Canon is updating the functionality of its PTZ cameras with new Auto Tracking Application RA-AT001 and the Auto Loop Application RA-AL001, available via its Add-On Applications System.
Coupled with Canon’s 4K camera technology, the applications can be used in a broad range of scenarios, including live events and broadcast, said the company.
The new applications will launch with support for the CR-N700 camera, Canon’s indoor 4K remote PTZ camera, with the company expecting to expand the line-up of applications provided by its Add-On Applications System, as well as its line-up of compatible remote camera models, in the future.
The Auto Tracking application automatically tracks people, ensuring they are always framed and in-shot, without the intervention of a camera operator. This enables both single and multi-camera shoots to be filmed without the need of a camera operator, said Canon. Performing visual analysis in-camera, the system has “exceptional tracking capabilities” added the company, from full-body, upper body, shoulders-up and other viewpoints, as well as speeds ranging from slow to brisk walking.
Auto Loop enables the camera to follow a pre-programmed, automated pan/tilt/zoom movement without the need for an operator to manually change the shot.
Two movement pattern options, loop or back-and-forth, give greater flexibility to choose movements that suit each shooting environment, said the company. To ensure footage looks natural amongst a multi-camera set up, the application offers smooth adjustment of start-stop acceleration/deceleration to simulate manual camera movements. These features are easily programmable via a single screen, where operators can apply position and route settings and even access a preview, as well as control the speed of movement and duration of pause at each position.
Both applications will be available from April 2023.