Vinten Radamec’s ‘Legislative Control System’s’ touchscreen
The legislature for the province of Alberta, Canada has installed a robotic camera system produced by U.S. firm Vinten Radamec, a Vitec Group brand, according to the company.
Vinten Radamec has set up its “Legislative Control System” (LCS) in the main chamber of the Alberta Legislative Assembly in Edmonton, Canada. The LCS is an intelligent controller capable of providing multi-user, multi-facility control of cameras and robotic heads, ensuring the rapid and accurate shot acquisition required to televise parliamentary and legislative procedures.
The LCS equipment installed in Alberta’s Legislative Assembly include five Hitachi cameras and Vinten Radamec Autocam HS102P pan and tilt heads with the whole system now ready for high-definition. A prime advantage of the LCS is its flexibility, allowing operators to choose the best shot from a selection of angles, to select cameras by touch screen and to use a joystick to adjust the camera’s position.
The system replaces a life-expired standard definition installation, which was operated by local television station CFRN, part of the CTV network. This control system required operators to select shots manually by reference number. To ease the transition, Vinten Radamec’s LCS installation supports complex operations for both manual and fully automated functions and the Alberta Legislative Assembly is already realizing the benefits of the visual selection tools.
The Vinten Radamec LCS was installed by Applied Electronics of Edmonton, and Alan English, Applied’s technology sales representative, said, the LCS is easy for the operators to pick up. “They (operators) have a visual representation of the chamber and can punch in the shot number, or they can use the touch screen to select what they need. The beauty of the LCS system is that it will take every available camera, rate the shot and cue up the best rated for each location,” he said.