Studio automation offers many advantages: Productions can be made more complex with less effort through automated processes and also offer the possibility to programme camera movements in advance, shifting much of the work before the actual production.
The camera operators are relieved by planned processes so that they can concentrate on a clean picture and the ideal creative realisation during the production instead of on the technology.
To further develop the automation of the broadcast workflow, KST has developed its own modular product CamBot.system.
CamBot. systems robot control remote mirror distribution audio switch lightning playout graphic track match
CamBot.control is the freely scalable and stackable server system that forms the core of CamBot.system. In addition to all performance-heavy processes, such as the calculation of kinematics and collision avoidance, the server architecture also manages the interfaces to the individual internal and external systems. CamBot.control offers exemplary redundancy possibilities, which ensure 24/7 operation without downtime. The server system can be freely deployed, and the communication between the servers is exclusively IP-based.
The CamBot.robot module includes the robotics integrated into the system. CamBot offers integration interfaces to almost every well-known manufacturer, so that all paths are open to the customer. (Stäubli, Kuka, Yaskawa, Doosan, Universal Robots, Electric Friends, Black Cam, Egripment und Panasonic)
Support for all popular professional camera systems, such as:
- Pan & tilt
Here, the software not only serves as a “remote control” for the respective controller, but also calculates and controls the entire kinematics. This allows maximum influence on the type of movement and cleanliness of the system.
Depending on the accuracy of the system, CamBot also offers the possibility to generate tracking data for use in AR and VR systems.
With CamBot.light, complex lighting systems and sceneries can be integrated into the system and controlled centrally. Depending on the light settings or even the movements of individual effects and spots can be naturally co-controlled by the operator and fully linked to the rest of the overall system.
CamBot.remote consists of the user software CamBot.remote Production (Pro for short) and the hardware panels RP1 and RP2, but depending on customer requirements, various third-party systems are also available. For example, the Panasonic AW-RP150 or the Kairos operator panel can be used for operation. The operator station connects as a client to the central CamBot.control server system. The number of server or camera systems as well as the number of clients is unlimited.
Accordingly, it is also possible to handle large multi-studio and multi-direction installations as a fully integrated overall system. Thereby CamBot offers flexible user management and pooling functions to manage the overall system efficiently and to give the respective operator access only to the elements assigned to him.
A separate software variant CamBot.remote PTZ was developed especially for the use of PTZ cameras.
CamBot.matching allows the control of all camera-side functions. Hereby the functions of a conventional RCP are taken over by the software and can be stored preset-related and controlled automatically. It is therefore possible, for example, during a camera movement from indoor to outdoor areas, to seamlessly track the aperture, white balance or other settings of the camera as a controlled, programmable axis.
With CamBot.graphics, a feature-rich interface to on-air and VR graphics systems, such as Reality by Zero Density, has been created. Thereby it becomes possible to automate and control all aspects and settings of the graphics from CamBot. This can be prepared animations of AR objects, the manual control of AR objects themselves or the content on background screens. It is also possible to use pure virtual cameras like real cameras with manual control and programming.