The College of Music at the University of North Texas (UNT) has installed seven Vinten Vantage robotic camera heads, together with the μVRC (microVRC) controller, in the school's Murchison Performing Arts Center building. The Vinten Vantage systems give the College of Music recording department a compact, versatile, and cost-effective pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) solution for capturing and live-streaming performances.
"We needed to bring our robotic footage up to broadcast quality, with the best possible images and outstanding motion and control, but at a university budget. The compact and lightweight Vinten Vantage units, paired with the microVRC controller support camcorders from all major manufacturers, as well as both: full-servo and manual lens types. It means we'll never be locked into a single type of PTZ camera," said Blair Liikala, director of recording services, University of North Texas.
The recording department installed five Vinten Vantage robotic heads permanently in the building's Winspear concert hall, for use with Canon EOS C200 cinematic cameras. Two more Vinten Vantage systems are mounted on tripods, giving the team the flexibility to take the C200s to location shoots. Since the Vinten units integrate easily into the facility's Dante audio-over-IP network, the team can move the camera heads without having to reconfigure the network — a benefit since recording equipment is located in two separate buildings.
"The microVRC system gives us a comprehensive and powerful control solution with preset controls, which is particularly valuable since we seldom have time to rehearse our camera work before concerts. Another unexpected benefit of the Vinten Vantage-microVRC-Canon C200 setup is that it gives our student workers invaluable experience with gear they're likely to encounter when they begin their postcollege broadcast careers," added Liikala.