Picking the best cameras for a live TV studio starts with a key question: Do you want/need a virtual set, or a traditional organic one? The answer to that question will set you on two very different paths, since the camera priorities change drastically depending upon whether or not you want to use virtual or traditional organic sets. Unlike other virtual sets from some other manufacturers, NewTek’s virtual sets allow for realistic zooming into your studio action while simultaneously zooming the simulated background at an equal pace and distance. This 12-step article plus a review will help you make the best decision.
Sections in this article
In this article, you’ll find:
- Robotic cameras versus conventional cameras
- How to control robotic cameras directly from your TriCaster and save money by not purchasing PTZ controllers
- Everything you ever wanted to know about genlock but were afraid to ask
- Connections between your cameras and your TriCaster
- CCU: Camera Control Unit
- Tally lights
- Resolutions: spatial versus temporal
- What you should know about progressive versus interlaced video
- How to choose the ideal framerate for your programs
- How to interpret, adjust, and match the menu settings in your cameras with that of your NewTek TriCaster
- Examples of cameras
NewTek sponsored this article after receiving Allan Tépper’s proposal. As of the publishing date of this article, Allan Tépper has no commercial connection with Átomos, Blackmagic, DataVideo, Panasonic, JVC, Metabones, Sony or Tally Lights LLC other than that some of them have sent him review units or have contracted him to do consulting, technical writing or translations in the past. The words and opinions of Allan Tépper expressed in the article are his own. More info at AllanTépper.com.