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Evan Kovacs to discuss deployment of VideoRay with a 3D, underwater high definit

Posted on 23.09.2009 - 13:00 UTC in EXHIBITION NEWS by Rons_ROV_Links

Evan Kovacs to discuss deployment of VideoRay with a 3D, underwater high definition camera systemEvan Kovacs to discuss deployment of VideoRay with a 3D, underwater high definition camera system

VideoRay today announced that underwater videographer Evan Kovacs will give two talks at the upcoming VIPS conference in St. Petersburg, Florida, October 26-29th. The conference will be held at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club in St. Petersburg, Florida, USA.


Kovacs has worked for many years with the Advanced Imaging and Visualization Lab at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and has collaborated with VideoRay a number of times over the last year to deploy a unique 3D underwater camera system for use on different experimental VideoRays.

The WHOI underwater 3D HDTV camera rigs are capable of capturing the highest possible quality three-dimensional images, but in a form factor smaller than ever before attempted. This allows the interior of shipwrecks or airplane wrecks, for example, to be imaged in a completely unique and quantitative manner.

The first field deployment and testing of this configuration was done in August of 2008, in Lake Mead, Nevada. This deployment, in conjunction with the National Park Service Submerged Resources Unit (SRU), involved exploring and documenting a sunken B-52 that has lain on the bottom of the lake since it crashed in the 1950s during a classified research mission. Images from this experiment were first shown by the WHOI's Advanced Imaging and Visualization Lab and the National Park Service SRU at the Underwater Intervention Trade Show in New Orleans, LA, in February of 2009, and wowed show attendees.

The second deployment of a new streamlined prototype of the stereoscopic 3D HDTV underwater imaging system on a VideoRay was conducted at the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in February of 2009. The updated design of the WHOI stereoscopic underwater HDTV camera system was used to investigate this national icon, again under the direct supervision of the National Park Service SRU. An advanced camera housing design was deployed by WHOI during this mission for the first time, as was technology from VideoRay's new Pro 4 model. The stunning results will be used in displays at the new visitor center currently under construction at Pearl Harbor.

In all of the missions, Evan Kovacs supervised the underwater diving and filming operations. Evan's extensive work, both with the Advanced Imaging and Visualization Laboratory at WHOI and with networks such as History Channel and National Geographic, has given him a unique perspective and experience on getting the right shots - on time, and on budget. During his talk he will share his insights and will be available to attendees between sessions and at social events to share his professional techniques and advice.

For more information see:

www.videoray.com/vips
www.whoi.edu/page.do?pid=30300
http://home.nps.gov/applications/submerged/

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