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Old August 24th, 2004, 05:07 PM   #1
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Stabilizer usage in Olympics

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Anyone noticed the use of stabilizers in the Olympic games? Comments on their use?

I also notice the 2 cameras gliding on tracks alongside the track and field. What company makes this gear? I also notice this type of equipment tracking alongside the walkway being used in the Victoria Secret fashion show.
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Old August 24th, 2004, 05:41 PM   #2
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There are a number of point-to-point tracking systems out there, I haven't been able to figure out whose are being used this particular Olympics. I did recognize the Libra head in use tracking up and down the pool events.

Garrett Brown has a number of rigs that are used at the Olympics (http://www.garrettcam.com). Make sure to check out Molecam for a giggle!
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Old August 24th, 2004, 06:26 PM   #3
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Is the MoleCam for real ? It seems like a leftover from April 1st. It's a great viewpoint, though.
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Old August 25th, 2004, 03:27 AM   #4
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I even saw they had a camera (or more perhaps) running on a
track underwater to follow the swimmers from beneath. I did
see a steadicam every now and then as well.
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Old August 25th, 2004, 08:40 AM   #5
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That one IS one of Garrett's rigs, the Mobycam. It's a brilliant concept, a camera mounted in a stealthy black teardrop shaped housing that creates no wake and runs on a track along a lane marker. When you are looking down from above, it is all but invisible (that was the dictum from the Olympic Committee, so that the swimmers wouldn't be distracted by it). It may have become more sophisticated in recent years, but when I was at the Atlanta Games in '86, it was operated via chain drive controlled by essentially bicycle pedals...! The poor guy would crank away one direction, then back the other, then back the other--he'd be soaked by the end of the relay! Another operator used a remote pan and tilt for framing.

That setup might seem like an April Fool's joke, but it is (or was) real...Molecam, not so much.
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Old August 25th, 2004, 08:55 AM   #6
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Interesting Charles! From the quick looks I get it was still some
sort of chain type system or perhaps a pulley/cable kind of system.
I can't imagine they haven't moved to a motorized system though
with a electric motor at one or both ends. Shouldn't be too hard
to make I'd say.
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