Bexel Sees High Demand for Camera Corps’ Q-Ball Robotic Minicam
Bexel was named exclusive distributor and rental agent for the Camera Corps Q-Ball robotic HD/SD Minicam system in April, and has already provided it to major broadcasters including ESPN, HBO, and NBC.
The compact, weather resistant camera is ideal for tight spaces, challenging elements, and other areas where a full size robotic camera won’t work. Not only is the Q-Ball compact in size, it also provides a full 360 degree rotation in any direction. In addition, Q-Ball’s construction provides a durable platform for indoor and outdoor use on sports and entertainment events.
“We’ve really seen some dramatic results since we started renting and selling the Q-Ball,” says Scott Nardelli, chief business development officer, Bexel. “Industry acceptance of the Q-Ball happened very quickly. In fact, every unit we own has remained busy on long- and-short-term rentals and sales have been rapid. Part of the Q-Ball’s appeal is it combines both appearance and performance in the smallest system currently available.”
Currently, several networks are using the Q-Ball for announcement booth applications, as well as remote interviews via dedicated networks. It has also been deployed to capture beauty shots for ESPN’s college football coverage as well as red carpet shows and backstage action at various events.
Additionally, HBO’s NFL film documentary “Hard Knocks” used the Q-Ball system to film NFL players in locker rooms and coaches areas. The NBA has mounted the camera nestled in the padding around the basket stanchion, while NBC chose to mount it in the center of a pond to add a unique camera angle for its PGA coverage. At the World Equestrian Games, the Q-Ball was used under and on top of structures to capture the event without scaring the horses, something a full-sized camera would not be able to achieve.
Setup is simple as the Q-Ball utilizes the installed cable plant or optical fiber that is available at every venue or it can be installed temporarily. Combined with the optional RCP, the Q-Ball is ready for use during live events, providing audio input and quality images with smooth on-air panning.
The Q-Ball incorporates a built-in 10x zoom optical lens and smooth accelerating Pan and Tilt motors in a weatherproof aluminum sphere with a diameter of 115 mm/4.5in. The addition of up to four embedded audio channels allows stereo effect mics to be incorporated into any set up. Optional extra features include infrared capability and a wide-angle lens adapter.