The Major League Baseball (MLB) Philadelphia Phillies have installed a closed circuit HD video channel inside Citizens Bank Park for monitoring player performances and video training. The system is made up of remotely controlled PTZ cameras and an intergraded control panel from Telemetrics.
The multi-camera system features four Telemetrics RoboEye PTZ cameras: one in each team bull pen, one at “high home” pointing straight down from the rafters at home plate, and a fourth in center field. The bullpen cameras allow both teams to see their pitchers warming up on a monitor inside the dugout. The monitor features a split screen view of both camera feeds to allow both teams’ managers to see any activity. The high home and center field cameras are used for player coaching as well as for MLB replays, should a controversial play occur.
A Telemetrics RCCP-1 Remote Camera Control Panel, with its intuitive User Interface touch screen and numerous camera shading and pan/tilt adjustment features, controls all of the cameras (connected with fiber-optic cabling installed inside the ballpark) via a joystick and a few button pushes or finger points.
“We’ve had the system up and running for a year now and it has performed very well,” said Kevin Camiscioli, Director of Video Coaching for the Phillies. He added that signals from the various cameras are routed to his office next to the home team dugout and then distributed to the dugout monitors. Footage is also stored as it is being captured and used for later coaching as well as player evaluation and opposing team scouting. “We’re using video to see what’s going on during the games and for coaching our players after the games. Now that it’s set up, we don’t have to touch the Telemetrics technology. It works like a charm.”
We’re using video to see what’s going on during the games and for coaching our players after the games. Now that it’s set up, we don’t have to touch the Telemetrics technology. It works like a charm.
Housed in a compact weatherproof housing, the robotically controlled Telemetrics RoboEye features a Sony Exmor 2.18-megapixel CMOS image sensor HD camera and 30X zoom lens. It also includes a pan/tilt unit equipped with servo motors for maximum accuracy in positioning. Each RoboEye unit is designed for use in both indoor and outdoor applications and has an ingression rating of IP65.
The RoboEye provides native 1920 x 1080 HD-SDI image capture and automatic gain set-up with a manual override. In addition, up to 1,000 presets can be stored, ensuring Camiscioli and his team can provide players and coaches with a high quality image and the exact camera angles they require.
The RoboEye camera integrates seamlessly with Telemetrics’ RCCP-1 control panel, which allows a single member of the Phillies A/V staff to perform virtually unlimited, natural control over camera and lens positioning, camera shading and control of peripheral devices.
“The players and coaches like it because they are always looking to improve and the footage we provide them with during and after games results in better overall performance by everyone involved,” Camiscioli said. “We’ve got four cameras now, but we could easily expand that if the need arises.”
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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