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Header image for article Designing and Installing a Control System for Brooklyn Academy of Music

Designing and Installing a Control System for Brooklyn Academy of Music

Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) reached out to AbelCine to help design and install a multi-camera switching, recording and control system that was as modular and mobile as the design of the space itself. The design had to be flexible and portable, while providing high-end production values. 

A mix of high quality PTZ cameras and handheld cameras were chosen to give the BAM archival team the best mix of unobtrusive and intimate recordings. Panasonic’s AW-HE120 PTZ cameras fit the requirements, and these were mixed with Panasonic AG-AC160s for handheld or tripod-mounted work. To address the requirements of portability, AbelCine designed a portable rack to house as much of the hardware as possible. BAM also wanted a “light” setup for recording from only one camera. AbelCine designed a breakout section of the rack case housed in a smaller 4RU travel case. This housed one Ki Pro Rack unit and used a supplemental video line without the multicore cable. The rack design was made even more flexible by creating a separate panel that would allow BAM to take the whole setup to other locations and plug camera lines directly into the rack. A big challenge for the project was that the designated video switching and control area was on the opposite side of the room from the racks. To solve this issue, AbelCine used the ProBlox multi-core cabling system from BTX Technologies to send 16 HD-SDI video signals, six analog audio lines and two Cat-5 lines, all in one cable assembly with a single connector plugging into the portable rack.

Brooklyn Academy of Music
Brooklyn Academy of Music.

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