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InForm

Going Up? Using Ceiling Mounted Track
Systems to Elevate Performance
Shotoku's SmartRail raises the roof when it comes to creativity and
control, says James Eddershaw, Managing Director of Shotoku UK...

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rack systems provide creative
shots, often in tight or complex
curved motions which are difficult to
achieve consistently with hand held
cameras. The transition movements
are always smooth regardless of the
physical condition of the floor surface.
Floor tracks, however, aren't
particularly flexible and unsurprisingly
they tend to fix the layout and use of
studio space in a way that traditional
pedestals - manual or robotic - don't.
The answer? Look up! Ceiling tracks
provide the same motion benefits as
floor tracks, while leaving the floor
space entirely clear.
And although ceiling track systems
are also not a new development, being
used for elevated fly over shots for
many years, reaching eye-level of a
standing or seated presenter, while
still achieving those creative sweeping
shots that producers want, remained a

challenge.
Shotoku changed all that in 2015 with
a track system capable of mounting
on the ceiling that provides extended
elevate/descend range as well as dolly
drive. The camera could now descend
to eye-level and also elevate for the
higher-level sweeping shots, all with
fully integrated motion and under a
single Shotoku control system.
Design and installation of a ceiling
track system is different to other
types of robotics installations; it's
even different from other track
systems. A ceiling system requires
an understanding of the key design
elements and planning of the shape
and positioning of the rail, as well as
the optimum elevation column range.
Shotoku's experienced engineering
team are uniquely qualified to assist
in the design of the best solution and
address the challenges by engineering

a well-designed, capable system.
The first Shotoku ceiling track system
was installed in 2015 and has been
on-air every day since. The system
was equipped with VR/AR tracking,
like many track systems regardless of
shape. Today Shotoku has successfully
installed SmartRail ceiling track
systems all around the world, at a
wide range of clients from small
studios to large broadcast facilities.
They all benefit from the high levels of
performance and flexibility customers
have come to expect from Shotoku.
SmartRail is a world leading track
system ideal for full-size camera
configurations. It can be mounted in
floor as well as ceiling installations
and comes with a range of elevation
columns to suit almost any application
and budget. The range of elevation
capabilities of the columns make
it possible to raise cameras to new

AVIWEST Updates For IBC2019
A

t IBC2019, AVIWEST will
demonstrate the latest
innovations and enhancements
in live video contribution,
distribution, and connectivity
solutions.
Using AVIWEST's advanced
video
contribution
platform,
broadcasters can capture and
deliver live 4K, HD, and SD
video over multiple unmanaged
IP networks, including bonded
4G/3G - and now 5G - cellular, Wi-Fi,
Ethernet, and satellite links. This is
made possible thanks to AVIWEST's
proprietary IP bonding technology,
which was recently honoured with the
prestigious NATAS Emmy Award.
Expect More From Your At-Home
Production With AVIWEST SST
Protocol: AVIWEST will present its
cutting-edge SST (Safe Streams
Transport)
protocol
aggregating
multiple IP links at IBC2019. During
the show, broadcasters will discover
how they can considerably enhance
their overall live video production
and distribution workflow with
innovative functionalities (e.g., data

fully agnostic live video
contribution
solution
integrated
with
other
production systems.
Future Zone | 5G Network
Slicing Demonstration: At the
IBC Future Zone, AVIWEST,
in partnership with the
French Technology Research
Institute
b<>com,
will
showcase the performance
level of a 5G network and
AVIWEST PRO3 Series Video Uplink System network slicing technology.
hotspot, remote control, video return,
In live video production, having
intercom), and without compromising reliable and secure connectivity is
the quality of the stream.
key. 5G networks, with slicing and QoS
Available on-premises, as a cloud- management capabilities, offer an
based service, and now as a software extremely cost-effective live production
container for third-party integration, solution, even where there is poor prethis transport protocol provides video existing infrastructure or where the
professionals with a powerful, scalable, cellular network is congested.
and easy-to-deploy end-to-end video
AVIWEST will demonstrate, with its
experience.
bonded cellular AIR Series transmitter,
The new SST software container how slicing can be used in order to
ensures
interoperability
between ensure that proprietary capture is
the AVIWEST ecosystem and any associated with proprietary transport
third-party solutions (e.g., Harmonic, for video production.
Newsbridge, EVS, Vodalys). AVIWEST
New Features for Flagship PRO3 and
is the first vendor proposing a AIR Series: The latest AVIWEST PRO3

Shotoku SmartRail (ceiling mounted)
and TG27 SmartPed (floor below)

heights while retaining stability and
smoothness of on-air control. Elevation
control works upright for floor-tracks,
or inverted for ceiling-tracks to allow
maximum creativity in production
design- no longer are cameras limited
to floor-based operation or fixed height
overhead shots.

and AIR Series will be displayed with
two all-new features: the hot folder and
the high-speed data hotspot feature.
The hot folder feature enables fast,
reliable, and automatic real-time
file transmission over unmanaged
networks wherever the action is.
Leveraging the transmitter's internet
connections, PRO and AIR act as a
router and create a hotspot, which is
a physical location where devices such
as laptops, phones, and others can
connect to the internet.
Those two mobile bonded cellular
transmitters are definitively perfect
for on-the-go broadcasters, providing
them with portable, versatile, and
robust solutions.

AVIWEST AIR Series


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