Sony’s RM-IP500 remote controller delivers greater flexibility and easier operation of PTZ cameras for lecture capture and event production

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Published February 2nd, 2017 - 09:44 GMT

Sony’s new RM-IP500 remote controller gives operators easier and more intuitive control of its latest pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras in a range of applications including lecture capture for education, event production and broadcast. 

The RM-IP500 controller is designed to work with Sony’s new BRC-H800, BRC-H900, BRC-X1000, and SRG-360SHE PTZ cameras as well as the new MCX-500 all-in-one HD switcher, supporting SD card recording and IP streaming, to create an easy-to-use event production system.

“The RM-IP500’s simple set up, portable size and flexible options let PTZ users create an efficient and cost-effective lecture capture or event production system,” said Peter Kyriakos, Head of Marketing, Sony Professional Solutions MEA. “With flexible zoom patterns, speed control options, presets and firmware upgrades to offer future support and new capabilities, this new remote controller offers features necessary to boost efficiency so a single person can select and professionally control each shot across multiple BRC cameras stress free and without the need for individual camera operators.

Greater Flexibility and Easier Operation of PTZ Cameras

The flexible controller allows for one-handed PTZ joystick operation, and can be customized to a user’s preference. Selectable zoom control gives users the option of seesaw (left hand) or joystick (right hand) operation. PTZ speed is easily adjusted with the controller’s knob, and direct buttons are available for frequently used functions. Also it enables recall PTZ functions such as PTZ trace memory*1 and preset at the push of a button.

*1 BRC-H800/X1000 will support the function in 2017 summer

Easy set up for large scale system installations as well as live event system

The RM-IP500 simplifies IP assignment for up to 100 cameras using the AUTO IP Setting, enabling fast set up and streamlined operation.  In addition, a user can program up to 100 preset camera angles*2 for precise, easy maneuvering by a single person. With a newly designed compact body, the controller measures 306 mm x 159.3 mm x  224.1 mm; or  12 1/8 inches x 6 3/8 inches x 8 7/8 inches (without projection) and can mount on or in any console.

*2 To be available when BRC-H800/X1000 supports 100 presets in 2017 summer. 16 presets are available at release timing.

The RM-IP500 offers a host of control signal formats and control options including RS-422 and VISCA over IP as well as:

VISCA RS-422 : RJ-45x 1

LAN : RJ-45x 1, 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX automatically detected

GPI I/O (Tally In/Contact Out) : D-Sub 15-pin type

The RM-IP500 Remote Controller is planned to be available in late spring 2017.   

Background Information


In 1946, Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo K.K. (Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering Corporation, the predecessor of Sony) 
started as a small company with capital of just 190,000 yen and approximately 20 employees.
Founder Masaru Ibuka said the purpose of setting up the company was to "establish an ideal factory 
that stresses a spirit of freedom and open mindedness that will, through technology, contribute to Japanese culture." 
Symbolizing Sony's spirit of challenge to "do what has never been done before," 
the company has continued to release countless "Japan's first" and "world's first" products.

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