New Pictorvision Eclipsetm Multicam Array for VFX Plate Shots

Pictorvision, known for outstanding moving camera systems introduces a new version of their popular Eclipsetm ball-style gyro stabilized system that is a staple among today’s top grossing action films. Already being flown on a major blockbuster franchise feature, the new Eclipse Multicam Array is designed to capture very high-resolution Panoramic VFX plate shots.

The standard single camera Eclipse revolutionized aerial camera systems by offering the most advanced steering, stability, and pointing capabilities available on the market. At the core of the Eclipse’s superior stability is the patented XR Motion Managementtm technology that enables popular features like the speedy pan, tilt and roll as well as the ability to look straight down. This technology and more is utilized in the newest member of the Eclipse family, the Multicam Array.

The Eclipse’s open-architecture design offers great latitude in camera and lens combinations so when clients made the request it was only natural for the Pictorvision engineering team to develop a version for high-resolution plate shots.  The Multicam Array utilizes six off-the-shelf 5K Red Epics (recording to RedMags) in an array 3 across by 2 rows high. A 7th Epic is used in the cockpit as Master Controller. All 6 shooting cameras can be monitored live on one screen or isolated individually. When all six images are stitched together, the result is a seamless 12K (46 Megapixel) image with a 140 degrees horizontal, 60 degrees vertical view.

Pictorvision offers a set of 6 Canon EF 24mm f1.4L II USM lenses and filter kits or can supply Canon lens mounts to accommodate customer-supplied lenses. In addition to aerial use, the Eclipse Multicam Array can be used on the ground with small cranes via a Mitchell-mount adapter.

Producers can use the same Eclipse system for normal single camera shooting and the Multicam Array for plate shots. The time to change between them is 4 hours.