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NAB: Vaddio Brings Single-CCD HD Robotic PTZ Camera

It’s equipped with a 1/3-inch 1.3-megapixel CCD imaging sensor, a glass multi-element wide dynamic zoom lens (18x optical), a tally light and a 1.8-lux rating.

Vaddio is coming to the 2009 NAB Show with the ClearVIEW HD-18. The company calls it the onlymulti-format PTZ camera that delivers component HD in 1080p, 1080i or 720p and simultaneous SD video.

Vaddio ClearVIEW HD-18

It’s equipped with a 1/3-inch 1.3-megapixel CCD imaging sensor, a glass multi-element wide dynamic zoom lens (18x optical), a tally light and a 1.8-lux rating.

Control runs via VISCA command protocol or the IR remote (supplied). High-torque, micro-stepper precision robotics enhance performance with smooth pan/tilt operation for accurate camera movement and control. The HD-18 is compatible with any Polycom or Tandberg videoconferencing codec.

“Vaddio has always built technology around other manufacturers’ PTZ cameras, from our Quick-Connect CAT-5 cabling systems that make installation easier, to our ProductionVIEW line of video switchers and joystick camera control systems,” said Vaddio President and CEO Rob Sheeley. “We designed ClearVIEW HD-18 to fill a void in the robotic camera market; a single CCD, high-definition PTZ camera with a high power zoom lens.”

Vaddio is also launching two Quick-Connect CAT-5 cabling systems for the ClearVIEW HD-18 camera—the WallVIEW HD-18 and the WallVIEW CCU HD-18.

The WallVIEW HD-18 provides power to the camera, and Component HD video back to the Quick-Connect SR up to 100 feet over a single CAT-5 cable. It uses the EZ-Port on the back of the camera.

The WallVIEW CCU HD-18 is a camera control unit that allows the user to adjust red and blue gain, pedestal, gamma, chroma, knee, iris and gain on the camera module and allows up to three scene settings to be stored in the CCU. The Quick-Connect CCU unit provides power, control and video up to 500 feet over CAT-5 cabling to the camera. An EZIM CCU card for power and video

Vaddio is also introducing the ProductionVIEW HD-SDI camera control console with HD-SDI and SD-SDI video switching, video mixing and automated control functionality. Responding to the increased demand for Serial Digital Interface (SDI) in live broadcast, Vaddio created the ProductionVIEW HD-SDI multi-camera control system with an integrated 6×2 HD/SD-SDI seamless video switcher. Input and output capability includes the 3 GHz HD-SDI standard (SMPTE 424M) for 1080p video, as well as SMPTE 292M (HD-SDI at 720p or 1080i) and SMPTE 259M (SD-SDI).

Also on tap from Vaddio is the Precision Camera Controller. It takes the ProductionVIEW Super Joystick a step further by upgrading the robotic camera controller to a broadcast-quality joystick for extremely smooth and accurate pan, tilt and zoom control. In addition, it integrates CCU image control functionality into the system allowing users to control red and blue gain, detail, and iris with adjustable gain. One-push white balance (OPWB), auto white balance (AWB) and auto iris are also available to those who desire a more automated image control system. The CCU control surface gives system users real-time knobs and buttons to control each of these functions.

Vaddio will be at NAB Booth C12427.