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Camera Control


Now you can add camera control to any of the Broadcast Pix Studio systems, including all our 1 M/E and 2 M/E versions. The Camera Control options enable the Broadcast Pix control panel to control camera position and lens.  The entire range of Flint, Mica and Granite systems can control of up to 9 or more robotic cameras directly from the Broadcast Pix panel, simplifying single-operator control of the entire studio.

The panel's PixButtons can control preset positions and the name of each preset position can be on the button. These buttons can also set the speed and movement range of panning and tilting. The panel's 3D joystick manually control a selected camera's pan, tilt and zoom. And its knobs can control focus, iris and other settings.


Cameras Supported

Can control the full line of Telemetrics camera pan/tilt heads and robotic equipment, including pedestals and tracks.  Broadcast Pix can control Telemetrics equipment on its own and in combination with both Telemetrics Studio Control Software applications.

Can control a wide-range of Panasonic cameras, including the AW-HE100, AW-PH400 and other Panasonic pan-tilt camera control systems. Up to 12 cameras with up to 100 presets positions may be controlled. Depending on your installation, other Panasonic control cables may be necessary. 

Can control a wide-range of Hitachi Eagle Pan/Tilt Heads, including the PT-101. Up to 9 cameras with 32 presets each may be controlled.Depending on your installation, other Eagle control cables may be necessary. 

Can control a wide-range of Sony cameras, using the Sony VISCA protocol. Control up to 12 cameras with 16 presets each.

Version 3.2 further enhanced our camera control software.  Now it can displays a thumbnail of the preset position of each robotic camera, rather than just the number of each preset, on the system’s Fluent-View, an enhanced multi-view display that shows video outputs and inputs, internal file-based inputs, file libraries, and key layer contents. The new thumbnails help an operator quickly select the camera position desired.

Thumbnails can be created for up to 100 preset positions on each of up to 12 Panasonic robotic cameras, as well as 16 preset positions on each of up to 12 Sony robotic cameras. Broadcast Pix camera control software also enables manual control of pan, tilt, and zoom with a proportional 3D joystick that accelerates depending on how fast it is moved. V3.2 enables even finer control for very long-range camera shots, and will be available available in Q4 2012.



Camera Control for Sony - Option #800 (RS-232C)

In addition to remotely controlling audio mixers the Broadcast Pix Slate system can control robotic cameras through the Sony VISCA™ protocol, for the ultimate ‘one-man-band’ production. Examples of controllable cameras are: Sony BRC-300, BRCH-700, EVI-HD1 and many others.

The Broadcast Pix software can control up 9 cameras directly from the 2 M/E control panel. It uses the joystick to pan/tilt/zoom and knobs in the Device Control to adjust focus, iris and other settings. There are a total of 6 presets per Sony camera. Each camera, preset and menu settings appear directly on the PixButtons of the PixPad, as shown below, for ease of use and greater control.  

A typical installation for the Sony VISCA cameras uses an RS-232C daisy chain configuration, see below for example. Where a DB 9-pin to Mini Din 8-pin VISCA cable is used to connect the first camera to the workstation’s communications port ( COM 1 or COM 2) and the other cameras being looped through each other with a Mini Din 8-pin to Mini Din 8-pin VISCA cable through the VISCA In/Out ports. There is a maximum length of 15 meters (50 feet) when using an RS-232C configuration. A 10 foot test cable is included with the system when this option is purchased.

Camera Control for Sony or Panasonic - RS-422 Option

For installations needing longer runs you may also use an RS-422 configuration, which extends the maximum length to 1,200 meters (4,000 feet). Note, not all Sony VISCA camerassupport RS-422 communication. When using an RS-422 connection, there are 3 configuration options, and depending on installation needs, you may connect cameras in a daisy chain, star or star/daisy chain combination.

The single camera configuration option # 811 includes a DB 9-pin RS-232 to screw terminal RS-422 converter, which plugs into the workstation in either COM 1 or COM 2. From the screw terminal you may connect your first camera using the 9-pin connector plug provided with the camera. From the same connector you may loop communication to the rest of your cameras.

If controlling more than one camera, there is an optional 4 or 8 port Edgeport serial extender (option #814 or #818) to accommodate either star configurations. This method is useful when needing to run long home run to various studios.

Camera Control for Hitachi - Option #801 (RS-485)

The Broadcast Pix Slate system can also control larger box-style cameras with the Hitachi camera control through the Eagle Pan/Tilt heads and protocol. Up to 9 Cameras are connected to the workstation using a serial RS-485 connection, which has a maximum length of 1,200 meters (4,000 feet). A DB 9-pin RS-232 to screw terminal RS-485 converter is included, which plugs into the workstation in COM 1 or COM 2 and feeds a Multiplexer (or wire splice) that sends 5 wires to each camera head, 3 are for communication and 2 for power. All cameras connect to a multiplexer to split power and communication to all your cameras. The Pan-Tilt heads, Multiplexer, power supplies and cables are provided from Eagle.

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