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Egripment Upgrades Remote Broadcast Solutions Software

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Egripment Support Systems is using NAB 2015 to discuss the latest software updates for its remote broadcast solutions with show attendees. These solutions include the 306/D Digital and Encoded Remote Camera Heads, as well as the newly-announced 205/D Digital Remote Head for modern, smaller cine and ENG cameras and lenses from brands such as Canon and Fujinon.

These latest updates include the 'Advanced Interpolated Position Mode', a new motion algorithm for advanced movement generation. This allows axis drives to synchronously run a planned path using a sophisticated algorithm to pass each preset on the move path with maximum smoothness. In addition, coordinated multi-axis movements, as well as any profile in a one-axis system can be carried out.

"Most algorithms just drive from preset to preset with a certain defined curve, but the movement through the whole drive path is still segmented," explains Martin Dreesbach, Director of Operations for Egripment. "Very often, this can be seen as 'steps' of a movement, but with the path planner we ensure a smoother, more harmonious drive through the presets."

The high performance mathematical analysis, based on Spline Interpolation, in the control software is coupled with the latest modern motor control technology. The new 'Drive System' used in both the 205/D and 306/D supports feedback and forward controls, as well as acceleration and speed control to provide ideal motion behaviour and reduced risk of error.

The updated basic client/server architecture of an Egripment remote broadcast solution allows an unlimited number of control connections to the main server. This provides maximum scalability and redundancy in modern studio setups. Multiple clients and automation systems can control an entire camera system.

Egripment's heads will now also feature direct, full serial drive connection to Canon and Fujinon lenses, with Auto Vendor sensing and position encoder feedback – including 4K-PL type lenses.

"With this, we ensure the maximum performance quality of the lens drive system," continues Dreesbach. "We also eliminated the reliance of external drive units as that could result in less precision of the drive control."

Egripment can be found on Booth C8612 at NAB 2015.

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