—The mission of
Prince William County’s government television
channel is to create and disseminate information
that promotes the county’s identity
and foster a sense of community. We’re
working to achieve these goals through
development of a wide variety of programs
and information on current events and
happenings throughout the county. This
programming is sent to county residents
through local cable outlets, and is also available
on the county government’s website.
I’m responsible for ensuring that our
programming is created according to professional
standards using broadcast-grade
equipment. Recently, one element in our
operation—an older camera control system—
began to be problematic. It was too
old to be upgraded so we started shopping
for a replacement.
In order to maintain our high production
standards, we needed a camera control
system that was more versatile than
the one we were replacing and we also
wanted one that could be integrated with
our production switcher.
Based on our requirements, as well as
recommendations from others and the
company’s reputation in this sector of the
industry, we selected a Telemetrics camera
control system. This included an RCCP-1 robotic
camera control panel, PT-CP-S4 precision
pan/tilt heads and Telemetrics’ CLIU-S2
serial input camera and lens control converter
that relays serial control commands
to and from the camera and to provide positioning
information for the lens servo.
We installed the new system in the county
administration building, with
the cameras and robotic heads
situated in the county supervisors’
chambers and the control
room located about 100 feet
away in the same building.
The Telemetrics control
panel was integrated with our
Broadcast Pix Granite production
switcher, allowing us to
control cameras from two different
panels. This integration
makes one- or two-person productions
much easier. We also found the discrete
camera shading control capability very
helpful. This wasn’t available on our earlier
system, requiring operators to make adjustments
from menus contained within the
camera CCUs. Telemetrics’ RCCP-1 now
provides us with shading capability without
having to drill down through menus.
The Telemetrics control panel provides
a very natural and intuitive control
over the cameras and their lens functions.
Camera control is smooth and responsive,
making nice-looking on-air moves easy to
achieve. We’re also making good use of the
preset camera positions. We’ve found the
RCCP-1 control interface to be very user
friendly, allowing our operators to update
stored camera shots without having to refer
to a manual.
System performance has been consistent
and customer support and training
provided by Telemetrics has been equally
outstanding. Overall, the Telemetrics camera
control system is now a very welcome
and now integral part of our operation.
Zachary Shearer is an A/V broadcast
engineer with the Prince William County,
Va. government television operation. He
may be contacted at [email protected].
For additional information, contact
Telemetrics at 201-848-9818 or visit