Courtroom 300, the larger of the two courtrooms in the Minnesota Supreme Court that record and stream video to the Internet and to local public television station KTCA in St. Paul, has upgraded its previous complement of low-quality stationary cameras with a system featuring a switcher and cameras from local provider Vaddio.
Courtroom 300 of the Minnesota Supreme Court Minneapolis-based AV integrator MSpace did the job. The courtroom now uses a Vaddio ProductionVIEW FX switcher and three WallVIEW PRO 300 PTZ camera systems.
“The ProductionVIEW FX not only featured a preview window for operator control, but also RS-232 remote control,” said MSpace Sales Engineer/Designer Tom Larson.
Because of the ProductionVIEW FX’s RS-232 remote control capability, Larson was able to create a voice activated, hands-free, operator-free system using a Biamp Nexia audio DSP system with Audio-Technica RFI shielded microphones.
Microphones were installed for each of the Supreme Court Justices, and a lectern microphone for giving oral arguments to the court. These mics connected to the Biamp mixer that included LOGIC boxes capable of sending RS-232 code information to the ProductionVIEW FX.
The Vaddio WallVIEW PRO 300 system is based on the Sony BRC-300 PTZ Camera “Depending on the speaker, code sent to the ProductionVIEW FX specified not only which camera to use to capture the speaker, but also to trigger a preset within the camera to capture the person talking,” said Larson.
Vaddio products were chosen for three reasons, according to Larson: a variety of camera types, its Cat5 cabling solution and the hands-on/hands-free control options
“The Minnesota Supreme Court now has improved video quality on all of the streaming and recording sessions, and video transitioning from speaker to speaker is easy and not distracting to the viewer,” he said.
Vaddio ProductionVIEW FX Furthermore, the building is wired to support interactive video court hearings, conferences and training programs between the judicial center and other locations throughout the state.
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