The recently-unveiled Vinten microVRC aims to bring studio-style remote PTZ camera control for smaller budgets.
The emergence of affordable broadcast-quality cameras in recent years has contributed to the rise of the small-studio demographic. In order to satisfy the growing demand for broadcast-level robotic control equipment from this segment, Vinten has just released their microVRC (μVRC), a smaller version of their full-fledged HD-VRC system.
The Vinten microVRC is a PC-based touchscreen controller solution that allows you to control the Pan, Tilt and Zoom (PTZ) of up to 4 cameras remotely. It also includes an ergonomic USB Joystick with assignable function keys.
It is designed to seamlessly integrate with the Vinten Vantage robotic remote head, which we covered last year (read the full article HERE). However, due to its modular design, it can also be programmed to integrate with third-party PTZ solutions for a more flexible setup. This is just one of the many optional add-ons you can get for the Vinten microVRC, which can be built up to the full functionality of the HD-VRC.
Out of the box, the controller does offer an adequate level of features, though. These include camera select, pre-set shots, essential shading, playback, and video switcher integration that easily connects with third-party switchers.
Due to its modular and scalable nature, as well as the compatibility of Vinten’s system with a whole range of more affordable cameras, I think this would make an ideal solution for small broadcast but also web-based studios looking to expand in the future.
The Vinten microVRC is already available. For more information regarding the product, its optional software upgrades, and to request a quote, please visit www.vinten.com/vantage.
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