Live video from an underwater robot

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BB reader Ed McNichol emails from a research ship off the Oregon coast:
I'm currently at sea on the Research Vessel Thompson engaged in the Visions'11 expedition. We are working on the infrastructure for a cabled ocean observatory, part of the NSF Ocean Observatories Initiative.

We are streaming live HD video from the sea floor using the ROV ROPOS from the Canadian Scientific Submersible Facility. I thought you might be interested in giant robots and 900+km of fibre optic cable deploying a sensor network at an active submarine volcano.

Visions'11 Cruise

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  1. Best pitch line ever. “I thought you might be interested in giant robots and 900+km of fibre optic cable deploying a sensor network at an active submarine volcano.”

    Why yes. Yes, I am interested.
    Thank you for thinking of me.

    1. Heh, I saw that right away, too!

      Also, “Active Submarine Volcano” is a great name for a band.

    2. Clever idea, though, just mounting a color swatch into an unused part of the arm.  You get both shadowed and unshadowed regions, lets you do color correction after the fact very nicely. 

  2. Robots under water (two of my favorite things), almost make up for the monkeys in doll masks (stuff if nightmares).

  3. Chrs – 

    The electrical tape is indeed used as a color reference. We also use a color chart from DSC Labs (“Splash”). 

    We can shade the camera from the ROV control room. It’s an Ikegami box camera with a Fujinon lens in an Insite Pacific housing. So we have a full camera control unit, Sony broadcast monitor, waveform and vectorscope to help us capture good content. And we can also color correct in post right here on the vessel.

    -Ed

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