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How to Use Non-PTZ Cameras for Remote-Controlled Live Production
cable or rope. The entire unit is self-supporting, with on-board battery,
motors, and pulleys. The under-slung
gimbal can carry payloads up to
around 30 pounds, making it capable of handling nearly any broadcast video rig thrown at it.
Since the FlyLine is a point-to-point cable system, the path of travel is inherently limited to a single
straight line. But since the camera
is mounted below the support, the
camera’s freedom of movement isn’t
inhibited. Shots can be achieved all
around and below the unit without
any hardware or cabling interfering.
Photoship One recommends 1/4"
cable for runs up to about 300' and
5/16" cable for longer distances. While
the unit doesn’t have total 360° movement in space, its capabilities and top
speed of up to 40 mph put it dangerously close to the NFL-favorite Spi-dercam, which is seen weekly hovering over the playing fields of major
NFL and college football games.
The fact that the FlyLine can
be purchased outright starting at
around $5,000 also makes it affordable for productions that don’t have
six-figure budgets. Photoship One
also offers rental kits with the assurance that a few hours of practice will make
a novice capable of operating the system with
One of the standout features of the FlyLine
system is the lack of restrictions placed on
its use, especially within city limits, at major
events, and over crowds (Figure 4). Unlike the
drone industry, the FlyLine is not regulated by
the FAA and can be safely installed and used
over crowds without the fear of either incurring fines or injuring bystanders when a drone
Photoship One wisely recommends the ca-
bling system be set up by a qualified rigger, and
the peace of mind this provides should not be
taken lightly, considering the expense of the
equipment being carried and the need to en-
sure the safety of the spectators below.
Live streams are commonplace in the psyche
of today’s video consumer. These dynamic, remotely operable camera systems can make
your productions stand out without the need
for a second mortgage.
Paul Schmutzler ( firstname.lastname@example.org) has been involved
in various aspects of photography, film, and video production,
post-production, and motion graphics for more than 10 years.
He reviews tools of the trade as a freelance tech journalist.
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doesn’t have the
as drones when it
comes to shooting
in cities, over
or at events.