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  3. Animal documentaries

Always on the hunt: animal documentaries

Filmmakers employ the latest technology for tracking animals and observing their behaviour at night – a thermal imaging camera!

How do lions hunt in the desert at night? Where has the anaconda hidden? Where do antelopes run when they are startled in the dark? Filmmakers are able to answer these and numerous other questions thanks to the latest technology. Particularly in the field of animal documentaries, the use of thermal imaging cameras becomes increasingly popular. The detailed recordings reveal unknown scenes and provide the audience with a fascinating insight into the world of animals. Using the thermal imaging cameras of the IC series from Trotec, filmmakers will not lose track of their animals.

Pictures of the wild have a fascinating effect on the audience. Whether shown on a cinema screen or in a comfortable atmosphere at home, animal documentaries allow viewers of all ages to escape into a world of adventures among the animals in the rain forest, in the savannah or even in deep forests in Europe. Ever since the 90s, when nature and animal documentaries had a strong position among public but also private broadcasters owing to high audience numbers, elaborate productions in this genre are in demand. By now, the rule is: the more detailed, the more exciting the film will be for the audience. Filmmakers constantly have to explore new topics and points of view and present them in the most thrilling way. This is the only way for them to build up a reputation in the documentary series. Therefore, the nature watchers make use of the latest technology in order to give their viewers an insight into the hidden world of animals.


Making the invisible visible – thanks to the latest technology

Using thermal imaging cameras, filmmakers reveal for example fascinating secrets from the world of feline predators: the raid of a male lion in the darkness of night inside the African desert. The viewers can also follow a nocturnal anaconda on its hunt through the tropic rain forest and witness how the viviparous animals, which can reach a length of up to ten metres, give birth to their young. To record such spectacular cinematic adventures, filmmakers need a keen instinct for animals and nature as well as modern equipment allowing them to track animals and record the sequences. The infrared cameras of the IC series from Trotec are the best options for such purposes. They do not only have an ergonomic and extremely robust design. They also enable precise measurements and thermographic real time video recordings in top quality.

Powerful and precise

The thermal imaging cameras from Trotec are available in different versions. For example, the IC085LV model is a powerful and precise all-rounder when it comes to thermal imaging technology – especially if the external conditions are difficult. The standard equipment includes, among others, an integrated real image camera, a photo lamp and the DuoVision function for real-time indication of superimposed infrared and real images. The particularly resistant protective cover made of rubber does not only protect the device from shocks and falls but also from high ambient humidity and dust.

Your benefits at one glance

  • Very high geometric resolution
  • Powerful image sensor
  • EU production for top quality
  • Integrated digital camera for real images
  • High-performance battery
  • Optional bluetooth connection for wireless recording of voice notes via headset
  • Integrated removable storage slot for high memory capacity

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Further application examples for measurement technology in the field of thermography

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  • Observing wild animals

    In addition to binoculars, there is mainly one piece of equipment that is indispensable for observing wild animals: a thermal imaging camera. With the help of infrared images, animals can be tracked even in poor visibility conditions and total darkness. With the thermal imaging cameras of the IC series Trotec provides reliable observation equipment. Handy, precise and resistant – and all of this...

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  • Checking the health of trees

    The safety in parks, on paths and in the forest must be ensured by either the owners or the public administration responsible for the area. Their legal duty of care includes assessing the trees' health condition professionally in order to be able to take the necessary measures. If it turns out that a tree is heavily damaged, it must be removed as quickly as possible to avoid endangering...

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  • Equine thermography

    The horse is one of the most popular animals in Germany. If a horse suffers a disease or an acute injury, however, costs for medical examinations can be comparatively high. The later the physical impairment is detected, the more time-consuming and cost-intensive the healing process will be. This is why thermography is increasingly used for prophylaxis, acute diagnostics and rehabilitation.

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  • Infrared thermography for border security

    Monitoring protected areas and borders is a highly responsible task. For here, everything revolves around security. The border guards' task is to track down and stop unauthorized persons. Since intruders mainly rely on poor visibility conditions giving them cover, border guards must be particularly prepared for missions at night and in dense fog. This requires the use of equipment of the latest...

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  • Infrared thermography for steel production

    Steel is used wherever high performance is required: in the sector of mechanical engineering and plant construction, in the automotive industry or for the construction of trains, railways and accessories. The demand for steel increases steadily. But in order for the steel processing industry to be able to offer high-quality products, the requirements put on crude steel are extremely high. A...

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  • Infrared thermography for stock breeding

    Thermal imaging cameras have for several years proven their worth in the industrial stock breeding of cattle, pigs, sheep, goats and poultry. They constitute an inexpensive and very early temperature measuring method providing important information about the overall condition of the breeding animal for both the breeder and the vet. Trotec offers a wide range of devices for infrared thermography.

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  • Electrical thermography

    In what condition are the power lines concealed in a wall or equipment? Is the plastic sheathing brittle already? Are the connections faulty? If a power cable or connection is about to come off or the insulation is bursting open, it doesn’t take much before there is some greater damage. To prevent cable fire and failures of the electrical system, an early detection and elimination of the cause of...

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  • Thermography deployed in a water utility

    Customers of water suppliers depend on the continuous operation. And the supplier guarantees uninterrupted service. In order to pinpoint technical problems as quickly as possible and to have the maintenance crew work more efficiently, thermal imaging camera are used for checking electronic equipment. The detailed infrared images created by Trotec thermal imaging cameras indicate precisely which...

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  • Thermography in wind turbines

    Rotor blades serve to convert the wind power into electrical power in a wind turbine. Since the components made of composites are exposed to enormous stress both during manufacturing and operation, they must be in an excellent condition in order to be stable. With the help of infrared thermography, manufacturers and operators of wind turbines can take a look onto and into the rotor blades to make...

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  • Checking solar plants

    Photovoltaic plants must be in a perfect condition in order to optimally supply private persons and customers benefiting from them. Not only the planning and installation are essential. A check of the solar cells and the entire plant is also indispensable. Hidden defects and malfunctions can be tracked down easily with a thermal imaging camera of the IC series from Trotec. Optimal support for...

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  • Location in waters

    At sea good visibility is extremely important, especially at night. A fact well known by every sailor who has been out on the open sea after dark before. Amateur mariners and search and rescue teams who want to navigate their fleet unerringly and then need to locate other boats and persons in the water make use of the infrared technology. For Trotec thermal imaging cameras produce detailed and...

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  • Search for oil slicks

    Once an oil slick reaches the coast, the damage becomes particularly great. Entire animal populations are threatened, and the flora is destroyed. Depending on the size, it may even end in an oil pest. This is why conservationists and task forces work at full capacity in order to spot and eliminate the oil as quickly as possible. Particularly poor visibility and heavy swell require a keen eye. This...

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