Camera Corps on the (Q-)Ball at Wimbledon
Camera Corps has announced that Q-Ball remotely controlled pan/tilt/zoom/focus cameras, MiniShot remote pan/tilt heads with Hitachi DKH-100 cameras, long-range optical and electro-optical video/audio links, joystick control panels and RCP remote camera control panels are being installed for the duration of the 2013 Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships
“Our involvement with the Lawn Tennis Championships has increased steadily year on year since we first provided MiniShot robotic pan/tilt heads and cameras in comcam roles in 2003,” says equipment manager Neil Ashworth.
Both cameras and supporting roles have become considerably more compact in the subsequent decade. Ashworth adds: “Q-Ball heads will be used this year to televise the commentators. MiniShots will be installed in the players’ lounge to cover the action between games. Venue-wide images will be sourced from HotShot heads mounted on and above the canopy. The entire production is in digital high-definition so we have installed a combination of single-mode optical and Simply SMPTE dual-mode electro-optical long-range links between the cameras and the control areas. Nick Bonner and Ben Elms from our Brooklands headquarters were at Wimbledon for initial rigging, Nick remaining there for the duration.”