The choppers are typically miles away from the fires as the air crews need the airspace to drop water. So this is not any issue. The nose cameras are extremely power zoom lenses.
With the SHOTOVER F1 LIVE, the station is deploying the ENG industry-first 6500mm zoom focal length, which is over eight times that of conventional systems, for XTREME Vision. To further enhance the F1 LIVE’s capability, KABC-TV is using the system with an optional moving map upgrade from Churchill Navigation to power SkyMap7. Fully integrated into the F1 LIVE platform, the state-of-the-art moving map system will enable in-air reporters to quickly identify ground locations and addresses during fast moving assignments via location-specific video overlays.
The 7 SkyMap now becoming standard on most news choppers is invaluable, especially during these wild fire coverage period becase it shows the surrounding streets and roads. One of the coolest things is if the live pictures are at night or covered in wildfire smoke, they can switch to a satellite imagery overlay so you can see in the dark or whats burning under the smoke.
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