Camera Corps' Multi Camera Keypad makes its NAB debut at the Las Vegas Convention Center, 11-14 April. Shown in prototype at IBC 2010 and now in production, the Multi Camera Keypad increases from five to 96 the number of remote camera heads that can be operated via the company's Joystick Control, Mini Joystick Control or CCU Panel.
"The Multi Camera Keypad is designed for easy operation during fast-action events such as sports or reality shows, allowing very large remote camera systems to be manipulated efficiently and precisely," states Camera Corps' founder and Managing Director Laurie Frost. "It is fully compatible with a very wide range of cameras, including our own Q-Ball ultra-compact robotic pan/tilt/zoom camera."
The Multi Camera Keypad can drive many different types of video router, enabling a picture monitor to follow camera selection at any of eight operator positions. Up to 255 channel numbers and routing-matrix assignment numbers can be selected for easy integration of the 96 camera sources with existing camera channel configurations on video matrices with up to 256 inputs.
Central to the Multi Camera Keypad's operation is a three-digit channel selection routine. UP and DOWN buttons can be used to step through the channel numbers. LEFT and RIGHT buttons sequence through the most recent eight channels used. MIX buttons can be preset to any four channel numbers as a means of quickly displaying stream or mixer outputs. Up to eight channel numbers (any of the 255 available) can be pre-assigned to selector buttons on a Camera Corps control joystick.
Connection is quick and easy via a highly robust interface which encodes control data onto a standard audio line at user-selectable bit-rates of 4.8, 2.4 or 1.2 kilobaud. Up to four joystick operators and up to four CCU engineers can control the 96 cameras and pan/tilt heads simultaneously using a single data line.
Camera Corps will display and demonstrate the Multi Camera Keypad on the Bexel booth (C6833 in the Central Hall) as part of a fully operational robotic programme production system. The company will be represented at NAB 2011 by Laurie Frost, Jim Daniels, Jeff White, Tim Reynolds and Neil Ashworth as well as Bexel colleagues.