Vinten®, a Vitec Group brand and a world leader in manual and robotic camera support systems, today introduced the Vantage external lens drive, a new option for the company’s award-winning Vantage robotic camera head. Vinten’s newest device significantly increases the number of lenses that can be used on Vinten Vantage-mounted cameras, and delivers full servo functionality, including virtual reality (VR) tracking, to manual lenses.
In a compact and lightweight form factor, the Vinten Vantage pan/tilt head enables broadcast-quality video and superior motion control at the same price point as a traditional pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) camera head. Vantage enables customers to choose the camera and lens that meet their requirements, ensuring that they can match manual camera positions, work over long distances, and manage low-light conditions.
Ideally suited to cine, teleconference, or ENG manual lenses, the new external lens drive can drive up to three axes of any manual lens, giving users the ability to drive zoom, focus, and iris. Encoded motors enable the use of stored shots within Vinten’s μVRC (microVRC) and HD-VRC control software (sold separately), and allow users to adapt lower-cost camera setups lacking encoded digital lenses for use on virtual sets and in other VR applications.
“Our Vinten Vantage pan/tilt head is a compact robotic solution that offers unmatched broadcast-quality control and flexibility — and it’s more versatile than ever with the addition of this new option,” said Neil Gardner, global product manager, Vinten Automation. “Combining Vantage with the new external lens drive ensures users can maximise the price and functionality of their camera combinations to suit their specific applications and ensure superior image quality.”
The Vantage external lens drive assembly kit includes everything required to mount the lens drive to the camera setup, including a single motor to drive one axis, two sizes of drive gear, and a flexi gear ring. Additional motors are available as required to drive up to three axes.
More information on Vinten and its products is available at www.vinten.com.
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A Snapshot of Vinten
Vinten®, a Vitec Group brand, is a leading provider of manual and robotic camera support systems. Customers rely on Vinten’s engineering excellence and globally supported solutions for a wide range of technologies and markets. Founded over 100 years ago by William Vinten, the Vinten brand is still based on its founder’s guiding principles of highly innovative design and extreme precision in manufacturing. Offering a best-in-class range of products that includes manual supports, robotic heads, pedestals, and controllers, Vinten is the premium solution for studio and outside broadcast. With over 80 registered patents, Vinten frees the camera operator’s creativity by making camera operation effortless. For more information on Vinten, visit www.vinten.com.
A Snapshot of Vitec Group
Vitec Group is a leading global provider of premium branded solutions to the ever-changing and fast-growing image and capture sharing market. Vitec Group’s customers include broadcasters, independent content creators, photographers, and enterprises. Vitec Group’s activities comprise design, manufacture, and distribution of high-performance products and software including camera supports, wireless systems, robotic camera systems, prompters, LED lights, mobile power and batteries, monitors, and bags. Vitec Group employs around 1,700 people across the world in 10 different countries and is organised into three divisions: Imaging Solutions, Production Solutions, and Creative Solutions. Vitec Group is listed on the London Stock Exchange with a 2016 revenue of £376.2 million. More information can be found at www.vitecgroup.com.
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Photo Caption: Vinten’s new External Lens Drive fitted to a manual lens on the Canon C300.
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Photo Caption: The External Lens Drive for the Vinten Vantage head upgrades a manual lens with full servo control.