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#1 Justin Rule

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Posted 28 June 2012 - 07:00 PM

Hi ,

Rugby Union gave the broadcaster permission to use a Segway in the coverage of Australia V Wales on 16/06/12. Here is a highlight reel.

Segway Rugby demo

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#2 David M. Aronson

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Posted 28 June 2012 - 07:49 PM

Why do I keep watching these Segway steadicam videos? Every time I watch one, I just want one more! Great shots!
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#3 Phil Thomas

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 06:20 AM

Very impressive segwaying, especially coming out of the tunnel, that looked tight! How did you deal with the safety aspects of that, looked like you almost ran over some kids and those white chairs. I felt the shots didn't really convey much for the match coverage though, did you get cut to very often? I'm assuming you had an RF link to the live feed. It was almost like because you were on a segway there was too much fast movement and you were excluded from getting as intimate with the play as a standing Steadicam op would. The only shot I could see the real advantage to having the segway, apart from the tunnel shot looking wicked, was on a fast break and then on the one you had there were all the other cameramen, soundies, random people stood between you and the play.

Interesting to see and Kudos to you for doing it and not crashing in the tunnel! Cheers for sharing.

Just my thoughts on it, maybe something to work with the director/producers for next time to get some more shots that convey the play a bit better. Would like to see how those shots cut in with the rest of the cameras.

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#4 Justin Rule

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 08:30 AM

Hey Phil, the Tunnel part was a step on shot, I use a spotter with a radio that overrides all other comms including Director so I knew where the chairs where etc.
The Broadcaster used the Segway on the opposite side of the field from main coverage side, with an HD RF link for "Reverse angle reply's". I was operating behind LCD advertising screens so that's why quite a few people were in front of me. Can't really put it on the coverage side
as there are way to many people. But your right more planning with producers/directors and we might be on to something good.
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#5 Chris Cartwright

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Posted 30 June 2012 - 12:53 PM

Very cool!
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#6 Jim van der Vlies

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 08:21 AM

Im am very jealous.
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