Lets face it we all love watching a good car chase on the news, and now (at least for some viewers) that experience is about to get a whole lot better. KABC-TV, the most watched television station in Southern California has become the first TV channel to utilise the new SHOTOVER F1 Live that features a ridiculous 6500mm zoom! Yes that isn’t a typo, the zoom has a maximum reach of 6500mm, the longest in the ENG industry.
Introduced in 20016, the SHOTOVER F1 LIVE is the broadcaster-optimized variant of the company’s popular SHOTOVER F1 gyro-stabilized camera platform. Featuring 6-axis gyro-stabilization with look down capability, the F1 LIVE utilizes an open platform design that can accommodate new cameras and lenses as they become available. The system supports all major broadcast cameras, including both 4K and 2K models and comes equipped with the SHOTOVER Rain Spinner, the industry’s top tool for keeping the lens clear when shooting in wet conditions.
The SHOTOVER F1 LIVE will allow KABC-TV to cover top breaking news, events, awards shows and traffic in a way never seen before. By using the ENG industry-first 6500mm zoom focal length, which is over eight times that of conventional systems, the station will be able to show you things that its competition can’t. To further enhance the F1 LIVE’s capability, KABC-TV is using the system with an optional moving map upgrade from Churchill Navigation to power SkyMap7. Fully integrated into the F1 LIVE platform, the state-of-the-art moving map system will enable in-air reporters to quickly identify ground locations and addresses during fast moving assignments via location-specific video overlays. KABC-TV is also taking advantage of SHOTOVER’s custom painting service and will receive an F1 LIVE painted to match the station’s color scheme and branding.
KABC-TV is is the most-watched television station in Southern California. The stations Eyewitness News was the first television station in Southern California to broadcast news in high-definition. ABC7, KABC-TV, is also the first local television station in the United States to surpass 1 million Facebook followers. ABC7 is the West Coast flagship of the ABC television network.