Underwater and High Above

RTL "Ninja Worrior Germany 2023"

RTL "Ninja Worrior Germany 2023"

For the production and recording of the eleven shows of Ninja Warrior Germany 2023, RTL Germany undertook considerable effort. After a break for dinner, another briefing took place at Stage 2, while the technical repositioning of cameras and cranes to the Main Mall occurred simultaneously. A video technician in a wetsuit and with diving goggles set up four GoPro cameras in underwater housings, equipped with fresh batteries. The cameras were then started, and the technician entered the water-filled basin of the last obstacle, "Water Walls," to attach the cameras to the mounts on the transparent plastic walls.

After the preparation ended, the second recording started. The first obstacle, which Luca Hänni tackled as the tenth participant, was "Chaos Cones," rotating at different angles that athletes had to run over. The second obstacle was the "Wall Jump," where only hands were allowed, followed by the "Swinging Spokes." The "Steep Stair" was the fourth obstacle. Luca Hänni described tackling the "Steep Stair": "The secret was to find the rhythm. Not hanging too long and climbing up quickly was the solution. It was important not to stall but to keep moving swiftly."

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The image direction had access to a total of 16 wired and wireless Grass Valley LDX 86N cameras, including special cameras, two cranes, and a rail camera. Predominantly UHD optics of various focal lengths were used. Additionally, four GoPro cameras each in an underwater housing were used at the last obstacle of Stage 2. PMT Professional Motion Technology from Hamburg provided the following camera technology with accessories and personnel:

  • Scorpio 45: A telescopic crane with gyro-stabilized Shotover-Gimbal in the remote head. The maximum 14-meter-long camera crane had a telescopic speed of up to 2.6 m/s. Required personnel: operator, 2 technicians (tilters), and 2 dolly pushers. Positions: Stage 1, Stage 2, and "Mount Midoriyama."
  • Jimmy Jib: A rigid camera crane with stabilized remote head (Newton head) with an optic height of 10.60 meters. Personnel: operator, technician, and dolly pusher. Position: Stage 1 and presenter platform at about seven meters high.
  • Filou Drive: A remote-controlled dolly rail system capable of using a remotely controlled camera head with gyro-stabilized Shotover Gimbal in the remote head. Positioned at MMC Studio Main Mall, Stage 2.
  • Viewcam: A vertically extendable column up to an optical height of 21 meters as a tower for beauty shots in outdoor recordings. The column was mounted on a two-axle trailer that could be pulled by a transporter with a trailer hitch. Personnel: operator. Positions: In the scaffolding of "Mount Midoriyama."
  • Liftwinch: A winch system with stabilized remote head (Stab-C) capable of making unique recordings by dropping the system from up to 80 meters high at a speed of 8.5 meters/second. Personnel: operator. Position: Stage 3.

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For Mount Midoriyama, safety briefings were provided, and technical adjustments made before starting the third recording. The recording ended around midnight with a spectacular fireworks display. RTL Germany spared no expense or effort in producing ten episodes of "Ninja Warrior Germany 2023" and the Celebrity Special, using 16 cameras including various special cameras and four underwater cameras, stage and lighting design, and pyrotechnics. The "Ninja Warrior Germany Celebrity Special 2023" will be broadcast on RTL at the end of 2023 in 1080i with stereo sound.

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