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RTÉ News gets creative with Vinten’s robotics

RTÉ is using a new FHR-145 robotic head supported by an FP-188+ robotic pedestal

Ireland’s RTÉ News has unveiled a new look for its main news studio, including Vinten’s robotic camera support systems.

The Vinten robotics equipment has been included in the €1.4 million refurbishment and technical upgrade of Studio 3.

RTÉ purchased a new FHR-145 robotic head supported by an FP-188+ robotic pedestal. The network then was able to upgrade an existing FP-145 robotic pedestal with Vinten’s Absolute Positioning System (APS), a laser scanning technology that constantly references the camera’s position and removes the need for manual retargeting. The newly installed Vinten ceiling track also includes VR/AR capabilities. All robotic supports are controlled by upgraded Vinten VRC software, which allowed RTÉ to retain existing control panels.

“As our first studio refresh in 10 years, this project will help us leverage the latest technologies — such as robotics, AR, and VR systems — to create highly engaging content and capture new audiences,” said Myles Donoghue, project manager, RTÉ News.

“Because we were already relying on a variety of Vinten camera supports and the HD-VRC control system, the new Vinten robotics components integrated seamlessly into our environment, which helped us maximise our budget. We’re especially pleased with the new APS system on our roaming pedestals, which means our robotic cameras are less likely to lose track and are easy to recalibrate.”

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