A recent addition to the Camera Corps rental fleet, Clarity is a miniature camera delivering real-time live output and high-frame-rate SDI for use with slow motion replay servers. A UHD version operating at four times real-time is also available. The camera will be demonstrated on the Vitec Group exhibit (C6025) in the Central Hall at the April 9-12 NAB Show in Las Vegas.
Measuring just 65 x 35 x 115 mm and weighing only 330 g, Clarity is much smaller than traditional high speed broadcast camera heads yet can capture high quality HD at up to 480 frames per second, eight times real-time at 50p or 60p frame rate. Image capture is via a large 7 megapixel micro four thirds sensor, custom designed to operate at high frame rates and allowing easier matching with other broadcast cameras. It is compatible with slow-motion servers from leading brands such as EVS.
Clarity has an exceptionally compact profile and black finish which, in combination, makes it practically invisible to other cameras covering a scene. Genlockable and easily positioned right in the middle of the action, Clarity has a wide temperature tolerance (-25 to +50 C) to allow outdoor use in conditions ranging from mid winter right through to the hottest mid-summer.
Completing the Clarity system is a full-functioned remote control panel with paint, focus, iris and zoom control. Additional features include a positive-lock lens mount plus a global shutter with speeds of 1/60, 1/125, 1/500 and 1/1000 second. Sensitivity is 2000 lux at F11 aperture. Video can be output in 1080p, 1080i and 720 formats at 50 or 59.94 Hz.
"Clarity greatly extends the opportunities available to productions seeking to deliver slow motion imagery from practically any outdoor or indoor location across any genre," says Camera Corps' Head of Projects Simon Atkinson. "It can also be used for fixed locked-off shots or mounted on a jib, Polecam or lightweight robotic pedestal where movement is required. It is currently being used by a major outside broadcast company to capture visually stunning slow-motion action of the Dubai World Cup horse racing series being held through March at the city's Meydan course."
Camera Corps representatives on the Vitec Group exhibit at NAB will include Phil Beckett, Barry Parker, Neil Ashworth and David Sisson.
A Vitec Group company, Camera Corps (www.cameracorps.co.uk) is a world leader in supplying speciality remote cameras, remote tracks systems and bespoke camera systems and services to broadcasters worldwide. We offer a wide range of production equipment for daily or event-based hire. This includes comcams, cricket-stump-cams, fixed and steerable robotic camera heads, goalcams, camera cranes, platforms, dollies and tracks, Polecams, interface boxes, lenses, optical links, slow-motion systems, Qx weatherproof pan-tilt-zoom-focus heads remote control systems, stabilised mounts, underwater cameras, underwater track and wide-angle adaptors plus miniature devices such as wearable cameras with the latest high-performance wireless links. Camera Corps support services are used across a wide range of broadcast productions including documentaries, reality shows, sports and general entertainment.