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PTZ Cameras: The Rising Stars of Corporate Event Production Video Systems

PTZ Cameras: The Rising Stars of Corporate Event Production Video Systems

In the whirlwind pace of technological advancements, the video production industry has seen notable leaps forward with the utilization of PTZ (Pan-Tilt-Zoom) cameras, especially within the high-energy space of corporate events. Event planners and AV professionals are amid a transformation marked by the rising prominence of PTZ cameras. These versatile tools are reshaping how we capture, broadcast, and experience corporate events through their ability to provide dynamic, high-quality video coverage that was once the exclusive domain of full studio camera setups. This extensive exploration dissects how PTZ cameras are democratizing professional videography and why the new Panasonic AW-UE160 4K PTZ camera, available for rent from High Resolution Engineering, stands at the forefront of this revolution.

Unraveling the Evolution of PTZ Cameras

Once relegated to static positions or simple monitoring duties, PTZ cameras have undergone a remarkable evolution. With technological enhancements, they are now capable of intricate movements and capturing stunning image quality that rivals their studio camera counterparts. PTZ cameras have crossed a significant milestone, transitioning from being supplementary devices to becoming primary video workhorses, capable of capturing every detail of an event with precision and elegance.

The Allure of the Panasonic AW-UE160 and its Unmatched Features

With PTZ technology reaching new heights, the Panasonic AW-UE160 embodies the pinnacle of this innovation. As it is now available for rental from High Resolution Engineering, event professionals can leverage this advanced tool to elevate the visual storytelling of their events. With the ability to capture in 4K resolution, the AW-UE160 delivers unparalleled video quality and utmost clarity, ensuring that every presentation and performance is captured with the highest image quality possible.

A Closer Look at the Features that Redefine PTZ Expectations

Precision in Every Movement

One of the standout features of the AW-UE160 is its unprecedented level of precision. With refined robotic mechanisms, the camera executes seamless pan, tilt, and zoom actions, capturing every angle with fluidity and without distracting jitters. This level of accuracy ensures that cinematographic movements are well within grasp, offering an immersive viewer experience that has been traditionally attributed to human-operated cameras.

Image Clarity to Beat the Competition

Events unfold in a variety of lighting conditions, yet the AW-UE160 maintains a consistent and impressive image clarity. Even in low-light environments, the camera’s high-sensitivity sensor and advanced noise reduction capabilities preserve the vibrancy and richness of video content. This is a game-changer for event videography, where lighting may be less controlled such as presenter walk ups, audience Q&A shots, award winner audience pickups and venues with dim lighting or natural lighting.

Seamless Integration with Event Technology

Incorporating the AW-UE160 into the event’s tech ecosystem is a breeze, thanks to its compatibility with a range of video production workflows. Features such as Power over Ethernet (PoE) and HDMI, SDI or IP outputs facilitate straightforward integration with existing AV setups, streamlining the process for event organizers and technicians alike.

Effortless Operation and Control

The user-friendly interface of the AW-UE160 empowers operators of varying skill levels to harness its capabilities. With customizable presets, remote control options, and intuitive software interfaces, the camera ensures that capturing the perfect shot is as simple as the touch of a button, without the need for extensive training or expertise.

This has led to the Panasonic AW-UE160 4K PTZ cameras and the related remote camera controller AW-RP150 becoming the industry standard with experienced PTZ operators available globally.

Intelligent UX Design for Intuitive Use

An often-overlooked aspect of PTZ cameras is the design of the user experience. The AW-UE160 excels in this domain, with thoughtfully crafted controls, logical menu structures, and responsive feedback. This intelligent and intuitive design facilitates a smooth operational flow, reducing the time it takes to set up and manage camera movements throughout the event.

Crafting the Perfect Story: The Creative Power of PTZ Cameras

Gone are the days when PTZ cameras were seen as mere observers. With their advanced capabilities, PTZ cameras like the AW-UE160 play an active role in crafting the narrative of a corporate event. Their versatility allows for dynamic shifts in perspectives, smooth transitions between speakers, and the capture of spontaneous audience reactions, all of which are pivotal in creating an engaging and compelling visual story.

Overcoming Space Constraints

Corporate events often take place in venues with limited space for camera and operator movement. PTZ cameras excel in such environments, providing a wide coverage area without needing to physically relocate the camera. This flexibility is essential in ensuring that every moment is captured, even in the most constrained environments.

Enhancing Audience Engagement

PTZ cameras play a key role in engaging both in-person and remote audiences. By being able to follow the action on stage with precision and to capture detail with fidelity, they enable audience members to feel as though they are part of the event, regardless of their physical location.

Adapting to Changing Event Dynamics

The unpredictable nature of live events requires a toolset that can adapt in real-time. PTZ cameras shine in this aspect, enabling operators to make on-the-fly adjustments to camera angles, zoom levels, and focus, ensuring that they are always in sync with the event’s ebb and flow.

Beyond the Event: The Impact of PTZ Cameras on Post-Production

The benefits of PTZ cameras extend beyond the live event, offering a wealth of content for post-production and archival usage. With 4K resolution footage, editors have the luxury of cropping and reframing shots without sacrificing image quality. The comprehensive coverage provided by PTZ cameras ensures that post-production teams have assets to work with that rival traditional camera setups, leading to more polished, engaging, and versatile content.

Creating Unique Highlight Reels

The captured footage from PTZ cameras serves as a goldmine for event highlight reels. Editors can sift through hours of content to select the most impactful shots, resulting in concise and captivating summaries that encapsulate the essence of the event.

Leveraging Content Across Marketing Channels

In the digital age, corporate events are not isolated experiences but part of a broader marketing strategy. The content derived from PTZ cameras is highly adaptable, suitable for use in marketing materials, social media posts, and promotional campaigns. It serves as a valuable asset in extending the reach and impact of the event long after its conclusion.

The Future of Corporate Event Videography

This era marks a turning point in the way we approach and execute corporate event videography. The ascent of PTZ cameras as primary recording devices is not merely a shift in technology but a redefinition of what is possible in capturing and broadcasting live events. As the technology continues to evolve, the line between studio-grade and PTZ captured content will blur further, making high-quality event coverage more accessible than ever.

The Integration of AI and Automation

The horizon of PTZ technology is set to embrace artificial intelligence and automation. These advancements promise even more autonomous operations, with cameras intelligently tracking and framing shots based on predefined settings or even in response to the flow of the event. This seamless integration will greatly enhance the set of tools that PTZ operators work with, simplifying the role of camera operators and expanding the scope of automation in live productions.

Redefining Audience expectations

As viewers become accustomed to the high-definition, dynamic footage captured by PTZ cameras, their expectations for event videography will inevitably rise. This shift will challenge event planners and AV professionals to consistently deliver content that not only meets but exceeds these new standards.


The rising usage of PTZ cameras in corporate events has opened new doors in the domain of professional videography. With the release of advanced models like the Panasonic AW-UE160, the capabilities and expectations of these cameras are on an upward trajectory. As manufacturers continue to push the boundaries of what PTZ technology can achieve, and companies like High Resolution Engineering make these advancements accessible through rental services, the event industry stands at the cusp of a transformative period.

Event planners, AV professionals, and corporations at large should take note of the impact PTZ cameras are having on live event experiences. Embracing this wave of innovation is not just about keeping up with the times; it’s about leading the charge in creating unforgettable and immersive event engagements. Whether it’s a product launch, a company meeting, or a high-profile conference, PTZ cameras are poised to become an indispensable tool in the arsenal of event production.

The adoption of PTZ cameras in corporate event videography is not just a trend; it is a transformative force that promises to reshape the standard of live event coverage. With their unmatched quality, ease of use, and affordability, PTZ cameras are democratizing access to professional-grade videography, allowing for a more engaging, immersive, and memorable event experience. As the industry continues to innovate, we can expect PTZ cameras to play an increasingly vital role in the way we plan, produce, and remember corporate events. Event planners and AV professionals who recognize and leverage this power will undoubtedly set a new benchmark for event excellence.

Delivering Corporate Events with the disguise VX4 + Media Server

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The Game Changer : disguise VX 4+

Corporate events are designed to be memorable experiences for both hosts and guests. With that in mind, it’s important to ensure that you have the right tools and equipment to make your event successful. When it comes to delivering large format video content for corporate events, few pieces of equipment can match the disguise VX 4+ media server. Here’s why this is the best choice for delivering corporate event video content.

Powerful Processing Capabilities

The disguise VX 4+ media server is designed with powerful processing capabilities that allow you to deliver high-quality video content without any hiccups or delays. This is especially useful when it comes to delivering large format videos as they require significant resources to run smoothly. The VX 4+ has a 3.1GHz Xeon processor, 128GB RAM and a powerful GPU for high quality rendering of multiple 4K video outputs– giving you more than enough power to deliver stunning visuals at your next corporate event.

Disguise vx 4+ media server rental

Pre-production Visualizer

The disguise Designer software is a premium 3D visualizer that enables you to create a real-time, pixel accurate representation of your entire environment including the stage, projection surfaces and LED screens. This allows you to see exactly how your show will look with screen content before you ever step foot on show site. This is an invaluable tool to make sure you are prepared to deliver success at your next corporate event.

Scalable System

Finally, the disguise VX 4+ media server is a scalable system that can easily accommodate larger video formats without sacrificing performance or quality. The system can scale up from 4K resolution all the way up to 8K resolution and beyond– making it perfect for large-scale displays like LED walls, projection mapping, and immersive environments. The VX 4+ comes with 4x 4K video outputs with the ability to link multiple servers as part of the system to scale up to many synchronized 4K outputs in the same show file so you can run large scale video and LED displays with seamless high quality video playback.


The disguise VX 4+ media server offers powerful processing capabilities, real-time rendering abilities, and scalability – making it an ideal choice for delivering large format videos at corporate events. With its impressive specs and features, the VX 4+ ensures that your event will be professional, memorable, and most importantly – successful! Whether you’re putting on a live show or hosting a product launch presentation or awards show, invest in renting the disguise VX 4+ media server today! You won’t regret it!

High Resolution Engineering (HRE) Invests In disguise vx 4+ Media Servers For Rental Inventory

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disguise vx4+ and spyder x80

Phoenix-based High Resolution Engineering (HRE) has added disguise vx 4+ media servers to its equipment rental inventory. The purchase marks the first disguise acquisitions by HRE, which also offers rentals of the Christie Spyder X80 video processor and Lightware and Dexon routers.

HRE is the premier specialized provider of high-end video processing, screen switching, video signal management, media servers and control technologies and services to the live events industry. The company provides customized rental packages as well as system design and on-site show support to engineer, program, switch and play back content for large screen and multiscreen presentations and events.

The disguise vx 4+ media server is the new industry standard for powering the world’s biggest and most technically demanding live and virtual productions. It can handle more than twice as many video layers as its predecessor while keeping video latency to a minimum. The integration of a new PCIe 4.0 motherboard and CPU, GPU and RAID storage ensures that vx 4+ video playback and compositing performance is unrivaled.

“disguise vx 4+ is the most reliable and best media server solution for the rental market,” declares HRE’s Drew Taylor. “We had some media server and playback solutions but were looking for a four-output server because customers in the live corporate event market typically need four 4K outputs. All of our flagship rental gear has high bandwidth, high resolution capabilities.”

Taylor notes that the vx 4+ is a hardware-based solution – a key factor in its selection. “We rent to production companies and AV providers and also partner with video vendors to offer high-end solutions for their bigger shows,” he explains. “When you have a hardware-based solution you know what you’re getting, it’s standardized. But every software-based system is different. disguise media servers are well known, and the company supports their equipment 100 percent, end to end. We wanted to buy into disguise’s latest and greatest and most powerful system, and that’s the vx 4+.”

HRE already rented a vx 4+ media server to a local corporate event featuring a 175 x 15-foot video screen. “We provided screen switching and media server equipment packages, media server programming and operation for the show, and prepro content services in our shop to ensure the proper formatting of files and playback and guarantee peace of mind once on site,” says Taylor.

“disguise vx 4+ really complements the processors and routers in our rental inventory, enabling us to provide powerful system solutions for clients,” he adds. “Our Spyder X80 video processor has the most 4K I/Os of any screen switcher on the market and is a perfect pairing for disguise. The vx 4+ has HDMI 2.0 VFC cards, and our Lightware 4K@60 HDMI 2.0 routers are available in sizes up to 48 x 48 for the biggest capacity offered today. And our Dexon DIMAX1616 Pro 4K60 HDMI 2.0 seamless switching matrix router with built-in multiviewer is another great solution to pair with disguise.

“Anyway you look at it, disguise vx 4+ is a perfect fit!”

About High Resolution Engineering

High Resolution Engineering provides customized rental packages as well as system design, media content pre-production planning and expert onsite show support services to engineer, program, switch and play back content for large screen and multiscreen presentations and events.

HRE supports clients on their live productions at corporate events, trade shows, entertainment and festivals, product launches, concerts and exhibitions. For more information, visit

Spyder X80 delivers 115 million pixels of content at AmFest

Spyder X80 delivers 115 million pixels of content
Spyder X80 delivers 115 million pixels of content

Spyder X80 delivers 115 million pixels of content at AmFest

The Phoenix Convention Center held a four-day event featuring politicians, cable news hosts, and musical guests. Presented to a live audience of approximately 8,000, a broadcast audience as well as online, the event was a complex production – which also included massive LED displays that enveloped the stage. Produced by MOSAIC ProEvents with screen switching and management designed and managed by High Resolution Engineering and Jess Darin, two linked Christie® Spyder X80 processors were selected to manage feeds and drive content to the LED displays.

MOSAIC ProEvents was engaged to produce the event, and to create something massive with considerable “wow factor”. Six months prior to the December 2021 event, High Resolution Engineering and Jess Darin, freelance high-res video engineer, were brought on-board to manage the video and screen feeds.

The stage set-up included LED screens on the sides and back of the stage and hung from trusses above. LED was also wrapped around the room; in total, the LED was approximately 115 million pixels. The production also included backstage monitoring, multi-viewers for talent, and green room feeds. To manage the inputs and outputs for the event, High Resolution Engineering selected two linked Christie Spyder X80 processors, capable of managing a combined 160 million pixels, with a total of 48 inputs and 32 outputs and 4K support on every channel.

Drew Taylor, Owner and Video Engineer, High Resolution Engineering, noted the scale of the event: “The LED enveloped the stage, went out into the audience and wrapped around the room – all the way to the back, and also on the ceiling. That’s what drove the need for the Spyder X80s – with that huge amount of LED, we just had massive overall resolution, and pixels, to manage.”

Adds Taylor, “Beyond the LED screens, there were a lot of displays that we provided feeds to. The downstage monitors that the presenters look at, there’s video feeds to go to the web for streaming, backstage monitoring and multi-viewers for talent before they go on stage, as well as greenroom monitors.”

Due to the scale of the event production, two Christie Spyder X80 processors were linked to create a parallel system. Forty-six of the 48 available inputs were used, as well as 30 of the available 32 outputs. “We had millions of pixels to manage, with 17 4K LED processors out of the Spyder X80s. We linked the Spyder X80s to run in parallel and overall, we were driving just under 115 million pixels,” says Taylor.

High Resolution Engineering has been working with Christie Spyder multi-windowing processors for over 15 years and counts them as an integral part of their fleet of products. “We’ve stuck with the Spyder because it continues to be the number one processor as far as horsepower and the amount of cutting- edge technology built in,” says Taylor.

The size and scale of the event was the biggest challenge, but High Resolution Engineering and Darin spent considerable time planning and in pre-production with the client to ensure everything would work as anticipated. “Anytime we use linked systems to drive that much content, it’s a lot to manage. That’s why I trust the Spyder X80 – it does a great job,” says Darin, “The Spyder X80 was the obvious choice for this event. It’s my preferred box, and I just love the flexibility and horsepower that it has. It was absolutely what was needed to be used for this environment.”

The event was a tremendous success for all parties involved, so much so that, “There’s talk of creating a bigger event next time!” says Taylor.

Cvent 2018

PHOENIX – (October 30, 2018) – When the general session of Cvent CONNECT 2018, the world’s premier event technology conference, was held in the Palazzo Ballroom of The Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, the expansive on-stage displays were driven by a Christie® Spyder X80 multiscreen windowing processor.

High Resolution Engineering in Phoenix partnered with AV Concepts in Tempe, Arizona to provide screen switching solutions and signal management for the conference where meeting and event professionals came together to strengthen the industry and advance their careers through innovation.

AV Concepts marked its fifth year furnishing AV services for the general session and the Cvent CONNECT trade show. High Resolution Engineering has long maintained a rental inventory of Christie products; the company recently added two Spyder X80s fully loaded with 24 inputs and 16 outputs.

The general session stage featured a wall-to-wall, 200 x 18-foot curved screen using a seven-projector blend of 4K content. The screen was composed of sliding panels, some of which opened to reveal a hologram screen. Full-screen graphics were shown for the conference opening with speaker support from IMAG bookending the curved screen. A wide-screen delay screen was elevated in the middle of the house. ​

Initially, AV Concepts had specified two Spyder X20s running in parallel. “The screens required more outputs than were available from an X20 so they considered running a pair of X20s in parallel,” notes Drew Taylor, partner, High Resolution Engineering. “I suggested simplifying the system using one X80 to handle the sheer number of I/Os (inputs/outputs).”

The Christie Spyder X80 offered myriad advantages beyond I/O capacity, Taylor adds. “The X80 is a workhorse for anyone doing a 4K show – it does everything natively in 4K, and also preserves 10 bit and 12 bit video content quality. It’s also great for shows that mix and match formats because of its flexibility in incorporating multiple signals at different formats. At Cvent CONNECT in addition to handling projectors and live cameras, the X80 was able to bring in 4,000-pixel widescreen PowerPoint files on a single input channel and utilize those files on a single layer.”

Another plus was the X80’s multi-viewer feature. It allowed High Resolution Engineering’s Spyder engineer to supply four fully customized multi-viewers for himself and others to confidently monitor and manage the show.

“Although major upgrades have been made from the X20, the Spyder X80 software, “Spyder Studio” has maintained the programming workflow and look and feel so it’s very easy for X20 operators to get into the new system and learn it very quickly,” Taylor adds.

“This was our first time working with the X80, and we were very impressed by its capacity and how well it handled everything,” reports Hatim Sorkati, Business Development Director for AV Concepts. “The X80 gave us flexibility to switch the screens as the display configurations demanded. And it easily connected to AV Concepts’ Liquid Scenic media server to input content. The multi-viewer feature allowed us to get a quick overview of program and preview content. It was a big help for our stage and content managers.”

“The X80 exceeded expectations,” says Taylor. “It worked as designed to ensure that everything ran smooth and seamless.”

About AV Concepts

With over 30 years in the AV and Staging industry, AV Concepts is the premier nationwide provider of audio, visual and technological solutions and a company that is consistently recognized as an industry leader in quality, service, and innovation. For more information, please visit the AV Concepts website at

About High Resolution Engineering

High Resolution Engineering is the premier specialized provider of high-end video processing, screen switching, video signal management and control technologies and services to the live events industry. Visit

About Christie®

Christie Digital Systems Canada Inc. is a global visual and audio technologies company and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ushio, Inc., Japan, (JP:6925). Consistently setting the standards by being the first to market some of the world’s most advanced projectors and complete system displays, Christie is recognized as one of the most innovative visual technology companies in the world. From retail displays to Hollywood, mission critical command centers to classrooms and training simulators, Christie display solutions and projectors capture the attention of audiences around the world with dynamic and stunning images. Visit​​