General Contact

SKYCAM
Steve Wharton Vice President Engineering & Operation

1501 W Southwest Expressway Drive US- 74012 Broken Arrow United States

http://www.skycam.tv +1 918 513 9900 (work) +1 918 513 9901 (fax)

SKYCAM

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Technical Synopsis

SOLUTIONS

Wire/Cable Systems
SKYCAM (SKYCAM)

APPLICATIONS

Winter Sports
  • Flying Cam
Summer Sports
  • Flying Cam
Team Sports
  • Flying Cam

COMPANY OVERVIEW

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Skycam is the trademarked brandname of a patented, computer-controlled, stabilized, cable-suspended camera system. The system, similar to Steadicam, but maneuvered through three dimensions in the open space over a playing area of a stadium or arena by computer-controlled cable-drive system, is responsible for bringing video game-like camera angles to television sports coverage. The camera package weighs less than 14 kg and can travel at 13 m/s.

NBC debuted the first wire-flown remote-controlled camera used in sports coverage in February 2001 for the XFL. ESPN first used Skycam in 2001 for an NFL pre-season telecast and then consistently in 2002 for Sunday Night Football broadcasts. Since then, ESPN and sister-network ABC have made widespread use of Skycam for NCAA football, Monday Night Football and Super Bowl XXXVII respectively.

Systems from Skycam have also been used for the NBA and NHL final series and the beginning of the 2005 & 2006 NASCAR season broadcast on FOX. CableCam was used on the famous 17th hole at the TPC at Sawgrass for NBC's coverage of The Players Championship in 2005. CBC used a CableCam in their broadcasts of the 2005 and 2006 Grey Cups. CBS used a SkyCam for their coverage of the 2010 NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four games in Lucas Oil Stadium. In Australia, the Nine Network trialled Skycam for three of their Friday Night Football broadcasts of the Australian Football League for the 2004 season. It was also used in the State of Origin series.

Skycam consists of three major components: the Reel - the motor drive and cables, the Spar - the counter-balanced pan and tilt video camera, and Central Control, the computer software used by the operator to fly the camera.

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