Telecast CopperHead dives deep for live news segment
December 9, 2005
Freelance cinematographer John Sharaf used the CopperHead camera-mounted fiber optic transceiver from Telecast Fiber Systems to capture live remote images of Shamu the whale at SeaWorld Park in San Diego.
The CopperHead camera-mounted transceiver, fitted with Power Plus power adapters, allowed Sharaf's crew to transmit all broadcast signals from the cameras through SMPTE hybrid fiber optic cables.
Sharaf used the CopperHead to transmit signals from two cameras at the tank to an uplink truck located outside the park, more than 300ft away, for live broadcast to a network morning news program.
The segment was filmed at 4 a.m. in order to provide the live feed for the news program as it aired live on the east coast. Sharaf brought in a Bebee light mounted on an 82ft. pole in order to illuminate the tank and create the appearance of daytime as they taped. The CopperHead camera-mounted transceivers, fitted with Power Plus power adapters allowed Sharaf's crew to transmit all broadcast signals from the cameras — including video, audio, intercom, camera control, genlock, and power — through SMPTE hybrid fiber optic cables.
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