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24/05/2007

Shotoku Robotic Head Integrated With Ross Video Switcher For TVSN

Shotoku Broadcast Systems has announced that the company recently completed the first ever integration of their TR-8T robotic camera control panel with Ross Video’s Synergy switcher.
The new configuration was engineered in response to a request from TVSN, Australia’s only home shopping channel.
The channel, which broadcasts 24/7 to over 1.5 million homes, wanted to use existing joystick and controls on a Ross Synergy 3 SD switcher panel to robotically position cameras mounted on Shotoku pan and tilt heads.
Utilizing the advanced capabilities of the Ross Synergy and Shotoku systems, the combination puts both switcher and robotic camera positioning within reach of a single operator and eliminates a separately located robotic camera control panel. This milestone integration increases operator productivity and was important to TVSN because they produce over 220 hours of live programming a month. The reconfiguration saves control room space and is highly suited to suites with limited space.
Shotoku and Ross Video engineers worked closely together to design the interface between usually considered separate systems. The integration was fast-tracked, tested for reliability and expressed to TVSN to meet a tightly scheduled installation in a newly upgraded studio. Integrating robotic controls into production switchers maximizes system availability and usability while minimizing cost.
During programming, the Shotoku TR-8T control systems will be used by operators to position the Shotoku TG-18 pan and tilt heads. Using a touch screen interface that rapidly identifies and recalls programmed shots, the TR-8T provides an intuitive user interface and smooth operation during high-pressure situations. During less hectic programming periods, such as overnights, a single operator covering vision switching and camera positioning can easily produce high quality programming from a single control position.
Ross Video designs, manufactures and supports a wide range of innovative products for use in broadcast, distribution, live event, and production applications.
Ross products are used to produce and distribute video and audio signals in over 100 countries daily. Ross’ award winning product line includes the Vision, Synergy SD, and Synergy MD/X Video Production Switchers, openGear, RossGear and GearLite Terminal Equipment, SoftMetal Video Servers, and the OverDrive Production Control System.
News and information are available at www.rossvideo.com.
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