An optimal vantage point: Spanish newspaper El Pais has deployed the Vantage robotic camera head and the μVRC (microVRC) controller to bolster its live video production operation.
Robotic PTZ system helps Spanish newspaper save space and make better use of resources when capturing and posting live video to social channels
Spanish newspaper El Pais has deployed the Vantage robotic camera head and the μVRC (microVRC) controller to bolster its live video production operation.
According to Vinten, Vantage and μVRC collectively 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 El Pais Facebook channel — whether reporting from the studio or streaming live coverage from the field.
El Pais was also looking for a robotic solution for its TV studio located in the middle of its newsroom — and which can save space and optimise the cost of staff. Three Vantage heads integrated with JVC professional camcorders were installed, while the μVRC was operated in a control room in another part of El Pais’ facility.
Carlos de Vega Gonzalez, deputy director of video and photo at El Pais, said: “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.”
The Vantage and μVRC system yields three primary benefits for El Pais. First, El Pais saves space in a bustling newsroom built primarily for gathering stories, and not for video production.
Second, it can use the cameras both on the set and in the field, which not only maximises return on equipment investment, but also comes in handy when reporting from live events outside the studio.
Finally, because camera operators can work remotely through the μVRC controller — whether the shoot is taking place on or off the set — there is no need for them to be at the shoot location, so El Pais can make the best use of staff resources, Vinten concluded.