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www.inbroadcast.com | Vol: 11 - Issue 4 | April 2021

InFocus

The Broadcast Studio
of The Future Is
Working Today
F

ueled by both key advances in
technology and the unexpected
world of remote TV production due
the COVID-19 crisis, Telemetrics has
been creating new offerings that take
advantage of artificial intelligence,
facial recognition and its trademark
camera control systems to offer
broadcasters new options to create
dynamic productions.
While the company still offers
more traditional camera control
systems, it's also looking to the
future by incorporating these now
nearly
ubiquitous
technologies
into professional-grade broadcast
equipment.
Take the 4K RoboEye camera
system. It leverages facial and object
recognition to follow talent around the
set, including live on camera moves
and adjusting framing when talent
shifts positions or inadvertently ends
up off their mark, according to Michael
Cuomo, Telemetrics' Vice President.
The company refers to this
invaluable capability as " reFrame "
and notes that it's a significant step
up from just keeping talent centered
in frame. The technology was first
introduced in 2018 and Telemetrics
has continued to add new features and
improvements ever since.
This allows Telemetrics to add
a layer of functionality to let the
systems aid human operators in taking
care of minor camera adjustments
automatically - such as adjusting for
an on-set graphic behind either side of

the talent or widening a shot slightly in
talent is slightly off mark.
RoboEye and its new model RoboEye
2 give broadcasters the flexibility of
delivering more dynamic newscasts
that take advantage of video walls
and studio displays that are becoming
more and more popular approaches to
storytelling.
The system is also compatible with
a variety of prompting systems, so it's
also ideal for productions with lengthy
scripts, such as newscasts.
It also has the ability for multiple
cameras to follow the same person
- or have different cameras tracking
different people, giving productions
the flexibility of punching up a variety
of shots throughout a single broadcast.
AI is a critical step forward for
robotic camera systems, says Cuomo.
Before, robotic camera systems
still typically required a dedicated
operator.
" You're not taking full advantage
of the cost benefits of going
robotic, which I think is why we've
seen hesitation in those types of
applications, " explained Cuomo.
Now, however, reFrame's facial and
object tracking lets production teams
pull off scenarios such as framing a
two-shot because the main host is
talking to the guest while also having
a slick roving pedestal movement or
track movement over to the left.
" That's pretty powerful, " noted
Cuomo, adding Telemetrics solutions
can streamline this into a few button

The RoboEye2 (PT-RE-2) compact pan/tilt head with 4K
camera and the RCCP-2A-STS Robotic Camera Control Panel
with reFrame Automatic Shot Framing and Tracking

Long Island NY daily newspaper Newsday broadcasts from a multimedia production
center that includes a news production studio in Melville, NY outfitted with
a complete Telemetrics robotic camera system

presses with the rest handled by an AI
powered robotic control system.
OmniGlide is another Telemetric
product that can function as a
traditional robotic or manual camera
but with a variety of built-in intelligent
systems to facilitate smoother, more
dynamic shooting. With its unique
design the rover also adds a cutting
edge look to the studio as the rover
can be reliably moved on-air.
In robotic mode, OmniGlide's
freedom of motion allows for
simultaneous
direction
changes,
movement along curved paths (as well
as the traditional options) - plus more
advanced moves such as crabbing and
spinning on a dime.
Operators have access to point to
point positions as well as key front
motion through multiple points - all
combined with the option to use
reFrame technology to keep an eye on
framing.
Operators can also record and
playback motions they create manually
with the system's joystick control.
Even in manual mode, where an
operator stands behind the camera
and controls its movements, the
OmniGlide can help " smooth out "
camera moves, making it a truly
cooperative option between humans
and machines.
The system also includes onboard
smart obstruction detection and
avoidance systems to avoid hitting the
set, other equipment, talent or crew
while also powering home positioning
and calibration operations as well as
auto orientation compensation.
Telemetrics' track-based solutions which can be floor or ceiling mounted

- can be used for automation of
standard camera shots, but also create
smooth, sweeping views of the studio
that typically require a jib or crane to
capture.
Many of Telemetrics' solutions are
being presented as ideal solutions for
home or remote TV studios that are
becoming the new " insert studio " and
Cuomo envisions a future where talent
could enter a room and the system will
automatically powered on, perform
diagnostic checks and connect with
the remote automatically production
facility.
The camera would automatically
adjust to wherever the talent stands,
while other systems such as lighting,
audio and prompting, could also run
without any human interaction.
In addition, the systems have been
successfully implemented at major
sporting events over the past year
where the operator was hundreds of
miles away from the actual camera
as broadcasters tried to cut down on
the number of on-site personnel and
travel.
Even in a pre- and post-coronavirus
world,
TV
broadcasters
were
increasingly being tasked to do more
with less, notes Telemetrics' Cuomo.
" They are seeing a lot of their capital
budgets being cut. They're all seeing
their operating budgets being cut, " he
noted. " But they want to put a product
on TV that is just as good as what they
were doing before. "
During COVID-19, broadcasters are
being tasked with creating remote
production setups unlike anything that
anyone thought would be seen in the
professional broadcast world.


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