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NBC installs robotic camera at Ground Zero

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A "LiveWave PRO" robotic-camera-control system has been installed in Manhattan by NBC to get pictures of Ground Zero for both NBC and MSNBC newscasts.

The system replaces a manned operation that had employed rotating camera
crews.

The robotic camera, located in a nearby building, will also feed a pool that
includes various other TV news organizations, including Cable News Network.

The system controls a Panasonic "AW-E600" camera with a Fujinon 20x zoom lens
in a Panasonic "PH-600" housing.

Producers at MSNBC's facility in Secaucus, N.J., control the camera from
desktop computers. MSNBC can also remotely handle additional camera functions,
like presets and white-balance levels.

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