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    Leo’s Turn The Table Turkey – or Turn The Table Treasure?

    Leo loves his new Vaddio PTZ camera. It shoots amazing high def video, has a huge zoom range, yet it's very compact. This is not the camera for your backyard bbq, but if you're shooting pro video, it's worth checking out. Since I’ve never seen this camera in person, I found more info on it via the web: Vaddio 999-6946-000AW WallVIEW HD-19W DVI/HDMI. The Vaddio WallView HD-19 PTZ Camera with Quick-Connect DVI/HDMI SR Interface is a pan/tilt/zoom camera with a motorized 19x optical zoom lens, a 1.3 Megapixel 1/3-type Sony Exmor CMOS sensor, and a slip-clutch robotics system, all for capturing clear, high-definition images with precise, wide-ranging movements. Although Leo said it was about $3,000 on the show, I see online closer to $4,200 online. I think it’s because the higher price includes the quick-connect interface.

    And here’s info on the amazing Vaddio ProductionVIEW controller Leo used to give us dazzling views of all corners of the TWiT Brick House, including a bit of the outside world. --- The Vaddio ProductionVIEW Precision Camera Control (999-5700-000) has a built-in CCU (Camera Control Unit) for effective control of 7 discrete cameras through the RS-232 ports. The console's camera auto-sensing feature easily detects the 7 discrete cameras. Each camera is provided with 14 camera presets that are stored internally in the console. The broadcast-quality 3-axis Hall-effect PTZ camera joystick controls the 7 discrete cameras. The large focus wheel on the console provides fast and accurate focus controls. It retails for about $2200.

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    This link usually goes live Sunday, the day after we record this show 6/23/12

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