by Fabian Chaundy | 22nd March 2017
The recently-unveiled Vinten microVRC aims to bring studio-style remote PTZ camera control for smaller budgets. The emergence of affordable broadcast-quality cameras in recent years has contributed to the rise of the small-studio demographic. In order to satisfy the growing demand for broadcast-level robotic control equipment from this segment, Vinten has just released their microVRC (μVRC), a smaller version of their full-fledged HD-VRC system. The Vinten microVRC is a PC-based touchscreen controller solution that allows you to control the Pan, Tilt and Zoom (PTZ) of up to 4 cameras remotely. It also includes an ergonomic USB Joystick with assignable function keys. The Vinten microVRC USB Joystick It is designed to seamlessly integrate with the Vinten Vantage robotic remote head, which we covered last year (read the full article HERE). However, due to its modular design, it can also be programmed to integrate with third-party PTZ solutions for a more flexible setup. This is just one of the many optional add-ons you can get for the Vinten microVRC, which can be built up to the full functionality of the HD-VRC. The Vinten Vantage compact robotic head Out of the box, the controller does offer an adequate level of features, though. These include camera select, pre-set shots, essential shading, playback, and video switcher integration that easily connects with third-party switchers. Due to its modular and scalable nature, as well as the compatibility of Vinten’s system with a whole range of more affordable cameras, I think this would make an ideal solution for small broadcast but also web-based studios looking to expand in the future. The Vinten microVRC is already available. For more information regarding the product, its optional software upgrades, and to request a quote, please visit www.vinten.com/vantage. Are you familiar with the Vinten studio solutions mentioned above? Let us know in the comments below!Read more
by Olaf von Voss | 7th September 2016
The Vinten Vantage remote head is the latest addition to the UK company’s lineup of camera support equipment. it’s a lightweight remote head which can be tightly integrated into your existing studio setup. Vinten Vantage Vinten just has released this little teaser of their newest product, the Vinten Vantage. As you can see, there’s not much to be explored, so maybe some additional information might come handy: The Vantage is a robotic PTZ (Pan – Tilt – Zoom) head which aims for lighter camera setups up to 4.5 kg (approx. 10 lbs). It is capable of ±90° tilt range and 355° pan range at a speed of 0.02 up to 60 deg/s. UPDATE: Vinten has approached us with a heads up in terms of capabilities of this new robotic head. I appreciate this and glady spread the news: The Vinten Vantage head offers distinct benefits over traditional PTZ cameras including: Continuous variable speed control and full synchronization of any movement versus a traditional PTZ’s limited set of speeds. Flexible mounting positioning for any convenient or restrained location while PTZ’s are dictated by the fixed focal length range of the internal, non–interchangeable lens. Just to be clear here, with this head you are not limited to a fixed-lens build-in camera, that’s for sure. It’s quite the opposite: Modern cameras such as the Canon C100 or Sony FS7 are fully compatible with the system. For all this you’ll not only need the head itself but also some way to control the system. For that, several workflows are being supported, for example serial connections, Ethernet, and LANC. Another way to integrate the Vantage head into your system would be the already existing control system called HDVRC. This is a Windows based touchscreen system wich enables you to fully control the Vinten Vantage head along other compatible gear. the Vinten HDVRC control surface If you need more than just one camera within your setup, you can add additional Vantage heads to your workflow. The HDVRC system can be used as a universal hub for all your existing pedestals, heads and elevation units you might own already. Exact positions of every single axis of the Vantage head are being stored as a screenshot of the current position. From there you are able to transition smoothly from one position to another. Full manual (and smooth) live control is also possible, of course. Not only pan and tilt can be controlled but also zoom if the attached lens features a zoom servo, of course. Since the Vantage head aims for smaller cameras, that might just be the case. A tally light is also provided, which emphasizes the fact that this head feels at home in a studio of some kind. Even a bubble level is integrated, so mounting the thing shouldn’t be any issue. It’s also small enough to discreetly fit into an existing studio environment. It might seem that the Vinten Vantage head is some kind of FX motion control device and it is one, indeed. But it is cleary aimed for studio work, not for FX creation. I don’t think that is precise enough for FX work such as shooting multiple layers of a scene for example. This task demands VERY accurate movement and depends on expensive hardware like servo motors with laser engraved glass disks for precise positioning. As the Vantage claims to be cost effective and lightweight I would be surprised if you could use it for such precise applications. I think the main purpose would be a semi-automated studio setup in which one operator can control multiple cameras from the comfort of his desk. Unfortunately, there is no word on pricing, yet. In terms of availability the Vinten Vantage should be availbale by the end of 2016. source: Vinten websiteRead more
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