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PTZ Cameras: It's about so
much more than quality
The way that content producers are choosing their PTZ camera is changing. It
used to be all about quality but now it's about so much more. In particular, how
well the camera meets their specific needs. Guilhem Krier, Head of New Business
and Product Development at Panasonic Connect, explains more...
W
hen it comes to buying a
PTZ camera, the quality of
the camera should no longer be
the primary consideration. It may
seem strange to hear that from
Panasonic, the global market
leader with its 200,000th PTZ
camera sold
earlier this
Auto-tracking
capabilities
When
operating
filming locations
in
difficult
or if
minimising costs is an important
consideration, the ability
to
year
and a company that has built its
reputation on the quality of its
products. Of course, the quality of the
camera is still important but what I
mean by this seemingly controversial
statement is that the most important
consideration for content producers
has changed.
Historically,
buyers would want
to test the quality of the camera
before purchasing but as the general
quality of PTZ cameras has improved
significantly over recent years (of
course, some are still better than
others!), the major consideration for
content producers has also evolved.
It's no longer just a question of " Is
this camera the right quality " , but
more about " How well does this
particular PTZ
camera meet my
needs? "
Fits chosen workflow
and architecture
Let me give you some examples.
The ideal
should
PTZ
fit easily
The best for 4K applications
With 4K content
auto-track talent via movement
or voice becomes a critical factor.
Panasonic offers three compatible
software options with its PTZ
becoming the
standard, the need for PTZ cameras
with the best 4K capabilities is also
an important
Panasonic offers the only
consideration. Here,
true 4k
50p/60p line-up on the market with
lenses up to 24x optical zoom and a
75-degree wide angle.
These cameras were chosen by
the Royal Society, the world's oldest
independent
scientific
academy,
when it wanted to upgrade its camera
systems for live events and streaming
online from its London HQ. The
choice ensured the live streaming
pioneer would continue to offer the
best
quality video images for
future hybrid events.
Total control
Beyond
camera of today
into the chosen
workflow and architecture of the
production. If the producers of the
reality TV show have chosen to use
the NDI protocol because they need
multiple applications to access the
same source, then the PTZ camera
needs to support NDI. If they have
an unreliable network on location,
they may choose to use SRT and
require an SRT-ready camera. It's
why Panasonic ensures it has builtin
the best support for all industry
standards, including high-bandwidth
NDI, NDI|HX, NDI|HX version 2, SRT
and RTMPS.
the capabilities
and
flexibility of the cameras themselves,
there are the control
systems to
consider. Is there a requirement
for physical
controllers, software
controllers and Paint Panels - to
control the PTZ just
camera? Panasonic offers all three.
Buyers
should
the additional
functionality
like a studio
also consider
that
manufacturers offer. Panasonic has
a vast variety of (free-to-download)
software options. For example,
the PTZ Control Center to manage
multiple PTZs from one central point
or the PTZ Virtual USB Driver, which
makes it possible to use a remote
camera in a network as a USB
camera.
cameras to meet these needs.
Speed, accuracy and silence can
also be key filming factors in certain
circumstances. For example, when
Stagecast streamed six Edinburgh
Festival
concerts
The team used 6 Panasonic PTZ
cameras, a controller, and a Tuning
rail system with an elevated column
for three purposes. The first was to
reduce the number of people located
in the studio. The second was to have
high quality, programmable pre-set
and recall movements that
could
to audiences
around the world, the choice of
Panasonic PTZ camera was a critical
consideration. The cameras needed
to be near silent, so as not
to
interfere with the orchestra and its
sound, and fully remote controlled to
maintain social distance and be near
invisible to the live audience.
A complete ecosystem
How about robotics
its
and
surrounds
other
accessories? The complete
ecosystem that
and
supports the PTZ camera is now
essential. Robotic camera systems
enable smoother, more complete
movements that can be managed
remotely, from intuitive software
platforms that bring multiple systems
together as one. This means camera
movements
programmed and
can be automated,
repeated by
a
single operator, delivering a new
level of control and precision.
When the pandemic prevented the
FACEIT production team travelling
to the United States to stage its
Flashpoint Season 2 tournament for
Counter-Strike: Global
Offensive,
the company decided to switch the
production venue to Twickenham
Stadium in the UK and
use
Panasonic's PTZ camera and robotic
solutions.
be rehearsed and used throughout
the show. The third was to enable
the system to be controlled over
a network, so that the team could
operate in isolation, from their hotel
rooms, in the worst-case scenario.
Peace of mind
Lastly, with downtime on
production a costly occurrence, the
level of support provided for the
PTZ cameras is a final important
consideration for peace of mind.
Three-year warranties
matching
the business
depreciation of the
camera should be standard, with
options to extend to up to 5 years.
In addition, look for providers that
offer premium support
levels. For
example, Panasonic offers free of
charge pick-up and delivery from our
service centre - removing the hassle
of booking shipping agents and
allowing content creators to focus on
what they do best.
So, as you can see, as the market
evolves the requirements of content
producers for their PTZ cameras is
evolving. At Panasonic, we realise
that quality is still important, but it's
about so much more. It's the entire
ecosystem that surrounds the PTZ
camera. Selling the next 200,000
PTZ cameras will be about providing
devices
that
meet the complete
needs of content producers and that
can be easily incorporated into their
chosen workflows & architectures.
For more information on Panasonic's range of Broadcast & ProAV products, please visit:
https://business.panasonic.co.uk/professional-camera/panasonic-remote-ptz-camera-systems
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