Panasonic Intros Full-Size Remote Camera System Controller
Panasonic System Communications Company of North America has introduced the AW-RP120 full-size remote camera system controller, with the capability to control cameras via both IP and serial connections, to support the company’s expanding line-up of remote camera systems.
The AW-RP120 offers innovative functionality including Group Presets for rapid, easy scene changes, Tracing Memories for storage and recall of complex operations, SD Memory Card memory storage, and direct panel control of gain, pedestal, and detail settings. With an easy-to-use, ergonomic control layout and the most powerful feature set of any Panasonic controller ever produced, the AW-RP120 addresses a diverse range of applications encompassing broadcasting, sports, Houses of Worship, education, rental/staging, corporate and government.
The AW-RP120 delivers control of up to 100 Panasonic cameras via IP or five via RS-422 serial connections. Compatible cameras include the AW-HE50H/S, AW-HE60H/S, AW-HE120, AW-HE100 and AW-HE2 HD integrated PTZ cameras; plus the AK-HC1500, AK-HC1800, AW-HE870, and many other convertible cameras when used with appropriate pan/tilt heads.
The AW-RP120 supports flexible system configurations, with Group Presets, Scene Files, and up to 100 presets for up to 100 remote cameras. Selectable automatic IP address allocation further simplifies the commissioning of large-scale systems. Any one of five AW-RP120 controllers on the network can select and control any compatible IP-controlled camera. An RS-232C port enables external control for systems employing appropriately programmed PC, Crestron, AMX, and other 3rd party controllers. The Panasonic AW-HS50 compact switcher can also be linked to the controller via IP connection to permit a streamlined production workflow.
The AW-RP120’s ergonomic control panel features a large pan/tilt joystick, seesaw zoom lever, iris dial, and manual focus dial with One-Touch Autofocus. A dedicated speed adjustment dial is provided for each of the pan/tilt/zoom and focus functions. Precise camera moves and scene operations can be memorized and recalled via the unit’s Tracing Memory. Up to 10 Tracing Memory “scripts” items can be stored for each camera. In addition, up to 100 standard presets, including pan, tilt, zoom position, focus, iris and white balance settings, can be quickly stored and recalled for each camera, greatly simplifying operation in large or complex venues. By creating up to four Groups Presets (up to 10 cameras each) multiple camera angles and settings can be retrieved in a single batch, facilitating one-touch control of rapid scene changes.
The remote controller permits direct adjustment of a camera’s Gain, Shutter, Detail, AWB, ABB, Master Pedestal, R/B Pedestal and R/B Gain. Other menu functions of compatible Panasonic cameras can be also controlled using the AW-RP120. The AW-RP120 is equipped with an LCD panel for menu operation as well as dedicated zoom, focus and iris indicator displays. Various functions can also be allocated to eight User Buttons for one-touch control. Scene files can be utilized for one-touch switching of remote camera shooting modes, and settings can be stored on an SD Memory Card for backup and cloning setups to other controllers.
The AW-RP120 has a simple, ergonomic design for easy operation in diverse settings, but is powerful enough to satisfy high-level staging and production needs. The unit measures 13-1/2” x 3-1/16” by 10-17/16” and weighs just under seven pounds. The AW-RP120 will be available in February at a suggested list price of $4995.00.