Colombian TV Network Acquires Shotoku Jib Crane

The crane system is being integrated into the production workflow while facility staff explores its creative potential.
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Caracol Televisión in Bogotá, Colombia has procured a virtual set-enabled jib crane system from Shotoku Broadcast Systems, says Shotoku, a manufacturer of camera support products, in a written statement.

Caracol Television, on-air since 1954, operates one of Colombia's two national networks, producing a broad range of news, sports, public affairs, scripted, and unscripted “reality” style content. Caracol acquired Shotoku’s TK-59VR jib crane in conjunction with a virtual studio technology package from Vizrt, which provides content production tools for the digital media industry.

The newly installed jib crane system is being integrated into the production workflow while facility staff explores its creative potential, said A. Yesid Guerra, Caracol’s director of engineering. “I wanted to have the Shotoku brand in our facility for some time,” he said, adding the jib crane system “is very robust and produces fluid, precise movements ... and it’s being well accepted by our operators.”

The TK-59VR jib crane is equipped with Shotoku's TV-03A pan / tilt head. Both are configured for virtual set operation with high precision encoders and a “serial position interface” that delivers data compatible with all leading VR systems to ensure smooth, accurate synchronization of virtual set elements.

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