Camera Corps’ Q-Ball enables dynamic coverage of Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series
Q-Ball remotely controlled pan/tilt/zoom equipment from Camera Corps provided dynamic coverage of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in Boston, Massachusetts, on 25 August. A Q-Ball was mounted at the extreme edge of the diving platform, 90 feet above Boston Harbor.
“This is exactly the type of outside broadcasting the Q-Ball was designed for,” comments Camera Corps’ managing director, Laurie Frost. “It enabled the Red Bull production team to achieve shots that would have been extremely dangerous if not impossible in any other way. Red Bull built the diving platform as a long overhang from the roof of Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art. They created a rigid structure to simulate a man-made cliff, forming a perfectly stable mount for the Q-Ball. The production team were able to make full use of this platform to capture close-up and follow-shots of each contestant during the approach, launch and descent. The Q-Ball provided footage from the centre of the action without requiring a camera team to operate in a dangerous and potentially distracting location. Each dive was televised both live and in slow motion to capture the full emotion of this extreme sport.”
Pan/tilt/zoom commands from a Camera Corps PTZF joystick-based control unit were sent to the Q-Ball via a two-way optical link from the Red Bull Production facilities which in turn received broadcast-quality 1080i high-definition video.
Red Bull’s Cliff Diving 2013 World Series commenced on 25 May at La Rochelle, France, followed by events in Denmark, Portugal, and Italy. Over 25,000 spectators attended the US event in Boston. Winner was Orlando Duque, closing the gap on champion Gary Hunt. The contest moves to the UK for the sixth in the series. This will be held at the Blue Lagoon on the Pembrokeshire coast, Saturday 14 September. The series then progresses to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil before the final in Krabi Province, Thailand.