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SHOTOVER Hydra Synchronizes Six Red Dragon 6K Cameras For Stunning Panoramic Images

Team5, a full service aerial production and rental company for the motion picture and advertising industries, announced today the debut of the SHOTOVER Hydra, an advanced, gyrostabilized imaging platform designed for the visual effects industry.

SHOTOVER Hydra

Features:

Six 6K Dragon Cameras in a synchronized array
152 degrees horizontal, 65 vertical field-of view
Over 100MP of data yielding a 14K L-R minimum image size after assembly
Superior viewing, control and sync from previous solutions
Much quicker installation time over previous solutions
Available as a complete system with cameras and lenses
Lens maps available

HYDRA multi-camera array

Developed in partnership with SHOTOVER, the maker of high performance aerial camera systems for the motion picture and broadcast industries, the Hydra synchronizes six Red Dragon 6K cinema cameras to enable motion picture productions to capture panoramic images of the highest dynamic range and quality. Warner Bros.’ upcoming film Tarzan is the first to utilize the new system.

The SHOTOVER Hydra addresses the costly and time consuming process of creating background plates used for digital compositing. By capturing 36K of images with a greater than 150 degree field of view, the Hydra allows aerial units to shoot panoramic backgrounds that can be seamlessly matched to foreground images by visual effects supervisors. These virtually distortion-free images are recorded alongside platform metadata that includes GPS positioning as well as the heading and camera angles of each discreet frame.

SHOTOVER Hydra suspended

Via a long line stand developed by ACS France and Team5, the Hydra as well the single camera SHOTOVER K1 can be suspended from 50 to 150 feet below a production’s camera helicopter. The SHOTOVER Hydra can also be mounted on cranes and camera cars.

“Creating background plates has traditionally been an incredibly time-consuming, imprecise and expensive practice with aerial units flying multiple passes to try to exactly match the angle of view, lighting and other variables of the foreground shots,” said SHOTOVER president Alan Purwin. “With the SHOTOVER Hydra, we’re not just improving upon the single camera method of shooting plates, we’re raising the bar in terms of what producers can demand from multi-camera systems, offering a single source solution through Team5 for productions to get the Hydra, all six cameras and all associated lenses. It’s the only multi-camera solution that can be set up in hours rather than days.”

The SHOTOVER Hydra will initially be available through Team5 Aerial Systems, a newly launched aerial production and rental company serving the motion picture and advertising industries. For the Tarzan shoot, currently filming in Gabon, Africa, Team5 is providing comprehensive aerial services in addition to capturing background plates.

“Working with the SHOTOVER Hydra, we’ve not only been able to shave days off our shooting schedule in Gabon, we’re able to deliver background plates of unprecedented quality in even the most demanding environments,” said Fred North, aerial coordinator for Tarzan. “The system raises the bar for what visual effects supervisors will be able to achieve in assembling the most realistic and lifelike aerial sequences. David Yates, the director on Tarzan, has been extremely pleased with the footage we have shot.”

The development of the SHOTOVER Hydra builds upon the company’s success in building industry leading, single-camera gyrostabilized aerial systems for the motion picture industry. The company’s flagship SHOTOVER K1 has fast become a Hollywood blockbuster staple with credits including Jurassic World, Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Insurgent, San Andreas, Black Mass, Ride Along 2, Antman, Magic Mike 2, Monster Trucks and Warcraft.

For more: Team5 and SHOTOVER.

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