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2019 NAB Show: Get rail and see eye-to-eye with Shotoku camera systems

Shotoku’s SmartRail camera system and SmartPed robotic pedestal are among some of the solutions that will be showcased at its booth, alongside its SD and SE manual tripod series

Shotoku USA, the North American operation arm of Shotoku Broadcast Systems, will be exhibiting SmartRail, its latest generation of rail-based camera systems for floor and ceiling operation offering a wide range of height column configurations.

The system combines the flexibility of Shotoku control systems with a rail-based dolly and elevator column system to provide a perspective on any live, multi-camera studio production.

Its ceiling track systems offer the ability to descend the camera down to eye-level positions, making the Shotoku system an option for broadcasters looking for rail camera performance without the restrictions of floor use.

The company will also be highlighting the SmartPedVR robotic pedestal, which has already been deployed by several global broadcasters. The demonstration at booth C9511 will showcase SmartPedVR in use within an augmented reality (AR) environment, integrated with graphics systems.

Designed to address the creative and commercial demands of on-air environments, the three-wheel pedestal features a new height column, multi-zone collision avoidance and detection systems, and electro-mechanical steer/drive system for performance and reliability.

SmartPed offers switchover between local and remote operations, allowing the pedestal to be deployed for a wide variety of applications.

Also on display will be its SD and SE manual tripod series. The SD range is available in two variants — SD20 and SD40 — which support payload up to 3kg and 5kg respectively. The systems feature fixed counterbalance and drag systems tailored to the payload of the head, and come with two-stage tripod mid-level spreader and carrying cases.

The new SE range is evolved from the concept of providing support with functionality and wide-ranging applications for the extended range of camera systems. The SE80 and SE150 feature a drag system to ensure “smooth on-air movies”, and a multiple level counterbalance system to provide accurate balancing for a wide range of cameras.

The SE80 supports a payload of up to 10kg, while the SE150 can carry up to 16kg. 

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