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ACQUISITION Hands-on with the Antelope PICO ultra slow motion minicam by Mel Noonan S uper slow motion, or super motion, has been around for years and is mostly 3x recording speed. If you record say 3 seconds of action and play it back at normal European production frame rate you’ll have 9 seconds of slow motion replay. These cameras must integrate with the live production workflow in use. SSM HD cameras are still very much in use today for fast sports like soccer. The newer ultra motion, or hi-mo camera systems offers much higher speeds and slower replays and are now available to fit into the production workflow. You will find them being used alongside SSM systems for HD broadcasts, and manufacturers are already presenting 4k ultra motion systems too. LMC, a high speed camera manufacturer in Germany has partnered with Polecam Systems in the UK to develop a new ultra motion minicam, the Antelope PICO, which operates at up to 350 fps in HD. LMC Technical Director Christian Schreiber: “We have a range of high speed cameras under the Antelope name, but recently, besides getting higher and higher frame rates our goal has been to reduce the size of the camera to a minimum.” “With the Antelope PICO you gain many more possibilities to put the camera into environments where you can shoot high speed footage which has not been seen before. We collaborated with Polecam Systems to fit the PICO into a modified Polecam FishFace underwater housing and shoot high speed not only underwater, but on a Polecam so with a moving POV capability over and under water–a milestone in high speed, never seen before on live broadcast. Also we integrated a deflicker option to shoot high speed under 70 | KITPLUS - TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 98 FEBRUARY 2015 artificial light. We can provide a zoom, focus and iris remote too, for C mount las well as B4 mount lenses.” Polecam’s designer Steffan Hewitt: “I’ve just returned from covering the 25 metre World Swimming Championships in Doha, Qatar. I started with a Toshiba HD camera on the rig but once FINA saw the footage from the PICO tests we did (www.polecam.com/latest-news/679-fishface-pico-slow- motion-swimming ) they asked us to see what we could do in the time left. The last 2 days saw the PICO in action generating some fantastic footage.” Steffan explains here what’s involved in operating the PICO in the underwater housing on Polecam. Of course the PICO will operate anywhere as a standalone minicam and the Polecam will take many other cameras. “Polecam is a crane and it’s a balanced system. Once you’ve determined what length you want to use, (i.e. the number of carbon fibre poles), you put the remote pan & tilt head and the camera at the top of the boom, and that length and weight determines the weight that goes on the back - it becomes a balanced system. Because Polecam is so lightweight and balanced it actually becomes more like a Steadicam than like say, a Jimmy Jib. “A normal Jimmy Jib would be driven from the back, and the area you need to work in, because you’ve got to be able to walk around the base, is very large. A Polecam is driven standing alongside and is much more of a balanced system. Really you’re just using your fingers to move the boom. “If you are right handed, with your right hand you have the joystick giving you camera pan and tilt, and with your left hand you’ve got in effect, pan and tilt of the boom, and it’s