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Vaddio Debuts All-New ClearView Camera

At InfoComm 2011 in Orlando, Vaddio announced the new ClearView HD-19 high-definition PTZ camera with what it calls SmartShot technology.

At InfoComm 2011 in Orlando, Vaddio announced the new ClearView HD-19 high-definition PTZ camera with what it calls SmartShot technology. The newest member of the ClearView family of cameras comes equipped with a 19x optical zoom lens and is built around a 1.3-megapixel, 1/3-type Sony Exmor high-speed, low-noise CMOS image sensor, company officials said. The integrated SmartShot technology with adjustable image processing gives the end user control of DSP functions, allowing the camera operator to deliver a crisp detailed image with high-definition color, according to Vaddio.

"We added the HD-19 camera to the mix because live production camera operators are demanding a different camera solution that can handle the complexities of a live performance," said Rob Sheeley, president of Vaddio, in a statement. "Some features they were specifically looking for were the ability to shoot video in a variety of changing lighting conditions, image stabilization, and iris and shutter control for outdoor events."

Sheeley explained that SmartShot technology gives a camera operator the ability to adjust the amount of image processing automation that a camera's DSP provides. Automated image processing such as auto white balance, auto iris, and automatic gain control are typically set at the factory and cannot be changed by the end user, according to Sheeley.

"With SmartShot, the user can set the DSP to the value they need for their venue and not some predetermined value set for a perfect room," he added. "We also added image stabilization to minimize the effects of camera shake or vibration to provide stable, smooth operation, and a new outdoor camera mode provides outstanding image quality for shooting outdoor activities."

Using an increased pixel aperture size, high frame rate, high signal-to-noise, and column-parallel A/D conversion method, the detail and sensitivity of the sensor are increased and noise is dramatically reduced, according to the company. Outputs include component HD in 1080p, 1080i, or 720p, and simultaneous SD video in 480i. SDI is also available with an optional slot card. Control runs via VISCA command protocol or the supplied IR remote.

Minimum illumination is rated at a 0.7 lux for extremely low-lit areas.

 


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