Bradley/AltaSens 4K Remote Camerahead at IBC2014

Innovation from Bradley Engineering and AltaSens - first sight of future 4K image sensing inside a remote controlled camera head

Bradley Engineering, the designer of specialist and remote controlled cameras, has been working jointly with AltaSens Inc. to create a design for a new 4K camera module for the next generation of remote sensing cameras, the two companies will show the design to visitors at IBC.

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The design is based upon Bradley’s dome-shaped Camball camera head with a pan-tilt mechanism, and uses AltaSens’s 4K CMOS image sensor technology.

Earlier this year, AltaSens announced a sensor that delivers industry standard 4K cinema frames in 12 bit or 10 bit resolution at up to 72 frames per second. The demonstration uses the AltaSens AL41410C sensor which has a Super-35 size image sensor with 5.2 µm pitch pixels.

Bradley’s Cam-Ball is a Pan Tilt Zoom camera with 99 pre-set positions that can be memorised and recalled. It has a lightweight, weather proof carbon fibre housing and all of the camera functions and movements can be controlled remotely, including the Pan, Tilt, Zoom, Iris, Focus and the activation of infrared mode and the colour balancing elements. All this is done using Bradley’s remote control panel RCP3.

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David Bradley says, “AltaSens makes the highest quality image sensors on the market today. We undertook this research project to explore how we will work with 4K technologies in our future products, and to demonstrate what it will be like to use a 4K camera.”

Darren Paulson, VP of Business Development and Compliance for AltaSens explains: “Bradley Engineering is well known for designing ruggedized leading-edge cameras for remote sensing. They are hence the ideal company to advise us regarding key design aspects and to subsequently deliver a superb integrated solution for 4K cinema or UHD broadcast, or even for sports broadcast where slow-motion playback is required. In addition, the sensor’s extensive programmability enables extremely fast frame rates in many optical formats, creating additional uses for this technology in scientific, military and consumer markets.”

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The miniaturized 4K camera module integrated in the remote-controlled Camball head will also be on view at IBC, along with the 4K sensor at the module’s visual cortex. Visitors to the exhibition can view both enabling 4K products along with the stunning 4K video. Both the 4K mini-modules and sensor are available separately through AltaSens. Representatives from Bradley Engineering and AltaSens will be available to answer any questions.

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About AltaSens Inc.
AltaSens Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of JVC KENWOOD Corporation, was founded in 2004 and has emerged as the pioneer of High Definition and Wide Dynamic Range CMOS imaging technology. AltaSens’ products can be found at the heart of many high-end cameras built for a variety of applications.

About Bradley Engineering
Former BBC cameraman David Bradley has a long history of designing and manufacturing remote cameras. Since the company started the cameras have improved continually, with new developments based on customer requests. Today the company offers a selection of digital mini camera heads with ultra-smooth movement and remote control. They are designed to be easy to rig and operate the way that camera operators like to work.

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