Shotoku provides manual and robotic systems for Hunan TV’s latest news studio

Shotoku Camera Systems at Hunan TV new news studio

Shotoku Broadcast Systems has announced that Hunan TV has installed a range of Shotoku systems in its recently opened 400m2 state-of-the-art news studio. Hunan TV, China’s free-to-air commercial satellite station, upgraded the studio in keeping with its continuous initiative to incorporate technical advancements into its infrastructure.  The studio, entirely equipped for 4K production and fully VR/AR ready, launched live on 1st October 2020, China’s National Day.

The Shotoku systems used in the new studio include manual pedestals and pan and tilt heads, a VR crane and multiple fully robotic pedestals. The TK-38VR crane enables Hunan TV to achieve sweeping shots, and with the VR data output option the use of graphics integrated within the studio is “seamless”.   In addition to the crane, Hunan TV also uses three manually operated TP-200 studio pedestals along with the latest SG-900 heavy duty manual pan and tilt head.  The TP-200/SG-900 combination enables the broadcaster to use full size camera configurations with studio box lenses.

Following a thorough evaluation process of possible solutions, Hunan TV chose two fully robotic SmartPedVR pedestals.  With VR data output, like the TK38VR crane, SmartPedVR provides accurate position information for use by the VR graphics system to integrate real-time graphics within on-air 3D camera transitions.

James Eddershaw, Managing Director, Shotoku says, “Hunan TV is the latest in a long line of Shotoku robotics installations in China and we’re proud that they selected our solutions for this state-of-the-art project. Their engineers were actively involved in the installation and commissioning alongside our dedicated robotics specialists who provided detailed operation and maintenance training so Hunan TV engineers could be confident in their abilities to operate and maintain the systems for years to come.”

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