3D Cable Camera System Covers Timbersports Championships
A 3D cable camera system provided new perspectives during TV coverage of the Stihl Timbersports World Championships, which took place in Stuttgart’s Porsche Arena in Germany.
On November 11 and 12, more than 100 athletes from 23 countries gathered to compete in the world championships for sports lumberjacks. Amid the applause of 11,000 visitors, the world’s best athletes fought for the titles in team and individual competitions.
Used in the TV production for the event was a Robycam Head camera system, together with a Grass Valley LDX C80 Compact Worldcam and a Canon HJ14 len, which could deliver 360-degree panned views of the competition activities.
The Stihl Timbersports Series consists of six disciplines, three with the axe – Springboard Chop, Standing Block Chop and Underhand Chop – and three on the saw – Stock Saw, Single Buck, and Hot Saw. Most of the disciplines are based on traditional lumberjack techniques and have been practiced for more than 150 years.
At the Stuttgart event both team and individual competitions were on the agenda. Finally, Australia won the team competition whereas Jason Wynyard from New Zealand became the world champion in the individual competition. Canada was represented in Stuttgart by winners of the Canadian Stihl Championships held earlier this summer.
For the first time, event organizer, German company Stihl trusted in a Robycam cable camera system to offer viewers in the hall and for TV coverage even more attractive pictures and perspectives of this fascinating sports event. The winches of the 3D cable camera system were mounted in the Porsche Arena at four rigging points, to fly the system above the entire interior of the arena, covering around 2,000 m2.
The Robycam system’s movement was managed around the four winches. Within a working height of 3 to 8 meters, Robycam recorded the interior and reached a maximum speed of 9 m/s. A fifth winch, equipped with fibre cable, took care of transmitting the control signals of the camera and the optics. Using the same fibre cable the camera’s HD / SDI signal was sent directly to the OB Van without any delay. Together with the RobyHead a Grass Valley LDX C80 compact camera with Canon HJ14 optics were in place. The Robycam head – together with the perfectly aligned camera – provided endless pan of 360-degrees. Integrated in the Robycam’s dolly a powerful battery allows for eighthours production time under full load.
Distributed in Europe by Broadcast Solutions, the Robycam 3D camera system consists of two elements.
Gyro-stabilized camera heads, which make 1-2D or 3D camera movements possible, are used with cable camera systems, cranes, sleighs or rails. Together with a powerful remote control, the systems produce spectacular images.
The RobyHeads are gyro-stabilized, carbon-fibre camera heads that impress with low weight and maximum stability under the toughest production environments. Due to the perfect adjustment of the camera heads with the cameras and optics used, camera movements in 360-degrees are possible.
RobyHeads can be operated with all commercially available 2/3 box cameras and integrated into 1-2D and 3D motion-controlled Robycam systems. The remote control provides access to all functions of the cameras and optics as well as to comprehensive functions of the heads, cranes or sleighs.
The largest Robycam 3D system is ideally suited for large indoor or outdoor events. It uses four real-time controlled automatic winches and a sophisticated motion control system that allows fast camera movements up to 10 m / s and with millimetre-accuracy in all axes. With its transmission power action radii of up to 250m x 250m and more are possible.