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In response to a tough challenge, Quattro pedestals from Vinten®, a
Vitec Group brand and global leader in camera supports, have been
modified for track use by The Camera Store. The new skated pedestal
hybrid – now given the nickname Skquat – was developed to get
cameras into the audience for the National Theatre’s NT Live project,
which sends live coverage of plays from London to cinemas around the
Director Robin Lough and senior cameraman Paul Freeman recognised
that the cameras needed to be in the audience to get the right coverage.
The alternative, using cameras at the back of the auditorium with long
lenses, leads to uninvolving images because of the foreshortening effect
of the zoom. Getting closer to the action gave more intimacy.
The Vinten Quattro is a four stage pedestal, giving a height range of
more than a metre. Tracking it across the carpet of the Olivier
auditorium was not practical, though, and so for the first production the
Quattros were mounted on movie-style tracking skids. Because of the
rake of the auditorium, that put them too high to get the right eyeline.

“After discussions with The Camera Store we came up with the idea,”
Freeman explained. “What we needed to do was put the bottom of the
column between the tracks, so we could get the same height range as a
regular Quattro but on skates.”
The Camera Store took the idea away and worked with Vinten, as well
as a local engineering firm, to build the trucks, making a collar to rigidly
support the Quattro column. The result performed precisely the way that
Paul Freeman wanted.
“Using a film dolly was not possible for this: it would not have the
height range we wanted, and we need it to work silently throughout each
act of a Shakespeare play,” he said. “The Vinten Quattro is a great
pedestal, and now we have the quality of a studio pedestal on tracks – an
approach first adopted for use in Hawk and Osprey.”
Current plans use two Skquat skate pedestals for NT Live productions,
although Paul Freeman considers there may be times when they could
use four.
NT Live is a new initiative driven by the National Theatre’s director
Nicholas Hytner, to show high definition coverage of NT productions in
cinemas across the UK and around the world. The season continues with
Nation on 30 January 2010. As well as showing the plays, the live
transmissions include interviews with cast and directors, and are
designed to create a strong.
sensation of being in the theatre.
a Vitec Group brand and global leader in camera supports, has won a
large order for tripods, heads and other support equipment to be supplied
to SABC in South Africa as the Official Broadcaster for the 2010 FIFA
World Cup in South Africa. The kit will equip a fleet of four new
outside broadcast trucks being built by Sony Professional in the UK.
Each truck will carry twelve Vector 750 pan and tilt heads, six Vision
250 heads and two lightweight Vision 11 heads. All feature Vinten’s
unique Perfect Balance technology which ensures that, once the
counterbalance mechanism is set, the camera can be left at any tilt angle
confident that it will remain precisely in position.
The heads are complemented with appropriate tripods, including twelve
HDT-2 heavy duty tripods with spreaders for the principal cameras. The
order also includes skids and dollies, telescopic pan bars and scaffold
Tony Niemeyer, Vinten’s South African distributor, commented “We
have a great relationship with SABC, which is a big user of Vinten
equipment, both in the studios and in outside broadcasts,” he said. “The
contract for the four new trucks was hotly contested, but SABC had
specified Vinten heads and tripods for the new fleet.”
The first two trucks in the order were delivered earlier in 2009 and were
used for the Confederation Cup this year. The remaining two trucks will
be delivered in October 2009 & January 2010

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