23 Aug ARC360 with Universal Pixels and Robbie Williams
Agile Remote Cameras has supplied six ARC360 PTZ cameras to Universal Pixels for use on Robbie Williams’ current stadium tour, ‘The Heavy Entertainment Show Tour’. Mounted in exposed positions around the main stage, the PTZ cameras provide live pictures for the large screens on stage and are used for close-up shots, mixed in with footage from larger broadcast cameras.
The ARC360 camera originates from a PTZ model designed by Marine Camera Solutions, which has been developing cameras for use on board offshore racing yachts for many years. The MCS cameras were installed on all the competitors in the 35th America’s Cup, from the opening races in Portsmouth in 2015 to the finals in Bermuda in June this year, capturing spectacular footage at speeds of 40-plus knots under the most challenging racing conditions.
The new ARC360 remote PTZ camera is similarly equipped to deal with extreme weather, ideal for use in a wide variety of applications from remote inhospitable locations to live music events. It is a sealed waterproof unit with a built-in wiper blade, featuring an innovative anti-fogging and condensation system for optimum picture quality, along with 3G SDI connectivity. Once installed, the precision-engineered camera can be left alone, thanks to intuitive software-driven features and remote firmware updates.
“We use the ARC360 cameras on the edge of the stage for the Robbie Williams tour, plus one at front of house, so they are really exposed to the elements, often receiving a drenching,” explains Oliver Luff, Director at Universal Pixels. “The zoom range on the cameras is great, with a fast response and accurate recall positions too, essential for covering such an energetic show. They also have excellent sensitivity, so we can mix the pictures in with those from broadcast cameras.”
The zoom range on the cameras is great, with a fast response and accurate recall positions too, essential for covering such an energetic show. They also have excellent sensitivity, so we can mix the pictures in with those from broadcast cameras.