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drewgandy:
I'm looking for some recommendations for robotic camera arrangements.  Anybody doing this for church services?  

drew

Mac Kerr:
drewgandy wrote on Wed, 07 April 2010 00:11
I'm looking for some recommendations for robotic camera arrangements.  Anybody doing this for church services?  

drew


What kind of quality of movement are you looking for? There are lots of robots that will point the camera where you want it, but move in steps. A smooth pan, or lots of programmed shots is more expensive.

A studio I work in just installed a system by Showtuko (I think) that controls 8 cameras with the look of a cameraman. The camera can move by cut, pan, or swoop, depending on whether or not it is on air. It will cut to the next shot unless it is on air, if it is on air it makes a smooth pan. I expect it is a very expensive system.

Mac

drewgandy:
Mac Kerr wrote on Wed, 07 April 2010 12:49
 I expect it is a very expensive system.

Mac



Well if it's one of your clients then, no surprise, right?  

I'm looking at systems that basically point the shots 'off-air' and then you take the shots when you need them. Presets mostly.  Simple operation for church volunteers.  
Videobotics.com,  Vaddio.com.  How about some others?

Brad Weber:
I personally avoid the terminology 'robotic' cameras for most applications as there are overhead track and X-Y camera positioning systems, remotely adjustable height camera pedestals, etc. that can be part of such systems and that provide 'robotics' well beyond the basic pan/tilt/zoom/focus (PTZF) functions.  However, there are many churches using a wide range of PTZF camera systems.

On one end you have basic packaged, videoconferencing style units from manufacturers like Sony and Canon.  On the other end are broadcast quality pan/tilts (or other movement systems) from companies like Telemetrics or Panasonic paired with high quality cameras from Panasonic, Sony, Ikegami, JVC and so on along with Fujinon or Canon lenses that support remote zoom/focus and presets.  In between that is a pretty wide range of options.  So you probably need to narrow it down a bit more in areas such as camera resolution, field of view, packaged camera/pan/tilt or separate camera and pan/tilt units, budget, etc.

Until recently the Vaddio products were essentially control and cabling systems for other manufacturer's cameras.  More recently Vaddio has started introducing some of their own packaged camera products.  But there product lineup may give you some idea of the range of devices out there.

Mac Kerr:
This is the system I was referring to.

Mac

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