Marine Imaging Technologies (MITech) has introduced Pixel, the first ‘Cinema Class’ remotely operated vehicle (ROV).
Pixel is a multi-camera underwater filming and exploration platform that will facilitate cinema quality deep water and coastal storytelling.
Pixel, as well as other forthcoming ROVs in MITech’s cinema-class line, simultaneously hosts multiple cameras with live video and control feeds.
“Telling stories about underwater is always a challenge, but once you enter deeper water where diving becomes less feasible, there simply were no options for true cinema class filming,” says Evan Kovacs, founder of Marine Imaging Technologies. “To that end, the Pixel platform has been designed from the bottom up to accommodate not only the exciting cinema quality we’ve all become accustomed to, but also to lessen the burden on the filming budget. We’re thrilled with Pixel and think it will be a game-changer in the industry.”
In addition to the multitude of camera options, Pixel is designed with a lighting system capable of over 100,000 lumens of articulated lighting and a precision thruster configuration to perform smooth cinematic movements. Pixel has been designed to break down to fit into industry standard pelican cases, allowing for airline transport.
“As a veteran deep water cinematographer and storyteller, I have often lamented that we had to strap cameras to vehicles that had absolutely no aesthetic, nor hydrodynamic characteristics. Considering we are living in a time where multimedia has been absorbed into the foundation of our education and entertainment culture, we knew this needed to change,” says Kovacs. “Our aim was to make Pixel move well in the water, have the best cameras and look like it actually was designed to be our literal eyes beneath the sea. We want Pixel to become an intimate part of the constantly evolving and changing dynamic of our underwater world.”