Shotoku adds AR/VR, camera movement to Hunan News production

By NewscastStudio

Hunan Broadcasting System (湖南广播电视台) debuted its new broadcast studio for Hunan News (湖南新闻联播) in early October 2020 equipped with the latest in broadcast technology, becoming the first 4K UHD end-to-end news studio to debut in China.

With set design from Provost Studio, the main studio features a variety of large format LED displays and a virtual production area.

Six Sony cameras are present in the studio with a variety of Shotoku Broadcast Systems camera support systems.

“Hunan TV has deep experience over many years of robotic camera systems and understand the benefits robotics can bring to productions. They also understand that sometimes you simply need a completely manual camera, so Shotoku was the obvious choice with a world-leading range of products in both categories,” notes Matt Servis of Shotoku.

The pedestal camera line up at Hunan News.

On the robotic side, Shotoku has supplied two SmartPedVR pedestals with TG-18VR robotic PT heads to allow for dynamic shots along with immersive augmented reality graphics. Shotoku’s SmartPedVR system includes built-in virtual reality (VR) tracking at all times while also including LiveView control.

Manual camera supports include three TP-200 studio pedestals with SG-900 pan and tilt heads supporting large format Canon Digisuper lenses.

Shotoku also provided Hunan with a TK-38VR studio crane, which includes camera tracking capabilities and its TR-XT robotic control system, allowing for touch-based control of cameras.

“Hunan TV has used several robotics systems over the years and undertook a deep investigation into the technologies available today,” said Servis. “At the end of that investigation, Shotoku was selected having demonstrated clearly the many benefits of the SmartPed and TR-XT control system, as well as the pure quality of motion and long term reliability so important to a production facility as advanced as Hunan TV’s new 4K studio.”