Deep Sea Video

Shipboard Photo and Video Services

Welcome to Deep Sea Video! Owned and operated by Mumbian Enterprises, Inc., we offer skilled communications technology services to the oceanographic community. This site details our service offerings for ocean research and exploration using Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs).

Our main focus is on designing, building and operating shipboard video systems that support deep-sea research, engineering and exploration using Remotely Operated Vehicles.

ROV and Shipboard Video Systems

Modern ocean research and science commonly requires the use of Remotely Operated Vehicles, or ROVs. These vehicles are now outfitted with advanced imaging systems, including HD and 4K cameras. With the significant investment in ship time and ROV costs, the video footage itself has become an important deliverable, but researchers and funding organizations frequently receive low resolution files with unreliable metadata from the ROV provider. The proper management of these video signals requires a skilled team well versed in the complexities of scientific video and best practices for video production, data management, content verification and critical digital asset protection.

Case Study: The University of Washington spent several expeditions mapping and characterizing the seafloor in advance of deploying the Regional Scale Nodes component of the National Science Foundations Ocean Observatories Initiative. This cabled ocean observatory required carefully selecting cable paths along an active submarine volcano. The video from these ROV dives had to be meticulously recorded and protected as a mission-critical resource. The embedded metadata was instrumental in choosing and recording the optimal route for the future cable lays, and all content was securely archived while at sea on an autonomous robotic LTO library.

Telepresence, Outreach and Education

In addition, high-bitrate satellite technology now enables a rich interactive connection to a global audience. Broadcast Operations are now required on many vessels as scientists reach out to colleagues, stakeholders, students, funders and the general public. Indeed, such outreach activities are now broadly required by the U.S. National Science Foundation. Scheduled, hosted events with shore-based aquaria and other centers are also standard fare for state-of-the-art deep-sea operations. All of these outreach efforts are dependent on qualified personnel with a broad skill set and the proper shipmate attitude. With limited berthing spaces and even tighter budgets, many researchers have a need for well rounded communications professionals to generate and manage their public facing content.

Case Study: The team at Ocean Networks Canada has grown to the point where there are far more individuals involved in shipboard activities than can sail on the vessel. Starting in 2014, all of the Loggers and Scientists remain on shore and they direct and log all ROV operations through a high-bitrate satellite connection that included an intercom connection to shipboard operators. This enables them to participate in real-time with ROV operations so as to select instrument and sample collection sites. This has become the standard procedure for all subsequent ONC expeditions.

Still Photography

We can offer skilled Expedition Photographers to document shipboard operations. These stills engage audiences on social media and are useful year round in your publications, social media presence, marketing and development efforts. Images can be provided under a Creative Commons license, or the client can own all of the images outright as a Work-For-Hire.

Our images fall into these five broad categories;

Proven Seagoing Experience

We staff only the finest industry professionals well suited to life at sea for extended operations in tight quarters. Our personnel understand the constraints of shipboard work. We utilize decades of experience to solve problems in situ without relying on distant support resources or challenging logistical solutions. We work within the constraints given to keep things running so as to meet mission objectives.

The overall goal is to serve this community by;

1. Performing scientific recording of video from ROVs with embedded positional and temporal metadata

2. Creating and managing live streaming video and webcasts

3. Serving as Video Producer and Mission Photographer

You can learn more about these service offerings as well as examine work samples on this site. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.