Camera Corps to Launch Presettable Q-Ball at IBC 2011
“The hugely popular Q-Ball has now been improved to include the one thing many customers have been requesting,” comments Jim Daniels, Technical Director of Camera Corps. “It can now store up to 18 preset pan, tilt, zoom and focus positions when used with our large PTZF switcher and joystick control unit. This enables an operator to store and recall camera shots and to switch rapidly from one to another. The advantages in terms of production efficiency and creative versatility are enormous. Settings are stored in non-volatile RAM within the head so are retained even after a system is powered down between sessions. We will be demonstrating the system on Stand 10.C49 throughout IBC2011.”
The camera of choice for many reality-show, sports broadcasting and televised stage events, Q-Ball is an ultra-compact remotely-controlled camera with integral 10x zoom optical lens and smooth-accelerating pan/tilt motors. Housed in a robust and fully-weatherproof 115 mm diameter aluminium sphere, it is fully compatible with all existing Camera Corps robotic control systems and CCU panels.
Q-Ball has proved its resilience delivering long-duration continuous coverage from locations such as London's Trafalgar Square and a round-the-world reconstruction of Charles Darwin's voyage aboard HMS Beagle.
The presettable Q-Ball will be introduced by Camera Corps on Stand 10.C49 at IBC2011, Amsterdam, 9-13 September.
Based on the site of the former Brooklands motor-racing track, Camera Corps specialises in providing high-volume support services for reality television programmes as well as very large-scale sports events. The company has achieved a pre-eminent reputation for its ability to acquire exciting and unusual television content from exceptionally challenging environments. The Camera Corps team expands during large-scale events from 16 staff based near London’s Heathrow airport to as many as 200 specialists, including professional climbers who are very experienced at rigging camera systems at height in almost any location.