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Rushworks to Expand Robotic Lighting and Video Control at 2016 NAB Show

Rushworks will introduce integrated robotic lighting and video control in its new PTX Universal PanTilt head with full DMX control at 2016 NAB.

Rushworks said PTX is designed to work with the Blackmagic Design Micro Studio Camera 4K and other standalone cameras and camcorders from SonyCanonPanasonic and JVC that support LANC control. In addition to pan and tilt — if the cameras support the commands — it provides control of zoom, focus, iris and record start/stop.

For the first time, lighting directors and scene designers can use DMX consoles to block shots using one or more cameras in their scene definitions. They can iso-record one or more cameras for post-event video editing.

Users can also send the video outputs to IMAG displays and/or incorporate them in their media server outputs. The PTX has a fixture profile that can be loaded into the most popular lighting consoles and software for integrated lighting and video show design.

“We’ve always recognized the need to provide a pan/tilt head that supports the new generation of smaller cameras, including the GoPro, Sony Action Cam, a new generation of tiny SDI point-of-view cameras and the Micro Studio 4K with zoom lens options,” said Rush Beesley, president of Rushworks.

“When Blackmagic Designs approached us for a solution adaptable to their highly popular Micro Studio camera, we integrated our pan/tilt mechanism with the Micro’s available software controls including zoom, iris and focus that’s available on certain micro four-thirds lenses.”

The PTX camera control is also integrated into Rushworks’ VDESK and REMO Integrated PTZ Production Systems, which already include three user interfaces: CLASSIC, PRODUCER and TalkingPoints, along with the recently announced TALK-TAKE automated video switching feature that’s based on active microphone detection.

Markets currently benefiting from the use of VDESK and REMO solutions include city and state governments, court systems, school districts, houses of worship, radio stations, entertainment venues, lecture and presentation halls.

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