Asia-Pacific Broadcasting (APB) August 2017 Volume 34, Issue 6 - Page 16

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Phoenix TV Beijing rising on a Shotoku platform

Phoenix Satellite Television , a Hong Kong headquartered Mandarin- and Cantonese-language TV broadcaster , began its first broadcast on 31 March 1996 , striving to provide Chinese audiences everywhere with high-quality
Mandarin and Cantonese TV programmes . When Phoenix TV Beijing decided to move from its old Phoenix Hall to a new premises in Chaoyang in 2015 , it decided to build a new broadcast system based on new equipment and technology , including camera support systems from Shotoku Broadcast Systems . Chang Li Xin , deputy director for Beijing Technology Centre , Phoenix
Satellite Television , reveals more .
Shotoku Broadcast Systems is adding more vibrancy and colour to Phoenix
TV Beijing ’ s productions by allowing virtual graphics and elements to be added .
Phoenix TV Bejing ’ s studio productions are now supported by the Shotoku TR-XT control panel , two TG-18 robotic pan / tilt heads on Ti-11 i-Height pedestals and a TK53LVR / TI- 04VR crane system .
In the time leading up to the move , what were some of the factors you considered when it came to choosing the right camera support and what was it about Shotoku Broadcast Systems that made the company the right choice for Phoenix TV Beijing ? Chang Li Xin : Shotoku is still a relatively new brand in the Chinese domestic TV industry . We recognised early on that a system was needed which could guarantee not only great performance but also be practical in a news studio . We wanted to take advantage of the move to the new premises to re-build our systems using new technologies , and discover more flexible and innovative ways of producing programmes .
We thorougly researched all our options and found that Shotoku would be able to provide a strong and stable camera support system that is intuitive , easy to use , allows our operations to run smoothly , and provides superb data tracking .
Officially opened in March 2015 , Phoenix TV Beijing ’ s new premises in the Chaoyang district has installed the Shotoku TR-XT control panel , two TG-18 robotic pan / tilt heads on Ti-11 i-Height pedestals and a TK53LVR / TI-04VR crane system . Are there any specific aspects of these products that most appeal to your team ? Chang : I would say these solutions from Shotoku are “ worry-free ”. Because we face manpower constraints , we just don ’ t have enough people to adjust our equipment every day . The performance of Shotuku products , however , is so good that maintaining them is easy .
For example , we use the TG-18 / Ti-11 for precise and highly repetitive productions , such as our special programme , Phoenix Evening Express .
Phoenix TV Beijing ’ s Chinese progammes make up 75 % -80 % of its total production output , and it cooperates closely with the Hong Kong headquarters to provide 24- hour news and other programming . What were some of the barriers to production you faced at your previous location and what new opportunities for content creation have been opened up since the move to Chaoyang ? Chang : In Phoenix Hall , our productions were limited and we faced many contraints . Our pictures were not rich enough and we could not make use of virtual graphics that move relative to the camera — we were restricted to the traditional ‘ hard cut ’ method .
Shotoku ’ s solutions make it easy to impose virtual elements in the foreground . The SPI-Touch is especially convenient , accurate and stable .
How has the adoption of robotic camera support changed the feel of production ? Chang : The robots let us set our
❝ We thorougly researched all our options and found that Shotoku is able to provide a strong and stable camera support system that was intuitive , easy to use , allowed our operations to run smoothly , and provided superb data tracking .❞
— Chang Li Xin , Deputy Director for Beijing Technology Centre , Phoenix Satellite Television
shooting track in advance to achieve standardisation and consistency in our news shooting . The time of our technicians is very valuable , and for a 24-hour production , this has saved a lot of manpower .
From very early in the planning stages , we knew we needed practicality and performance . The robots provide exactly that — they are precise , stable , highly reliable and with a full manual mode , they provided the guarantee we were looking for .
While we may be living in an age where virtual reality ( VR ) and robotics are stealing the headlines , it is the human element behind the scenes that is making it all possible . How was your interaction with the people behind the machine ? Chang : Shotoku has a small team , but we were able to communicate effectively with them , and process all details in a timely manner . Their technical staff are highly skilled and are continuing to provide professional after-sales service . ❑
Understanding customers ’ needs
Headquarted out of Kawasaki , Japan , Shotoku Broadcast Systems has been manufacturing high-end camera support systems for studio and outside broadcast productions , supporting broadcasters worldwide . The company also has offices in London and Beijing , as well as a brandnew service location in New York .
For the Phoenix TV Beijing project , Ashley Zhang , sales manager , Shotoku Broadcast Systems , added : “ It is extremely important to understand the exact production needs of our customers . We work very closely with the technical staff every step of the way to find the right set of products and set-up to achieve our customers ’ goals .
“ Phoenix TV has a very talented team and they are making the most of the best we have to offer .”
16 CREATION August 2017 Phoenix TV Beijing rising on a Shotoku platform Phoenix Satellite Television, a Hong Kong headquartered Mandarin- and Cantonese-language TV broadcaster, began its first broadcast on 31 March 1996, striving to provide Chinese audiences everywhere with high-quality Mandarin and Cantonese TV programmes. When Phoenix TV Beijing decided to move from its old Phoenix Hall to a new premises in Chaoyang in 2015, it decided to build a new broadcast system based on new equipment and technology, including camera support systems from Shotoku Broadcast Systems. Chang Li Xin, deputy director for Beijing Technology Centre, Phoenix Satellite Television, reveals more. In the time leading up to the move, what were some of the factors you considered when it came to choosing the right camera support and what was it about Shotoku Broadcast Systems that made the company the right choice for Phoenix TV Beijing? Chang Li Xin: Shotoku is still a relatively new brand in the Chinese domestic TV industry. We recognised early on that a system was needed Shotoku Broadcast Systems is adding more vibrancy and colour to Phoenix TV Beijing’s productions by allowing virtual graphics and elements to be added. Phoenix TV Bejing’s studio productions are now supported by the Shotoku TR-XT control panel, two TG-18 robotic pan/ tilt heads on Ti-11 i-Height pedestals and a TK53LVR/TI- 04VR crane system. which could guarantee not only great performance but also be practical in a news studio. We wanted to take advantage of the move to the new premises to re-build our systems using new technologies, and discover more flexible and innovative ways of producing programmes. We thorougly researched all our options and found that Shotoku would be able to provide a strong and stable camera support system ❝ We thorougly researched all our options and found that Shotoku is able to provide a strong and stable camera support system that was intuitive, easy to use, allowed our operations to run smoothly, and provided superb data tracking. ❞ — Chang Li Xin, Deputy Director for Beijing Technology Centre, Phoenix Satellite Television that is intuitive, easy to use, allows our operations to run smoothly, and provides superb data tracking. Officially opened in March 2015, Phoenix TV Beijing’s new premises in the Chaoyang district has installed the Shotoku TR-XT control panel, two TG-18 robotic pan/tilt heads on Ti-11 i-Height pedestals and a TK53LVR/TI-04VR crane system. Are there any specific aspects of these products that most appeal to your team? Chang: I would say these solutions from Shotoku are “worry-free”. Because we face manpower constraints, we just don’t have enough people to adjust our equipment every day. The performance of Shotuku products, however, is so good that maintaining them is easy. For example, we use the TG-18/ Ti-11 for precise and highly repetitive productions, such as our special programme, Phoenix Evening Express. Phoenix TV Beijing’s Chinese progammes make up 75%-80% of its total production output, and it cooperates closely with the Hong Kong headquarters to provide 24- hour news and other programming. What were some of the barriers to production you faced at your previous location and what new opportunities for content creation have been opened up since the move to Chaoyang? Chang: In Phoenix Hall, our productions were limited and we faced many contraints. Our pictures were not rich enough and we could not make use of virtual graphics that move relati fRFFR6W&( BvRvW&P&W7G&7FVBFFRG&FF( &B7WN( WFB6F^( 26WF2RBV7F6Rf'GVVVVG2FPf&Vw&VBFR5FV62W7V6ǐ6fVVB67W&FRB7F&Rआr2FRFFb&&F06W&7W'B6vVBFRfVV`&GV7F6sFR&&G2WBW26WBW 6FrG&6Gf6RF6WfP7FF&F6FB667FV7W"Ww26FrFRFRbW FV6622fW'fV&RBf"#BֆW"&GV7FF226fVBBbvW"g&fW'V&ǒFRp7FvW2vRWrvRVVFV@&7F6ƗGBW&f&6RFP&&G2&fFRW7FǒFB( BFW&R&V66R7F&Rvǒ&VƖ&PBvFgVVFRFW&fFVBFRwV&FVRvRvW&Prf"vRvR&RƗfrvPvW&Rf'GV&VƗGe"@&&F72&R7FVƖrFRVFƖW2B2FRVVVVB&V@FR66VW2FB2rB76&Rrv2W"FW&7FvFFRVR&VBFP6S6s6FR26FV'WBvRvW&R&RF6V6FPVffV7FfVǒvFFVB&6W70FWF2FVǒW"FV FV667Ffb&Rvǒ6V@B&R6FVrF&fFP&fW76gFW"6W26W'f6R)VFW'7FFp7W7FW'>( VVG0VGV'FVBWBbv66FR'&F67B77FV02&VVVf7GW&rvV@6W&7W'B77FV2f"7GVFBWG6FR'&F67B&GV7F27W'Fr'&F67FW'2v&GvFRFR662ff6W2ЦFB&Vr2vV2'&BЦWr6W'f6R6FWr&f"FRV旂Eb&Vr&ЦV7B6Wr6W2vW"6FR'&F67B77FV2FFVC( ėB2WG&VVǒ'FBFVFW"Ч7FBFRW7B&GV7FVVG2`W"7W7FW'2vRv&fW'66VǐvFFRFV667FfbWfW'7FWbFRvFfBFR&vB6WB`&GV7G2B6WBWF6WfRW 7W7FW'>( v2( V旂Eb2fW'FVFV@FVBFW&RrFR7@bFR&W7BvRfRFffW"(