Remote Operated Camera Head – XL
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When Cammotion first came to us with their idea for the ROC 2X mini – A camera head that offered something different to the rest of a market almost purely focussed around functionality and not aesthetics or user centred design, our designer senses tingled at the possibilities of where this product could go: Here was a firm headed up by a professional and practising cameraman with the knowledge and skills to put together a tight brief. A Brief that gave us opportunity to create a product that was both beautiful and mechanically functional – A specification that sits perfectly within our blended offering of aesthetics and technical product design.
With the ROC mini achieving great success in it’s market as an unobtrusive, rugged and easily controlled high-quality piece of professional camera equipment, Cammotion had a request for a bespoke version of the camera head from one of the most prestigious sporting events worldwide – The 2018 Tennis French Open.
Our challenge was to create a larger version of the ROC 2X mini, one that had the structural integrity to hold a massively increased payload and cope with even the largest and most high-tech of film and broadcast cameras. And so began our journey to create the ROC 2X – XL.
Solution and Results
Current products in the broadcasting market are very cold and mechanical, usually made out of existing metal parts with unfinished edges and holes where they are not needed. With the high-prestige live events Cammotion’s products are a part of, there is a distinct need for camera that doesn’t stand out and distract either the sports players or the general public with clunky, mechanical camera heads.
Realise used CNC machining to create a beautiful finish on the ROC head, and with super-high quality and judder free motors encased inside the unit, noise was kept to a minimum. All of the main case screws were hidden and internal cabling improve the simple looks, reduce dirt traps (Clay court iconic red dust) and cable snags when the device is remotely operated.
This minimal sentiment was also translated into the remote control console, reducing the size of the unit operated by the camera man to around 25% of a traditional broadcasting console, implementing touchscreen to allow the unit to control up to five different cameras, without having to bolt on additional direct-input controls as you would have to with a traditional remote camera head control system.
Using human centred design, we deconstructed and simplified the setup and install of the camera head and more importantly the main interaction point between cameraman and camera operation. A beautifully simple interface with up to date physical control inputs such as wheels, joysticks, a touchscreen and intuitive haptic feedback on end stops and zoom limits allows users to dynamically operate multiple heads at the same time with ease in the highly pressured broadcasting environment. Gone are the slider switches and directional buttons that is the industry norm and much more human and user friendly and ergonomic approach was taken to allow fluid translation of creativity when capturing footage.
This product really defines modern era camera-manning – no big box, easy to set up and the end users love using it.
Rugged – despite great looks
Tough environments require tough products and the ROC case is fully sealed to IP67, meaning it can be left out and operated in even the worst weather, a necessity for live sporting events. The ROC was designed to stay functional without the need to build cumbersome shelter boxes and external waterproofing. All the connectors on the console are IP rated to the same standard keeping the plug and play mentality a user has with this console consistent throughout the user journey.
Convenient & Flexible
Not all camera heads are created equal and neither are the cameras, with such a variety of camera heads on the market, the ROC was designed to have easily interchangeable mounting adaptors for all camera types.
Realise also designed an intuitive slip-ring system to avoid the ever present problem of camera twist, the cameraman no longer has to remember the amount of revolutions needed to untwist the cable, something that is critical when filming live TV.
By having such an intuitive, user-centred and future-proofed camera head and console, Cammotion were able to get their products into some of the biggest televised events. The human-centred design thinking that Realise put into creating such a great product streamlined the user experience, relieving the stress of working in such a high-pressure environment and giving the creativity to explore new ideas.
The ROC is a product that creates a loyalty within it’s end users and being such a forward thinking product, its popularity will continue to increase organically through the industry. Be sure to watch this space!