Shotoku Broadcast Systems recently introducing its newest pan and tilt head, the TG-47, at NAB 2022. The TG-47 is designed for smaller cameras that need the strength and power of a traditionally larger PT head packed into a compact footprint.
Aimed at mid-sized payloads of up to 48lbs/22kg, the TG-47 combines the size of Shotoku’s TG-27 with the power of its TG-18. The TG-47 blends the strengths, built-in reliability, and robust feature-set of Shotoku’s other heads but is packaged in a compact housing. At its core is the same advanced digital servo systems of the well-established TG-27 providing exceptional on-air performance at a wide range of speeds. As with all Shotoku products, the TG-47 can be optionally supplied with full VR/AR support as well.
The head is ideal for smaller national or regional studios where production values demand the quality and performance of broadcast cameras and lenses, and where a typical 15-17-inch teleprompter is required. These environments generally don’t require manual pan-bar control or large camera configurations with viewfinders, hand controls and talent monitors. The head can be mounted on a manual pedestal or tripod or used in combination with Shotoku’s TI-11 elevator to create a cost-effective PTZF+H package.
The TG-47 is also a perfect match for Shotoku’s SmartRail ceiling track system – providing a solution for ceiling mounted cameras with track-dolly movement and a long robotic descender column, but still supporting a usefully-sized teleprompter for the presenter’s use. Inside the TG-47 are the familiar advanced digital motion control electronics designed and manufactured by Shotoku specifically for its heads, along with completely new mechanical load-bearing structural elements giving the strength and durability expected of a Shotoku head.
The new design allows for easy maintenance with removable lightweight moulded covers providing simpler construction and complete freedom of access to the internal components – as well as an attractive new appearance. The centralised connector panel combines all the necessary network and power connectivity as well as a lens control and general-purpose IO in one convenient place.
“The TG-47 brings benefits to a wide range of applications found in today’s ever-changing studio designs,” says James Eddershaw, CEO of Shotoku USA. “It is perfect for those that demand superior performance from a small unit but won’t compromise on quality. We’re so pleased to introduce it at NAB, a show that draws visitors from small production studios to the largest of networks.”