Panasonic remote broadcast cameras enhance Sound Unbound


Panasonic remote cameras have been used to help bring classical music to a new audience, during Sound Unbound, a music festival held at London’s Barbican Centre.

Sound Unbound aimed to release classical music from its traditional confines and was a joint project between the Barbican and its artistic partners: the London Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, the Academy of Ancient Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. It featured over 64 taster concerts across a single weekend.

Mark Bloxsidge, Technical Manager at the Barbican Centre, said, “Sound Unbound was an exercise in making classical music more accessible. It was just the pop music of its day, after all.

“We are grateful to Panasonic for supporting the event with the camera equipment, it certainly enhanced the festival. Many of the audience are used to festivals and pop concerts where the audience is brought closer to the action with the use of giant screens, it’s what they expect.

Four Panasonic AW-HE130 remote cameras were used to provide coverage of the main hall, with the output from the cameras projected onto giant screens by two Panasonic high brightness projectors. Two AW-RP120 controllers and an AW-HS50 switcher were used to direct the show allowing pre-selected shots to be changed at the touch of button.

Close up detail of the musicianship and an insight into how the conductor controls the Orchestra was relayed in HD across both the auditorium and the foyer, where people could watch it for free.

Mathew Alexander, Product Marketing Manager, Broadcast and Professional Video, Panasonic, said, “I was delighted with the news that AW-HE130 cameras would be utilised for Sound Unbound. It is always exciting when I see one of our products being used in a new and exciting way – and the AW-HE130 camera would certainly be up for the task.”

“This is our top quality HD integrated camera and it features Full-HD 3MOS sensors, a 20x Optically Stabilised zoom lens and Advanced Video Processing circuits that produce remarkable HD images given the cameras compact size. When you combine the exceptional video quality with simultaneous HD-IP video streaming and IP based LAN control the AW-HE130 gets three big ticks for this type of project; superior video quality, IP based remote monitoring and easy IP control. In Australia the AW-HE130 cameras are being used by performing arts schools, for music concerts and for producing TV programming and I hope see to more in future.”

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