NAB 2017

NAB 2017: AJA Video Systems Launches RovoControl 3.0 Software, HELO v1.1 Firmware

At NAB 2017, AJA Video Systems revealed new features for its RovoCam compact block camera and accompanying RovoRx HDBaseT receivers via new RovoControl 3.0 software. RovoControl 3.0 delivers several new customer-requested features and UI enhancements that improve camera configuration and control.

RovoControl 3.0 software feature highlights include:
— USB controller support for mapping RovoControl controls to a USB interface for game style controllers or USB joysticks.
— Updated exposure control interface for simpler camera control.
— Improved presets interface for camera and ePTZ control.
— Import/Export of settings for easily sharing setups and different configurations.
— High DPI UI mode that improves the look of the UI on higher res monitors when working with RovoControl software.
— Crosshair selector for more refined Spot AE and Spot Focus control.
— Zoom control enhancements that improve the way the Zoom slider responds.
— A new summary line in the RovoControl UI provides an overview of the basic settings for quick reference.
“Since releasing RovoCam, we’ve seen several innovative implementations by customers around the world in ProAV, broadcast and corporate environments that speak to the camera’s versatile design,” shared AJA President Nick Rashby. “At NAB, we’re thrilled to be bringing those customers added functionality with RovoControl 3.0, which will make for more seamless setup and operation of the camera.”

RovoControl 3.0 software will be available soon as a free download for all RovoCam customers. RovoCam is available now through AJA’s worldwide reseller network for a US MSRP of $2495. RovoCam’s companion receiver unit, the RovoRx-SDI, is available now for a US MSRP of $995, with the RovoRx-HDMI companion receiver available now for a US MSRP of $495.

AJA Video Systems also announced new v1.1 firmware for its versatile HELO H.264 streaming, encoding and recording device. The update adds new features to HELO that further simplify and expand live production workflows.
HELO v1.1 firmware feature highlights include:
— A scheduler that triggers pre-planned start and stop of recording and streaming media. The schedule may be programmed locally through HELO’s web UI, by importing ICS files or by linking to external calendar providers such as Google Calendar.
— Redundant recording of one file to two media destinations simultaneously.
— A recording file segment size of 360 minutes for TS files, for long event recordings.
— Support for up to 5 RTSP streams.
— REST API documentation to describe how to automate basic HELO functions.
“HELO has been met with great enthusiasm, and we’ve been working closely with customers to rapidly develop and deploy updates that further improve its functionality while addressing common live event production challenges,” says Rashby. “Following our most recent update, which introduced support for Facebook Live, HELO v1.1. firmware includes several new features that make streaming, recording and encoding with HELO even simpler.”
HELO v1.1 firmware will be available soon as a free download.