At NAB, Shotoku will debut LiveView, a live video control option; SmartRail, the latest generation of its rail-based system and SmartPed, an XY pedestal found in some of the world’s most prominent broadcasting organizations.
Shotoku is introducing LiveView, a feature that brings a live video control option to its TR-XT Control systems. LiveView brings the TR-XT control system to new levels of capability while maintaining ease-of-use and reliability. LiveView is ideally suited for a wide range of applications including VR/AR.
A simple miniature HD camera mounted on the robotic-controlled broadcast camera provides the operator with significantly more information than from the broadcast camera itself making it possible to see and acquire shots outside the normal field of view.
Fingertip control directs the camera to a new position, on-air and in perfect synchronization. Selecting any of the LiveView-enabled cameras presents the operator with the option of immediate joystick control of the camera as usual or LiveView control via the on-screen live video.
Shotoku’s SmartPed is a robotic, three-wheel smooth-steer XY pedestal has total control over every axis at all times, enabling the pedestal to make complex, synchronized curved moves. It is not simply straight-line A-to-B.
SmartPed features a new height column without any need of pneumatic balancing, multi-zone collision avoidance and detection systems, and precision-engineered, electro-mechanical steer/drive system.
SmartRail, the latest generation of rail-based camera systems for floor or ceiling operation, combines the precision and flexibility of Shotoku control systems with a rail-based dolly and elevator column system to provide a perspective on any live, multi-camera studio production.
The system offers a wide range of cost-effective height column configurations and is a powerful option for any broadcaster looking for rail camera performance, without the restrictions of floor use.
The SD range has been developed to provide a quality, affordable system for handheld cameras. Available in two variants, the SD20 will support 6.5 pounds and the SD40 11 pounds. The systems feature fixed counterbalance and drag systems tailored to the payload of the head and come complete with a two-stage tripod mid-level spreader and soft carry case.
The SE range evolved from a concept of providing a support with high functionality and wide-ranging applications for the extended range of camera systems now available. The SE80 and SE150 both feature a high-quality drag system to ensure smooth on-air moves, and a multiple level counterbalance system to provide accurate balancing for a wide range of cameras.
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