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Steadi Tracker

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SF Steadi Tracker

In July 2011, the Steadi Facilities Cameras & Vision team undertook another test day for our unique Steadi Tracker – the Steadicam Motorbike solution. Designed with Cycling and Marathon coverage in mind, our system comprises of a Steadicam system hardmounted onto a Motorbike. This provides hugely versatile tracking solutions, and provides constantly-usable Steadicam tracking shots at the traditional three-quarter angle used for race coverage.

Steadi Tracker 1

The arm is hardmounted via a plate onto the rear of the Motorbike via a custom plate. For maximum flexibility and operator comfort, we have now also designed a safety brace, comprising of speedrail, which doubles up as a mounting position for an external monitor. The hardmounted monitor is used as a substitute for the usual Steadicam monitor, and provides a 100% viewable image, no matter what angle the motorbike is travelling at.

Steadi Tracker 2

With our design work now finalised, we will be producing a high-profile showreel in coming weeks, and also launching a brand identity and web presence – watch this space…

Steadi Tracker 3

For further information, please email office@steadicam-facilities.co.uk.

UEFA Championships League

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The final of the UEFA Champions League at Wembley in May provided plenty of work for our London office.

Wembley ArenaUEFA Champions League Final

On the Friday before the match, we provided a full HD RF Camera system with full telemetry (Camera Control via RCP, and tally signal), which I operated handheld for the VIP dinner for officials, at the Roundhouse in Camden which included interviews, the trophy presentation, speeches and a performance of 8 tracks by the band Texas.

Texas at the Round House London UEFA Dinner

On the day of the match itself, we moved across to the Wembley Stadium complex, and with a full Steadicam rig, and another RF Camera system with full telemetry, we provided coverage within the VIP area at the Arena for pre and post-match entertainment and analysis, including panel discussions, music and freestyling footballers.

Boxx HD RF Wireless TXHD Wireless Steadicam Rig at Wembley Arena UEFA Champions League event

runBritain 10K & Half Marathon Events

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Following on from our coverage of the runBritain Reading Half Marathon, in May the Steadi Facilities Cameras & Vision crew were on location in Bristol to provide coverage of the Bristol 10k Road Race. With coverage including Steadicam, Motorbike and marked positions along the course, and helicopter coverage from Flying TV, we produced a highlights edit of the event, which is online at http://www.youtube.com/user/steadifacilities#p/u/7/qMROn_8r6Po

Marathon Start LineMarathon Steadicam

Focus Pulling

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Occasionally, it makes a nice change to work as Focus Puller, and whatever format of camera and production type it may be, it is a good way of keeping ‘on your toes’. Most recently, I was working as Focus Puller / AC on a shoot featuring parkour ‘free runners’.

Shot on the RED MX, with Paul Mortlock (Operator) and James O’Hara (Director/Producer), with Zeiss Superspeeds, we shot from a variety of angles and locations as the artists ran, jumped, and threw themselves from one place to another. Needless to say, it was hard work keeping up with them!

Focus Pulling 2Focus Pulling

Reading Half Marathon

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Steadi Facilities Camera and Vision provided coverage of the Reading Half Marathon with a variety of camera positions and mounts. These included Steadicam, Jimmy Jib, gyrostabilised helicopter mount, motorbike and scaffold tower.  Steadi Facilities provided one Steadicam Operator and rig, two Camera Operators, a Jimmy Jib Operator and kit, a motorbike rider, a Project Manager, an on-site Editor with FCP Edit Suite and four camera channels.

Flying TV were contracted by Steadi Facilities to provide aerial coverage of the race, this formed the backbone of the race coverage alongside our motorcycle crew.

Highlights edits of our work are available on our YouTube channel, click the following links to view:

Reading Half Marathon Overview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jD0zNjYTfTw

Reading Half Marathon Race Highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNWpcE2wH7w