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School District Invests in Robotic Camera Control

Dec 17, 2008 12:00 PM, By Linda Seid Frembes


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Happ operates the Shotoku TR-8S control panel while John Brittain and Bob Gierszewski look on.

Happ operates the Shotoku TR-8S control panel while John Brittain and Bob Gierszewski look on.

The studio’s student interns also played a factor in equipment choice. The system’s manual override was a huge selling point. Using this feature, students can use the studio camera’s pan handles in manual mode, or the staff members can operate them robotically.

“The system is accomplishing all our goals," Happ said in a recent press release. "With possible budget cuts, it will prove its value by allowing personnel to double and triple their responsibilities. We were even able to save money by using our original lenses and cameras. Shotoku retrofitted the lenses with several servo motors so they now have motorized zoom and focus functions that we didn’t have before.”

Recently, the studio has also purchased Sony PMW-EX1 compact full HD cameras so that one person can shoot in the field. “The camera works well in low light, so there is less need of an extra person to do the lighting,” Happ says.

The studio currently covers Board of Education meetings and produces TV programs such as The Math Dude, a video series for students enrolled in Algebra 1, and Homework Hotline Live!, a show that gives students an opportunity to call on-air teachers for help with their homework.





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