Motion control camera system on LCI Studio

Motion control camera system on LCI studio

The integration of the ARCAM system on the new LCI studio

motion control camera system
“LCI”: a new system for a new set

At the beginning of 2015 the TF1 group, had a desire to review and renew their capabilities to coincide with their channel change. It was then that they launched the “LCI  2016” project to create a new studio.

Following the positive feedback from existing  users of the system, the Technical Director of Production, Lionel Barbier, discovered the AR+ products and approached  AR+  to  explore all of the solutions and possibilities that   the   ARCAM   system offers.

To ensure that the ARCAM system was available for scrutiny by all stakeholders from directors, to operators, to  managers, a one-week long on site demonstration f the  product  was organised in  December 2015 on the former LCI studio. Here. In that week, the the ergonomics   and   flexibility   of   the system  instantly convinced the different teams that they had found their solution.

A challenge: from research to development

The test being conclusive, in March 2016, the technical team of LCI proposes to AR+ a challenge to be met: to create a single system able to control all the cameras present on the future studio. LCI’s intention is to simplify as much as possible their control room and the work of the operators by centralizing the control of all its robotic camera systems. The goal is to control the ARCAM system on dolly and 13 PTZ HE130 from Panasonic with a single software and a single remote.

Led by its technical director, Nicolas Rolland, the AR+ team is looking into this new challenge and the French start-up, thanks to its responsiveness and listening to the user, is the only company able to put forward a solution within the time limit.

ARCAM integrated in the LCI Studio

The user at the center of attention of AR+

In an effort to put the end user at the  center  of  the  development  of  its software,  AR  +  works  in  conjunction with  future operators.  The  goal  is  to best   adapt   the   control   interface according  to  their  expectations.  The simplification   and  versatility   of   the workstation   offers   the   operators   a comfort of use and daily work.

In  order  to  allow  LCI  to  gain space  on  the  studio,  AR+  introduce them the possibility of fixing the dolly developed by  the start-up   to   the ceiling during a demonstration carried out in Laval. This configuration of the system  also  allows  them  a greater freedom  of  movement  and  all  this without  worries  of obstruction  of  the light.

 A successful project…

In June 2016, the system is operational and Quentin Mayet, head of training at AR+, visits LCI for a week of training for operators and maintenance technicians.

On August 29, 2016, the new set is “On Air”.

 …may lead to another

 AR+ working on a new software even more powerful and collaborative than the version currently used by LCI, the latter will be equipped with this new software as of its exit in 2017.

The work of the technical team of AR+ will have convinced this big French group and another project is underway for the installation of an ARCAM system on the set of the TV news of the first French national channel, TF1.

ARCAM integrated in the LCI Studio
ARCAM integrated in the LCI Studio

Name: La Chaîne Info (LCI)

Activity: Broadcast television and online

Country: France

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Their equipment: 1 ARCAM system with dolly fixed on the ceiling and PTZ control plugin