May 19, 2016
By Maisie Loh
Singapore – Set to revolutionize the broadcast robotics market, the new invention is the first easy-to-use, intuitive robotic control system with a seven-axis robotic camera arm. The robot is operated through an intuitive control surface by which each camera axis can be manipulated by a touch screen with a live video underlay so that the operator gets instantaneous feedback.
The new robotic system is developed for a variety of applications including studios, especially those with a space constraint, which addresses a big issue in Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Singapore. It can also be used in outside broadcast and film production. This new broadcast and film solution delivers a giant leap forward in terms of productivity, flexibility, and cost efficiency. The new robot replaces a staffed jib or small crane and is ideal for repeated trajectory takes in news and sports studios. Electric Friends provides various different hardware and software configurations suitable to any virtual or physical studio as well as outside broadcast. The demonstration at BroadcastAsia2016 will involve Electric Friends using a Grass Valley LDX C80 Compact Series camera integrated with Vizrt Mozart studio automation and Vizrt 3D augmented graphics in a full live studio setup on the Ideal Systems stand 5D4-02.