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Complex motion in Robotic
Camera Systems
The best journeys are rarely A-to-B

Sometimes in life our most
memorable journeys are those when
we take the path less travelled. This
is true of robotic camera systems too!
Often, operators just need a camera
to be in a precise position at a precise
moment, and all Shotoku systems will
happily fulfil that need time after time.
However, when directors want more
from the camera than just hitting its
mark, then something more is required
of the control systems; that's where
the power and sophistication of a
system like Shotoku's really comes into
its own.
Sequence Mode has been a standard
function of all Shotoku systems
since the very first release some 15
years ago. It's not an option, it's an
absolute necessity for any system
aiming to be more than a basic camera
repositioning system.
By linking multiple keyframe
positions together in a single
sequence, operators can create
complex moves (or just a gentle

curve if that is what's needed) which
become permanently stored and easily
retrieved at any moment, manually or
via automation control. The clever
thing about Sequence Mode though,
is that the operator simply stores key
frame shots, like any other pre-set
shot - the system then calculates, in
real time, the perfect trajectory to
smoothly transition through all key
frames (synchronising all axes along
the way).
Operators needn't be concerned
with complicated motion curve
accelerations and decelerations who's got time for that? Leave it to the

expert systems in the robotics. To edit
or tweak the move one simply adjusts
a keyframe (or inserts a new one) until
the overall move is perfect.
Then
it's always available - a beautifully
sculpted transition precisely timed,
including pauses along the way if
necessary. Enjoy the view.

Into Orbit with Shotoku SmartPed
Shotoku has also introduced a
unique new function called Orbit.
Like so many Shotoku features, Orbit
is incredibly valuable in countless
situations, yet simple to use under the
pressures of live studio production.
Normally, moving the " X " axis
joystick will move Shotoku's SmartPed
robotic pedestal in a straight line

to the left or right, as you'd expect.
Go into Orbit and the pedestal
immediately translates the X-axis into
a perfect arc around an orbital centre
point - usually the centre of the set.
Now, the operator can smoothly move
SmartPed clockwise or anti-clockwise
around a circular set (a very common
arrangement today) concentrating on
the framing of the shot without having
to think about driving the pedestal
base in an arc manually.
Sequence and Orbit are standard, no
additional cost, features of Shotoku's
TR-XT control system and if you'd
like to know more visit https://www.
shotoku.co.uk/products/smartped/ to
watch a short video explaining the two
modes.

Sequence Mode

Orbit Mode

Pebble Playout Technology Selected
To Drive Asharq News
P

ebble, the leading automation,
content
management,
and
integrated channel specialist, supplied its playout technology to help
ensure the successful launch of Asharq
News, the leading multiplatform
economic and political news service.
Announced last November 2020, an
exclusive content agreement between
Bloomberg Media and Saudi Research
and Marketing Group (SRMG), powers a
key component of the channel: 'Asharq
Business with Bloomberg'.
Asharq News is headquartered in
Riyadh with central offices in Dubai
International Financial Centre in UAE,
and Washington in the US, and key
hubs and studios in Cairo and Abu
Dhabi. It also has regional offices
and correspondents across key Arab
countries and in major global cities,
in addition to access to Bloomberg's
worldwide network.
A winner of the prestigious
BroadcastPro ME Innovative Project
of the Year award, and recently

announced nomination for the
Excellence in Technical Installation
and Supplier Innovation award in the
esteemed Digital Studio ME Awards,
it features many state-of-the-art
broadcast components and is one of
the first SMPTE 2110 compliant stations
operating in the region.
As a pure IP deployment the Asharq
News project illustrates the power
and flexibility of IP systems when it
comes to establishing new broadcast
channels in the 2110 era. At its heart is
a complex transmission pipeline with
a large number of inputs and outputs,
and featuring approximately
80 'flows' (video, audio, and
ancillary data) per integrated
channel de-vice. 2110 inputs
can come from any source studio, camera, elsewhere,
while outputs include the main
program output, dedicated
outputs for YouTube (with and
without graphics), clean outputs
for monitoring, and more.

The system also features DVEs,
native Pebble Integrated Channel
graphics and 2110 Vizrt external
graphics, NDI monitoring outputs,
2110 live Voice Over, SCTE Signaling
support, loudness processing, media
recording, and more. Multiple
integrations were required and
managed by the Pebble development
team overseeing the installation,
including VizRT, Avid MAM, Evertz, and
BTS.
" The flexibility of the SMPTE 2110
approach meant we could iterate
rapidly and adapt the work-flow to
meet our needs, " comments Omran
Abdallah, Engineering Director at
Asharq News.

" We were already on air when
subtitles were added to the chain
within a day- ensuring no impact to
our seamless on-air performance. In a
traditional hardware implementation
that would likely have taken weeks to
achieve. "
All changes to the system installed
at Asharq News can be undertaken
via a single user inter-face, ensuring
the channel has an agile set up that is
both responsive to market needs and
future-proofed.
" We are delighted to have supplied
our playout solutions to Asharq News, "
comments Samir Isbaih, Pebble.
" This is an important installation for
the Middle East and elsewhere, as
Asharq News' integrations
and features do far more than
simply mirror SDI deployments
in a much smaller footprint,
they show the power and
flexibility of IP-based workflows
to continually iterate and bring
agile flexibility to the continual
evolution
of
broadcast
channels that the market
demands. "


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