Video frame | Flanders Marine Institute

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Video frame

A videoframe is a steel frame with a mounted underwater camera. This device is lowered from a research vessel onto the seafloor. Once the seafloor is reached, images of the marine environment can be made by the underwater camera that is controlled from the vessel. This produces live-images about the ecosystem on the seafloor.  

How does a videoframe work?

The working of a video frame is simple: once the videoframe has reached the seafloor, images can be made of the marine environment and these can be followed live on the computer on the research vessel. Photographs can also be produced.


Usefulness of the video frame?

  • Gives a direct image of the seafloor and its marine environment
  • Simple to operate

Technical details

  • Height: 1,3 m
  • Length: 1 m
  • Width: 1 m
  • Weight: 50 kg
  • When the video frame is located on the seafloor, the camera can visualize exactly 1 m2 (further zooming is possible)
  • Camera: ROS Inspector Colorcamera with zoom (maximum angle is 60°)
  • Controlling computer: Macartney Luxus Multi Media Controller with 4 camera inputs; 1 input for color camera with zoom
  • Light: Macartney Luxus Wide Angle LED

How to borrow the video frame?

Scientists associated with universities or scientific institutions can use our equipment. Contact VLIZ for more information.

Use and conditions

Note: if you use the video frame of VLIZ as a scientist, please refer to it in your publications as: 'This work was supported by data & infrastructure provided by the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ)'.