Shotoku to Debut Free-d2 at The NAB Show, Expanding The Company’s Range of Virtual Reality Camera Tracking Solutons

U.S. Broadcasters Get a Look at The Company’s Next Generation VR/AR Tracking System

Sunbury, UK • Shotoku Broadcast Systems, the well-established leader in manual and robotic camera support, and virtual reality tracking, will be introducing the U.S. broadcast market to its latest solution in its range of leading VR/AR tracking systems at this year’s NAB Show. The company’s new Free-d2, which will be demonstrated at Shotoku’s Booth C8008, represents a new generation of tracking systems that do not require physical encoder devices attached to the camera support’s moving axes.

The new Free-d2 system, which is ideal for VR/AR news, sports and current affairs live studio productions, uses advanced video processing algorithms and simple ceiling markers to precisely determine the exact position and orientation of the studio camera, thus providing highly accurate and constantly referenced (absolute) position tracking. No concept of a home or reference point exists for Free-d2 — wherever the camera is positioned is immediately known. The tracking data never drifts no matter how many moves or hours of operation the camera has.

Shotoku is extremely excited to introduce Free-d2, our newest VR/AR tracking system, to the U.S. broadcast market,” says James Eddershaw, sales director, Shotoku. “For many years, Shotoku has been providing broadcasters from around the world with a range of solutions in VR tracking, from simple 2D P&T heads to full-sized 3D systems based on pedestals, cranes and jibs. These systems provide precise, reliable, and easy-to-use hardware-based VR tracking data. Now, the free Free-d2 which was originally developed by engineers at BBC Research and Development, is the latest addition to the range but differs in concept to encoder-based hardware tracking. This latest addition extends our range of VR solutions.”

The system’s small Free-d2 camera is attached to the broadcast camera in such a way that it does not interfere with normal operations, and constantly views the lighting grid area where markers are positioned. Being attached directly to the camera means that any type of camera support can be used, including Steadicam or even handheld cameras.

The low-cost markers are made of simple reflective material and can be placed anywhere within the studio lighting grid or ceiling area. Once an initial studio map is created, the system will typically never require calibration again. In use, the Free-d2 camera only needs to see a small number of markers to calculate the position of the camera, so obstructions such as lights or any other ceiling equipment fittings are no hindrance to operation.

About Shotoku Broadcast Systems
Shotoku Broadcast Systems is an international leader in the manufacture and marketing of a full range of camera support products with emphasis on manual and robotic pedestals and pan/tilt heads for the television broadcast industry. The Company also provides robotic camera systems capable of interfacing with third-party equipment. Established as an engineering design firm specializing in advanced mechanics and electronic control systems, Shotoku maintains headquarters in Japan with offices in the UK, China and the USA. The Company’s robotic camera systems are designed, developed and manufactured in Sunbury, UK. For further information:
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