Case study: Nine Network installs Vinten robotics in its Sydney studio

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Australia’s Nine Network has invested in robotic camera support systems from Vinten for its news and current affairs studios in Sydney.

Channel Nine recently completed construction of its main production studio (Studio A) which includes the latest storytelling tools. All three studios – Main Production, News & “Today Show” and Current Affairs – are now fully equipped with Vinten studio robotics solutions and Autoscript prompt solutions.

The newly installed equipment is instrumental in the network’s strategy to reduce operating costs while utilizing the latest advancements in robotics and broadcast studio incentives.

“Relocating our headquarters and studios to a newly constructed greenfield site was a major project that required a great deal of pre-planning,” said David Bowers, Director of Broadcast Technology, Nine Network.

Studio automation solutions include Vinten FH-188+ robotic pedestals, FH-155 robotic heads with integrated Startracker, FE-165 robotic elevation pedestals and HD-VRC robotic control system

“The technology team’s primary goals were to reduce operating costs and design a fully digital facility with the latest IP infrastructure and hardware technology. Vinten & Autoscript are world leaders in studio robotics and inducement and their solutions are already proven to integrate with our in-house Mosart automation system. We are happy to extend the technology to our main studio.

Amber Technology, a Premier Partner of Vitec Production Solutions, supplied and commissioned the Vinten and Autoscript solutions.

“We are very pleased that Nine Network has chosen Vinten Robotics & Autoscript WinPlus-IP Prompting solutions for their new headquarters and studio site,” said Jon Sharp, National Sales Manager, Amber Technology.

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“We worked closely with David Bowers and his technology team to identify and recommend a state-of-the-art robotic and prompting solution that integrates with their existing IP infrastructure.”

“The shift from manual studio floor operations to automated control via IP is a significant factor in reducing studio operating costs,” said Tom Pavicic, ANZ Regional Sales Manager, Vitec Production Solutions.

“For example, Vinten robotic bases and heads with integrated Startracker enable unique mapping of the entire studio floor. This avoids the ongoing operational costs of regular retargeting and providing accurate automated remote control of pre-set shots and sequences. Vinten Robotics’ IP-integrated flexibility, combined with Autoscript WinPlus-IP Prompting solutions, provides Nine Network with a truly future-proof investment.

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