Aerial Camera Systems: Understanding Rail Cameras

Aerial Camera Systems is currently the world leader in designing and distributing Rail camera systems. These cameras are highly specialized modifications of regular broadcasting cameras and are designed for smooth motion.

What Is a Rail Camera?

A rail camera, as specified earlier, is a highly specialized form of photographic and film machinery that is designed to eliminate shakes and jitters and to produce a smooth movement of the camera.

It involves the camera being mounted on a pair of parallel rails so that it moves along a set path of motion. The cameraman almost always rides along with the camera and operates it during movement. In some cases like coverage of swimming events, where the angle of coverage need not be changed, the assembly can be completely automated.

Understanding Camera Rails

There are various types of tracks for camera mounting, and their selection depends on the usage and the type of the camera. For example, a heavy camera will use rails or tracks that are built out of steel or aluminum. Steel tracks are preferred due to their cost advantage but are generally more brittle and heavier than their aluminum counterparts. This may become a problem in transportation. Lighter cameras make use of Plastic and PVC rails or tracks.

One can also use curved tracks to cover events like indoor cycling and ice-skating. These tracks are available in different radii and can be customized too. Such camera assemblies are of interest to directors and producers covering sporting events or action sequences like car chases.