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What’s the latest trends in Professional Camera Tech?

(Information and resources: Courtesy of Sean Loeve at Pansolutions)

Broadcast productions would typically make use of system cameras such as Studio Camera Chains and Robotic PTZ Camera systems for use in live broadcasts such a sports and events.

The latest trends in these types of cameras include 4K resolutions, large image sensors delivering high sensitivity, low noise and wide dynamic range and new video delivery methods such as:

  • SMPTE 2110 (Broadcast standard for sending video over IP networks)
  • TICO (Tiny Codec enabling 4K signals over existing 3G-SDI infrastructure)
  • Fibre output for long distance signal delivery.

A fast-emerging trend is the use of broadcast specification PTZ cameras mixed together with traditional manned studio cameras. These PTZ cameras can all be controlled remotely over IP networks along with the studio cameras and offer similar video quality with the ability to have several cameras controlled by one person, thus bringing down the capital cost and operational costs significantly while at the same time offering more camera angles for a richer production.

PTZ cameras offer all the broadcast features needed along with several new features such as hundreds of pre-set shots and tracking shots which can be recalled at the touch of a button. When operated in HD mode these cameras can also offer 3x full HD camera angels cropped live from one 4K image, providing 4x different live video angles simultaneously from one camera!

PanSolutions is the sole authorised importer and distributor of Panasonic Broadcast and professional video products in South Africa.  They offer the Panasonic AK-UC4000 4K studio camera system and the AW-UE150 4K Broadcast PTZ camera system.

These products were recently used exclusively in delivering the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics to the world.

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