Blackcam remote-controlled camera tracking systems are being used in a variety of applications in European broadcasting, including TV competitions, music festivals, car shows and movie premieres. BlackcamSystem shots can be seen on The Voice of Germany, The Voice Kids, The X Factor UK, Popstars, Das Super Talent, Deutschland sucht den SuperStar (a German take on American Idol), Let’s Dance, and Got To Dance Germany.
BlackcamSystem set-ups often feature a Blackcam B40 model, which accepts various cameras including ARRI Alexa M, RED Epic and Scarlet (see video link below), Sony F5/F55/P1, moving along circular tracks embedded in the stage. Other times, B40s travel on tracks spanning the length of a set or revolve around a dance floor and past the judges’ chairs. While shooting The X Factor UK in London, an Underslung B40 flies over the tops of contestants’ heads on 30m of straight track for overhead shots of the live action.
The company’s equipment has been used to shoot live concerts by Coldplay, Korn, Incubus, Milow, and Alicia Keys, as well as music festivals such as ‘Melt’, ‘Splash’, and ‘Berlin Festival.’ BlackcamSystems also shot ‘ECHO 2013’, the German music award show.
BlackcamSystems have shot many 3D concerts, including two recent 3D concerts at Berlin’s techno club, Kater Holzig. Production company Totho shot performances by Berlin-based electronic rock band Bonaparte and musician Kalabrese using the Blackcam B40-3D with a mini mirror rig and two Modula Baby cameras moving along 6m of straight track. The project was directed by Thomas Janze, BlackcamSystem founder, with technical support by Tectum, a specialized 3D rental company.
The longest track manufactured by BlackcamSystem was used at the German premiere of World War Z in June. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt appeared on the red carpet at the Sony Center in Berlin, and the event was shot by a custom set-up BlackcamSystem on 70m of track with two 90-degree curves.
Watch footage of the BlackcamSystem B40 here.