Télésambre is a Belgian broadcaster delivering news and sports programming in the French language to the country’s French-speaking Charleroi region and the nearby county of Hainaut. In the morning, the station’s Charleroi production studio is used for live radio programs and at noon and late afternoon for its daily TV news shows.
When management decided to build a new production studio to produce more content, it wanted to be sure to keep the studio as flexible as possible to accommodate the different programs produced during different day parts. So, it chose the latest robotic camera control system from Telemetrics. This gave the increasingly popular channel a reliable and consistent way to streamline its production operations, increase productivity and improve its on-air look. The robotics enhanced the production values of Télésambre’s varied program output and allowed a small staff to run it.
Télésambre engineers, led by Technical Manager Bertrand Ruelle’, have built a brand new studio to support its daily radio (Vivacité) and TV news programs (Télésambre). The live news show is managed and operated by a single operator. It includes a Telemetrics a TG4 TeleGlide camera track system, an EP7/600 Televator elevating pedestal and an PT-LP-S5 servo-controlled Pan/Tilt head—all under the precise control of a Telemetrics RCCP-1A Robotic Camera Control Panel.
“We are very pleased with the results,” said Ruelle’. “We were looking for a way to minimize the number of people in the control room while making more programs under a tight budget. The Telemetrics systems allow us to do just that, in more ways than one.”
Local system integration company AV Group supplied its engineering expertise and helped install the new robotic systems. Working under a tight deadline to get the new studio up and running within three moths, Peter Natowicz and his team at AV Group also configured the Telemetrics systems to work closely together with an automated graphics and playout system (Live Assist and Hotkey Panel) from ChyronHego.
We were looking for a way to minimize the number of people in the control room while making more programs under a tight budget. The Telemetrics systems allow us to do just that, in more ways than one.
“I’d say the most challenging part was the short installation period we were given and the coordination of the systems, which was quite complex,” said Natowicz, adding that the Telemetrics systems were installed in August 2018 and they went on air in September of last year.
The RCCP-1A can be ordered with a Studio (STS) software package that includes a touchscreen display to enable one- or two-person operation. Thanks to unified control for camera robotics and camera shading, the system enables users to provide more camera coverage, more dynamic camera moves and more points of view—all at low cost. Users can also access the deep-menu controls of broadcast cameras without purchasing camera paint boxes.
With a high-end processor to support complex keyframe-based motion paths, the panel includes the internal ability to snapshot thumbnails for shot presets and live preview video output. It also features direct interfaces to graphics, production switchers, microphone systems and other broadcast equipment, (including those from Grass Valley, Hitachi, Ikegami, JVC, Panasonic, Sony, and Telemetrics) and studio automation systems like Ignite, Mosart and Overdrive. Built in image clips with captions makes recalling presets fast and easy, keyframes to setup complex moves, drag and drop interface to setup the presets the way you want.
A unique counter-balancing system on the PT-LP-S5 Pan/Tilt enables quick, easy and accurate setup, even when a teleprompter, confidence monitor, and other components are mounted on the head. Multiple cameras can be quickly configured as pan, tilt and pedestal parameters are accessed via a simple push of a button
on the camera base (eliminating the need for a dedicated control panel). In addition, LED indicators provide real-time warning if the load is out of balance. The ultra-precise mechanics provide smooth motion and an accuracy of 0.016 degrees, making the PT-LP-S5 ideal for virtual set applications.
“By adding robotic cameras to the studio, we have achieved our goal of streamlining our operations in the most cost-effective way,” said Télésambre’s Ruelle’. “This has led to programs that are easier to produce and more popular with our viewers. I’d say our mission was accomplished.”
About Telemetrics, Inc.
Founded in 1973, Telemetrics revolutionized television camera control with the development of triax and continues to be a pioneer of innovative camera control systems used in the Studio, Legislative, Military, and Education markets. The company began designing, manufacturing and supporting its own camera robotics systems in 1979, and ceiling and floor camera track systems in 1981. Today, Telemetrics offers the OmniGlide™ Robotic Roving Platform, the ever-expanding series of Robotic Camera Control Panels, the S5 line of Pan/Tilt heads, the Televator™ family of motorized columns, and ceiling- or floor-mounted TeleGlide™ track systems. Telemetrics is committed to making the most reliable, durable, and dependable television broadcast robotics ecosystem in the world…products that can be built on for decades, not just years.
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