Camera Corps Scores Bullseye For Beijing Games

Camera Corps sets out in force for the Beijing Games in
August following a preliminary site survey in March. The
Shepperton-based company will be fielding over two hundred HD camera
systems, 18 motorized tracking systems, plus remote heads and large
camera cranes on behalf of the host broadcaster. The full inventory of
equipment being installed for the event includes high-level cranes,
horizontal and vertical tracking cameras, underwater cameras and
bull’s-eye-mounted archery target cameras.
“This year’s Games will be the first of their kind to be televised
entirely in 1080i,” comments Laurie Frost, Managing Director of Camera
Corps. “The need for full HD introduced some tough challenges but we
were able to build on our experience of working at many other very
large-scale sports and OB events.”
Frost adds that sports events are high-stress experiences not just for the
competitors but for the television crews. “Our installation and
production team expands during large-scale events from eight full-time
staff to as many as 200 specialists, including rock climbers able to
establish camera positions in practically any location,” she adds.” Camera Corps’
equipment and crews will be at almost every participating venue in
China. We are also providing all of the speciality cameras and beauty
cameras for the Equestrian Events which are to be staged in Hong Kong.
The output from our 200-plus cameras will be routed to the host
broadcaster who will in turn provide television feeds to the various
national broadcasters chosen by the event organisers to provide
regional coverage.
The inventory of cameras to be positioned in and around Beijing
includes 39 Camera Corps HD Minizoom, 68 Hitachi, four Iconix and four
Toshiba. An Abakus fisheye stadium lens will be installed above the
Velodrome at Shi Jing Shan to cover the 250-meter circumference cycle
track. We will also be capturing archery from the sharp end using a
custom-built lens in the bull’s-eye.
“The secret of success, from our angle? Preparation for technical
and human complications which arise at every major sports event,” says Frost. “And
partnership with the client, from initial planning right through to
completion.”