For the first time, remotely-operated cameras have been placed inside a British criminal court to capture a criminal trial in its entirety. Broadcast on Channel 4 last week, Windfall Films’ The Murder Trial explores the process of justice in a Scottish High Court, and used five Panasonic AW-HE120 remote cameras to film the case of Nat Fraser, a man accused of murdering his wife.
Panasonic AW-HE120 PTZ cameras were used to film the documentary due to their compact design and discreet colour, which allowed silent operation and would not disrupt the proceedings of the courtroom. A range of angles and focal distances can be achieved with the cameras pan-tilt flexibility and 20x zoom lens.
"When filming The Murder Trial it was vital to use equipment that would not intimidate or inhibit those involved in the case. We needed equipment that was discreet and operated remotely from outside the courtroom. The quiet and compact design of the Panasonic AW-HE120s allowed us to capture compelling footage whilst remaining unobtrusive,” said Gillian Goodlet, production manager at Windfall Films West.
Also used during the production of the documentary were the AW-HS400 video switcher, AW-RP50 camera control unit and AW-HCK10 camera head coupled with the AW-HMR10 portable memory card recorder.