Panasonic’s ‘Smart Studio’ Shows Production Possibilities

Panasonic’s 8K ROI system enables one 8K camera to deliver four independent virtual PTZ-controlled HD feeds.Panasonic’s 8K ROI system enables one 8K camera to deliver four independent virtual PTZ-controlled HD feeds.

Visitors to the Panasonic booth can experience what John Baisley, senior vice president, Professional Imaging & Visual Systems, terms “the future of live production.” In its Smart Studio exhibit, Panasonic is showcasing production technologies and workflows that combine its cameras — including the AW-UE150 4K/HD pan/tilt/zoom camera and the 8K ROI (region of interest) multicamera system — with virtual systems.

Within the Smart Studio, the 8K ROI system operates as four HD cameras by allowing four separate crops from a single 8K image canvas. When used in conjunction with the BlackTrax tracking system, which automatically tracks moving subjects on the set, one 8K ROI camera operator can follow the action from multiple virtual camera angles.

The AW-UE150 4K/HD PTZ camera is being demonstrated in the Smart Studio with Tecnopoint Tuning software, Totem telescopic column systems and motorized floor and ceiling dolly systems, bringing movement into the production. According to Baisley, the system is Panasonic’s response to customer requests for “better production values, more camera angles and more interesting camera moves.”

Additionally, the company is previewing a prototype of its Live Production Suite (LPS) modular scalable switching platform, capable of working in a hybrid SDI/SMPTE ST 2110 environment in HD, 3G or 4K and fed by MoIP (media over IP) video from Panasonic’s AK-UC4000 camera system.