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Elevating Robotic Cinematic Cameras: Introducing AIR ONE by Advanced Image Robotics from VidOvation

Introduction:

Jim Jachetta, the CTO and co-founder of VidOvation, will take center stage at the NAB Show 2024 to introduce a groundbreaking VidOvation in camera technology—the Advanced Image Robotics Camera System, affectionately known as AIR ONE. This cutting-edge system represents the seamless integration of robotics with cinematic cameras, promising a paradigm shift in visual storytelling.

The Concept Behind AIR ONE:

Jachetta elucidates the core concept driving AIR ONE – the fusion of robotics with cinematic cameras to deliver the desired cinematic look across various domains, including sporting events, churches, and live productions. Designed to alleviate the challenges faced by camera operators accustomed to traditional PTZ joystick controls, AIR ONE harnesses the power of an off-the-shelf iPad for intuitive camera management.

Control Features and Functionality:

Offering a glimpse into the operational capabilities of AIR ONE, Jachetta highlights its versatility and ease of use. Through a hardline Ethernet connection, Wi-Fi, or even the public internet, operators can access a myriad of controls via the iPad interface. The touch-based controls on the iPad facilitate precise adjustments, such as zooming, focusing, and preset creation, all with a level of finesse unparalleled by traditional joystick controls.

Enhanced Control and Preset Management:

Jachetta demonstrates the intricacies of preset management within AIR ONE, showcasing the ability to adjust the speed of transitions between presets. This granular control ensures seamless transitions tailored to the specific requirements of each production, whether it demands rapid shifts or gentle, nuanced movements. With the capability to record, adjust ISO, and manipulate camera settings remotely, AIR ONE empowers operators to craft captivating visual narratives with unparalleled precision.

Remote Operation and Collaborative Workflow:

One of the standout features of AIR ONE is its ability to facilitate remote operation and collaborative workflows. With support for up to six cameras, operators can remotely control cameras from diverse locations, transcending geographical barriers. Jachetta emphasizes the intuitive nature of the system, which allows operators to collaborate seamlessly and coordinate camera assets, ensuring a streamlined production process without confusion.

Conclusion and Further Exploration:

In conclusion, Jachetta invites attendees to delve deeper into AIR ONE’s capabilities through a webinar hosted on their website, offering comprehensive insights into its functionalities and applications. As the industry continues to evolve, AIR ONE stands as a testament to the transformative power of VidOvation, promising to redefine the landscape of camera control and visual storytelling. With AIR ONE, the future of cinematography is within reach, empowering creators to unleash their creative vision with unprecedented precision and flexibility.

Transcript:

Hello, everyone. It’s Jim Jachetta again, CTO and co-founder of VidOvation. We’re here at the NAB Show 2024, showing the Advanced Image Robotics camera system or AIR ONE for short. So, what is the AIR ONE system? We can tell you that it’s the integration of robotics with cinematic cameras.

Everyone wants the cinematic look, whether it’s a sporting event, a church, a live event, people want that cinematic shallow depth of field where they can focus in on certain elements in the production. So AIR ONE was invented for camera operators who struggle with controlling a joystick for PTZ cameras. So the engineers at Advanced Image Robotics took an off-the-shelf iPad, and we use that for control.

We’re connected to the AIR ONE camera either through a hardline ethernet connection on the iPad, Wi-Fi, or the public internet, and we have a bunch of controls. So this is meant as an alternative to a traditional PTZ joystick. As we all know, an iPad is a touch device.

So let’s say we want to zoom in on these. This is a proxy, a low-res proxy of the video coming from the camera. So let’s just say we want to zoom into what’s happening here on this monitor and zoom in on that.

Then, with our other hand, we can control the zoom. So we could zoom in, and you could make small movements. I’m moving my finger slowly; do a small move.

We can have, we can make that a new preset. So you can see we can save for a recall later. We can play with focus.

We can do the speed. So what does speed mean? When we click this preset, speed is how aggressively the camera will go to that preset. So we got slow, turbo, super fast.

So I’ll make it slow because most of ours are fast. So let me go to another preset. You double-tap.

That was a fast attack. Now watch this one. We made this slow.

See that? It makes it gentler. So you could be live while that’s making that transition. And it’s meant to be used with two hands.

So one hand controls the camera, and one does zoom. You see, over here, we can record and change the ISO.

We can change the f-stop. From here, we can control most or all of the hooks or settings for whatever camera body we use in the robotic arm. We can then also be controlled to up to six cameras.

So we can have, take control of six cameras. I’m local to the camera right now. We can bring through the air canvas.

We can bring other operators into the ecosystem. Operators could be in New York, London, LA. Their living room couch with an iPad and control a camera thousands of miles away.

When you log into the canvas, you see a list of all your operators. You see the list of all your cameras, and you drag an operator. Ryan Jaquetta is operating this camera.

John Smith is operating camera two. And this way, there’s no confusion with people working remotely who’s controlling what asset in the field. And it’s a very, very intuitive system.

We do have a webinar we recorded about a month ago on our website to show you more information. We can show you the camera over here to show you what it looks like.

 

 

 

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