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Real-Time PTZ Camera Tracking for Live AR / VR Video Production

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Discover how Panasonic PRO PTZ cameras integrate into the video production studio of the future.

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AR / VR Camera Positioning Data

To be able to incorporate realistic VR (virtual reality) or AR (augmented reality) studio sets in your live productions, accurate camera positioning data is imperative. The AW-UE150, AW-UE100 and AW-UE80 PRO PTZ cameras feature the FreeD protocol, which provides you with the option to output Pan / Tilt / Zoom / Iris information via Serial (RS 422) and IP (UDP) directly from the camera to your tracking system. The FreeD protocol is supported by most popular virtual set systems, including solutions such as Brainstorm, Ross UX XPERIENCE, Vizrt Viz Virtual Studio, and Zero Density.

About the FreeD Protocol

FreeD is a protocol that sends camera positioning data directly from the camera to a virtual reality production system. It enables productions to incorporate realistic virtual studio sets and elements into their live video workflow without the need for additional sensors or encoders.

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AW-UE150 PRO PTZ Performance

The AW-UE150 PRO PTZ remote camera is the first robotic camera on the market to provide Position Data Notification (PTZF). It's ability to be used in virtual sets is only one of many features that makes it the ideal choice for your robocam needs. It also features a massive wide-angle of view, 4K / 60p video, versatile video outputs and more. This camera takes remote cameras to an entirely different level of performance.

Using Panasonic PRO PTZ Remote Cameras on Virtual Studio Sets

FreeD functionality can be activated directly in the web menu or the on-screen display menu of the PRO PTZ camera. To access this functionality, make sure that you have the latest firmware version of the camera installed.

Customer Profile: Arque Inc. Creative Studio

Discover how Panasonic PTZ Cameras compatible with the FreeD protocol were used to construct an AR system capable of real-time synthesizing of competition information as live video for Japan’s largest Sport Climbing competition, BOULDERING JAPAN CUP 2022.

Customer Profile: Virtual Studio Applications

Thanks to the adoption of the FreeD protocol, the AW-UE150 provides real-time positioning to the Virtual Reality Engine™ from Zero Density. Find out how this combination ensures the creation of a cost effective virtual set at the studio of a major TV station in Belgium.

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Compatible AR / VR Software Vendors

The AW-UE150 PRO PTZ camera has been confirmed compatible with the below 3rd party vendors and the VR/AR solutions that they offer.

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PRO PTZ Camera AR / VR Workflow

Tracking information (Pan, Tilt, Zoom, Focus, Iris) are communicated via IP and Serial connections and are in-sync with genlock input.

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Build the Studio of the Future

Ready to build the studio of the future? Reach out to a Panasonic live production expert to schedule a demo and experience the PRO PTZ camera difference for yourself.

All product specifications, availability, and pricing are subject to change without notice.

Images may be simulated for demonstration purposes.