Robycam in action at the ESL One Katowice 2019 eSports event

Robycam, Camera, Esports, Esl, One dota 2, Katowice, Poland, Grass Valley
Adela Sznajder ESL


With eSports being the current driving force in the entertainment and sports sector, there is an ever-increasing demand for bigger spectacle and better viewer experience at eSports events, live on site, on TV or via streaming. The ESL One Dota 2 eSports tournament and Intel Extreme Masters stopped in Katowice, Poland.  Around 18,000 visitors followed the battles live in the Spodek Arena, and several million via Internet stream.

On the  main stage, with elaborate pyrotechnics and massive light shows, the Katowice event did not lag any other international live concert or show. Robycam Germany used the biggest Robycam system during the event in the Spodek Arena. Rigging points for the winches were placed to the right and left of the stage, and on the tiers, therefore the Robycam could fly over the entire stage and auditorium.The  team used a Grass Valley LDX 86 N Compact camera because of the primary exploitation of the event via internet streaming. All video signals were produced throughout the entire production chain in 59.94p and also played out on the screens in the arena.

The gyro-stabilised camera head makes 3D camera movements possible. Together with a powerful control system, movements in all three axes were possible: pan, tilt, roll. All three axes were stabilised, i.e. there was  an 'auto-horizon' function, stabilising the image during wind or swinging movements.

The Robycam system uses four real-time controlled automatic winches and a sophisticated motion control system that allows for millimetre-accurate and fast camera movements - up to 8 m/s in all axes are possible. The largest system has an operating radius of more than 250m x 250m, and the system works fully redundant (UPS units on each computer).  Defining areas in which the system can fly and those that are blocked is a particular feature of the system that enables use in environments with 'blocked' spaces. Even in the event of operating errors, absolute safety is guaranteed for fixed installed obstructions or persons.

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