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BBC film is down to Basildon firm
5:50pm Wednesday 9th October 2013 in Echo News
NEVER before seen footage of nocturnal animals will be shown on the BBC thanks to a Basildon firm.
Selex ES, in Christopher Martin Road, has provided thermal imaging technology which was used to film the new TV series the Great British Year. The programme looks at how the environment changes through the seasons and how wildlife depends on its changing climate.
The four part series, which started on Wednesday, includes scenes that were filmed in Essex countryside.
One camera was used to detect the animals and warn the cameramen, who then used another of the thermal imaging devices to film them.
The technology captures rare images of animal behaviour with quality and clarity never seen before.
It allowed cameramen to pick up owls hunting with badgers, foxes, hares, rabbits, bats and voles, all going about their lives in the dark.
A Selex ES spokesman said: “In order to adapt their equipment for this filming environment, a team from Selex ES adapted and developed the military-based imager into a useful media industry product with the aim of making the whole system one-man portable, and easy to use straight from the box with minimal instruction.”
The team created a touch-screen tablet to use at the back of the camera to control the focus and zoom. A miniature monitor video recorder was mounted on top so the cameraman could work alone, causing minimal disruptions to wildlife.
The Great British Year will focus on Spring when it next airs on BBC1 tonight at 9pm.
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