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SKYCAM - how tough is it to create really???

SKYCAM - how tough is it to create really???

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Hello,

I was wondering if someone that knows about video systems could help me out.

I want to create a skycam like they have for NFL football games for a Paintball field.  (This is the structured 180x100 field you see on ESPN with inflatable bunkers... No trees.)

I understand the workings of the winch system that is used and have even created a small working model (out of legos :), but I don't have any clue about the specifics of a camera setup and what those costs might be.

Here's what I think is involved (at the least).

- A suspended camera that hangs from a moving platform.
- The camera must swivel 360 degrees.
- The camera must also swivel on the Z axis(?)(up and down).
- The camera must be controlled remotely.
- The camera must also send it's signal back wirelessly.
- The camera must be enclosed in a clear protective cover (bubble/upside down fishbowl) so it doesn't get damaged by paintballs.

So, does anyone know what kind of investment I would be looking to get myself into by creating one of these?

Thanks for any help.
David Lanzi
davidlanzi@yahoo.com


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