Please excuse the extremity of the topic title, no one's getting fired, or aren't they...
I wanted to know the opinions of people here on the subject of camera operators being replaced with remote hot head devices, as part of my dissertation. There are a number of products and systems now available, such as the Trace X8 claiming the capability of serving demanding applications such as sporting events, saving on the 'substantial labour' of multiple camera operators.
I've personally seen the replacement of operators with 'hot heads' within various broadcasters, even in demanding sporting applications such as Tennis.
Why aren't all camera operators being replaced with 'hot head' devices? What is it that makes 1:1 camera and operator setups so much better and/or reliable? Are there physical advantages to 'hot heads' in terms of where they can be placed, and where a human can't?
Is it possible that with the developments in 'hot head' technologies more and more camera operator positions will be delegated to remote multicamera camera control interfaces in the future?
Any thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated.
Edited by Daniel Ashley-Smith, 20 February 2012 - 10:46 AM.