Next generation monitoring - in the studio and in the field


Kieron Seth# TV-Bay Magazine
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HD pan, tilt and zoom cameras are very popular in self-operated studios, conference rooms, theatres and houses of worship. Typically, PTZ systems are remotely controlled by RS-422 or over Ethernet, with video signals routed over SDI cable into the production desk. Previously, live monitoring was only possible via the switcher that could be as remote as SDI lines would allow (typically 300m). With the new AW-HE60, cameras can now be controlled and – crucially - monitored over IP networks, whether over local or even wide area networks.
The potential for remote PTZ monitoring is enormous: directors can view video feeds and control each camera from anywhere – whether in an adjoining room or in a studio hundreds of miles away.
Richard Payne of Panasonic's distributor Holdan, remarked: “This is a major step forward for remote video production. The HE60 is a great tool with broadcast quality pictures, a fantastic zoom, infrared shooting and remote control. Now Panasonic has taken IT connectivity to the next level with remote monitoring: whether the cameras are fixed to the top of a skyscraper or in a regional studio, a director could now have complete control from anywhere in the world.”
At IBC Panasonic also lifted the lid on a highly innovative prototype wireless viewer, editor and playlist system.
Panasonic recognises that live monitoring is vital for directors but a quick and remote review of recorded content can be just as useful, particularly in documentary production or news gathering. The problem for production units is that they cannot view footage on a card if the camera is still shooting.
At IBC Panasonic showed a prototype of a new application for the iPad, Mac and PC that could be the solution. With the tool, any media stored on the P2 card of a Panasonic HPX600 can be viewed over WiFi. Also, clips can be trimmed and assembled, creating edit decision lists (EDLs). Indeed entire playlists can be created and played back directly from the camera's SDI output or uploaded to an FTP server using the camera's Ethernet connection. The EDLs can be imported into any video edit system where programme making can continue.
Technical Product Manager Luc Barra said: “The feedback so far is so good... TV and broadcast customers are very, very interested.”
The application is currently under development.

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