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SHORT TAKES : Camera Inventor Shares Oscar

January 24, 1990|From Times Staff and Wire Service Reports

The inventor of a vibration-free camera shared the top engineering Oscar in scientific and technical awards announced Tuesday by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The Wescam Camera System, invented by John Leavitt and developed by Istec Inc., allows cameras to operate on moving vehicles without the shaking or jitter being transmitted from the vehicle to the camera.

The camera system earned an Academy plaque, as did the makers of a new sound-dubbing machine, a high-speed camera, a programmable camera support system and a mobile camera platform.

The technical achievement certificate went to Leo Catozzo for designing a film-saving splicing tool.

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