Founded in Minnesota in 1981 by Michael Hastings, AquaVideo relocated
to South Florida in 1984.
In 1982 AquaVideo became the first company
to manufacture and market self-contained underwater video systems.
AquaVideo's client list reads like a who's who of dive professionals,
government agencies, major corporations, and virtually all of America's
major oceanographic institutes.
AquaVideo has built housings for
consumer cameras and recorders, camcorders, Broadcast cameras,
separate VTRs, Broadcast BETACAM, M-format and DVCPro/DVCAM Camcorders,
U/W TVs, remotely controlled cameras for industrial and research
use, specialized cameras for special forces use, and motion picture
film cameras, among others.
In 1989, AquaVideo began OEM manufacturing
of housings for the Panasonic PV10 which were sold through Panasonic
dealers under the Panasonic brand name. This OEM relationship was
repeated for new Panasonic camcorders in 1991, 1992, 1994 and most
recently in for one of their professional 3-chip camcorders in
2000. AquaVideo has been the only U.S. company to manufacture housings
directly for one of the major camcorder manufacturers. (Virtually
all other OEM camcorder housings have been made in Japan.)
In 2006, Mr. Hastings became one of the first to order a RED digital cinema 4K camera, and within a month of initial deliveries in late 2007 had built the first prototype underwater housing and since has sold more than a dozen - months ahead of AquaVideo's nearest competitor. The REDONE camera is revolutionary in size and resolution with nearly 20 times the resolution of standard television and 4 times the resolution of even the latest high definition television. The REDONE provides a challenge to traditional film based feature film production (as well as high end video) yet for underwater work, fits in a compact housing similar in size to those for midrange prosumer camcorders. AquaVideo has continued to upgrade its RED camera system, upgrading to the Epic-X 5K version and recently to the 6K Epic Dragon.
AquaVideo brings a vast amount of experience to every project.
The value of our experience is that AquaVideo has just about seen
it all. Our choice of materials, methods, features offered, accessories,
etc. are based on years of practical experience.Throughout its
history AquaVideo™ housings have led the industry in reliability,
image quality, and design innovation. Whether yours is a serious
amateur, professional, scientific, or military application, or
you simply want to have fun recording your dive, you will find
that an AquaVideo™ system will provide high quality, cost
effective, worry-free underwater video - for years to come.
620 S. 14th Avenue
Hollywood, FL 33020
is a suburb of Ft. Lauderdale/Miami)