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Telemetrics’ Michael Cuomo provides an update on the company’s robotic cameras and tracking systems

Before the impact of COVID-19, small organizations and college programs were struggling to get productions that relied heavily on automation. Whether it’s working with small crews, finding ways to capture multiple sports happening simultaneously in different locations, or producing in-studio content with a quick turnaround, the effects of the pandemic have not only exacerbates this dilemma. This is where Telemetrics comes in. Founded in 1973, the company provides camera control with the development of Triax cable connected camera control systems and continues to develop reliable products used in many markets.

At the 2022 NAB Show, SVG spoke with Vice President Michael Cuomo to understand what the company was showing on its stand in the central hall, how its involvement in sports has grown, what trends it is currently seeing in the market and what goals it wants to achieve by the end of 2022.

Telemetrics showcased these new products at booth C5326 in the central hall.

What new products or equipment were introduced at this year’s show?
The new reFrame Sever – winner of TV Technology’s “Best Of Show” – extends the flexibility and highly accurate talent tracking of our artificial intelligence (AI)-assisted reFrame automatic shot correction software, running on a panel of RCCP-2A robotic camera control, to more cameras in a production studio or event space. The new reFrame server, which allows multiple cameras to have talent tracking capability simultaneously, also includes an improved user interface to make it easier to set up and use the reFrame software.

We also introduced several new features that streamline workflows and make robotic camera operation faster, easier, and better than ever. New features of the RCCP-2A control panel include Prep Execute, Motion Edit, Enhanced Trim Shot and InFlight Bumping.

The first, Prep Execute, allows users to instruct the robotics to prepare to move to a starting position and when ready, they can now, with the press of a button, execute the move. InFlight Bumping allows operators to adapt to last-second movement of talent or production workflow changes in real time. So they push or jostle the “In flight” camera movements.

Motion Edit makes it easy to set up and execute shooting motions. This is a fixed preset position that records everything the operator does and reads it. This is ideal for complicated and non-linear movements. Previously, you had to record the entire movement. The operator can now go back and re-record an individual axis.

Finally, Enhanced Trim Shot makes the RCCP-2A more functional than before. There is a new user interface to immediately show the operator which shots are cut, making it much more user friendly. It also makes cutout plans much more usable.

The RCCP-2A panel was also featured with improved talent tracking in its reFrame AI-assisted talent tracking software, available in both STS Studio and LGS Legislative software packages. New this year (although it was developed in 2020) are the Ultra-Wide Band sensors, which add a third layer of tracking to go along with its proven face and object tracking. This provides greatly improved accuracy when tracking people in front of the camera. This also serves as the real-time location or spatial recognition technology that has made reFrame the most accurate and reliable talent tracking software on the market.

Telemetrics has also developed a new multi-function power supply for its robotic camera control systems that includes a small LCD display for labeling as well as diagnostic purposes. The new PS-RM2-48 also includes Ethernet connectivity, allowing users to control and monitor power remotely. This also serves as a safety feature as users can now monitor the power drawn from the power supply.

The new PS-RM2-48 can be used to remotely turn robotic camera components on and off, and it offers significantly more power than previous power supplies. In the past, a Telemetrics OmniGlide rover required three or four standard power supplies (one for the rover, the Televator, and the pan/tilt head). Now, with this new product, users can power all components with a single power supply. As a result, it’s easier to use, takes up less rack space, and is more comprehensive. The PS-RM2-48 power supply began shipping with all new Telemetrics robotic camera systems.

Finally, we showed several models of its TG4 rail system and range of carts, including curved and straight ceiling and floor mounted camera rail systems. From the conversations we had at the show, robotic camera track systems are trending this year as customers look for creative new ways to produce their shows.

Are there any recent sports partnerships or clients you would like to highlight?
We have systems at many MLB, NFL and NHL team sites, including a weatherproof camera system used by the San Francisco 49ers for their 8K replay system at Levi’s Stadium. We have also sold remote camera rigs to The Associated Press for their coverage (high resolution photo) of the Olympics (summer and winter) and the last three Super Bowls.

What are the trends you see in the industry?
We see more and more studios adopting robotic cameras to reduce costs and reduce technical errors. Additionally, sports channels are launching new services from smaller studios and camera robotics is the perfect solution for this. Additionally, Telemetrics systems can be monitored remotely, reducing the number of crews needed on site.

What goals do you want to achieve by the end of 2022?
Telemetrics will continue to innovate and make our products better, more compact and easier to use, with more functionality and support for third-party systems based on customer needs.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.