Rise of the robots: How well are we adapting to new broadcast tech?
As a camera robotics company, Telemetrics is used to riding the waves of technological change. Colin Clarke, Telemetrics head of UK & Benelux sales, assesses the industry’s current inflexion point
Ask anyone who has spent a few years in this industry what they see as the biggest change in the world of broadcast, and they may be hard-pressed to put a finger on a single area of development.
The truth is that the last several years have seen an explosion of new technologies that has left many breathless. SD-SDI was the seed of the digital revolution and it germinated faster than anyone expected; no sooner had that change come about when HD-SDI began to sprout along with 4K UHD and more.
Is all of this new technology actually good for the industry? That is a subjective question. If you’re an editor, camera operator or producer, the answer is an unequivocal, yes. Now it’s possible to achieve greater clarity, new perspectives, easier editing and more effects, which all combine to improve storytelling.
Is all of this new technology actually good for the industry? That is a subjective question
For the technician, who has the job of learning how new technology works and where it fits into the workflow, the answer may be a bit more measured. Because technicians are typically the people who recommend and help decide what is to be purchased, it is important for manufacturers to make integration and maintenance as simple as possible as part of the overall products development package. For example, building in web servers and including convenient features like dedicated remote log-in software and simple SSD card changes can make a real difference.
At one time, some technicians did not welcome the advent of camera robotics. Though they may have originally feared it would take jobs from camera operators, in reality, as the capabilities and low relative cost against investment curves have emerged, it is evident that robotics create new channels, and the best robotics operators are those who were previously standing behind the cameras.
As a robotics company of long standing, for Telemetrics the HD revolution has been fruitful. Developments in computer processing, memory and communications speeds have driven huge advancements beyond the old serial 232/422 type systems.
New digital cameras, lenses and servo systems have worked together to produce greater accuracy, integrated control and improved dynamic production values, long sought after by customers.
The launch of our new LP-S5 PT head (pictured above) at the NAB Show 2016 is a perfect example. This product was engineered to meet and exceed customers’ expectations and needs. Faster and more accurate, delivering higher load capacity and better power management, and offering easy installation and low maintenance, this is a product that breaks new ground in robotic camera studio systems.
While we may not have insight into all the new technologies that will be introduced in the years to come, you can be sure they are already in development now.