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The Amazing Race: New Season Kicks Off In High Definition

February 16, 2011 01:30 PM by Allyson Wells

The Amazing Race premieres this Sunday on CBS.  As the season kicks off with an all-star cast of former racers, it also marks the jump to high definition for the reality show.  Phil Keogahn recently spoke out on the show’s formatting change.

Speaking at a benefit to raise money for the National MS Society, Phil spoke frankly about why the high definition change took so long.  “A lot of people have said to me, ‘I just don’t understand.  If there’s any show that lends itself to being in HD, it’s The Amazing Race.  Why aren’t you guys in HD?’  The thing that everybody has to understand is that shooting a show like Amazing race logistically is nothing like shooting a show like American Idol.”

Phil went on to explain how challenging it has been to give the fans what they want.  “We’re in a place like Bangladesh.  It’s not like you can just go down to the local TV station and pick up a piece of equipment that will necessarily be, say, HD.  The standard around the world is becoming more and more HD, but for a long time, it hasn’t been.”  However, with the latest advancements in technology, the show can give the fans what they want.  “You literally can just plug the camera straight into a computer, download files, then quickly upload a low-resolution copy of the video to editors back in the U.S. who can edit the footage and later use a program to swap it for the high-resolution copy when it arrives by courier.”

The shift to high definition will not cause the show to turn away from dramatic storylines, promises Phil.  “You don’t sacrifice story, but you will sacrifice, or make compromises with equipment.”

Tune into The Amazing Race this Sunday to see the upgraded version of the show when it debuts in high definition.

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