TNDV chooses Panasonic AW-UE150 PTZ cameras for its trucks and flypacks
TNDV, a full-service provider of mobile production and audio facilities, has recently acquired ten Panasonic AW-UE150 4K/60p professional Pan/Tilt/Zoom (PTZ) cameras and five companion AW-RP150 remote camera controllers for use in its trucks and flypacks.
“This acquisition is largely in response to strong customer demand for robotic PTZ cameras,” said Nic Dugger, Chief Marketing Officer, Live Media Group Holdings. “Nearly every show we do these days requests robotic PTZs in addition to our full-size broadcast cameras. Because of how quickly and flexibly PTZ cameras can be deployed, they have proven to be indispensable for the live sports, entertainment, and corporate video productions we’re hired to do.”
According to Dugger, the AW-UE150’s robotic control and compact size make them advantageous to mount in places where it isn’t practical or possible to station a camera operator.
Dugger cites one large corporate event recently where attendees walked up to one of twelve microphones to ask their questions. TNDV aimed multiple PTZ cameras back at the crowd, and the operator programmed camera presets on the remote camera controller corresponding to the microphone number to frame each of the microphone shots. When someone walked up to microphone number three, the operator simple chose “3” on the controller and the PTZ camera swung into the proper position. This achieved the shot of microphone number three far faster and easier than a camera operator could have manually positioned it into place.
Based on the very positive experience that Dugger and his team have had with their previous Panasonic acquisition of 1080/60p PTZ cameras and controllers, Dugger says they were predisposed to buying again from Panasonic. Nevertheless, they did their due diligence and shopped around only to verify that Panasonic’s offerings were the way to go.