Shotokus New High Capacity Robotic Camera Control Systems Take Center Stage at IBC 2010

Date: 09/07/2010

IBC Stand # 11.G30

Shotoku Broadcast Systems New and Enhanced, High Capacity Robotic Camera Control Systems to

Take Center Stage at IBC 2010

Remote Camera Control Automation Options, Robotic Pedestal, and Pan/Tilt Heads will Also be Highlighted

Staines, UK ¢ 7 July 2010 -- Shotoku Broadcast Systems, a well-established leader in both manual and robotic camera support, will address a broad range of applications at IBC 2010 with its line of enhanced high-capacity control panels including a new Ethernet control system for legacy heads. Features being showcased will include SD/HD support, wide screen layout, and customizable display options.  Shotoku will also exhibit a uniquely small, but high-precision, unit that will target single-operator productions. The panels will be shown alongside the Companys Orchestra Camera Management System, now available with an integrated live-video touch screen option, its flagship TRP-100 fully robotic studio pedestal, and its full range of robotic and VR sensor Pan/Tilt heads.

Control Systems

NEW PRODUCT Phoenix DigiPort - Ethernet Control for Legacy Heads

Shotoku has always provided customers with systems capable of extending the life of ageing third-party remote camera systems.  These Phoenix systems make use of the existing control networks, usually based on RS-422 communications, which limits the flexibility of network configurations when compared with TCP/IP networks used on todays remote camera systems.  The Phoenix DigiPort system brings the flexibility of Ethernet networking to these legacy systems, by providing protocol and physical connection conversion within a small, self-contained module conveniently located at each legacy pan and tilt head. 

 

Phoenix DigiPort is compatible with all Shotoku control systems, and can be configured for use with numerous legacy third-party heads.  

 

TR-T Touch Control System

Shotokus latest generation touch control panel, the TR-T system, is now also available in 16:9 widescreen configuration making it ideal for use in HD studio environments as it integrates with most HD/SDI routers.  Capable of controlling both Shotoku and third party robotic cameras systems, the high-resolution widescreen VGA touch screen uses the latest seamless glass Acoustic Pulse technology to provide exceptional accuracy and durability over many years of intensive use without ever needing recalibrating. Further enhancements to the system include a completely configurable screen layout supporting 16 cameras able to all be controlled by a single operator position, and displayed in any configuration to suit the particular requirements of the program.

 

The TR-T panel style uses multicolored illuminated keys to communicate system status and control settings, with the same high precision joystick for ultra-smooth on-air control that has become the trademark of a Shotoku system. 

 

The TR-T is compatible with all Shotoku heads as well as third party systems as part of the Phoenix control solution. Phoenix allows existing robotics users to choose their own upgrade pace by replacing obsolete control system hardware and software with up-to-date technology while leaving the core electro-mechanical subsystems.

 

TR-HP Hot Panel

Shotokus new control panel, the TR-HP, offers a uniquely small footprint while maintaining high-precision joystick control.  The Hot Panel is ideal for highly cost effective single-operator productions where stored camera positions may be recalled automatically, and a multi-tasking operator can achieve final on-air framing. 

 

The three-axis joystick and rotary control knob enables the operator to make perfect on-air movements of pan, tilt, zoom and focus.  With up to 12 assignable, LED-illuminated keys, several switch functions are also available.  A selectable Auto On-Air function ensures the panel is always in control of the on-air camera, making operation even more straightforward.

 

Three Hot Panels may be mounted together in a 19 panel frame, providing the added system feature of dedicated, always-on joystick control of multiple cameras. Instant control of a camera is guaranteed as each joystick remains permanently selected to the camera.

One or more TR-HP Hot Panels may be combined with any of Shotokus control systems and integrates directly with the simple Ethernet control network.

 

TR-S High Capacity Flexible Control Panel 

The flexible Type-S is a high capacity remote control panel that expands to support up to 16 camera channels making it ideal for even the largest parliament, legislature, or TV studio systems.  New setup facilities enable key features and performance characteristics to be modified from the control panel itself.  The TR-S uses the same advanced features and intuitive interface as the Companys standard TR-8S but includes state-of-the-art panel keys, clear, bright LED illumination displays, and a high contrast LCD that indicates the current status of all cameras in the system.  The Type-S panel integrates with all Shotoku remote pan and tilt heads.

Remote Camera Control Automation

Orchestra Legislative & Conference Automation System

The Orchestra Camera Management System (CMS), a powerful and leading solution for the automation of remote camera control will be demonstrated with an integrated live-video touch screen option.  Using real-time video images of the meeting room, an operator may command multiple broadcast cameras to acquire shots of a selected speaker or area of interest simply by touching the relevant area on the live video spotter camera image.  The wide-angle spotter camera view may be derived from any video camera providing analog, SD-SDI or HD-SDI images.

 

CMS is used for National and State Legislatures as well as high profile Conference facilities all over the world. 

Established Equipment on Display

TRP-100 Fully Robotic Studio Pedestal

Shotokus flagship TRP-100 fully robotic studio pedestal is a compact and powerful unit ideal for all studio applications, including news, sports, and current affairs. The TRP-100 supports any payload up to 100Kgs (220 lbs.) while gliding through 750mm (2.5 feet) of elevation at up to 300mm (1 foot) per second. Its advanced navigation and full manual override exemplify its ability to extend the boundaries of traditional robotic camera control. The user friendly TRP-100 incorporates Shotokus unique design for fast, smooth movements while maintaining accuracy and repeatability and also supports advanced virtual studio tracking applications.  Controlled by the innovative Shotoku TR-T control system, the TRP-100 pedestal allows full X,Y, and height camera movement in conjunction with conventional pan and tilt motion.  The sophisticated navigation system is easily calibrated within seconds using a simple target-tile placed anywhere on the studio floor.

 

The pedestals pneumatically balanced, three-stage height mechanism is based upon the same high-performance sub-system used on the Companys popular and award-winning manual pedestals such as the TP-80 and TP-90.

 

Dual level safety systems prevent collisions and compliment the more conventional bumper system that halts the pedestal when an obstruction is reached. A clear LCD touch panel display provides local information and status for easy diagnostics and configuration.

 

Shotoku is also demonstrating its full range of robotic and VR sensor Pan/Tilt heads.



Tags: Shotoku Broadcast Systems | Camera Support Products | Manual and Robotic Pedestals | Pan/Tilt Heads
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