The BBC is set to replace the robot cameras in its news channel studio after a string of viral tech fails over the past decade. The British broadcaster has begun the process of acquiring new automated cameras as it looks to reboot its news channel next year. Above, news presenter Victoria Fritz deals with a rogue camera.
Thanks to AI and other advances in software, robotic cameras in the newsroom are getting more and more capable, including carrying out actions that no longer need to be programmed by people. Above: The recently re-launched studios in Al Jazeera’s flagship facility in Doha combine ceiling-mounted cameras with free-roaming pedestals to provide dynamic moving shots from unique vantage points, and complete coverage of the on-air talent throughout the set. (Al Jazeera photo)
As dramatically demonstrated on the show floor, virtual production enables visual effects work to be done in advance, and it’s taking off across cinematic, commercial and live production. Above, the author takes some new virtual production technology for a test drive.
COVID-19’s social distancing requirements won’t have a lasting impact on studio design and trends like video walls are expanding, vendors say. But remote production has compelled them to offer simple-to-use at-home kits until COVD abates. Above, Devlin Design Group recently delivered the set for the new studio at the Tennis Channel. The set uses LED displays surrounding the studio. The Tennis Channel can use the same set for different programs since the LEDs can display “graphic wallpaper” that can be customized.
Despite pushing newsrooms temporarily into mostly remote production, set design vendors say COVID-19 won’t have a lasting effect on where sets were heading before the pandemic. They say viewers are likely to see more LED panels and walls, virtual sets and augmented and virtual reality usage in news studios. Above, for the TF1 broadcast news studio in France, Planar delivered a 750-square-foot curved video wall.
Robotic pedestals for newsroom cameras are fast evolving, allowing for more creative shots, AR and VR integration and far greater operational efficiency. Next up: full autonomy. Above: The Telemetrics OmniGlide Roving Platform features an innovative new drive system that is completely automated and leverages advanced software and XY sensors to “learn” the environment it is operating in.
Shotoku Broadcast Systems | Booth C8008 | Website: www.shotoku.tv Shotoku Broadcast Systems, a provider of manual and robotic camera support and virtual reality tracking, is introducing the U.S. broadcast market to its latest solution in its range of leading VR/AR tracking systems at this year’s NAB Show. The company’s new Free-d2, which is being demonstrated at Shotoku’s Booth C8008, represents […]
As designs and prices get smaller, robotic cameras are cropping up on more stations’ wish lists, especially for groups with centralcasting ambitions. The top three manufacturers, offering different features and designs, see their market expanding both in the U.S. and internationally.
Vaddio, a provider of robotic PTZ cameras and camera control systems, has released a major software update to its USB camera line. The free Version 1.0.1 software update allows ClearVIEW HD-USB PTZ camera users the ability to control the camera from any computer or mobile device that supports a web browser. “When we launched our […]