Camera Corps Maintains Focus on Innovation at IBC2014 with Version 3 Cricket Stump Cam


Last Updated: August 13, 2014 6:12 pm GMT
(London, United Kingdom--August 13, 2014) Camera 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. "Version 2 Cricket Stump Cam has been in successful use for about five seasons, delivering high-definition 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 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 UK-based 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 wet-hire 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, 11.E55, at IBC2014. Camera Corps representatives attending the show will include Laurie Frost, Jim Daniels, Barry Parker, Neil Ashworth.

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About Camera Corps
A Vitec Group company, Camera Corps ( specialises in providing remote camera solutions for reality television shows as well as very large-scale sports, entertainment and stage events. Camera Corps has achieved a pre-eminent reputation for its ability to acquire exciting and unusual television content from exceptionally challenging environments. The Camera Corps equipment fleet encompasses HotShots, MiniShots and an array of remote specialist cameras and lenses, remote underwater systems, cranes, platforms and dollies. Equipment of Camera Corps' own design includes the iconic Q-Ball as well as many other bespoke camera systems. Following the March 2014 acquisition of the Special Cameras division of SIS LIVE (formerly BBC Special Cameras Division), the Camera Corps inventory now includes world-leading systems such as Halibut HD, Plunge Cam, HD Pod, Cricket Stump Cam and Turn Cam plus a wide range of miniature devices such a wearable cameras with the latest high-performance RF video links.


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