AMX Introduces New Camera Control, Matrix Switching Products at NAB

At NAB, AMX showed a new camera control with an unusual widescreen video preview. The NXP-PLV Modero PosiTrack Pilot Camera Controller adds Ethernet connectivity and a 7-inch Modero Widescreen Touch Panel, making it suited for live or recorded broadcast events. AMX points to religious services, local, state and federal government proceedings, classroom lectures and video conferences as typical uses.

Using the integrated touch panel, the operator can select cameras, visually track and change their movement, store and recall presets and adjust each camera’s settings. The controller also includes a proportional pan/tilt/zoom joystick and controls for focus, iris and speed. With the right hand on the soft wrist pad, the operator can also intuitively guide the camera and twist the joystick to zoom the lens in and out.

The NXP-PLV supports up to six cameras and will be available within 90 days. 

AMX has also integrated CatPro technology, which transmits high-resolution RGBHV + Stereo Audio over category cable into its line of AutoPatch Optima Series Matrix Switchers. The new 4×8 and 8×8 RGBHV + Stereo to CatPro Boards transmit local computer video signals up to 1,000 feet and at resolutions up to 1600×1200 and 1920×1080. The CatPro Boards support up to eight outputs.

The Optima 8×4 and 8×8 RGBHV + Stereo to CatPro Boards will be available Q2 2007.

The other product from AMX is the High Definition Serial Digital Interface (HD-SDI) Board for its AutoPatch Optima Series Matrix Switcher line. The Optima HD-SDI Board provides routing in a smaller footprint and is designed for broadcast, post-production or medical applications using HD-SDI cameras, playback equipment or other sources. This is available now.