Chase boats mounted with giant globe-shaped cameras motor up the course alongside the Olympic fleet. These Cineflex cameras, worth a half-million dollars each and operated by a specially trained cameraman, provide a better-than-front-row view of the action, beaming footage to a broadcast center on the shore of the Marina da Gloria. There, a producer and director toggle between a dozen screens to find the preferred shot. They select the camera angle, and the live video feed beams across the globe: to NBC in the United States, Sky TV in New Zealand, Canal+ in France, and many others. The entire process takes less than 10 seconds, but the value of those seconds is immeasurable, especially for the 2016 Olympic Games.