Advances in EFP Camera Design

Author(s): John O. Ryan
Publisher: Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers
Publication Date: 1 February 1981
Conference Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Conference Date: 6 February 1981
Page(s): 114 - 123
ISBN (Paper): 978-1-61482-911-9
DOI: 10.5594/M00655



Mindful of the capabilities and limitations of current technology, most broadcasters would agree that the desirable features of an ideal Electronic Field Production (EFP) camera include most, if not all, of the following: (1) Picture quality comparable to the best studio cameras. (2) A fully portable self-contained configuration with size, weight and power consumption comparable to modern ENG cameras. (3) Full remote set-up and operating capabilities. (4) Full automatic set-up capability from a central unit common to a number of cameras. (5) On-board auto-iris, auto-color-balance, auto-beam-control and perhaps auto-centering. (6) Adaptability for long distance operation via lightweight cable (triax, fiberoptic, etc.). - Crucial to the success of any camera, particularly one intended for the harsh environments of EFP, are these additional requirements: (7) Stability. (8) Reliability and ease of maintenance. (9) Freedom from complex non-operational adjustments. (10) Avoidance of costly specialized components (hybrid and custom IC's, etc.).