ITN’s Main News Studio Gets Camera Tracking Upgrade From ATG Danmon

ATG Danmon installs a full-capability Stype RedSpy optical tracking camera system at ITN’s Main News Studio

The install uses Stype RedSpy optical tracking technology, leveraged with ITN's existing Sony cameras and Vizrt's virtual studio graphics. The new system replaces a third-party solution which was nearing the end of its useful life. 

The RedSpy integration involved mounting infra-red sensor cameras onto five existing ITN cameras and placing new markers across the studio. The system was then calibrated for the two lens types currently in use. Three sensors and processors are connected to cameras and lenses mounted on pedestals. A fourth system is mounted to a camera and lens on a Jimmy Jib and the fifth fixed to a hand camera and lens using a Stype-supplied 25 metre fibre cable, with a remote processor.

The studio is mapped by moving the camera about in the studio to create a full 3D map of the markers. A final test is then performed to ensure the cameras and graphics properly track.

The project was completed successfully with the new system on air for a Sunday evening bulletin. The success of the deployment was down to hard work and cooperation between the ITN, ATG Danmon and Stype teams, say company officials.

Let us know what you think…

Log-in or Register for free to post comments…

You might also like...

Color and Colorimetry – Part 2

At one time the only repeatable source of light on Earth was the sun. Later it was found that if bodies were made hot enough, they would radiate light. Any treatment of illumination has to start with the radiation from…

NAB 2019 – Technology vs Consolidation

Giving his unique view on NAB2019, Gary Olson considers and scrutinizes the big moving trends of consolidations, and casts clarity on the cloud, ATSC 3.0, and AI.

Data Recording and Transmission: RF - Part 8

In part 8 of the series “Data transmission and storage”, consultant John Watkinson looks at some of the intricacies of RF transmission.

How Live Production Benefits From Software-Defined Switching

As the myriad of live competition television shows continue to attract new and ever larger audiences for TV networks, producing them live has become so complicated that a second technical director (TD), often called a “screens TD,” is now often bei…

Field Report: Canon EOS C200

When a company markets two products that seem similar, both targeting much the same task, but one costs significantly less, it’s reasonable to assume the less expensive product will offer significantly fewer features.