Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
KGW employs Telemetrics camera control to support HD news rollout
KGW, the Belo-owned NBC affiliate in Portland, OR, has employed a Telemetrics camera control robotics system for unified control of four HD cameras and lenses as part of its multimillion-dollar upgrade to HD news production.
One aspect of the redesigned KGW newsroom is a complete HD environment consisting of two indoor and two outdoor systems to control four Sony HD cameras and Fujinon remote control lenses.
The Telemetrics CLIU-HFUX 310 camera control interface unit with dual-camera support provides the interface between the Telemetrics control panel and software and the Sony camera fiber interface unit. The configuration allows for camera paint and lens control as well as robotic control of the Telemetrics pan/tilt heads and other robotic devices, such as Telemetrics’ camera trolley system or Televator elevating pedestal.
All robotic control signals are sent through the Sony fiber interface, which allows for the remote camera and Telemetrics robotics to be run via fiber optics over long distances.
A rooftop HD camera was installed in a weatherproof Telemetrics LWP-HOUL heavy-duty large camera housing fitted to a Telemetrics PT-LWP-S3 servo pan/tilt head. A second outdoor HD camera, referred to as the Rose City Skycam, is similarly outfitted. Both locations transmit video and receive control signals over fiber using the Telemetrics CLIU-HFUX 310 camera control interface. In the future, KGW plans to move its entire Skycam network of 10 cameras to Telemetrics control.
In the control room, the Telemetrics desktop CP-R-3A remote control panel with CPS-ST-S studio control system software operates both the newsroom and the outdoor HD cameras via dedicated network. The system offers single operator management of studio operations with features such as storyboard configuration presets and camera grouping. The joystick panel provides trim controls for pan/tilt/zoom and focus as well as camera iris and master pedestal.
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