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#1 myhaliv

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Posted 08 March 2008 - 11:09 PM

Hi all....thanks for reading.

Is there camcorder technology that:

1) You can control the camera via long distance remote control. Meaning, pan/zoom the camera while sitting in a central booth.


2) A camera that will follow an object automatically.


I want to tape horses in a ring. They jump fences and run around. I want to know what's out there to do this remotely, or hands off by following the horse around automatically.

My background is computer programming, and unfortunately I don't know much beyond handheld consumerable DV cameras.

Thanks for the help!

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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 09 March 2008 - 12:36 AM

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 11:30 AM

Yikes. OKAY, i think i'm in compliance now....

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#4 Ryan Brooks

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Posted 11 March 2008 - 01:11 PM

David why are you such a jerk when it comes to people not putting their first and last name in their display. Yeah it says in the rules that this is the way it should be. I don't get why it has to be in the first place but maybe people just want to get some help with their project and don't want to have to give their personal life story. And who the hell are you to point out their faults or what they are doing wrong? Did someone put you in charge? Did the power go to your head? Or are you just a member who feels he knows everything. I have been on the website for a few days and I have seen you post that same post four or five different times. Don't you have anything better to do with your time? Go complain about something that matters or don't do it at all.

Or by the way I am not sure what it is called but I think the cameras they have in football stadiums might be what you are looking for. They are attached by cables and are controlled remotely.

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#5 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 11 March 2008 - 01:47 PM

> Did someone put you in charge?

Er, yes.

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#6 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 11 March 2008 - 01:53 PM

> Yikes. OKAY, i think i'm in compliance now....

Unless your full name as it appears on your credit cards is "myhaliv", you're not.

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#7 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 11 March 2008 - 03:34 PM

They're cable cams, in the stadiums, but they don't, as far as I know, automatically follow anything.
As for Mr. Mullen, I think he's been one of the most helpful and knowledgeable people here. The fact that he also has to police the forum, is less an issue of power in his head and more an issue of people not following simple instructions designed to keep the forum --overall-- professional.

The only camera system I can think of which follows motion might be certain security camera systems activated i with motion control?

I know they have motion-triggered still/video cameras used for wildlife photography, normally night photography and the like; but again, they don't track.
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#8 Daniel Sheehy

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Posted 11 March 2008 - 04:29 PM

David why are you such a jerk when it comes to people not putting their first and last name in their display. Yeah it says in the rules that this is the way it should be. I don't get why it has to be in the first place but maybe people just want to get some help with their project and don't want to have to give their personal life story. And who the hell are you to point out their faults or what they are doing wrong? Did someone put you in charge? Did the power go to your head? Or are you just a member who feels he knows everything. I have been on the website for a few days and I have seen you post that same post four or five different times. Don't you have anything better to do with your time? Go complain about something that matters or don't do it at all...

You're way out of line here mate.

Those are the forum rules and David, as a moderator, is simply reminding people of those rules.
It'd be nice if he didn't have to, but when you get as many people not bothering to read the rules as we get here, someone has to step in and remind people.

If you'd bothered to look, you'd have seen that David does a lot more than remind people to register properly. You owe him an apology.
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#9 John Brawley

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Posted 11 March 2008 - 09:33 PM

Yeah it says in the rules that this is the way it should be. I don't get why it has to be in the first place but maybe people just want to get some help with their project and don't want to have to give their personal life story.



You should pull your head in mate.

It's a condition of participation in this forum that you use your real name.

You agree to this condition by signing up. If you don't like it then don't participate. It's pretty simple.

And how obnoxious of you to *expect* that someone will get some help with their project. We are all very priviliged to be able to have access to many of the contributors to all these fourms if they decide they will respond to a discussion. They don't have to lend you their years of experience.

How about some respect and manners ?

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#10 Tim O'Connor

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Posted 12 March 2008 - 12:05 AM

David why are you such a jerk when it comes to people not putting their first and last name in their display. Yeah it says in the rules that this is the way it should be. I don't get why it has to be in the first place but maybe people just want to get some help with their project and don't want to have to give their personal life story. And who the hell are you to point out their faults or what they are doing wrong? Did someone put you in charge? Did the power go to your head? Or are you just a member who feels he knows everything. I have been on the website for a few days and I have seen you post that same post four or five different times. Don't you have anything better to do with your time? Go complain about something that matters or don't do it at all.

Or by the way I am not sure what it is called but I think the cameras they have in football stadiums might be what you are looking for. They are attached by cables and are controlled remotely.

Brooksy


Hey Brooksy, David does what he does, and which we all appreciate, a heck of a lot more politely than you just wrote your post to him.
Plus, you have the audacity to put a line calling him a jerk under your signature? I think that that is a violation of the rules and it's certainly a violation of the spirit of this friendly and excellent forum.

Even if you think that David is wasting his time, and you felt that you had to say something, why did you have to do so in
an insulting way? You use a mean tone and you tell him what to do?

David is one of those in charge of this forum and he plays policeman for our benefit. If you had any idea of how much he helps us, and how much he has done and how much he knows and yet still seeks to learn; you'd know that yes he does have better things to do but he's willing to spend time helping us, which includes the frustrating task of asking some new members to comply with the rules, when I'm sure he'd rather be reading or watching a movie or doing a million other things.

You know, I "don't get" a lot of rules in other clubs, gangs and countries but I don't just roll in to any of those and start
ranking them out.

Incidentally, I am less than impressed with your reply "Or by the way I am not sure what it is called but I think the cameras they have in football stadiums might be what you are looking for. They are attached by cables and are controlled remotely."
to the original post.

If you look through the thousands of David's posts, the least informative of them would still have a ton more specific information than your "answering" somebody with something vaguer than any football fan who has no interest in cinematography could have offered about the camera systems used in football coverage.

If you haven't already, please remove that insult under your signature and see if you can't start off again. This is a great forum.

I think that you owe David an apology but I suppose that will happen when you do "get" some of this.
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#11 myhaliv

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Posted 12 March 2008 - 01:45 AM

Now this is the same problem as in politics. Too much fighting not enough problem solving. The replies to this post are all very childish - including David's initial reply. You have spent more time bickering over nonsense than attempting to offer direction on my question. Not only are you not helpful, but you have wasted my time (and yours). Do me a favor and please delete my account.


Hey Brooksy, David does what he does, and which we all appreciate, a heck of a lot more politely than you just wrote your post to him.
Plus, you have the audacity to put a line calling him a jerk under your signature? I think that that is a violation of the rules and it's certainly a violation of the spirit of this friendly and excellent forum.

Even if you think that David is wasting his time, and you felt that you had to say something, why did you have to do so in
an insulting way? You use a mean tone and you tell him what to do?

David is one of those in charge of this forum and he plays policeman for our benefit. If you had any idea of how much he helps us, and how much he has done and how much he knows and yet still seeks to learn; you'd know that yes he does have better things to do but he's willing to spend time helping us, which includes the frustrating task of asking some new members to comply with the rules, when I'm sure he'd rather be reading or watching a movie or doing a million other things.

You know, I "don't get" a lot of rules in other clubs, gangs and countries but I don't just roll in to any of those and start
ranking them out.

Incidentally, I am less than impressed with your reply "Or by the way I am not sure what it is called but I think the cameras they have in football stadiums might be what you are looking for. They are attached by cables and are controlled remotely."
to the original post.

If you look through the thousands of David's posts, the least informative of them would still have a ton more specific information than your "answering" somebody with something vaguer than any football fan who has no interest in cinematography could have offered about the camera systems used in football coverage.

If you haven't already, please remove that insult under your signature and see if you can't start off again. This is a great forum.

I think that you owe David an apology but I suppose that will happen when you do "get" some of this.


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#12 John Brawley

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Posted 12 March 2008 - 01:58 AM

Do me a favor and please delete my account.



Delete your own account. No one else can do it aside from the account owner.


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#13 Vincent Sweeney

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Posted 12 March 2008 - 04:13 AM

Now this is the same problem as in politics. Too much fighting not enough problem solving. The replies to this post are all very childish - including David's initial reply. You have spent more time bickering over nonsense than attempting to offer direction on my question. Not only are you not helpful, but you have wasted my time (and yours). Do me a favor and please delete my account.


The other problem is that you posted the wrong type of question in a professional cinematography forum. Your post is suited for a security camera forum instead. You can simply call the tech guys over at supercircuits.com and get answers.
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#14 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 12 March 2008 - 04:45 AM

Ryan's post is disposable. Michael made a rookie mistake (but still hasn't quite corrected it). And this thread has gone wrong.

Michael, I'm sure you could probably speak with a Security Company to see what sort of system you could set up, and possibly apply their recommendations to something better than your basic CCTV cameras.
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#15 Andrew Koch

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Posted 12 March 2008 - 05:39 AM

David Mullen is someone I admire and look up to. I am not saying this to be a kiss ass. I have learned so much from him on this forum and the couple of times that I talked to him in person he was a very nice person. This is why it really bothers me that someone would have the audacity to insult him on this forum when all he is trying to do is make it great. Ryan, do you have any idea who you just insulted. Do you really think you are making a good impression by talking like that to a very prominent Cinematographer? The movie industry is a small one and it is not wise to burn bridges so early in your career. The industry is tough enough as it is. We can make it more enjoyable by being nice to each other.

I like the fact that we use our real names on here, it makes us think clearly about what we post because we are representing ourselves to the film community. No one is forcing anyone to post in this community. Either you except the rules or you don't. It's not like when you are working at a job that you have to do to pay the rent and the conditions are not fair, so you fight for your rights as a worker. The difference with this forum is it's not a right, it is a privilege. I find it interesting that Michael says that people on this forum are wasting his time. Please try to be more appreciative.

I am sorry for feeding into the negative energy. It justs upsets me when people get attacked who don't deserve it.
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#16 Mike Washlesky

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Posted 12 March 2008 - 08:44 AM

The other problem is that you posted the wrong type of question in a professional cinematography forum. Your post is suited for a security camera forum instead. You can simply call the tech guys over at supercircuits.com and get answers.



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Posted 12 March 2008 - 12:34 PM

David why are you such a jerk when it comes to people not putting their first and last name in their display. Yeah it says in the rules that this is the way it should be. I don't get why it has to be in the first place but maybe people just want to get some help with their project and don't want to have to give their personal life story. And who the hell are you to point out their faults or what they are doing wrong? Did someone put you in charge? Did the power go to your head? Or are you just a member who feels he knows everything. I have been on the website for a few days and I have seen you post that same post four or five different times. Don't you have anything better to do with your time? Go complain about something that matters or don't do it at all.


Don't be a douchebag.
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#18 Serge Teulon

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Posted 12 March 2008 - 12:47 PM

David why are you such a jerk when it comes to people not putting their first and last name in their display. Yeah it says in the rules that this is the way it should be. I don't get why it has to be in the first place but maybe people just want to get some help with their project and don't want to have to give their personal life story. And who the hell are you to point out their faults or what they are doing wrong? Did someone put you in charge? Did the power go to your head? Or are you just a member who feels he knows everything. I have been on the website for a few days and I have seen you post that same post four or five different times. Don't you have anything better to do with your time? Go complain about something that matters or don't do it at all.

Or by the way I am not sure what it is called but I think the cameras they have in football stadiums might be what you are looking for. They are attached by cables and are controlled remotely.

Brooksy



Brooksy,

I hope that you now got an understanding of everyone's regard towards not just David but all contributors in this forum.
This is a community that is not centered on one single person. It is here to help and to share information with all.
Information = knowledge and that is more valuable than anything else.

I don't think that you are someone that has just stumbled across this forum and with no interest in mind decided to join in.
So, just do yourself a favour and redeem yourself and be part of this forum!
I'm sure you have lots to gain from everyone and vice versa.

Cheers
S

Edited by Serge Teulon, 12 March 2008 - 12:48 PM.

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#19 John Sprung

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Posted 12 March 2008 - 01:05 PM

Remote control is commonplace.

Sony a few years ago demonstrated an automatic object tracking system, and presented a paper about it at SMPTE. They were able to track a golf ball against the sky. What they said about eliminating the jobs of camera operators was met with an understandable lack of enthusiasm here in Hollywood.





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#20 Daniel McAlister

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Posted 12 March 2008 - 02:16 PM

You're the second poster in one evening to have ignored the first forum rule listed when registering... you should have seen this when you registered:

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All right in an effort to bring a little civility to the debate and in no way to I mean any disrespect to any of you guys (and girls) on this sight, as a film maker myself (not a cinematographer) I?m blown away by your guys knowledge and passion I?ve seen not to mention the quality and celebrity that?s cruising this sight.

As a *newb* myself I posted a question without my name being correct and was immediately reprimanded by the ?sherrief? and although for all you regulars who have been on this sight forever can?t seem to fathom how dumb we are for not following the rules but the simple fact is who reads the terms and conditions when they sign up for stuff on the net. You hit register you click the little box and you go on. Everyone does it. The other thing that I personally thought when I signed up was sure I?ll register my real name for the account but that doesn?t necessarily mean I have to use my real name for my ?post name.? In my opinion if you want to get rid of the problem just change the way they sign up, have boxes for first and last name and that becomes the ?post? name automatically, issue averted.

Nobody is ?ignoring? the rules like he said, it was just a little naiveté in coming into a new forum. And if you want them read it might be a better idea to pot them by the appropriate boxes when you sign up not in the ?terms and conditions? area I?m sure 95% of people robotically go past.

Although it was rude to call Mullen a ?jerk? by Ryan I can definitely agree with the new guys reaction of ?yikes..? I to felt like ?hey jeez, I didn?t know, don?t jump down my throat, sorry.?
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