CLIENT: SILVERBACK FILMS
PROGRAMME: LIVING PLANET
PROJECT: PROTOTYPE UNDERWATER CAMERA TRAP SYSTEM
TX: NETFLIX 2019
The underwater housing was built from scratch using off the shelf Nauticam dome ports, the camera was a 4k capable mirrorless Panasonic GH4 camera. The complete underwater element was then cabled to a topside receiver unit via 30m long umbilical cable carrying video (for camera positioning), data and power. The receiver unit containing the power and receiver electronics.
The underwater housing was then positioned a couple of metres below the surface the water onto a special mount system and weighed down with dive weights.
This was the first incarnation of the system, additional options for future UW camera trap systems being Panasonic GH5 & GH5s compatibility as well as the Sony A7s Mk2. We also included in the prototype system a powerful radio transmitter that would allow manual triggering to record by an observer up to a 1km distant. This system has begun trials for Silverback Films.
In addition a live video link can be added to allow the crew to monitor the live recording topside.