U-T San Diego Video Effort Adds Hitachi Cameras


Union-Tribune Sand Diego, which is making a big play in the video space, has added three Hitachi DK-Z50 multiformat HDTV box cameras to its gear.

The cameras, installed by PAC Engineering at the studio that firm built for U-T San Diego, are situated on CamBot robotic camera systems from Ross Video.

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The new studio allows the publishing company to expand its reach from traditional newspaper readers to cable television, as well as online, mobile and social media outlets. The newspaper’s new broadcast news channel, U-T TV, launched in June 2012, is carried by Cox Communications and AT&T U-verse, as well as streamed from its website.

“We chose these cameras for U-T San Diego because their attractive price-point worked well with our tight budget and they produced a beautiful HD picture from a very small, unobtrusive studio footprint,” Craig Claytor, co-owner of PAC Engineering, said in a statement. “We knew that the DK-Z50’s in combination with the Fujinon lenses would work well with the CamBot robotics system. We’ve held the Hitachi brand in high regard based on our years of experience with the company’s products, sales, and service.”

Two of the DK-Z50’s are situated on CamBot Series 500 pedestals, which provide pan and tilt along with accurate robotic camera controls, the newspaper said. One DK-Z50 resides on a CamBot 700 series pedestal, which performs pan/tilt plus elevation so the camera can move up and down. The cameras are set-up and shaded via Ethernet using the Hitachi SU-1000 Master Setup control panel. The cameras move about in a studio space that accommodates three sets for news, sports, and other reports, as well as an 80-inch touchscreen display.

U-T TV’s live, multicamera newscasts are switched using a Ross Vision production switcher, which can be driven by a Ross OverDrive automated production control system. The studio also uses Ross Xpressions for graphics, a Yamaha DM2000 audio mixer, EditShare storage and asset management, and Ross Inception for social media production.

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