Point-of-View Camera Enables CSI: Production to Acquire High Definition Shot for Highly Anticipated ‘Monster in the Box‘ Episode
Iconix Video, a leading developer of advanced high-definition camera systems and maker of the world‘s smallest professional quality HD video camera, announced today the use of the Iconix HD-RH1 camera on the hit television show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. The camera was utilized in one of the series‘ most highly anticipated episodes, “Monster in the Box,” which aired on CBS on February 15, 2007.
One of CSI:‘s main storylines this season features a possible serial killer who leaves behind miniature models that are exact replicas of murder scenes. In “Monster in the Box,” lead character Gil Grissom, played by William Petersen, returns from a long sabbatical to finally open a box that had been sitting on his desk for over four months. Finding one of the serial killer‘s replicas inside, a long tracking shot, made possible by the Iconix HD-RH1 camera, takes the viewer seemingly from inside the miniature, looking up at Grissom as he carries it down a hallway and through CSI: headquarters.
Featuring a camera head about the size of a golf ball, and weighing a mere two ounces, the remote head system of the Iconix HD-RH1 can keep pace with larger HD video cameras, yet is versatile enough to offer 35 different format and frame rate combinations. According to Michael Slovis, Director of Photography for CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, there was no other way to complete the shot within the production timeframe and budget, and the Iconix offered such high quality data that it was indiscernible from footage shot on film.
Used as the background plate for a composite shot, the Iconix HD-RH1 footage, shot at 24p, blended seamlessly with the rest of the show, which was shot on 3-perf Panavision film. The foreground element, the miniature crime scene sent to Grissom, was shot separately by the CSI: visual effects unit, which flawlessly integrated the two elements during post production.
“We were wracking our brains on how to get this shot, and the Iconix offered the perfect solution,” said Michael Slovis, Director of Photography for CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. “The assignability of the camera allowed us to shoot everything at 24p and record it onto a D5 deck, which is what our show is mastered onto anyhow. Frame for frame, we had a perfect match. Now that I know how well the Iconix works, I consider it a part of my arsenal. It opens the way for me to introduce other ideas to directors while I‘m shooting and it helps me design shots when I‘m directing. Because of its small size, there are fewer limitations on how we can use it.”
A first for a camera this size, the HD-RH1 system can capture and output video in both NTSC and PAL formats in all HD resolutions, including 720p, 1080i and 1080p while supporting frame rates of 24, 25, 30, 50 and 60 frames-per-second (fps). Outputs include HD-SDI (SMPTE 292M) as two single-link 4:2:2, or dual-link 4:4:4 RGB/YCbCr; DVI-I; and analog outputs, with genlocking capability to tri-level sync. Remote control protocols are available over RS-232 or 9-pin DSUB connectors. Power requirements are 30W at 12VDC.
The HD-RH1 incorporates an expansive array of features found only on top-of-the-line HD ENG and EFP camera systems while utilizing an innovative signal processing architecture. This POV camera system, which includes a very robust separate camera head and processing controller unit, is the smallest high performance HD camera in the industry. The lightweight HD-RH1 remote camera system is comprised of a 1.32” x 1.50” x 1.92” POV camera head weighing 2.5 oz.; a 3.5 lb. universal HDTV controller unit measuring 8.4” x 1.8” x 12”; power supply, and 3, 6 and 10 meter cables.
Iconix Video will showcase and demonstrate the Iconix HD-RH1 camera system at NAB 2007, April 16-19 from Booth SU11415 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
About Iconix Video, Inc.
Iconix Video, Inc. develops high performance, high functionality and small form factor POV (point-of-view) HD cameras for use in broadcast, film, military, security and scientific markets. The company‘s first product, the HD-RH1 remote head camera system, is the only 3 CCD camera of its size, weight, versatility, and performance that rivals ENG, EFP and HD studio level cameras at a fraction of the cost. Iconix Video was founded in 2003, and is based in Santa Barbara, Calif. For more information, visit