Camera Corps Goes Extreme in Europe and South America


Camera Corps (a Vitec Group company) announces the latest in a long line of television sports support projects. Working in partnership with Pittsburgh-based outside broadcast production company NEP Visions, Camera Corps has provided a wide range of support equipment for a fast-action sponsored television games series shot during April, May and June in Europe and South America.

"The entire Camera Corp team were great," comments David O'Carroll, Technical Projects Manager, NEP Visions. "From our earliest conversations they provided the experience, flexibility and support necessary to help us achieve the best possible coverage for ESPN."

"We were active at a total of three events in Brazil, Germany and Spain," adds Camera Corps' Senior Technician David Sisson. "Four Camera Corps technicians attended each event, working with David O'Carroll and his colleagues to capture dynamic close-up images of the action as well as long-range wide-angle views. Equipment used at each event included Camera Corps Q-Ball remotely controlled pan/tilt/zoom/focus cameras, Camera Corps VHR pan/tilt heads, point-of-view cameras and long-range optical fibre links. The Q-Ball heads were operated as com-cams, providing images of the presenters as they described the action.


"Each VHR head was fitted with a Panasonic AK-HC1500G camera, allowing precise control of pan, tilt, zoom and focus so that participants could be tracked over a wide range of remote locations from the main control suite. Hitachi HV-HD30 and Iconix HD-RH1 cameras were used for the wide-angle shots. All the cameras were operated from Camera Corps PTZF joysticks which provide the tactile feedback essential when covering fast-moving live content.


"The entire production was captured in 720p 59.94 frames per second high definition, many of the cameras being securely connected back to base via Camera Corps SIMPLY SMPTE electro-optical cable links which can be operated up to 3 miles between camera head and control room. Other cameras were connected via Camera Corps BC550 single-mode fibre links.

"Everything worked well at all three venues, including outdoor cameras operating under protective rain-covers. The resultant footage included some of the most exciting events ever captured during outside broadcast productions and really was nothing short of extreme."


About NEP Visions
NEP Visions has over 25 years of experience in covering the world’s premier events. Ranging from being host broadcaster for The Royal Wedding in 2011 to providing HD fly-packs in Kazakhstan, NEP Visions has distinguished itself as one of the leading outside broadcast providers in the world. Specialising in the latest technological solutions coupled with experienced delivery crew and project management, NEP Visions has an extensive range of production facilities with a full in-house technical development and support crew to back it up. The Visions fleet is equipped with the latest remote and mobile production options and can be available anywhere in the world.

About Camera Corps
A Vitec Group company, Camera Corps specialises in providing high-volume support services for reality television programmes as well as very large-scale sports and stage events. Based on the site of the former Brooklands motor-racing circuit near London’s Heathrow airport, Camera Corps has achieved a pre-eminent reputation for its ability to acquire exciting and unusual television content from exceptionally challenging environments.
The Camera Corps equipment fleet encompasses HotShots, remote underwater systems, cranes, platforms and dollies, cameras and lenses, remote control panels and booms. Equipment of Camera Corps' own design includes Pop-Up Ice-Cam. Baseball Base Cam, Archery Cam, Underwater Remote Cam, Slalom Pole Cam, Helmet Cam, Body Cam plus the Q-Ball, Q-Ball Preset and RF Q-Ball family of all-weather ultra-compact remote pan/tilt/zoom/focus cameras.