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Paul McDonald
Remote single cam studio
on Nov 7, 2019 at 9:10:11 pm

The institution I work for is looking to build a remote studio for one of our satellite campuses. The intention is to allow the talent to deliver a piece to camera with teleprompter support while we remotely control and monitor from a location about 60 miles away. The files can be captured locally and electronically transferred to us following the shoot - we're on a fibre network. I'm doing some preliminary research to see what options exist in the space.

Our requirements are:
* UHD capture
* CCU and pan tilt control
* Post chroma keyable IQ

I see there's a range of PTZ options on the market and while I like the all in one simplicity I'm not sure how they'll hold up with green screen material. My experience with them is that all but the most prohibitively expensive aren't great with indoor lighting. The idea of a GH5 or BM Micro studio camera on a pan tilt head interests me more.

Are there any solutions folks would suggest to as a starting point? I'll be liaising with a vendor on the build once we narrow down our requirements.


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Mark Suszko
Re: Remote single cam studio
on Nov 25, 2019 at 5:15:59 pm

Well, I control a remote PTZ HD camera from 200 miles away via IP. Sony-based, controlled thru the joystick on our Ross carbonate switcher. Due to about a 3-second lag, the camera position presets are your friend. The very fine control is not really there, IMO.

Newtek is all about integrated solutions for a need like yours, and you get so much with the package I think you'd have to consider it.

The concern that I would have is about the type and level of signal compression and the codec used to send green screen HD video back to a remote site for further integration. I mean, the Cable news orgs and networks do it like that on a daily basis, but I'm sensing your budget might not be on the same level. You need green screen as absolutely clean as possible to do the best job. Adding noise or taking resolution hits on multiple encode/decodes thru the various signal chains makes me nervous. To the point where I'd look at how to do the keying *before* sending it back. But that's just me, worrying.

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