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Pedestal rises to occasion

Shotoku’s new TP500 compact and lightweight pneumatic pedestal is making its European debut at IBC. It can support camera payloads of up to 55kg, ranges from 66.5cm to 148.5cm in height, and is suitable for multi-location use such as OB, studio or event production. The company said the robust modular design allows simple transportation between locations. It has an integrated inflation pump for added flexibility and freedom, and can be paired with Shotoku’s SX300 or SH100/120 pan & tilt heads.

Also on show is the SmartTrack smart rail camera system, a fully integrated product based on the core track-based technology of MAT, Germany. Since its launch at IBC2014, Shotoku said it has proved popular and is in use seven days a week at a major Scandinavian broadcaster as part of a very large upgrade project completed this year. The adaptable system supports floor or ceiling operation and a range of column height configurations, in both upright and inverted modes.It is robust and stable, for long-term use in demanding applications such as 24-hour news.

The company is celebrating its 70th year in business, with a full range of advanced and high-performing control systems, pan and tilt heads, robotic and manual pedestals, and virtual reality products for OB, studio, field production and legislative applications. There is also a range of manual and robotic camera support systems, including its TP-200 lightweight pedestal, advanced SX300 EFP pan and tilt head and new developments covering control systems and fully robotic pedestals.