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Telemetrics combines facial and object tracking

Robotic camera control systems specialist Telemetrics presents new camera control features and functionality that address the challenges production studios face while simultaneously making them more efficient. This includes expanded capability for the company’s reFrame Automatic Shot Correction software, which helps operators keep talent in frame at all times.

As the first manufacturer in the industry to introduce automated facial tracking in robotic camera control systems back in 2016, the company’s popular Robotic Camera Control Panel (RCCP-2A) with reFrame continues to improve. It now combines facial tracking and object tracking to enable users to more accurately track talent or live presenters as they move and turn their heads on camera. This means that if someone is not facing directly at the camera, it will still track them. The new capability for reframe is found on both Telemetrics STS (Studio) and LGS (Legislative) software for the RCCP controller.
 
Other significant new features for reFrame Now include support for multiple, simultaneous reFrames via the Telemetrics reFrame Server, Auto Zoom with shot framing presets and Multi-Person Shot framing—used to keep a group of people in frame without touching the control panel.
 
“The new features for reFrame make it more accurate and useful than ever before,” said Michael Cuomo, Vice President at Telemetrics. “It’s great for non-studio application, like auditoriums, houses of worship, corporate presentation spaces, schools, where talent often turn their heads to interact with a video wall.”
 
Previously, with facial tracking alone, the technology had to lock on the talent’s face to be effective. With object tracking the system is looking at the entire body structure of the person. Although the person might turn, the camera still locks on to their torso, arms and legs and tracks them accordingly. The powerful combination of facial and object tracking allows the system to track the talent even if they turn completely around for the camera.
 
Facial tracking is important to Telemetrics, and if you have two people in frame, the camera can track both of them. With other systems on the market that perform object tracking, they don’t know who to track. The new features of reFrame allow for camera zooming and two-person tracking. During a talk show or a two-shot in news of the anchor and co-anchor, the software ensures that both people remain in frame with no human intervention with the system.
 
“With reframe, it instinctively knows who the people are,” added Cuomo. “With facial and object tracking, we can say in a talk show environment, ‘we know who the host is, and we know the guest is. So, even if we’re getting partial matching, by combining the facial with the object tracking we can reliably track a specific person or two people sitting side by side.” (11/20)

picture: Michael Cuomo, Vice President at Telemetrics ©EMpress

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