Camera Robotics Help Create More Content With The Same Resources
March 30, 2020
Medcom, a major Latin American broadcaster in Panama City that operates
three terrestrial channels and four cable TV channels, has upgraded the
studio of its Cable Onda Sports cable TV channel to robotic camera
operations with a new robotic camera system from Telemetrics.
The remotely controlled technology is now helping to produce
approximately 27 hours of sports content per week in the most
cost-effective way. In fact, Medcom said that moving to robotically
controlled production systems has helped it realize a two-thirds
reduction in operating costs.
new studio robotics, which was installed in the popular sports channel’s
28 x 30 ft. studio, went on air in the fall of 2018 and includes a
Telemetrics RCCP-1A Robotic Camera Control Panel with Studio (STS)
software and a PT-HP-S5 Pan/Tilt head. The Telemetrics systems are
operated in tandem with a studio automation system from AVECO and an AP
ENPS newsroom system to automate shot selection.
“This was a very smooth installation and we are very happy with the
results,” said Carlos Rodriguez, Technology Manager at Medcom. “The
system helps us do more productions with the same personnel. In fact, we
are creating more shows than we ever have before with the Telemetrics
camera robotics systems.”
Designed for larger broadcast studios and legislative production
centers, the new RCCP-1A includes a high-end processor that supports
complex keyframe based-motion paths. The STS software helps control a
host of new features, such as Telemetrics’ exclusive reFrame™ Automatic
Shot Correction technology. This automated shot trimming feature helps
users of automated news studios overcome unpredictable occurrences in
the studio—like the talent slightly moving out of frame or an
ill-positioned over-the-shoulder graphic or two-shot— and make quick
adjustments automatically, on the fly.
As part of this overall facility upgrade, Medcom has also purchased a
new Telemetrics OmniGlide™ Robotic Roving Pedestal, which it will use
for its Eco TV cable TV news channel. The OmniGlide is providing the
crew with the freedom to move the camera to different positions using
the RCCP-1A control panel, all while eliminating human intervention in
“The OmniGlide is really helping us bring our robotic operations to
another level,” Rodriguez said.
anything before it, the Telemetrics OmniGlide rover features an
innovative three-point-contact design for tripod-like stability while
enabling the pedestal to turn more sharply and smoothly thanks to
advanced omnidirectional electromechanical servomotors integrated into
the pedestal base.
With the OmniGlide platform’s new XY scanners, the roving pedestal can
“learn” the room’s physical details and auto-correct for its position
and orientation, avoiding obstructions without operator intervention and
ensuring crew safety. An optional feature offers users the ability to
leverage artificial intelligence (AI) to allow the pedestal to analyze
its surrounding environment and correct itself automatically by learning
the studio parameters.
“Medcom is the latest example of a multi-use production facility that
understands the power of camera robotics and how it can help improve
operations and productivity,” said Michael Cuomo, Vice President of
Telemetrics. “It’s also proving to have a significant financial and
practical impact on the way productions are completed. We’re pleased to
be working with Medcom as they continue to expand their facilities and
improve content creation for its viewers.”