The UK Supreme Court has installed Panasonic PTZ cameras for legal recordings.
The system broadcast the judicial review of the prorogation of Parliament last summer, via three court rooms equipped with four Panasonic HN130s, a RP150 camera controller and a NewTek Tricaster.
The Supreme Court installed PTZ cameras in 2009 but required an upgrade, leading to the NDI-based PTZ camera technology.
The court’s IT team took the NDI IP connection from the Panasonic PTZ camera and converted it to fibre using existing runs in the building. The stream was then converted back to IP and into a NewTek Tricaster.
For the Brexit prorogation-related judicial review, the team used Microsoft’s Azure Media Services platform, installing two access points to take the camera streams from the control room back to the broadcasters via an OB truck.
“We needed a system that was cost-effective in terms of initial outlay but also cost-effective to maintain and to receive support when needed,” said Dan Money, technical architect and IT Manager at the Supreme Court. “We wanted a long-term relationship, and with Panasonic we knew that we’d get that.
“PTZs are the least intrusive option that guarantees transparency in the courtroom but they also give the camera operator the right level of control and ensure shots of high production value.”