Panasonic's PTZ Cameras Capture Every Second of ABC's Summer Reality Show Hit


Hour-Long Episodes Air Mondays, 10 P.M. ET on the ABC Television Network

Last Updated: July 2, 2012 6:57 pm GMT
(Secaucus, New Jersey--July 2, 2012) Remote Panasonic AW-HE120 HD pan-tilt-zoom cameras strategically placed throughout the set of "The Glass House" are capturing the every move of the inhabitants vying for audience approval in the new unscripted show airing Mondays at 10 P.M. ET on the ABC Television Network.

The series, which premiered June 18, features 14 contestants living and competing for $250,000 in a totally wired, state-of-the-art house. Through online and social networks, viewers are encouraged to support and follow the contestants they like and those they don’t. Viewer votes help determine which contestants are sent home and also which eliminated players will earn the chance to return to The Glass House to compete each week.

The AW-HE120, delivering the highest image quality of any integrated PTZ camera, features a fast 20X zoom lens and a three 2.2 megapixel U.L.T. MOS imagers supporting Full HD video capture.

Bexel Broadcast Services (Burbank, CA) is supplying 21 AW-HE120s for the production. The Panasonic remote HD cameras were specified by Broadcast Engineering Consultants’ Jerry Kaman. Bexel also supplied four Panasonic AW-RP50 remote camera controllers in addition to the HE120s. All the cameras are controlled over a closed network, with each RP50 assigned to control five cameras. The primary reason the HE120s were chosen for The Glass House was the cameras’ networking capability, with ultra-high picture quality a close second.

“I staged a competitive evaluation with two other manufacturers’ PTZs, and the Panasonic cameras excelled in terms of image production and overall performance, said Kaman. “Specifically, the HE120 is format flexible and also shoots 720p—most of its competitors don’t—and The Glass House is a 720p show. Also, the HE120 is fast, one and a half stops faster than the competition, which means we were able to lower the overall light level of the production.”

“Above all, we were interested in the HE120’s IP control, which is simply lacking in the competition; network switches have greatly simplified wiring schemes on the show,” he added.

Kaman said the production is shooting 720P/59.94, and encoding to OP-1a MXF files. Cinedecks are handling the encoding, and files are written directly to SAN and Avid ISIS. All ingest control is facilitated via Pronology Digital Asset Management.

For more information about The Glass House, visit

About the Panasonic AW-HE120
Ideally suited for such demanding applications as TV production, sports, staging, House of Worship as well as news and government video, the HE120 is equipped with the same high-performance sensors and digital signal processing used in Panasonic broadcast camcorders such as the AG-HPX370. With 1000 TV lines of resolution and a 60dB signal-to-noise ratio, the HE120 sets a new performance standard for integrated PTZ cameras. Advanced features include 16-axis color correction and Panasonic’s exclusive DRS (Dynamic Range Stretch). HD-SD/SDI, HDMI, Analog Component, and SD Composite outputs are all built-in, for out-of-the-box ease of deployment. The camera's 20X optical zoom lens covers an extended range of shooting situations, from small room wide-angle to back of the house ultra-telephoto, with 35mm equivalents of 32.1 mm at wide-angle to 642.5 mm at telephoto. The HE120 supports both RS-422 serial control and IP control with dedicated RJ-45 connectors. For more information, visit

About the Panasonic AW-RP50
This remote camera controller unit can control up to one hundred AW-HE50 or AW-HE120 series cameras via IP, and up to five Panasonic cameras and pan-tilt heads using RS-422 serial control. The RP50 is capable of accessing up to 100 presets for each Panasonic Integrated PTZ camera (the AW-HE50 and AW-HE120), and up to 50 presets for other Panasonic AW-series pan-tilt systems.

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