Richard Hookings and John Gillan just returned from Kiev after shooting the Euro finals in 3D. There was a 7th Heaven Polecam positioned behind both goals, both operating at 6 metres and each with a Toshiba IK-HD1 camera and the Wire Strut System. This was Richard’s first experience of using the WSS.
“The Wire Strut transformed the Polecam into a much more solid camera crane. It only takes a few more minutes to set up and allows the Pole to fly more solidly and be brought to a stop with more control, especially for fast moves.”
It was a bit of a battle of the cranes as the final was being broadcast in both 2D and 3D so the Polecam was behind the goal alongside an ABC crane. The 2D coverage had the priority so the Polecam was slightly compromised in its position off to one side of the goal but was still able to provide some stunning 3D coverage of the goal area including the crowds.
“The Polecam offers the perfect 3D camera crane as even with the additional camera and very little extra counter weight it is still easily relocated. I was able to relocate from pitch side over to where the fans were, some 25 metres away, in a few moments and the cameras remained solid on the head so there was no worry of having to realign them.”
Neil Shepherd from Versatile Broadcast supplied a Polecam, cameras and his HD fibre kits that allowed the polecams a complete and easy integration into the Telegenic truck. The match was transmitted live in 3D to 26 countries.