Camera captures Niagara tightrope walk

When Nik Wallenda made his successful, record-breaking tightrope walk over Niagara Falls on June 15, 2012, a color camera from Toshiba Imaging Systems (Irvine, CA) captured high definition (HD) images of the event for all to see.

Jul 17th, 2012
Camera captures Niagara tightrope walk
Camera captures Niagara tightrope walk

When Nik Wallenda made his successful, record-breaking tightrope walk over Niagara Falls on June 15, 2012, a color camera from Toshiba Imaging Systems (Irvine, CA) captured high definition (HD) images of the event for all to see.

The tiny IK-HR1S camera captured the sensational footage from the balance bar of the internationally-acclaimed tightrope artist during his 1,850-foot trek across the falls.

The one-piece HD camera was waterproofed and mounted on his balance pole by Aerial Video Systems (AVS; Burbank, CA, USA), the company contracted by ABC to provide all the audio and visual communications for the historic event.

To transmit the images from the Toshiba camera, AVS cabled it to a customized "fanny pack" containing a mini-HD microwave transmitter and battery.

Randy Hermes, founder and president of AVS, said that he was delighted with the results. "The camera and transmitter delivered the stunning shots I was looking for of Nik’s footwork on the wire with the raging waters of Niagara Falls below," he said.

-- Dave Wilson, Senior Editor, Vision Systems Design

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