation going on, a robot camera from Pixellot was utilised - the idea being that it would auto track the action without anyone manning it.
However, it went horribly wrong as the camera proceeded to follow the bald head from the linesman on the near side.
The play was on completely the opposite side of the pitch and yet you couldn't say anything that was happening because the focus was on the official's shiny head.
Everything is terrible. Here's a football match last weekend that was ruined after the AI cameraman kept mistaking the linesman's bald head for a football.https://t.co/BsoQFqEHu0 pic.twitter.com/GC9z9L8wHf- James Felton (@JimMFelton) October 29, 2020
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I love it so much, the camera is like "ball ball ball bald head, there's a bald head, zoom in on the bald head"- James Felton (@JimMFelton) October 29, 2020
Inverness Caledonian Thistle don't employ a cameraman as their camera is programmed to follow the ball throughout the match. The commentator had to apologise today as the camera kept on mistaking the ball for the linesman's head... pic.twitter.com/LeKsc2bEj7- Tom Cox (@seagull81) October 24, 2020
The video of the regular pans to the linesman is hilarious but no doubt you'd be fuming if you had forked out a tenner to watch the fixture.
Not that anyone would have seen the goals, but visitors Ayr took the lead in the 57th minute through Innes Cameron, before the hosts' striker Nikolay Todorov grabbed an equaliser four minutes from time.
SPFL spokesperson said: "We are aware of a few brief instances of wandering cameras and have been assured by Pixellot that they are working to fix it."
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