Robotic PTZ system helps El País save space and make better use of resources when capturing live video
Vinten, a Vitec Group brand, has announced that Spanish newspaper El País has deployed the Vantage robotic camera head and the μVRC (microVRC) controller to bolster its live-video production operation. Together, Vantage and μVRC provide a space-saving, labour-saving pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) camera solution for capturing and posting more than 1,000 live videos per month to the El País Facebook channel — whether reporting from the studio or streaming live coverage from the field.
El País needed a robotic solution for the TV studio located in the middle of its newsroom. The goal was twofold: save space and optimize the cost of staff. El País achieved those goals by installing three Vantage heads integrated with JVC professional camcorders in the newsroom studio; operators use the μVRC in a control room in another part of the facility.
“The three words that best describe Vantage are flexibility, effectiveness, and quality. Vantage is a compact camera system that is just the size we needed for our newsroom studio, yet we can also take it with us on location. And it works perfectly with μVRC, which gives us all of Vinten’s broadcast-quality movement and control expertise in a cost-effective system built for small studios,” said Carlos de Vega Gonzalez, deputy director of video and photo at El País.
“During the Catalonia elections last December, we were on the air for about 12 hours. Vantage and microVRC make it possible to do coverage like that with efficiency and relative ease.”
SDI Video – Sinopsys Distribución Integral integrated the project with support from consultant Moncada. Both companies are in Spain.
“With the Vantage and μVRC system in place, El País can create great news and event coverage and live-stream it to its social channels more easily and affordably than ever before, so its more than 100 million unique monthly visitors get the quality they’d expect from an outlet of El País’ stature,” said Ginny Grove, product marketing manager, Vinten Automation.