WABC-TV Set Goes with Telemetrics TeleGlide
December 30, 2011
WABC-TV, the flagship station of ABC in New York City, has recently started
broadcasting from its new window-front studio on the Upper West Side of
Manhattan. In addition to being the first local network street level newsroom
in the city, the WABC-TV set is also unique because of its overhead camera
track system that provides television viewers with panoramic and birds-eye
views of the set.
The 45-foot long overhead Telemetrics TG3 TeleGlide camera
track system enables the program director to supplement traditional camera
shots and angles with more variety and creativity as well as being able to
conveniently cover more areas of the studio. A point-of-view camera is secured
to a Telemetrics PT-CP-S4 Pan/Tilt Head and the remotely-controlled package
moves silently and smoothly along the track.
Camera control, pan and tilt and trolley control commands are managed via a
fiber-optic connection to the control room, located in the building next door
to the new studio. The TeleGlide overhead camera track system allows views of
the anchors behind the desk as well as the weather desk and an adjacent
interview stage. The WABC-TV system was tailored to allow control by a
Vinten/Radamec Fusion control system.
The TG3 is designed with a fixed platform trolley for increased stability and
is complemented by a track frame of lightweight aluminum components and steel
rods for bearing contact. The fully servo-controlled system permits location
feedback for accurate pre-set positioning and repeatable motion control while
soft electronic end stops help ensure professional operator-like moves. It can
support up to a 240 pound payload capacity with a maximum speed of one foot per
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