Unlocking the power to amaze
Naturalis believes in the power of ‘verbazen’ to educate – meaning ‘amaze’ in Dutch. Whether online or in-person, or both, the production team seeks to tell stories about the natural world in the most fascinating ways possible.
“We were attracted by the flexibility of NDI in the Canon CR-N300 PTZ camera, which enables all the footage to be kept independently and sent anywhere in the venue network. It means I can show what I want, where I want – whether that’s on the screen for online viewers, or on the big TV here in the Lab,” says Ashwin Singh-van Grevenhof, engineering technician at Naturalis.
“This control protocol lets me tell more engaging stories for our audiences, wherever they are. Now I couldn’t imagine a world without it. It’s brilliant – picking up audio through NDI is so easy,” he adds. “The flexibility is ideal for me. It reproduces the exact picture I want. So, it’s definitely a game-changer and the reason we took the rig apart and rebuilt it from the ground up with NDI in mind.”
Ashwin adds: “We also pan our four PTZs quickly from scene to scene, so the fast and accurate Hybrid Auto Focus is essential to maintain a professional shot even in low light.” To make life even easier for his colleagues, he enjoys automating image presets on the CR-N300 for whoever is behind the joystick. He also uses a Skaarhoj controller which connects seamlessly with a variety of PTZ cameras including Canon.