When the Telecommunications Cultural Center (TCC) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, opened its doors, it was ready to produce a "wow" factor. Designed and integrated by Nutech Engineering, the TCC (established by Indotel, the Dominican Republic's National Telecommunications Institute) declared itself to be more than an absorbing, interactive museum dedicated to the history of communications. Its sophisticated audio-visual equipment announced that it was ready to grab the world's attention. Among its state-of-the-art tech acquisitions were two Canon BU-50H remote-control robotic indoor 16:9 PTZ HD camera systems. With these systems at the ready, the special events held within TCC's spacious auditorium are captured in crystal-clear widescreen video and instantly ready to be seen across the globe.
"With LCD panels and Blu-ray DVD becoming increasingly prevalent, people today expect to see extremely high-resolution video everywhere," says Michael W. Banks, President of Nutech Engineering. "We're transmitting HD from beginning to end in this project, and the Canon BU-50H proved to be a cost-effective solution for meeting our specifications for capturing great video and sending it out to the world."
If exceptional video imagery and versatile performance are musts—as they were in the case of the TCC—Canon BU-50H remote-control robotic indoor 16:9 PTZ HD camera systems are a wise choice, indeed. The Canon BU-50H is designed with a non-proprietary control protocol, providing easy transition between locations—including auditoriums. Users/system integrators are able to interface the Canon BU-50H with their own control system for remote operation of the pan/tilt system, as well as camera lens and video functions. At the TCC, the Canon BU-50H is controlled remotely by an operator using Vaddio's Precision Camera Controller, which offers broadcast-quality joystick control for extremely accurate pan, tilt, and zoom control, as well as smooth optical adjustments.
“The Canon BU-50H proved to be a cost-effective solution for meeting our specifications for capturing great video and sending it out to the world.” —Michael W. Banks, President of
"My videoconference codec accepts the BU-50H's direct HD-SDI signal, which means I can broadcast my videoconferences in full HD," notes Banks. "Everyone will be able to watch these video conferences in real time instead of packets, and conferences can be distributed wherever they need to go… whether that's on the fiber ring to the rest of the Dominican Republic or to anywhere in the world."
Across the board, Banks finds Canon's BU-50H to be the ideal solution for a growing number of projects. "It's got a lot of desirable features," he observes. "When you're talking about a 1.6 megapixel-per-picture image, that's really great. I also like that the BU-50H provides a 20X zoom, with the pan/tilt motor built-in. Its very quiet operation is another feature that I took into consideration."
For Banks and Nutech, only HD video quality without compromises would do for this project. "At the TCC, every component in the HD video signal path has to be top quality," he says. "We wanted to have a very highly prestigious and reliable name behind the cameras we chose. I didn't have to think twice about selecting Canon."