ITN control room. Image: ITN
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.
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