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Polymotion Chat Automated Tracking Latest Release Update

By Paddy Taylor – Head of Broadcast

We have just released version 2.7 of Polymotion Chat, this is the first significant version release since I joined the company and it’s been interesting to see all the little things that have gone into getting it to this point. We wanted to make sure that the automated tracking was as human-like as possible so we have spent a good deal of time tuning this but also allowing users to make their own adjustments. We wanted to make sure that 3rd party PTZ camera tracking was as close as it could be to our own robotic responsiveness so we spent times building new camera profiles and testing as many variables as possible. We wanted the machine vision engine to understand different types of shots that users may want and so we created new presets that allow users to set parameters for the machine vision engine to respect (while still allowing lots of flexibility of choice).

Whilst Polymotion Chat’s automated camera tracking engine is definitely cutting edge, none are headline-grabbing exciting new features. They are however exactly the sort of things that customers need from a mature system that is being used by customers producing content from classrooms, lecture theatres, small studios right through to broadcasters. Any customer with a version 2 licence or higher can upgrade for free, anyone with an older licence will need a support contract (please get in touch if that is you).

“We have some very exciting developments coming, some of which we will share very shortly but I can say that we are currently testing new PTZ cameras from Panasonic, Sony and Birddog – as well as Lumens and PTZ Optics”

– Paddy Taylor, Head of Broadcast

So what’s next? We have some very exciting developments coming, some of which we will share very shortly but I can say that we are currently testing new PTZ cameras from Panasonic, Sony and Birddog (we are looking to test others including Lumens and PTZ Optics) to make sure that our automated camera tracking system works reliably with as many 3rd party PTZ cameras as possible and crucially allows users to mix cameras from multiple vendors and tune the performance using our Multi Head Control (MHC) for manual control or with Polymotion Chat for automated tracking.

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