IBC 2010: Vinten To Launch Two New Vector Heads

Vinten, a Vitec Group brand, is launching two new heads at IBC 2010. The new Vector 750i delivers precision for virtual and augmented reality in outside broadcast and studio applications. The new Vector 430 is a compact head with a very wide payload range, meeting the needs of production companies working with multiple camera set-ups.

“Because of our long standing popularity in the studio and OB market, it is very common to find us working at the ‘sharp end’ talking with the cameramen about the issues they face daily and the level of functionality they really need,” says Peter Harman, Vinten product manager. “These two new Vector heads have been developed to meet real user requirements, to give them the operational flexibility they need in the studio or out on the field, and seamlessly integrate virtual reality graphics into live production.”

Developed in collaboration with leading global customers, including Telegenic in the UK and Sportvision in the US, the Vector 750i is the first encoded pantographic head from Vinten.  It incorporates a new Intelligence Module allowing semi-automatic set-up, slide plate tracking, and kinematic compensation, all of which ensure stable and precise placement of virtual graphics into the live environment.  The Vector 750i is ideal for production companies working with onscreen graphics, such as those working on high-profile sporting events like the upcoming Ryder Cup and Commonwealth Games.

The Vector 750i head

The new Vector 430 pan-and-tilt head has a compact and lightweight design that makes it simple to rig for transport as well as studio and outside broadcast operations. Vinten has given the head a payload capacity of 22-95 lb., making it capable of precisely balancing any camera from a lightweight EFP system right up to a mini-box lens set-up. This simplifies the task on outside broadcasts by providing a single choice when two heads may have previously been required. The Vector 430 offers infinitely adjustable perfect balance and TF fluid drag, rapid camera positioning and balance adjustment, and ergonomically positioned controls.

The Vector 430 pan-and-tilt head