Motion control camera system on LCI Studio
Motion control camera system on LCI studio
The integration of the ARCAM system on the new LCI studio
“LCI”: a new system for a new set
At the beginning of 2015 the TF1 group, had a desire to review and renew their capabilities to coincide with their channel change. It was then that they launched the “LCI 2016” project to create a new studio.
Following the positive feedback from existing users of the system, the Technical Director of Production, Lionel Barbier, discovered the XD motion products and approached XD motion to explore all of the solutions and possibilities that the ARCAM system offers.
To ensure that the ARCAM system was available for scrutiny by all stakeholders from directors, to operators, to managers, a one-week long on site demonstration of the product was organised in December 2015 on the former LCI studio. In that week, the ergonomics and flexibility of the system instantly convinced the different teams that they had found their solution.
A challenge: from research to development
The test being conclusive, in March 2016, the technical team of LCI proposes to XD motion a challenge to be met: to create a single system able to control all the cameras present on the future studio. LCI’s intention is to simplify as much as possible their control room and the work of the operators by centralizing the control of all its robotic camera systems. The goal is to control the ARCAM system on dolly and 13 PTZ HE130 from Panasonic with a single software and a single remote.
Led by its technical director, Nicolas Rolland, the XD motion team is looking into this new challenge and the French start-up, thanks to its responsiveness and listening to the user, is the only company able to put forward a solution within the time limit.
The user at the center of attention of XD motion
In an effort to put the end user at the center of the development of its software, XD motion works in conjunction with future operators. The goal is to best adapt the control interface according to their expectations. The simplification and versatility of the workstation offers the operators a comfort of use and daily work.
In order to allow LCI to gain space in the studio, we introduced the possibility of fixing the dolly to the ceiling during a demonstration in our installations. This configuration of the system also allows them a greater freedom of movement and all this without worries of obstruction of the light.
A successful project…
In June 2016, the system is operational and Quentin Mayet, head of training at XD motion, visits LCI for a week of training for operators and maintenance technicians.
On August 29, 2016, the new set is “On Air”.
…may lead to another
XD motion working on a new software even more powerful and collaborative than the version currently used by LCI, the latter will be equipped with this new software as of its exit in 2017.
The work of the technical team of XD motion will have convinced this big French group and another project is underway for the installation of an ARCAM system on the set of the TV news of the first French national channel, TF1.