Now TV’s sports studio boosts performance with latest robotics technology from Vinten Radamec®
2008-04-09
Now TV’s sports studio boosts performance with latest robotics technology from Vinten Radamec®

Vinten Radamec announces now TV has chosen Vinten Radamec’s latest robotics technology for its sports studio as part of the company’s ongoing technology enhancement strategy. As the world’s largest and most successful commercial deployment of IPTV technology, now TV, faced the need to deliver high-quality studio productions while holding the line on the expense of manning individual cameras in their studio. “We need to maximize our resources while minimizing manual operation of the equipment - but at the same time, we insist on providing our viewers with top quality and exciting programming,” said Dominic Leung, PCCW’s Managing Director of Television & Content. “Vinten Radamec is helping us to achieve just that, especially in the case of live sports broadcasts, which demand fast and reliable operation. Back in the studio, another robotics advantage is precise movement control for planned shots.” now TV’s studio has been equipped with broadcast robotics systems from the Vinten Radamec Fusion range, which includes two Fusion FP-145 Robotic Pedestals and eight Fusion FH-100 Robotic and Manual Heads, operated via a pair of the latest Vinten Radamec Control Systems (VRC). As an innovator in broadcasting technology, Vinten Radamec provides its customers with the ability to use robotics to achieve high production values through dynamic movement of their cameras, surpassing the capabilities of traditional camera support platforms, while reducing operating costs. Designed to work with Vinten Radamec Fusion robotics heads, the Fusion FP-145 pedestal is compatible with today’s cameras, lenses and prompters. The quality of performance in manual or robotic set-up allows a studio to operate in either mode. The unique four-wheel design of the FP-145 incorporates a flexible chassis, significantly improving repeatability of position without affecting outstanding on-shot quality of movement. The Vinten Radamec VRC is an easy-to-use, easy-to-configure control solution that maximizes production flexibility, while providing multi-facility control of pedestals, heads and elevation units. The VRC’s design enables broadcasters to make the move to robotics either at once or on a gradual, cost-effective basis without having to upgrade an entire system in one expensive maneuver. Dominic Leung added, “We have found that Vinten Radamec Fusion robotic systems are the best fit for all aspects of our operation - from payload and effective remote control to general ease of operation.” Widely recognized as one of the world’s largest and most successful commercial deployment of IPTV technology, now TV serves more than 882,000 subscribers by broadcasting in excess of 160 channels of local, Asian and international programming. (News and product brought to you by Digital Precision Systems and Vinten Radamec)