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Four-continent success story for Camera Corps’ Q-Ball

1 March 2011
Four-continent success story for Camera Corps’ Q-Ball

The robotic camera system has sold successfully across four continents since its introduction in 2009, including 120 systems during 2010. Recent new orders include 33 systems in the USA, 36 in Australia, over 40 in Europe and 20 in South Africa.

Specific purchases include Australian broadcast service provider Cutting Edge’s acquisition of 25 Q-Ball systems, increasing to 36 the total number it has purchased in recent months. Productions made by Cutting Edge using Q-Ball have included Australian reality show The Family. A total of 24 systems were deployed along with eight Camera Corps Minizooms, all controlled by a single cameraman plus one video engineer.

In South Africa, more than 80 Q-Ball systems were used by Camera Corps itself during coverage of the summer 2010 world football championships, while 14 systems have been sold for a variety of productions. Camera Corps made football history by capturing a disallowed goal in full view of a worldwide audience during a play-off between England and Germany.

Meanwhile, in Europe, sales have been purchased by some of the largest OB facilities and equipment hire companies.

“We have experienced overwhelming success with the Q-Ball system,” commented Scott Nardelli, chief business development officer of Camera Corp’s US distributor, Bexel. “It is already being used by major players such as ESPN, HBO and NBC in applications as diverse as sports and entertainment capture. At the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, Q-Ball was deployed under and on top of structures to capture the event without scaring the horses, something a full-sized camera would simply not be able to achieve.

“Industry acceptance of Q-Ball happened very quickly. In fact, every unit we own has remained busy on long-term and short-term rentals, and sales have been rapid. Broadcasters like the small form factor, the functionality and the options that Q-Ball provides. Being ultra-compact and weather-resistant, it is a popular choice in tight spaces, in challenging elements or in other areas where a full size robotic camera won’t work.

“Q-Ball’s ability to provide a full 360 degree rotation in any direction along with its robust construction make it a durable platform to capture unique images indoors or outdoors, adding a new and exciting perspective to sports and entertainment events.”

Laurie Frost, founder and MD of Camera Corps, added: “Like all the tools we develop, Q-Ball was developed initially to satisfy our own requirements as providers of production equipment and skilled operating teams to cover some of the largest events in the international sports calendar, reality television shows and stage events. We are quite literally our own most demanding customer so we know how important it is to protect a robotic head from homeless insects, from rain, sea-spray and high humidity.”

www.cameracorps.co.uk

The robotic camera system has sold successfully across four continents since its introduction in 2009, including 120 systems during 2010. Recent new orders include 33 systems in the USA, 36 in Australia, over 40 in Europe and 20 in South Africa.

Specific purchases include Australian broadcast service provider Cutting Edge’s acquisition of 25 Q-Ball systems, increasing to 36 the total number it has purchased in recent months. Productions made by Cutting Edge using Q-Ball have included Australian reality show The Family. A total of 24 systems were deployed along with eight Camera Corps Minizooms, all controlled by a single cameraman plus one video engineer.

In South Africa, more than 80 Q-Ball systems were used by Camera Corps itself during coverage of the summer 2010 world football championships, while 14 systems have been sold for a variety of productions. Camera Corps made football history by capturing a disallowed goal in full view of a worldwide audience during a play-off between England and Germany.

Meanwhile, in Europe, sales have been purchased by some of the largest OB facilities and equipment hire companies.

“We have experienced overwhelming success with the Q-Ball system,” commented Scott Nardelli, chief business development officer of Camera Corp’s US distributor, Bexel. “It is already being used by major players such as ESPN, HBO and NBC in applications as diverse as sports and entertainment capture. At the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, Q-Ball was deployed under and on top of structures to capture the event without scaring the horses, something a full-sized camera would simply not be able to achieve.

“Industry acceptance of Q-Ball happened very quickly. In fact, every unit we own has remained busy on long-term and short-term rentals, and sales have been rapid. Broadcasters like the small form factor, the functionality and the options that Q-Ball provides. Being ultra-compact and weather-resistant, it is a popular choice in tight spaces, in challenging elements or in other areas where a full size robotic camera won’t work.

“Q-Ball’s ability to provide a full 360 degree rotation in any direction along with its robust construction make it a durable platform to capture unique images indoors or outdoors, adding a new and exciting perspective to sports and entertainment events.”

Laurie Frost, founder and MD of Camera Corps, added: “Like all the tools we develop, Q-Ball was developed initially to satisfy our own requirements as providers of production equipment and skilled operating teams to cover some of the largest events in the international sports calendar, reality television shows and stage events. We are quite literally our own most demanding customer so we know how important it is to protect a robotic head from homeless insects, from rain, sea-spray and high humidity.”

www.cameracorps.co.uk

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