NEWTON stabilized head tracking racing motorcycles for hundreds of meters on a 1D wire
With high performance in terms of stabilization and auto horizon, NEWTON enables smooth broadcast footage in high speeds.
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Red Bull Straight Rhythm is a unique motocross competition where practice, qualifying and racing all take place on the same day, with the finals taking place at night under the lights. It gathers the world’s best riders in head-to-head racing on an ‘unwound’ track where there are no turns, just a half-mile-long straight rhythm section.
Condorcam is a service provider based in Denver, USA, specialized in extraordinary camera angles. For the live broadcast of Red Bull Straight Rhythm, they mounted their NEWTON head with a Sony P1 camera and Canon HJ14 lens, on their own-developed cable cam trolley, which can reach up to 60 mph. The 1D wire was stretched several hundred meters along the straight race track, enabling the camera to travel alongside the speeding motorcycles, with NEWTON stabilizing and controlling the camera.
“At CondorCam we’re always staying on pulse with new technology and systems that can help enhance our overall production, the NEWTON and DOMINION are doing just that. The robust motors in the head can handle our 20+ lb payload going 65+ mph when tracking motorcycles and the sensitivity of the dominion controller’s one of the best controllers I’ve had my hands on.“
Jesse Placky, founder of CondorCam, at the production in 2016
See NEWTON tracking the bikes: