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www.inbroadcast.com PRODUCT GUIDE | Sept 12 - 16, 2014

Automation Made Simple:
Working Together On Tracks
Egripment supplies a fully automated and Generic Tracking System (GTS) to
RTL Netherlands for their NEW Virtual and Augmented News Studio...

E

gripment was approached by
RTL to consider a solution that
would enable a flying movement
through the news studio.
Due to space and height
limitations, a camera crane could
not be used and a solution had
to be created where the camera
movement was coming from the
studio ceiling instead, keeping the
studio floor as clean and empty as
possible.
Egripment needed to find a
solution for their needs using some
standard features of their Virtual
/ Augmented Reality Encoded
System as a starting point, and
some additional features which
needed to be created by the
engineering team.
The criteria that needed to be
included:
	 *	 Smooth	on	air	movement	of		
the dolly, head and telescopic
column;
	 *	 Integration	with	a	Vinten		 	
Radamec Controller,

giving the capability of the
VRC controller to control
Egripment's GTS;
	 *	 All	axis	to	be	fully	encoded,
so that the complete system
could easily integrate with
the HDVG of Orad, that
is being used for their Virtual
and Augmented images;
	 *	 System	to	be	used	fully		 	
automated, so that presets,
and either planned or
pre-recorded moves of
Egripment's GTS could
be recorded and dragged
and dropped into Sony's ELC
(studio automation software).
For this application Egripment
advanced and enhanced their
proven Generic Tracking System
to a new level.
Egripment needed to take things
one very big and important step
further, making GTS part of a
total solution with other vendors.
To accomplish this Egripment
used a fully IP-based platform,

and through custom-designed
Trackmen software was able to
build a bridge between Egripment,
Vinten Radamec and Sony, as well
as the graphics engine of Orad.
RTL always had the desire
to control the Vinten Radamec
pedestals being used on the studio
floor, and Egripment's tracking
system mounted into the ceiling,
by one single controller.
Trackmen wrote customised
software for this special application
so it could easily integrate within
the VRC infrastructure through
their EPI unit, making it possible to
control all robotic cameras by one
single controller.
The most important reason for
this implementation was to keep
the workflow with Sony's ELC as
simple as possible.
Sony's ELC can now easily
connect to the network and drag
and drop stored "presets & moves"
to a playlist that will be used for
RTL's news broadcasting.

Egripment enhanced their
Generic Tracking System for this
RTL newsroom project.

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