NEWTON Stabilized Camera Heads Used For Broadcast of Eurovision Song Contest

NEP Sweden (formerly Mediatec Broadcast) and Rail & Tracking Systems (RTS) relied on NEWTON camera heads from Intuitive Aerial for the live broadcast of the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.

The NEWTON system stabilizes cameras enabling the capture of rock-steady aerial shots with box-type UHD cinema and TV cameras. The 15-lb unit can be mounted on 1D/2D/3D wire-cam systems, cranes, dollies, motorcycles, jet skis and other vehicles, or any compact moving rig where weight and visual footprint need to be minimized. Powered by Intuitive Aerial’s gyro-stabilization technology and the DOMINION gimbal/camera controller, the NEWTON enables meticulous image capture with full lens and camera control with complete freedom of movement on wired or wireless operations.

To cover the Eurovision Song Contest 2016, NEP mounted two NEWTON heads on a set of rails 10 meters long at the front of the live stage.

To cover the Eurovision Song Contest 2016, NEP mounted two NEWTON heads on a set of rails 10 meters long at the front of the live stage.

“We’ve been searching for a lightweight functional head for a long time,” said Daniel Pfleger, supervisor at RTS, and "the NEWTON is the first stabilized remote head that comes at an affordable price and with excellent support.”

The Eurovision Song Contest is one of the biggest television events with 180 million viewers worldwide and was held in Stockholm. NEP Sweden was tapped by the host broadcaster to provide broadcast equipment for the three live TV events.

The two NEWTON heads were mounted on a set of rails 10 meters long at the front of the stage that included a tower. This configuration allowed the cameras to easily be moved vertically and horizontally along the stage.

NEWTON camera platform stabilizer.

NEWTON camera platform stabilizer.

The stabilizer was controlled by the Intuitive Aerial DOMINION gimbal/camera controller, providing precise operation of the head, camera, and lens via dual-frequency wireless communication, allowing the NEWTON and DOMINION to perform together in congested wireless environments, along with an optional control-over-fiber interface.

“Using the NEWTON on Eurovision opened up a new perspective of camera movement for us,” said Pfleger. “It makes it possible for us to embrace the trend toward smaller, lighter, and unobtrusive camera systems.”

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