While preparing to move its news production facilities into new premises, Nagasaki Broadcasting Company developed the concept of an ‘open’ studio on the main news floor. As well as enabling the creation of a dynamic, lively feel for presenters and viewing audiences, this gave NBC the opportunity to maximize the use of relatively limited floor space in the broadcaster’s new headquarters.
By adopting Sony’s studio automation system together with three BRC-H800 PTZ (pan/tilt/zoom) remotely controlled cameras, the Japanese broadcaster has been able to realize a space-saving, labor-saving news studio.
A primary consideration for Nagasaki Broadcasting Company’s choice of PTZ remote camera was assurance that their chosen model would deliver adequate image quality for news production. The solution proposed by Sony employs two BRC-H800 cameras integrated in teleprompters covering a news presenter in the relatively compact studio. This saves space compared with their previous use of a full-size studio camera mounted on a large tripod. With the studio used mainly for everyday news programs, it’s highly practical using the remote cameras under control of the broadcaster’s automated news system – with no need for camera operators to be physically present in the studio.
A third tripod-mounted BRC-H800 can be taken outside the studio when needed. With LAN network cable connections and coaxial terminals located on every floor of the building, the portable camera can easily be used wherever it’s needed – for example in the entrance lobby or on the roof balcony. This allows a single presenter to report from other areas of the building, with a PTZ camera controlled remotely from the studio area.