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European Showcase For Shotoku Solutions

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Shotoku Broadcast Systems is to demonstrate its range of products at IBC 2016, 9 – 13 September, RAI Amsterdam.

At Stand 12.E42, the company will showcase its combined TP-200VR/SX-300 VR system. The TP-200VR pedestal and SX-300 VR head combine to provide a VR tracking system with accuracy and ease of operation. Accurate pan, tilt, zoom, focus, X, Y and height data output keeps the VR graphics system synchronised to the camera's floor position, orientation and height. Features include the lightweight two-stage pneumatic TP-200 VR pedestal, the high-resolution EFP SX-300VR head, referencing using origin sheet on studio floor, unlimited X-Y tracking area, RS422 serial data output and industry standard data protocols.

Other highlights include the TP500 Studio Pedestal, a compact and lightweight pneumatic pedestal capable of supporting camera payloads of up to 121lbs (55kg), and ranges from 26.2" (665mm) to 58.5" (1,485mm) in height. It is suitable for multi-location use such as OB, studio or event production. The modular design allows transportation of the TP500 between locations.

The SmartPed Robotic Pedestal is a fully robotic XY three-wheel pedestal. It features a new height column without any need of pneumatic balancing, multi-zone collision avoidance and detection systems and precision-engineered, electro-mechanical steer/drive system for reliability. SmartPed offers instant switchover between local/remote operation. No re-reference or calibration is required when switching between these modes and a pan-bar mounted local joystick enables easy control from the studio floor as necessary.

The SmartTrack Robotic Rail Camera System will also be on display at IBC 2016. It is a fully integrated product based on the core track-based technology of MAT, Germany. In combination with Shotoku pan & tilt heads and control systems, the MAT system is ideal for TV studio use, day after day. It is adaptable, supporting floor or ceiling operation and a range of height column configurations, in both upright and inverted modes.

The company's Free-d2 Absolute Tracking System meanwhile represents a new generation of tracking systems that do not require physical encoder devices attached to the camera support's moving axes. The system is ideal for VR/AR news, sports and current affairs live studio productions, and uses advanced video processing algorithms and ceiling markers to determine the exact position and orientation of the studio camera, providing accurate and constantly referenced (absolute) position tracking. No concept of a home or reference point exists for Free-d2 – wherever the camera is positioned is immediately known. The tracking data never drifts regardless of the number of moves or hours of operation.

Image: Shotoku TP-200VR/SX-300VR system.


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