Skycam | Innovation Nation

Skycam | Innovation Nation

when you see a camera angle like this
watching a sporting event you think it’s pretty cool right well imagine how much
technology went into designing the camera system that can capture these
images it’s called Skycam and it was invented by Garrett Brown a
revolutionary camera man on films like Rocky and Indiana Jones and the Temple
of Doom his innovations have changed the way movies are filmed for the past 35
years the Skycam is a way of getting a camera to fly over events and places
it’s a way of silently flying a camera anywhere over the huge volume of spaces
that never used to have cameras in them Garrett built the first prototype in
1984 and used it for movies and music videos but Skycam caught people’s
attention at the 1996 Olympics and by 2003 the NFL started using it for their
TV games but how does Skycam actually work it was pretty clear it had to be on
wires the lines that ran to the camera should clip to something called a gimbal
the gimbal would make sure that whatever is supporting something doesn’t affect its
angle so we clip four lines to the gimbal which is at the center of gravity
of the camera on the bottom and a weight each of the lines goes up to the highest
place in the corner we can find and over a pulley and down to a motor I flew to
Santa Clara California to tag along with a working Skycam crew as they rigged up
the four corners of a stadium to hang the camera for an upcoming game so Josh can you talk to me a little bit about the cable I’m seeing a really thin cable here is this what supports the Skycam yes it
is this mm-hmm this is teensy absolutely um it’s stronger than you think once the
camera is attached to the cables Josh and his team create a 3D virtual box
inside the stadium for Skycam to safely operate setting floor and ceiling height
parameters as well as wall barriers measurements are taken to avoid fans
players and obstructions once they’re programmed into Skycam’s computer brain it stays inside the box at all times okay so Josh you’re gonna show me how a Skycam works right I’m gonna do my best okay so what do you have here we call
this the PCP pilot control panel and this allows me to move the physical body
of the camera and with these sticks they work a little bit like joysticks on a
computer so this is the pilot seat this is the operator what does the operator do
the operator deals with the camera and the camera solely so what you would be
doing would be tilt pan zoom and focus ah I thought I’d give the controls a
whirl you’re just staring at your screen and when whatever position the pilot
puts you in you are trying to give production a usable image that is an
extremely difficult job some people are just amazing at it obviously I’m not so
good at it as you can tell by this wait hold on nope don’t fly it into the guys
trying to paint the field oh sorry well we’ve proven that learning this
technology isn’t easy best leave it to the pros like Garrett Brown whose
innovation changes the way we see things on the ground and in the sky


  • Shanka Mahakumbura

    February 11, 2016

    Step before the drones 😀

  • Kandi Klover

    November 21, 2016

    Neat didn't know it had an inclusion zone programmed in. Good idea.

  • elireloaded

    February 6, 2017

    Thank you!

  • Rick Charles

    April 9, 2017

    How much does it cost?

  • [email protected] Josue Jacome Filho

    May 17, 2017

    Acquire one of these?

  • Akshay Chavan

    June 11, 2017

    Good one….!!!!

  • Entertainment Life

    August 24, 2017

    good song ! great !!

  • ItsmeSmile

    December 31, 2017

    why not use drones?

  • Spiron

    February 11, 2018

    Well this is actually safer than quadcopters

  • Joey Tribbiani

    March 3, 2018

    I always thought of what if the ball hits the camera. 🙌

  • abbuappu. m

    March 9, 2018


  • queefreak

    March 30, 2018

    They neglected to explain how the cable pulleys actually move the camera. It's the most interesting part of the puzzle

  • Sjrick

    June 27, 2018

    The XFL used this originally and it worked so well the NFL stole the idea.

  • Aditya Raj

    July 3, 2018

    First i thought they were drones

  • Benjamin Faucett

    October 22, 2018

    Horrible makes NBC unwatchable

  • Blaž Bohinc

    October 25, 2018

    Whatever they're paying her, it's too much

  • Nat Helm

    November 8, 2018

    The sky cam is cool. While watching am nhl game the other night and there was an officials review of a goal, did the puck cross the blue line? They used a camera view that only the officials see and the tv audience can't. I find that odd. Which brings me to idea, why can't the tv audience see all available views. In a video game like Madden the player can choose which camera view to play. why can't the tv audience chose camera angle to watch the event from and be able to switch back and forth between camera views at will.

  • Mr.L.A.

    November 9, 2018

    holy shit i'm such an idiot …..i always thought it was a drone with a camera i could never see the wires

  • Philip Knox

    November 12, 2018

    Use a drone. Much easier.

  • Vivek nitesh dubey

    November 15, 2018


  • Al Paca

    December 7, 2018

    Are you going to tell us about the cables? Sure, cut to next shot while host talks about unnecessary shit.

  • Alfonso Reyes

    December 13, 2018

    Started off very interesting. Went nowhere.

  • KurtBob

    December 15, 2018

    Damn son, I didn’t know you like to get wet…..!!?


    That’s PCP!

  • Maximilian Schütze

    December 15, 2018

    It's called drone

  • Nicholas Suardi

    December 15, 2018

    Just use drone ezy!?

  • Tony

    December 15, 2018

    I will say just using a drone.

  • Eris Azani

    December 16, 2018

    Is it possible for one of the wires to interfere with the football on a deep pass?

  • Jake Jenkins

    December 17, 2018

    Or just get a drone

  • Victor Bakker

    December 17, 2018

    Or you Could just buy a drone…

  • LiveOkie

    December 18, 2018

    So, let me get this right, she flew all the way to California to make a less than 3.5 min video? And it told very little about the skycam. I hope there was more to it than this!

  • krossball

    December 18, 2018

    That's pretty cool

  • Isaac Skinner

    December 18, 2018

    Or use a drone…

  • Sander

    December 19, 2018

    OMG! I can't wait until mia khalifa gets this!

  • ThatOneJay

    December 22, 2018

    Garrett Brown invented the Steadicam, the device that keeps the camera still and smooth while moving around

  • nikita ahdanufurqan Prapriatna

    December 22, 2018

    and now the camera is real fly ( we call it drone HAHA )

  • Gran's Stuff

    December 31, 2018

    Quite simple system based on gcode im assuming.


    January 20, 2019

    Beautiful 💟

  • N Quốc Cường

    January 25, 2019



    February 2, 2019

    this same camera now using in Bangladesh Premier League :BPL

  • Akash Raj Kasampur

    February 7, 2019


  • Nechemiah seltzer

    February 8, 2019

    I fucking hate your voice

  • Kristoffer Bøgvald

    February 9, 2019

    But, a drone would we a lot easier and a lot better…

  • S M A R

    February 21, 2019


    “Joysticks on a computer”

  • Raj NPC

    March 15, 2019

    where can i buy the same i need for a sports company

  • Marty Lynchian

    March 24, 2019

    Drone does the same thing a lot cheaper and no setup time

  • Joshua Phillips

    April 8, 2019

    You mean a Madden cam.

  • Jimi Viita-aho

    April 9, 2019

    We have to reverse enngineer this

  • Ganesh muruga pandian

    May 1, 2019

    In Madurai _ Tamil Nadu _ India, we are using like this system to wear flowers on our God during cithirai thiruvila ( very familiar hindu festivals) from lang long years ago…

  • Pranav p

    June 12, 2019

    Any മലയാളി

  • Bite Me

    June 18, 2019

    If the accent wasn't bad enough I'm glad i paused 20 seconds in to have a look at the comments. Thank fuck I did that.

  • Anees Ponmala

    June 19, 2019


  • Indie

    June 26, 2019

    Who is here who loves cricket

  • ikram awan

    July 12, 2019

    Now drone came is in no cable involved,,,,

  • Video Traveler

    July 15, 2019

    its my dream to work with your camera team

  • AKA Savage

    July 18, 2019

    I did an essay of this in 3rd grade.


    August 1, 2019

    Just use a drone way better than sky cams

  • UsernamerAlreadyTakn

    October 21, 2019

    I'd give her my skycam

  • fraz

    October 21, 2019

    Thank lord for men 🙏


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