The latest version of Camera Corps award-winning Q-Ball compact remotely controlled pan/tilt/zoom HD/SD camera will be launched into the United States market at the 2012 NAB Show, Las Vegas, 16-19 April.
Demonstrated in prototype at IBC 2011 and now in full production, Q-Ball Pre-Set allows 18 shot settings (each comprising pan angle, tilt angle, zoom and focus) to be stored prior to a live or real-time recorded shoot.
Many operators have requested the ability to capture and recall Q-Ball head settings, comments Camera Corps founder and Managing Director Laurie Frost. With over 200 systems now in operation around the world, we recognised that this feature was well worth developing both for customers and for our own direct involvement in televising reality shows and major outside broadcast events.
Q-Ball Pre-Set greatly enhances the efficiency of a production team by allowing detailed settings to be rehearsed ahead of a live event. This is particularly useful when covering major sports events or public concert. All settings are saved in non-volatile RAM so remain safely stored even if the Q-Ball Pre-Set system is powered down between rehearsal and actual performance.
Q-Ball and Q-Ball Pre-Set are fully compatible with all existing Camera Corps robotic control systems and CCU panels. Up to 72 heads can be operated from a single controller.
Housed in a robust and fully-weatherproof 115 mm diameter aluminium sphere, Q-Ball is an ultra-compact remotely-controlled camera with integral 10-times zoom optical lens and smooth-accelerating pan/tilt motors. Equipped with a 2 megapixel CMOS sensor and capable of operating in daylight or infra-red illumination, it delivers 1080i/720p high definition or 625/525 standard definition at 50 or 59.94 Hz refresh rates.
Pan and tilt slip-rings enable Q-Ball to perform unrestricted rotation at a wide range of speeds with precise control of acceleration and deceleration. Master black and colour saturation control allow accurate colour matching with third-party cameras.
Exhibiting on Booth C9046 (Central Hall), Camera Corps will be represented at the 2012 NAB Show by Laurie Frost (Managing Director), Jim Daniels (Technical Director), Jeff White (Design & Development Engineer), Tim Reynolds (Sales & Project Coordinator, Neil Ashworth (Applications Engineer) and colleagues from US reseller Bexel.
Based on the site of the former Brooklands motor-racing track near Londons Heathrow airport, Camera Corps (www.cameracorps.co.uk) specialises in providing high-volume support services for reality television programmes as well as very large-scale sports and stage events. The company has achieved a pre-eminent reputation for its ability to acquire exciting and unusual television content from exceptionally challenging environments. The Camera Corps team expands during large-scale events from 16 staff to as many as 200 specialists, including professional climbers who are very experienced at rigging camera systems at height in almost any location.
The accompanying image shows Camera Corps Q-Ball Pre-Set robotic pan/tilt/zoom HD/SD cameras.