BMS Booth Features Camera Applications for Segways, Helmets

Visitors to Central Hall at the NAB Show may wonder what exactly a Steadicam operator is doing on a Segway, but they can follow him to the Broadcast Microwave Services (BMS) booth to find out. BMS’s German division, which designs many of the company’s transmitters, partnered with a company that makes a hands-free transporter to create a hands-free Segway-like device. On top of that device rides a trained camera operator, carrying a Steadicam on a rod, which he smoothly transports from one end of the show floor to the other.

“This Steadicam on a rod keeps the camera level no matter what angle it is at,” explains Steve Margolin, marketing communications manager for BMS. “This guy is really adept at going back and forth and driving in circles. He works for the company that makes the Steadicam and has done a number of sporting events. It’s pretty amazing to watch him move around.”

It is easy to determine when the operator is on the hands-free transporter, as a sizable crowd begins to gather around BMS’ booth.

Margolin hopes the crowd will stay at the booth to take a look at BMS’s diversity receiver, which takes in RF and changes the signal to fiber. “You can get much longer distances over the fiber,” he says. “That’s been used in a number of stadiums in Europe.”

BMS is also showing a prototype helmet cam, using one of its nano transmitters. “This is our standard-def transmitter, which we put inside the helmet,” Margolin says. “The battery pack hooks to the back of the helmet, and we can do a nice little point-of-view–type application.”

BMS is also debuting two camera-back wireless HD transmitters, which have earned a good deal of attention from camera operators in the sports industry.

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