Broadcast News

Bookmark and Share
05/06/2017

The Vortex Aerial Camera System By Cammotion

News Image
The Vortex Aerial Camera System is a completely unique and one-off piece of kit designed for on-camera vertical tracking from the ground up to 100 feet – reaching above most large trees – or the equivalent of seven double decker buses high.

Best described as a vertical telescoping crane or mast, Vortex has also been called a "boat on steroids" due to its sophisticated stabilising rigging and perhaps the result of being designed by a team of sailors!
The story of the creation of Vortex, which was awarded the GTC seal of approval, is remarkable and not for the faint-hearted. Matt Gladstone, founder of Cammotion Ltd. and inventor of Vortex, trained as a cameraman and conceived the idea while perched up a camera tower at the Open Golf in St. Andrews.

It was the height of summer with people sunbathing on the beach below. Matt, in full cold weather gear, was huddled next to his camera to shelter from the bracing and freezing wind. "There must be a better way of getting high angle shots," he mused.

Matt's vision for Vortex was realised mainly as a result of his incredible spatial and problem-solving ability and his sheer perseverance. Determined to stick to his original brief, Vortex was a feat of design and engineering – a small but stable working footprint (5.4 x 7.6 m with jack legs), easy to manoeuvre (towable trailer and hydraulic wheel drive), quick to rig and de-rig (minutes not hours), operable in wind (up to 30 knots – that is near gale force), stable and strong enough for a full size camera and lens, and it had to be "hard-wired" because radio links are too unreliable on live events. Coupled with the Cineflex and a 42x lens, Vortex can provide stunning vertical tracking shots with speeds of up to 2 m/s. Starting with a high and awesome wide shot provides an overview of an event followed by a track down to the action at ground level. Vortex is simple to integrate into an Outside Broadcast with its only minimal requirement a SMPTE fibre.

Ten years on from its launch, Vortex has been used on an impressive list of events and films and is still going strong. Credits include Trooping the Colour where Vortex is tucked away in the corner of a yard in St James's Park, only accessible to small vehicles.

On camera, Vortex provides the all-important overview of the parade ground with gentle moving shots using the tops of trees as foreground. Other credits include motor racing at many European circuits where it provides fast-moving shots from track level to overhead on hairpin bends to see the action unfold as cars spin off the race course.

Vortex has been setup on bridges (Tower Bridge, Pont-Neuf), roads and pavements (The Mall, outside Oval tube station, Greenwich, London Studios), fields (the Somme, Latitude Festival, St. Andrew's Golf Course), parks (Hyde Park, St. James Park, Clapham Common, Windsor Home Park), race courses (Goodwood, Cheltenham, Ascot, Silverstone, Aintree, Newbury, Epsom) and Palaces (Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle). From feature films to live broadcast, Vortex has provided stunning shots that cannot be achieved by any other product.

The ability to use a full size camera and a 400 mm lens (Fujinon 42x9.7) in challenging outdoor conditions makes Vortex a valuable addition to any broadcast.

Our showreel at the BAFTA-nominated Somme event exemplifies Vortex at its best (www.cammotion.co.uk).

This article is also available to read in the June edition of Broadcast Film & Video as part of an Aerial Filming feature.

(JP)
Solidmate Ltd Memory Card Hire London

Top Related Stories
Click here for the latest broadcast news stories.

24/11/2017
ES Broadcast Hire Increases Fujinon 4K Broadcast Lens Offering
ES Broadcast Hire has announced the further expand its considerable range of UHD live production lenses with the addition of a fleet of Fujinon's late
26/04/2017
Vislink Unveils All-New HCAM, HEVC 4K UHD Camera Transmitter
xG Technology has announced that its Vislink and IMT business units, the new HCAM, HEVC 4K UHD camera transmitter, will be unveiled at NAB 2017. Coinc
29/09/2017
ARRI ALEXA Camera System Wins Engineering Emmy
The Television Academy announced the recipients of the 69th Engineering Emmy® Awards. ARRI is pleased to be recognized with the most prestigious telev
14/11/2017
Camera Corps Rig For ITV Documentary
Camera Corps has designed and built a multi mini-camera rig to capture all the action for ITN Production's recent documentary, EasyJet: Inside The Coc
02/08/2017
RED Raven Camera Kit Available Exclusively From Apple Store
RED Digital Cinema has revealed its RED RAVEN Camera Kit is now available to purchase at Apple.com. As RED's most compact camera BRAIN, weighing at ju
22/06/2007
Cammotion Launch Vortex Aerial Camera Mount System At Broadcast LIVE
Cammotion, specialists in camera control technology, launched Vortex aerial camera mount system, the company’s first product, at Broadcast Live. Vorte
27/10/2017
Broadcast RF Orders HEVC 4K UHD HCAM Wireless Camera Systems
xG Technology(xG) has announced that its Vislink business has received an order worth $400,000 for 10 HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) 4K UHD HCAM
30/10/2017
TV Academy Honours ARRI ALEXA Camera System
At the 69th Engineering Emmy® Awards Ceremony in Hollywood, the Television Academy recognized ARRI with the most prestigious television accolade for o
24/10/2017
Camera Corps Clarity Makes NAB NY Debut
At the recent NAB Show New York, Camera Corps demonstrated Clarity, which delivers real-time output and high frame rate SDI for use with slow motion r
20/10/2017
Ikegami Demonstrates UHK-430 4K Camera
Ikegami delivered a busy line-up at this year's NAB Show New York which included its UHK-430 4K camera, HDK-73 camera, HLM-960WR and HEM-2570W monitor
19/10/2017
Camera Corps Unveils The New Qx
Camera Corps has previewed the new Qx miniature robotic pan/tilt/zoom/focus camera head at NAB Show NY this week. The Qx incorporates features of the
10/10/2017
Nokia To Stop Production Of OZO VR Camera
Nokia has announced that it is to cease production on further versions of the OZO VR camera and hardware. In a statement, the company said it would 'f
02/05/2017
Vortex & LiveShot Provide The All-in-One Studio Solution For PBDS
Studios across the world are starting to globalise, with internet technologies growing at an alarming rate there are more and more ways to get your co
13/03/2012
Vitec GTC Awards 2012 Nominees Announced
The Guild of Television Cameramen (GTC) has announced the shortlist for the Vitec GTC Awards 2012. The awards will be presented at the IET Austin Cour
24/06/2005
China ShenZhen TV selects Telemetrics Camera Control Solutions for new broadcast facility
Enhanced camera control adds new dimension to new broadcast ShenZhen TV’s (SZTV) new broadcast facility in GuangDong, China – the largest of its kind