Broadcast RF’s minicam is generally used to capture the perspective of individuals or to depict a point of view that is otherwise unachievable.
Using any mounting device available we are able to attach these tiny cameras to almost anything, and in the past they have been strapped to people’s headwear, mounted inside vehicles and even tested on instruments for live music events.
Following the cancellation of their headline slot at Sonisphere Festival in Knebworth on the 7th July 2012, Queen and Adam Lambert announced a number of shows to be played at some of the world’s great venues including HMV Hammersmith Apollo in London, Independence Square in Kiev and The Olympic Arena in Moscow.
They kick-started the action in Ukraine on the 30th June, with an enormous charity concert in order to the fight against HIV/AIDS. Hundreds of thousands of their dedicated followers flocked to the Square just to catch a glimpse of the 22 song set list played, followed by a three song encore.
A variety of Queen cover songs were sung by Lambert, who insisted that his intention as Queen’s front man was not to impersonate Freddie Mercury, but to “play music he helped create, pay respect and bring it to life.” A solo was played to highlight Brian May’s excellence on the guitar, and for the performance of Fat Bottomed Girls this quality was emphasised by the inclusion of Broadcast RF’s live RF Guitarcam. May succeeded in playing his guitar as vigorously as ever with the camera mounted to its head, making the whole of the neck and fingerboard visible to the audience.
Footage of Brian May can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAGqaxLlv5A.
The footage captured by the minicam was wirelessly transmitted to a video mixer and then shown the big screens placed behind the band for over four minutes whilst Fat Bottomed Girls, one of Queen’s original UK top 20 singles, was played. The quality of the video footage was perfect to suit screens of up to 20m x 10m at the Hammersmith Apollo, which is larger in size than any screen found in London’s West End.
Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody was recently voted the nation’s favourite Number 1 single of all time. The fact that Queen and Adam Lambert were willing to take a piece of our kit on a tour of the world was a privilege, and we’re honoured that they were more than happy with all results achieved.