Seattle TV Station Uses Radamec to Control Cameras

Seattle-based KING5-TV recently replaced its robotic camera control system with Radamec's RP2A Robotic Pedestal, which the station will use for the production of its daily and weekly news shows.

The RP2A is a free-roaming robotic pedestal designed to support an ENG/EFP or full-facility studio, lens and teleprompter package. It can convert to a manually controlled pedestal, and has a conventional steering ring in case power is unavailable. The RP2A uses a two-level navigation system to provide absolute and "relative" positioning. This allows the unit to adapt to different studio environments.

KING5 also purchased an ARC 2000 touch control panel for controlling the system. The ARC 2000 is composed of a 19-inch x 3-RU Operator Control Panel, a touchscreen monitor and a 19-inch x 4-RU Panel Control Unit that can be upgraded to support four Operator Control Panels. The PCU has an integrated 8 x 4 video matrix for operator preview monitor switching. Each OCP panel can control eight cameras and provides a three-axis proportional joystick for control of pan, tilt and zoom and an encoder for focus.