Under NHL guidelines, the TV camera must be at least 18" from the ice surface to the bottom of the ball.
The still netcam must be at least 6" off the surface of the ice.
NETCAM 2.1 instructions
The base of polycarbonate assembly attaches to a ball/swivel head and super clamp. With NETCAM 2.1 we have eliminated the extension pole found on the Classic Netcam as we found that the preferred images were shot while the camera was mounted directly centered on the center pole. This also allows the Netcam to hug the center post remaining a decent distance away from the goaltender.
The procedure that has worked best for us, is to follow the following steps:
1. Attach the base to the ball/swivel head. Attach the head to the super clamp.
2. Attach to the center post and roughly position the glass.
3. Attach the camera to the glass, and then attach the remote to the camera.
4. Use a level to help with positioning. Tighten all clamps. Tape all settings on the camera and remote. Secure wires with the enclosed tie wrap. Keep all wires and remotes away from the face plate as they may be seen by the fisheye lens.
5. Position the face plate on the Netcam and snap into place.
6. Put the netcam cover on.
If the same net is used for both warm-ups and for the game, set all positioning with your netcam and then remove it from the super clamp. In that way, it will only take a minute to reattach after warm-ups and prior to the game.
WARNING: Under no circumstances should you leave the netcam in the net for warm-ups. Can you say "target practice"?
OTHER USEFUL ITEMS YOU WILL NEED FOR INSTALLATION
Razor blade or saw to cut the padding on the center post. DO NOT cut the white covering, but rather peel the covering back and cut the black foam pipe wrap. Or simply push all the padding up and attach your super clamp beneath where the padding starts.
Wrench to tighten all parts: (1)The super clamp to the center post, (2) the super clamp to the ball clamp, and (3) the ball clamp itself. Because of the proximity to the base, we have shortened the ball clamp toggle so that the toggle will twist without interference.
CAUTION...in handling the polycarbonate. This material is as close to glass as you can get in terms of clarity, and at 3/8" thick the odds of shattering a piece (except in the case of a direct hit) is unlikely. As well, the 1/8" front piece is also polycarbonate and is 100 times stronger than glass. It is extremely important to protect this material from scratches and other markings. Scratches will lead to un-sharpness, lack of contrast and starbursts at points of light (arena lights). There are many glass cleaners on the market and most are abrasive and will do more harm than good. As well, plastic cleaners such as boat glass cleaners are not advisable. For Netcam maintenance, click HERE.
Also, use extreme caution when placing the camera and lens in the Netcam. We find that this is where most of the polycarbonate scratches occurs.
Using a USB cable, Bruce Bennett tethers the Canon 5D to a laptop. Using Canon's "Camera Window" software, the Hockey Netcam is aimed to frame the hockey net. This may be a bit of overkill, as 30 seconds into the game the players could move the camera.
ANY YET...ANOTHER WARNING: The inherent risks of placing photographic equipment in an unsafe environment are the sole responsibility of the purchaser. BBS PHOTO, INC will not be held responsible for ANY damage to photographic equipment, the Hockey Netcam itself, or any bodily injury that may arise to those who come in contact with the Netcam during its' intended use.
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