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Camera Corps Maintains
Focus On Innovation

Camera Corps is showing its Version 3 Cricket Stump Cam, its new Q3 Pan/Tilt/Zoom and focus head
and its new MeerCat miniature remote broadcast camera at IBC2014...

C

amera Corps has chosen
IBC2014 as the global launch
platform for the latest version of
the legendary Cricket Stump Cam
which has long set the standard
for capturing dynamic close-ups
of major national matches and
international tours. Also on show
will be the Q3 robotic pan/tilt/
zoom/focus head and MeerCat
miniature
remote
broadcast
camera, both making their first
European exhibition appearance.

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V3 Cricket Stump Cam
"Version 2 Cricket Stump Cam has
been in successful use for about
five seasons, delivering highdefinition images from a camera
integrated inside the middle stump
at each end of the pitch," explains
Camera Corps Projects Manager
Paul McNeil.
"Version 3 is the most compact
to date, completely housed inside
a regulation-gauge cricket stump.
This gives users the freedom
to place cameras in the mid or
outer stumps. Each camera can
be configured with a choice of 50
degree, 100 or 128 degree lenses
to allow tight, wide or superwide
shots.
"The Version 3 Cricket Stump
Cam system consists of four
cameras; two for each wicket. A
classic arrangement is to position
one camera with a tight-angle lens
facing forward to capture images
of the bowler and the oncoming

Camera Corps Version 3
Cricket Stump Cam in action
at Lord's Cricket Ground.

Camera Corps Q3 robotic pan/tilt/zoom/focus head.

ball. The second camera, fitted
with a superwide lens, is then
ideally placed to televise the
wicket keeper. All four feeds are
multiplexed onto single-mode
fibre.
"Version 3 Cricket Stump Cam
was trialled very successfully
throughout the summer 2014
cricket season by a major UKbased satellite broadcaster. It
is designed to withstand direct
strikes from cricket balls. Top
bowlers can accelerate a ball to
speeds of more than 90 miles per
hour. A fast bowl coming in from
one of the run-outs can reach 100
miles per hour.
"Our cameras received direct
strikes from fast bowlers about 20
times during the summer. The only
corrective action needed was, on
rare occasions, to reset a couple
of connectors."
Version 3 Cricket Stump Camera
is available on a dry-hire or wethire basis. It comes complete with
a Camera Corps Universal RCP
panel which allows full remote
control of blacks, shutter speed,
colour and gain. The system's
world-first exhibition appearance
will be on the Vitec Videocom
stand at IBC2014.
Q3 Robotic Head
Camera Corps' Q3 robotic pan/tilt/
zoom/focus camera allows highly
efficient
broadcast
television
coverage
from
practically
anywhere. Fully IP45 rated, it is
designed for use in coverage
of events such as outdoor and
indoor sports, reality shows and
live stage performances. Q3
retains the unobtrusive compact
spherical housing of its Q-Ball

predecessor,
allowing
easy
placement within view of other
cameras while retaining full control
of vertical and horizontal shooting
angles, focal length and focus.
Just 104 millimetres high, 125
mm in diameter and weighing 2.5
kg, Q3 incorporates a high quality
1920 x 1080-native camera with
a 2.1 million pixel 1/3 inch RGB
Bayer progressive CMOS imager
plus high-precision motorised
pan/tilt/zoom/focus. An enhanced
motor drive matches the precise
acceleration and deceleration of
much larger robotic heads when
tracking moving performers on-air.
The camera's integral 20x optical
zoom lens can be adjusted from
maximum wide (59.4 degrees) to
full telescopic (3 degrees) in just 3
seconds. Maximum focus time is
10 seconds.
Q3 can deliver live video in all
commonly used HD formats,
interlaced and progressive, at up
to 60 hertz frame rate. Output
signal format can be selected from
the operator's control panel. The
motorised head can perform an
unlimited number of 360 degree
lateral rotations.
Additional features of Q3
include genlock input with remote
timing adjustment, smooth onair operation of iris and master
black, manual and automatic
white
balance
adjustment,
integral colour bar test signal
generator and negative/positive/
monochrome effects.
MeerCat Miniature Camera
Developed in response to demand
from sports, reality-television
and
stage-show
producers,
the MeerCat miniature remote

broadcast camera was first used
on air at the April 2014 Thames
Boat Race. One camera was
mounted inside a thin metal pole
at the rear of each boat, providing
a forward view. Another was
positioned at floor level, looking
towards the cox.
The MeerCat head is housed
in a metal case with a very small
footprint, 30 x 30 mm, and is
only 93 mm in height. It can be
attached to a quarter-inch mount
for easy integration into narrowprofile locations. Lens protrusion
is just 25 mm. High-quality
NF-mount lenses are available.
MeerCat can also be used as
a wearable camera with a full
high-definition live wireless link.
Full control facilities including
manual iris setting with adjustable
electronic exposure can be
performed remotely using the
existing range of Camera Corps
joysticks and remote panels.
MeerCat incorporates a highquality third-inch MOS sensor with
1944 x 1092 effective pixels. This
can be switched to deliver 1080p,
1080i or 720p video at 50, 59.94 or
60 hertz frame rate.
MeerCat comes complete with
a standard Camera Corps power
supply and interface which can be
positioned up to 30 metres from
the camera head. Control signals
can be delivered over a standard
audio line, allowing the interface to
be located a practically unlimited
distance from the operator. Up to
six MeerCats can be controlled
from a single Camera Corps
remote panel.

MeerCat miniature remote
broadcast camera.


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