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Robotic Camera Systems
Contributing Editor David Kirk examines some of the latest
systems on the market for studio robotic systems...

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amera robotics is one of the
fast developing aspects of the
entire broadcast production business,
complemented by advances in motion
tracking, motion control and virtual
set graphics. The following survey
covers the most recent product
announcements, all aimed at delivering
higher impact shots while at the same
time increasing crew efficiency.
Blackcam offers what it claims is
the world's smallest robotic camera
systems for live broadcasting. These
can be used suspended or standing,
wireless or cabled, on straight and/or
curved tracks, manually or automated.

BR Remote Camera automation surface

BR Remote produces the CamBall
range of motorised pan/tilt/zoom
cameras supported by bespoke
design and integration for special
projects. Recent additions include the
CamBall4 with metadata, stabilisation,
IP, SMPTE and CAN options. BR
Remote Camera Automation Surface
runs under Windows 10 and can be
operated via a mouse or touch-screen.
The system can control four or eight
cameras with 64 pre-set moves per

Cyanview IP-based camera control system

camera. Touching a thumbnail image
instructs the camera to perform a preprogrammed move to that shot.
CuePilot offers a product (with the
same name as the company) which
allows an online-connected team to
work on a production project. Users
can also work offline, data being
synchronised when possible with
the other users working on the same
project. Users on the same project
can also communicate with each
other using a chat feature. Camera
operators connect in via CueApp (for
Apple iOS or Google Android). CueApp
shows countdown for each camera.
Shot lists can optionally be
printed for each individual
camera operator or grouped
if one camera operator
is
controlling
multiple
cameras. The system has
been used by BBC Scotland
to automate live streaming
of
Scottish
Symphony
Orchestra
concerts,
described in an IBC 2019
conference paper by D.R.
Chalmers.
Cyanview offers an IP-based
camera control system based around
a hardware panel which is designed
for use with multiple camera
brands and models as well as other
equipment such as colour correctors.
A new version is available for remote
production and control of cameras
over cellular links. Camera control
protocols are all handled by a remote
interface unit. Multiple cameras can be
controlled by a single unit providing an
access point to a camera network from

a remote location using a single
connection. Control via IP (local
or remote, cabled or via WiFi/Bluetooth/4G/USB are all
possible. Model Cy-GWY-IO is an
approximately matchbox-sized
version of the Cy-GWY gateway
which includes 16 x GPI for
tally and touchdown. The CyGWY-IO is intended for lowbudget productions using the
EVA1-Live or small standalone
setups, such as a pair of goal
cameras.
Egripment has introduced
a new ARC Compensation
hardware and software tool for
its Xtreme T10 telescoping crane.
This gives the operator three ways
to define an automatic telescope
movement related to pan and tilt
positions. ARC Compensation allows
automated moves including vertical
straight lines, horizontal plane and pan
compensation. An operator can make
vertical straight line or horizontal
plane camera movements, or define
a square, by the activation of one
button.
Egripment has also introduced a
new motion tracker for its Digital Line
remote camera control systems. This
can track moving objects or subjects
and send 3D position data allowing
automatic following. Egripment's
camera-based tracking system can
constantly track moving objects or
subjects without the necessity to
calibrate the camera. The system
imitates the tracking ability of human
vision which always tends to focus on
a moving object within the range of its

Egripment T10 ARC user interface

view before any action is taken.
Future Group describes its Pixotope
as an open software-based solution
for rapidly creating virtual studios,
augmented reality and on-air graphics.
Designed for on-air use, it allows
users to configure, create, and control
any kind of virtual production from
a single user interface. Capabilities
include augmented content such as
terrain and foliage, particulates such
as rain, smoke, fire, hair, cloth and
explosions, and with simulated camera
and lens properties (lens distortion,
depth of field, chromatic aberration).
The integral Studio Creator accepts
simple user-defined parameters like
size, shape, colour schemes and styles,
and turns them into production quality
virtual studio scenery.
IDT's CrashCam Mini 3510 is one of a
family of super-slow-motion cameras
with specific features to meet the
demands of automated or manually
controlled outside broadcasting.

Future Group Pixotope Studio Creator


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