Twenty years ago, German public broadcaster ZDF broadcast the Sportsman of the Year award for the first time. To mark the event's 20th anniversary, the station raised the number of cameras capturing the event to ten. One of them was the Robycam Compact, which was used for the first time as a cable camera system in the Kurhaus Baden-Baden to "fly" three-dimensionally through the Bénazetsaal. Robycam Compact is a smaller version of the Robycam 3D cable camera system, which is only half as heavy and designed for smaller venues. Just as its big brother, the Robycam Compact moves freely in the vertical and horizontal in venues to produce spectacular images from all angles and heights unique in the broadcast business.
We premiered our new Robycam Compact system at IBC Show 2018. Robycam Compact is a smaller version of the Robycam 3D cable-suspended camera system. Same as its bigger brother, the camera can move freely through space in vertical and horizontal dimensions allowing to shoot spectacular images from all viewing angles that no other camera can achieve.
Robycam Compact is designed for TV studios and small and medium-sized sports venues, for example, basketball or ice-hockey halls. The winches of the system may be easily placed in venues with limited space still providing enough pulling force to maximise the working height of the camera. The compact and lightweight dolly with a gyro-stabilised camera-head allow for the control of camera orientation and lens parameters. Robycam Compact is available both for fixed installations and in a mobile variant for multi-event applications.
Philip von Senden will lead the newly founded Robycam Germany GmbH as Managing Director. Together with joint Managing Director Stefan Breder, von Senden will establish the new company in the market. Robycam Germany GmbH manages all rental and sales of Robycam cable camera systems.
For producing the international football match between Germany and Brazil, German public broadcaster ZDF as a first timer in football used new possibilities for image composition leveraging the Robycam cable camera system and augmented reality elements. During the friendly, which took place on March 27 at Berlin Olympic Stadium, ZDF used the Robycam cable camera system along with a Broadcast Solutions production team. Together with augmented reality elements, implemented by the graphics service provider netventure production GmbH, new graphic elements could be inserted during the camera’s movement in the stadium. The Robycam signals, including the actual location data in the stadium, and the virtual graphics of netventure were mapped in the computer and then sent. Using these new innovative tools, ZDF was able to offer its viewers additional content and information, even while moving the cable camera system in the stadium.
November 11 to 12, the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® World Championships took place in Stuttgart's Porsche Arena in Germany. And the Robycam cable camera system provided new perspectives for the TV coverage of this event. Used for the event a Robycam Head, together with a Grass Valley LDX C80 Compact Worldcam and a Canon HJ14 optics, enabled endless pan of 360 °.