Bexel to Showcase New Camera Corps Products at 2011 NAB Show
Bexel is debuting several Camera Corps products at the 2011 NAB Show in Las Vegas, including the new 3D Universal RCP, Multi Camera Key Pad Control and Mini Joystick Control. Camera Corps is introducing these controls as part of a fully operational production system including Camera Corps’ Q-Ball high-precision robotic cameras—which are also on display.
The Camera Corps 3D Universal RCP allows six cameras of different makes and models to be comprehensively remote-controlled from one single panel. Equally suitable for use with 3D and 2D systems, the 3D Universal RCP can control up to two stereoscopic rigs on a paired-camera basis to maintain predetermined adjustment offsets between left and right cameras, or as individual cameras, if preferred.
Also making its first U.S. show appearance at this year’s NAB is the Multi Camera Key Pad Control that increases the number of remote camera heads that can be operated via the company’s Joystick Control or CCU Panel, ranging from five to 96. It can also be used with Camera Corps’ Multi Camera Combiner unit to allow a maximum of four joystick operators and four CCU engineers to control the 96 cameras and pan and tilt heads simultaneously using a single data line. An output is provided to drive many types of video routers, enabling the picture monitor to follow camera selection at any of the eight operator positions. Up to 255 channel numbers and routing-matrix assignment numbers can be selected via the keypad for easy integration of the 96 camera sources, with existing camera channel configurations on video matrices with up to 256 inputs.
The Multi Camera Key Pad Control is compatible with many different cameras and particularly ideal for operation with the Q-Ball ultra-compact robotic system. Connection is quick and easy via a highly robust interface which encodes control data onto a standard audio line at user-selectable bit-rates.
Camera Corps’ Mini Joystick Control will be shown at NAB as well. Developed for applications such as commentator-camera control or outside broadcast vehicles—where desk space is often very restricted, the ultra-compact Mini Joystick Control is compatible with all Camera Corps and Egripment pan and tilt heads, including the Camera Corps Q-Ball.
Easy to use and ideal for fast-response on-air operation, the joystick and control buttons have the same tactile responsiveness as those on Camera Corps’ full-size controller, including fully adjustable pan, tilt and zoom speeds and reverses. Zoom is controlled by rotary twist of the joystick. Up to five separate heads can be operated from a single panel. Reverse settings and control speeds for each of the five channels can be stored in non-volatile internal memory.
“Camera Corps understands the demand for streamlining 3D within the broadcast industry and, in response, has provided several turnkey solutions,” says Scott Nardelli, chief business development officer, Bexel. “We look forward to offering these new products to our clients at NAB, especially as the popularity of 3D productions grow within the industry.”