More than two dozen Panasonic pan/tilt/zoom cameras are playing key roles in live production at the Esports Arena Las Vegas at the Luxor Hotel and Casino, the first permanent Esports venue on The Strip. The camera models are the AW-HE130 three-chip and AW-HE2 compact FHD PTZs.
The 30,000-square-foot, multi-level arena, which opened earlier this year, is designed to host every form of competitive gaming. As Allied Esports’ global flagship arena, the venue hosts players around the world who compete for the chance to play in Las Vegas against the world’s top competitors across multiple titles.
Systems integrator CBT Systems (Poway, CA) designed, fabricated and provided integration services at the Esports Arena. According to company president Darrell Wenhardt, there are several distinct production-centric areas in the arena, including the premier production facility that delivers broadcast-quality content to the arena’s two-story LED video wall and live streams across the world.
Wenhardt explained that 15 HE130 PTZs support both production and broadcast systems, with two of the cameras placed in the commentators’ booth, two in the studio, and 11 cameras strategically sited around the building for primary use as “player-cams.” A dozen HE2s are typically situated above the players’ screens, as well as assigned to capture stage perspectives and the players’ entrance ramp, and are used for general purpose cameras. Two Panasonic BT-4LH310 4K/2K production monitors are deployed in the studio control room.
“We chose the three-sensor HE130 models so we can be assured of avoiding moiré on the LED display, especially if shooting anything other than a static screen,” Wenhardt said. “The HE2’s no-moving-parts design makes it ideal for remote, non-distracting monitoring of the players. And the 4LH310 addresses our need for a reliable broadcast-quality monitor.”
The house format at the arena is 1080p/59.94. Mike Buetsch, Technical Operations Manager for the Esports Arena, said the venue has achieved the objective of being as modular and scalable as possible to handle events ranging from small local gaming to network broadcasts.
“The Panasonic PTZs have been simple to operate, and it’s been highly efficient to bring all the cameras under the same control platform (the AW-RP120 controller),” Buetsch said. “The robotics have been fantastic!”
Buetsch emphasized that, while Allied Esports’ tournaments and high-stakes match-ups are the focus of the arena, the facility has hosted scores of outside events since its launch earlier this year, ranging from small local gaming shows to major projects of the World Poker Tour, Red Bull, Twitch and the like.
About the AW-HE130
The AW-HE130 P/T/Z incorporates new high-sensitivity; low-noise 1/3" 3-MOS imagers that produce stunning pictures, even in low light conditions. Features include Power over Ethernet+ (POE+) for easier integration; and multi-stream transmission of H.264 HD video and audio (up to 1080/60p at 25Mbps.).
About the AW-HE2
The high quality, low-cost AW-HE2 is a compact HD camera with electronic PTZ functionality, remote IP monitoring, HDMI output, and IP control capability.The HE2 incorporates a highly-accurate non-mechanical pan-tilt function that offers precise, fast, fluid movement in all directions. The camera provides a wide horizontal angle of view of approximately 96 degrees. With its full HD MOS sensors, the HE2 produces 1920 x1080 resolution images in 1080/60p (1080/59.94p) and a wide range of other formats.
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