Remotely controlled pan/tilt/zoom equipment from Camera Corps will track contestants in the winter 2013 series of the reality television show 'I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!' on ITV in the UK and channel 3e in Ireland. ITV is producing the programmes in full 1080-line high-definition with technical infrastructure supplied by Gearhouse Broadcast.
"This is one of the largest shows in the world, with more than 600 staff working in shifts round the clock for three weeks," comments Gearhouse Broadcast COO Kevin Moorhouse. "It is transmitted from one of the hottest and wettest locations on the planet, in the tropical rainforest of New South Wales. "Camera Corps has worked with us very efficiently and effectively over many years to ensure that we capture consistently high-quality video, indoors or out, with full protection against rain, high humidity, high ambient temperature or low light."
Camera Corps will be integrating more than 90 remotely controlled cameras to follow the action inside and around the camp. These include 16 Q-Ball robotic pan/tilt/zoom heads, 20 HD-MiniZooms with infra-red night illumination, 30 MiniShots, 26 Hitachi DKH-32 and three Toshiba IKH-R1. The Q-Ball heads incorporate a 10:1 zoom optics and a low-noise pan/tilt drive with precise speed control which allow the director to request live follow-shots.
The cameras will be operated from remote pan/tilt/zoom joystick panels located in the control room, Camera Corp will also be installing Camera Corps 'Simply SMPTE' electro-optical and single-mode fibre links which allow HD-SDI from the camera heads to be carried much greater distances than can be achieved over standard copper cable.