360‑degree Underwater Broadcast Uses Micro Studio Camera 4K

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360‑degree Underwater Broadcast Uses Micro Studio Camera 4K

PostThu Jun 22, 2017 12:37 pm

Blackmagic Design announced that its Micro Studio Camera 4Ks are part of the new VRTUL Live pro underwater stereoscopic 360 system, which ABC’s “Good Morning America” recently used for a 360-degree underwater live stream. The live stream, produced by San Diego-based live-action VR solutions and production company VRTUL, also made use of Blackmagic Design’s Video Assist 4K monitor/recorder, Teranex AV standards processor, Arduino Shield, HyperDeck Studio 12G broadcast deck, Smart Videohub 40x40 router and more.

The 360-degree live stream transported viewers to an underwater shipwreck in the Bahamas during a shark dive, and according to Casey Sapp, executive VR producer, VR supervisor and VRTUL Live co-creator, he and his team only had 30 days to bring the rig from concept to completion with the help of New York-based VR production company and partner 30Ninjas and Lewis Smithingham. “There were a lot of factors going into this project. We needed to stream for more than three hours, microwaving the stitched signal, with the proper end code and bit rate for Facebook Live, to New York from a boat moored to a shipwreck two miles off the coast of the Bahamas,” he said.

Sapp added, “We had to make sure there was less than 10 seconds of latency, so the live stream matched up with the actual broadcast on ‘Good Morning America.’ Also, the rig had to be sturdy enough so that the sharks wouldn't bite it, rip it apart or tip it over, but we still needed excellent image quality; you can’t put a plastic bag or housing on a camera and expect it to work. It needed to be custom. There were lots of constraints, but we knew as long as we started with the Micro Studio Camera 4Ks, everything else would fall into place.”

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