Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism has upgraded its in-house production studio with a complete robotic camera control system from Telemetrics that includes new 4K UHD cameras, servo-controlled pan/tilt heads, an integrated control panel and existing elevating camera pedestals that can all be controlled by a single operator.
The new Telemetrics systems have been installed within a 30×30 studio and replaces legacy camera robotics that were in need of an upgrade. The production studio is now a more flexible space used for video classes, as well as producing content for both J-School organizations and outside corporate and broadcast clients.
“Most of the J-School work that we’re doing with our students is scripted content for news and entertainment programs, so we have time to set our shots,” said Jim Bittel, Director of Broadcast and Multimedia Technology at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. “The robotic systems make it easy to produce shows with a single operator, thus conserving resources and making our department as efficient and flexible as possible to handle the wide variety of work we do here.”
Also new in the studio are four Hitachi UHD4000 4K/HD cameras, three mounted on Telemetrics PT-LP-S5 Pan/Tilt heads and one on a jib arm, which have helped maintain a consistent high quality look for the school’s productions. A single Telemetrics RCCP-1A-STS control panel with Studio software accurately controls these cameras and makes it easy to store preferred settings and camera angles for later recall.
The RCCP-1A control panel allows the staff (and some freelancers with years of broadcast production experience) to create key frames and switch shots quickly with a few button pushes. Bittel said this gives the school’s productions a highly professional look and feel, which is important for both inside and outside clients.
The robotic systems make it easy to produce shows with a single operator, thus conserving resources and making our department as efficient and flexible as possible to handle the wide variety of work we do here.
“The professional nature of our studio is important to keep students working in a real world environment and so far we’ve seen increasing use since we opened in September,” Bittel said.
The optional Studio software includes a unique feature called reFrameTM Automatic Shot Correction, which ensures that on-air talent is always in frame. Should the talent shift their position and appear slightly out of frame, the reFrame technology automatically adjusts the camera to center the talent. Using facial recognition, the panel locks cameras onto the talent and automatically trims the shot without the operator ever having to touch the controls. This ensures that the camera shots are always trimmed and the talent is framed correctly.
Bittel said this feature will be especially useful for their Video Newsroom class to be taught in the Spring that will incorporate a lot of live interviews from the field, transmitted back to the studio with several Dejero EnGo bonded cellular video systems.
“Being able to automatically reframe talent in boxes on screen will be very useful to our students,” Bittel said. “The goal is to give them a good experience with state of the art technology and allow them to tell their stories in the most effective way.”
‘We’re happy to be helping Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism educate its students in the most efficient and cost-effective way possible,” said Michael Cuomo, Vide President, Telemetrlcs. “Their new RCCP-1A control panel works seamlessly with all of our products at the school, even the Televator® elevating camera pedestals that have been in operation for several years.”
About Telemetrics, Inc.
Telemetrics, founded in 1973, revolutionized the robotic camera control industry with the introduction of robotic camera control over Triax. Today, Telemetrics is a pioneer of innovative solutions used in Studio, Legislative, Military, Corporate, Houses of Worship, Sports, and Education. Telemetrics offers the S5 line of Pan/Tilt heads, motorized columns with the Televator, ceiling or floor mounted TeleGlide track systems and expansive software control packages with the RCCP-1 platform. Telemetrics is committed to making the most reliable, durable, and dependable broadcast ecosystem in the world…products that can be built on for decades not just years.
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