At 2016 NAB, Rushworks, a Dallas-based software development company specializing in television production, introduce the PTX Universal PanTilt head that includes the addition of full DMX control.
Rushworks said the PTX Universal PanTilt head is designed to work with the Blackmagic Design Micro Studio Camera 4K and other standalone cameras and camcorders from Sony, Canon, Panasonic and JVC that support LANC control.
In addition to pan and tilt, the new head provides control of zoom, focus, iris and record start/stop — if the cameras support the commands.
For the first time, Rushworks said, lighting directors and scene designers can include video cameras in their DMX universes, using 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 and can 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 Design 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 featured in Rushworks’ VDESK and REMO Integrated PTZ Production Systems, which already include three user interfaces including Classic, Producer and TalkingPoints. A new Talk-Take automated video switching feature is being introduced at NAB. It is based on active microphone selection.
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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