BBC heli cam zoom shots

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drgagx
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When watching reports on News 24 of the Heathrow plane crash from the BBC helicopter, they zoomed out to reveal just how far away they were from the scene of the crash - which appeared to be well to the south of the airport. Even tho dusk had arrived it revealed an impressive amount of detail on the ground when zoomed right in, including the skid marks on the grass before the runway. What camera and lens achieves these astonishing results?

infocus
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drgagx wrote:
When watching reports on News 24 of the Heathrow plane crash from the BBC helicopter, they zoomed out to reveal just how far away they were from the scene of the crash - which appeared to be well to the south of the airport. Even tho dusk had arrived it revealed an impressive amount of detail on the ground when zoomed right in, including the skid marks on the grass before the runway. What camera and lens achieves these astonishing results?

Depends which company they were using, but could well have been an Ikegami HL-59WNA and Canon J22 x 7.6 - see http://www.flyingtv.co.uk/technical.html .

It's not so much the camera or lens that's special, as the gyro mounting.

Alan Roberts
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For much of the wildlife shooting, it's on HDCAM using a Sony HDWF900/3 and a Canon 40:1 stabilised zoom.

Get my test cards document, and cards for 625, 525, 720 and 1080. Thanks to Gavin Gration for hosting them.
Camera settings documents are held by Daniel Browning and at the EBU
My book, 'Circles of Confusion' is available here.
Also EBU Tech.3335 tells how to test cameras, and R.118 tells how to use the results.

drgagx
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Thanks for the replies and the link, which is an interesting read. From their news section it appears they were working for ITN and Sky yesterday.

David Pearson
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infocus wrote:
Depends which company they were using, but could well have been an Ikegami HL-59WNA and Canon J22 x 7.6 - see http://www.flyingtv.co.uk/technical.html .

Great link - a fascinating read. Good to see Mike Smith is still hard at work doing good stuff!

John H Jones
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Ahh my Mike Smith mystery has now been answered.
Appart from commentary on Eurosport cycling events I had no idea what other work he was doing.
John

David Pearson
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Indeed. I had to look all the way through their website before finding that it was that Mike Smith...!

simond83
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You'll be wanting Arena..... http://www.helicopter-charters.co.uk/

Si