Orad Brings Sets in a Snap

ProSet brings the ability to track multiple cameras in multiple ways use multiple cameras in the studio and composite in real time.
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At Howard Community College in Columbia, Md., a ProSet virtual set solution with grid-based tracking and CamTrack (from Orad Hi-Tec Systems) is giving a small studio some big abilities and production quality that would have cost much more time and money previously.

Among its offerings, HCC had produced a traditional talk show relying on a homegrown virtual set solution that required recording an image in a green screen studio with a single camera, and compositing the image in post-production using a set created with 3D animation software—a process that took approximately three weeks for a single program.

ProSet brings the ability to track multiple cameras in multiple ways use multiple cameras in the studio and composite in real time. And the grid-based tracking (for pan/tilt/zoom data) and CamTrack (for camera location) lets cameras dolly across the floor without any distortion in the appearance of the virtual set, said Engineer and Crew Chief Geren W. Mortensen Jr.

HCC has integrated the Orad ProSet system into its Studio A production environment, which is based on an Echolab Opera video switcher along with a Crystal Vision chromakeyer and three manually operated studio- configured Panasonic AJ-HPX2000 cameras. The staff uses Autodesk Maya software to design its sets, which are then imported into Orad 3Designer and finished there-although the Orad's built-in set-design software also works for basic needs.

HCC's television studio also serves Howard County Government, which will use ProSet technology to simplify production and improve the look of its local election coverage in 2010. The studio is due to pick up a third, public-origination channel as well.

Among the benefits froom the Orad: changing the set with a click of a mouse, and making a small studio area look bigger—all in a cost-effective solution.

Orad says its solutions are finding homes in places like Al-Hurra (a State Department channel for the Middle East), which is installing a solution in its facility near the White House. The National Terrorism Preparedness Institute at St. Petersburg College in Florida also has an Orad solution for use in training videos and internal communications.

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