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AutoAuditorium System for Televising Presentations
The Fully Automatic, Multi-Camera System
that Produces Videos Without a Crew

The AutoAuditorium System is a fully automatic, multi-camera system for televising auditorium and classroom presentations.

Once installed in an auditorium or large meeting room, recording or telecasting any presentation given in that room can be as simple as turning on a switch and hitting RECORD. 

There are no other operator controls.
And the presenter does not have to pay any attention to what the AutoAuditorium System is doing.

All the shot selections, video transitions, camera motion, focusing and zooming, are performed automatically. 

The result is often indistinguishable from a program produced by a crew.

Watch the Demonstration Video
See the Video Demonstration


Recorded Lectures Help Improve Student Grades!   Read the Story



Make a Video of Every Auditorium Talk
Send them anywhere in the world!
Send videos instead of people!

Good Videos   Low Cost
Fully Automatic Production!
No Crew
A Tracking Camera That Really Works!
Ideal for Distance Education

Watch the Demonstration Video
See the Unedited Video Demonstration

See an example of a Projector Talk with Chalkboards on the side.
See the Video
Watch the Projector Talk Video Just Using Chalkboards?
No Problem!
See the Video
Watch the Chalk Talk Video


News . . .

The AutoAuditorium System Also Captures Chalkboard Talks
 
  Classroom / Distance Learning Mash-Up Aids Student Performance
White paper documents the Cyber Classroom experience at the University of Michigan  

Demonstration Videos

Calculate Your AutoAuditorium Savings

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Did they record or broadcast that talk yesterday?   No?
Too bad you missed it.   It was really great!

It happens all the time ...
People miss talks, presentations and seminars because the cost and complexity of recording or transmitting the event are just too high.

In the past, producing a video of a presentation was a big production.  You either had to use a TV studio, or roll in a TV crew and their portable equipment.

Now there is a better way.

Foveal Systems presents The AutoAuditorium System that turns an ordinary auditorium into one that automatically creates videos of lecture-style presentations for people who could not attend.  The system's intelligence knows when to zoom in on the presenter, when to focus on the projection screen and when to show both.

And using it couldn't be easier ...

Connect to your teleconferencing network and/or start up your video recorder.
Turn on the AutoAuditorium System.
You are producing a 3- or 4-camera video without a crew!


See how an AutoAuditorium System can work for you.
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AutoAuditorium System Overview


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AutoAuditorium System for Televising Presentations
Overview

On this page:   Make Every Presentation Into a Video    Automatic Camera Work, Switching and Sound    Many Everyday Applications   

Make Every Presentation Into a Video

A large room full of people watching a presentation suggests that there are other people, unavailable at that time or not at that location, who would like to see the talk but cannot.  Their absence may be due to travel expense or restrictions, schedule conflicts, or a host of other reasons.  Televising that talk, via broadcast or recording, could serve those absent people. 

An AutoAuditorium System, featuring Foveal Systems' AutoAuditorium Controller, turns an ordinary auditorium into one that can automatically make broadcasts and recordings.  The system is permanently installed in the room and uses optical motion tracking (television cameras) to be "aware" of what is happening in the room.  It uses this awareness to televise the images and sound of the most common form of auditorium talk, a single person on a stage, speaking with projected visual aids to a local audience. 

Once turned on, the system is completely automatic.  The person on stage and the people in the local audience may not even be aware that it is on.  To remote audiences, an AutoAuditorium program gives the appearance of a professionally produced program although no camera crew or operator was necessary.


Automatic Camera Work, Switching and Sound

Automatic Tracking of the Speakers on Stage
The AutoAuditorium Tracking Camera is completely automatic, requires no targets and no transmitters, and automatically tracks the person or people on stage without requiring that they be identified to the system in any way. 

Automatic Shot Selection
The AutoAuditorium Director automatically makes shot selections among multiple cameras, based on what is happening in the program.  It also controls the timing of transitions and generation of special effects.

Automatic Audio Mixing
The system automatic mixes the audience and presenter audio to create a complete program sound track that is meaningful to local and remote audiences.  Most importantly, the remote audiences have the ability to hear audience questions and commentary.


Many Everyday Applications

When does an AutoAuditorium System work?

In any situation where a group of people come into a room and watch a presentation give by someone on a stage who uses projected visuals.  If there are so many people in that room, the bet is there are others who could be served with a recording or broadcast. 

Some examples of such presentations are:


Using the AutoAuditorium System can bring many benefits; See System Benefits

For an on-line version of our printed brochure see our Brochure Page

To see the AutoAuditorium system in action, go to our Video Demonstrations Page

For answers to the Frequently Asked Questions, see our FAQ Page

You can see pictures of typical system installations on the AutoAuditorium Rooms page.

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AutoAuditorium System Benefits


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AutoAuditorium System for Televising Presentations
System Benefits

AutoAuditorium Systems . . .  Top    . . . Are Extremely Easy to Use    . . . Cost Very Little To Operate    . . . Are Simple To Operate    . . . Do Not Interfere With The Presentation    . . . Quickly Return Your Investment   

AutoAuditorium Systems . . .

. . . Are Extremely Easy to Use

Any lecture-style auditorium presentation can be video recorded or telecast at a moment's notice.  Because the system is permanently installed in the room, it is immediately available.  It can be setup in a few minutes; shutdown in less. 

Because one switch turns the system on and off, the steps to record a presentation are

  1. throw a switch,
  2. insert a DVD,
  3. press RECORD.

Connecting to a video network can also be as simple as pushing a button. 


. . . Cost Very Little To Operate

Because the system is completely automatic, an AutoAuditorium program costs much less than one done in a TV studio or produced using a remote production crew.  The experience of one company using an AutoAuditorium System was that the money saved by not making 6 remote productions in a year paid for the system.  After that the cost is just the price of a DVD and/or a distribution network. 

Other organizations may find that reduced travel expense or employee productivity improvements quickly pays for the system.  Some may assign a value to improved communications by asking questions like:


. . . Are Simple To Operate

Because there is no post production, programs can be watched in real time, and recordings are ready for distribution as soon as the program concludes.

There are fewer things to go wrong because there are:

Because the Director never gets distracted, called away or tired, it always responds quickly to program changes.  For example, when the presenter puts up a new slide, it is put in the program immediately. 

Likewise, since audio mixing is automatic and doesn't require someone to turn up the correct volume control, remote audiences hear every word. 

Because the presenters' slides are captured with a camera, any form of presentation graphic works: any type of computer projection, 35 mm slides, overhead foils, or whatever.  If it is readable on the screen, the remote audiences can read it.

(But remember, an AutoAuditorium system will not make a poor presentation better. The image quality is only as good as the cameras and transmission channel can produce. If people at the back of the room have trouble reading the slides because of fonts, point sizes, color choices, etc. the people watching the AutoAuditorium video will have trouble also.)


. . . Do Not Interfere With The Presentation

Because there is no crew, nor portable equipment, the telecast does not disrupt the presentation. 

The system is unobtrusive when in use because the cameras and microphones are placed so as not be be in anyone's sight line.  The local audience and the presenter forget about them. 

And because the system is unobtrusive when not in use, the auditorium still functions as an ordinary meeting room. 


. . . Quickly Return Your Investment Through Frequent Use

Because the it is easy economical to use, the system is used often.  Thus programs are recorded or telecast that would have been considered too unimportant to be worth the cost.  One company, in the first year they used the AutoAuditorium System, produced 40% more recorded presentations without any increase in staff.

And, finally, because many more programs are recorded and telecast, many more people can avoid the cost and inconvenience of traveling to presentations, or missing them because of a schedule conflicts.  The result?

How much can you save?  Put your numbers into the Savings Calculator and see for yourself.


For some specific examples of AutoAuditorium savings, go to AutoAuditorium Systems Save Money When . . .

To see the AutoAuditorium system in action, go to our Video Demonstration Page

For answers to the Frequently Asked Questions, see our FAQ Page

To ask us a question, use our Contact Us

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AutoAuditorium Systems Save Money When . . .


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AutoAuditorium System for Televising Presentations
AutoAuditorium Systems Save Money When . . .

On this page:   Avoid Traveling    Avoid Schedule Conflicts    Use Scarce Resources Effectively    Use Talents Effectively    Record All Talks   

. . .  People wishing to see presentations avoid traveling.

In a geographically dispersed organization, it is easy to see that keeping people out of cars, hotel rooms, and airplanes can quickly save travel dollars. 

But they also save "looking-out-the-window" time.  For example, some years ago there was a talk in our southern location, and about a dozen people from the northern office got into cars, drove 70 miles to the one-hour talk, and then drove back.  That meant 2, maybe 3, hours of looking-out-the-windshield for 1 hour of productive time. 

The following week, there was a talk at the north location, in the AutoAuditorium room, and the people down south simply went to one of their larger conference rooms, maybe a 5 minute walk, to attend via telecast. 

And Time Zones are your enemy.  Everytime someone has to travel across time zones to see a presentaion not only is there all the actual travel time, but also that they arrive out-of-sync with the local schedule.  It is hard to be at your best when your internal clock keeps complaining.

How much does avoiding travel save?  Enough to justify your AutoAuditorium investment.  Put your numbers into the Savings Calculator and see for yourself.

. . .  People avoid having to choose when schedules conflict. 

Time and again we've heard stories of people being "saved" by the AutoAuditorium System.  A presentation conflicted with some other need.  Knowing that an AutoAuditorium recording would be available meant not having to choose.  Just deal with the need that required personal presence, and then "attend" the presentation when convenient. 

The Savings Calculator also will show you how quickly that value adds up.

. . .  Scarce resources are stretched too thin.

Time and again we have heard stories of someone running the cameras for a lecture recording when the pager went off.  "I had no choice but to just set on a single shot and go deal with the emergency.  It was half-an-hour before I could get back.  The customers of the recording weren't happy, but what could I do?"

The AutoAuditorium System never gets preempted by emergencies.  Nor does it get sick, go on vacation, quit, get fired, or forget to show up.

. . .  Talented people get to do what they do best.

Most auditorium lectures are deadly-dull for the people who must produce video recordings.  When the production crew does not understand the material, or would rather be elsewhere, the resulting program suffers.  The audiences who watch it suffer also.

. . .  You make recordings of talks which wouldn't even be considered before.

When an AutoAuditorium System is installed, every presentation given in that room is fair game.  The system can be made available to everyone who books the room.  One customer tells us that their AutoAuditorium lecture hall "sometimes makes 7 recordings in a 5-day work week.  And why not?  A recording costs next-to-nothing, our customers are happy, and we look good!"

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AutoAuditorium System Savings Calculator


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AutoAuditorium System for Televising Presentations
Savings Calculator


How Much Money Can You Save Using AutoAuditorium Systems?

Requiring some audience members to travel in order to attend a presentation incurs losses from unproductive hours and travel expenses.  These Travel Costs can be saved when folks view the presentation via the AutoAuditorium System! 

Also consider the value of having an informed organization.  We assume that the time spent attending a talk is productive, so there are costs for those people who would not or could not travel to a presentation.  We call these Uninformed People Costs

Also consider that not all travel has to be "long distance".  Even when the "other location" is just a "few miles" and a "few minutes" away the travel costs and times can add up and the decisions not to attend can multiply.

This calculator helps you determine how much you can save.  Fill in the fields with typical values for your organization.  (Fractional values, such as 1.5, are accepted.)  Then click the  Calculate Savings  button to see how quickly your AutoAuditorium System will pay back your investment.

When filling in the fields, consider if you want to use loaded salaries, which include overhead costs and taxes paid by the company. 

The default "Cost per Mile" for driving is the amount the Internal Revenue Service uses for deductible travel.  Is that value appropriate for your case?

Quick Answers  
  Click one of these prototypical cases, or fill in the form below.  
2 Presentations per month.
4 Presentations per month.
8 Presentations per month.
20 Presentations per month.

Monthly AutoAuditorium Savings When People Do Not Have To Travel
Presentations Requiring Travel
 Number per Month
 Hours per Presentation

Average Salary, per person
 Annual   Hourly 

Travel Costs
average, per person, per presentation
Driving and Riding, per round trip
 People Driving
 People Riding
 Business Hours Spent Driving & Riding
 Miles  Cost per Mile
 Tolls, Parking, etc.
Traveling by Public Transportation
 People Using Public Transportation
 Business Hours Spent Traveling
 Cost per Round Trip (air, rail, taxi, etc.) 
Lodging & Meals, per round trip
 People Charging Lodging & Meals
 Nights in Lodging    Cost per Night  
 Meals   Cost per Meal 

Uninformed People Costs
 People Missing, per presentation 

This link looks at the mathematics of this calculator.

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AutoAuditorium System Brochure


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AutoAuditorium System for Televising Presentations
Brochure



Produce Videos
Without A Crew?

Absolutely!
Just push the button. 

Record This Presentation

Now You Are Using The

AutoAuditorium System

The Fully Automatic, Multi-Camera System
that Televises Auditorium and Classroom Presentations
Without A Crew!

Broadcast and record your presentations
without the traditional costs and complexities.


The AutoAuditorium System Is Fully Automatic!

It is more than cameras, more than microphones.  The AutoAuditorium System uses cameras and microphones intelligently to capture presentations as video telecasts and recordings.  It is built into your lecture room or auditorium, ready to use in a moment, without a crew!

Once it is turned on, there is nothing to do  until it's time to turn it off. 

The AutoAuditorium System has . . .

... automatic camera tracking ... which follows the person making the presentation. 

... automatic video switching ... which selects and mixes the Tracking Camera with several stationary cameras. 

... automatic audio mixing ... which ensures that the speakers on stage and questions from the audience are heard clearly by those watching the video. 

Record This Presentation

The AutoAuditorium System is . . .

... as easy as pushing a button ... requiring only a moment to set up or shut down.  No technical training is necessary.  Anyone who can insert a disk in a DVD recorder and press a start button can use the AutoAuditorium System.  It is that easy! 

... always available ... making it ideal for producing videos of unscheduled events. 

... unobtrusive ... to the presenter, the local audience and the video viewers.  Everyone concentrates on the presentation, not the distractions of making a TV program. 

Locked-down speaker

With the AutoAuditorium System . . .

... the presenter is free to move ... anywhere on stage!  And there are no devices to wear or carry, and no "target identification" process!  The motion-sensitive Tracking Camera follows each presenter from the moment he or she arrives on the stage. 

... the program is mixed in real time ... for live transmission on your video network or recording.  All image selections and audio mixing are performed automatically; there is never any need for post-production. 

... you can afford to make many more videos ... since you don't have to set aside expensive studio space nor schedule and hire production crews.  The cost of recording a session is only the price of a DVD, or hard disk space;  the cost of a transmission is only the price of the medium.  And because the AutoAuditorium System equipment is out of the way, the room is still available for non-video uses. 

And the AutoAuditorium System is missing all those things you don't want ...

Unneeded Equipment
  • No big budget. 
  • No hours of preparation. 
  • No production crew. 
  • No dedicated studio space. 
  • No portable equipment. 
  • No post production. 

Turn Your Ordinary Auditorium into an AutoAuditorium!

An AutoAuditorium System is permanently installed in your auditorium or lecture room.  A typical System has three or four cameras installed over and behind the audience, strategically placed microphones, a small equipment rack (containing a system control computer, a video mixer, and automatic audio mixers), and a video recorder located someplace convenient for your users. 

In addition to video recording, the AutoAuditorium Program signals can be connected to:


AutoAuditorium Technology Produces Programs That Look Professional! 

An AutoAuditorium System is entirely automatic due to the patented technology of the AutoAuditorium Controller.  The Controller's Tracking Camera and Director modules create programs that look professional without using a crew. 

The AutoAuditorium Tracking Camera Module automatically follows the presenter wherever he or she is on the stage.  And the presenter does not have to wear any sort of target or be identified to the System.  If you are the person on the stage, you are the person tracked.  Pacing around?  The Tracking Camera zooms out for a wider shot so the viewers don't get sea-sick.  Staying put?  The Tracking Camera zooms in tight.  The Tracking Camera module operates with several popular robotic cameras. 

The AutoAuditorium Director Module automatically selects the appropriate camera and video effect, . . .

Wide Shot of Stage

. . . whether it's an establishing shot of the stage, . . .

        Slide Screen Shot

. . . the Projection Screen, . . .




Closeup of Presenter

. . . the Tracking Camera following the presenter, . . .

        Slide and Presenter

. . . or the Projection Screen and Tracking Camera together. 

Throughout the program the Director module chooses the right shot and effect for the program viewers. The selections and transition effects are tuned to your choice of video mixer and your directorial preferences.  Optionally, you can choose one of several customized directorial styles for each program. 

The AutoAuditorium Controller gives you flexibility to design your video production system to your needs.  It controls the Tracking Camera and Video Mixer, but does not interfere with the video or audio signals. The equipment supported ranges from very economical to the highest quality.  Some customers have found they already own equipment the Controller can command. 


Everyone Wins When It's An AutoAuditorium Program!


Your AutoAuditorium System Is Ideal For . . .


Record This Presentation

So Go Ahead. 
Push The Button!

You're Producing an
AutoAuditorium Video!

Happy customer


To get a 4-page glossy version of this brochure, use our Information Request Form.

To see the AutoAuditorium System in action, go to our Video Demonstration Page

You can see pictures of typical system installations on the AutoAuditorium Rooms page.

For answers to the Frequently Asked Questions, see our FAQ Page
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AutoAuditorium System FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)


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AutoAuditorium System for Televising Presentations
Frequently Asked Questions

On this page:   How many cameras are used in an AutoAuditorium System?   
How does the Tracking Camera follow people without tags or targets?   
You don't have to "identify" the people to the System.  What does that mean?   
What happens when one person leaves the stage and another gets on it?   
Won't the audience members in the front row confuse the Tracking Camera?   
What if two people are on stage at the same time?   
How does the Director automatically select which shot to show?   
Some programs are very complicated.  Can I run the System by hand?   
What are the audio requirements of an AutoAuditorium System?   
What is an example of an AutoAuditorium audio mixing System?   
What video encoding does the AutoAuditorium System use?   
Would you consider our company as a supplier and installer?   
Why not make a portable AutoAuditorium System?   
Is computer content always captured with a camera pointed at the screen?   
Why can't the presenter control what the AutoAuditorium System is doing?   
What is the advantage of having a single image of the presentation?      
     Lots of lecture capture systems simply record the presenter      and the screen and present both of them side-by-side.
   

How many cameras are used in an AutoAuditorium System?

The minimum system uses 3 cameras: 2 static (that is, non-moving, non-zooming, fixed focus) cameras, and 1 AutoAuditorium Tracking Camera with a full range of automated pan, tilt and zoom functionality. 
  1. The static camera that looks at the entire stage area is sometimes referred to as the "front-of-the-room" camera. 
  2. The static camera that looks at the projection screen is referred to as the "slide" camera.  This camera sees whatever is being projected to the screen.  Projected sources could include computers, slide projectors, document cameras or overhead transparency projectors.
  3. The Tracking Camera is the one that follows the person giving the talk. 

An optional fourth camera would provide an additional cover shot.  It is typically mounted above the corner of the stage furthest from the lectern and pointed across the stage.  Having more than one "covering" shot used while the Tracking Camera repositions itself makes for a more interesting program.

The front-of-the-room and the optional across-the-stage cameras are used when the system transitions from the Tracking Camera's shot of just the person to the combination slide-and-person shot.


How does the Tracking Camera follow people without tags or targets?

The AutoAuditorium Tracking Camera subsystem uses a patented optical motion tracking technology to keep the person on stage in sight.  The "front of room" camera serves as a "spotting camera", looking at the entire stage area, watching for the person giving the talk.  The Foveal Systems' AutoAuditorium Controller then drives the Tracking Camera to follow that person as they move around. 

Because the Tracking Camera follows whoever is on the stage, there is no need to have that person carry or wear a tag or target, as some other systems require. 


You don't have to "identify" the people to the system.  What does that mean?

There are other tracking camera systems that follow a person (or other target) because they are wearing a specific color.  That color must be identified to the camera system during an initialization step. 

There is no "initialization step" for the AutoAuditorium Tracking Camera.  It begins tracking any person on the stage as soon as the system starts. 


What happens when one person leaves the stage and another gets on it?

The AutoAuditorium Tracking Camera does not require any initialization or identification of the person to be tracked.  So, if I am speaking on stage and finish my talk, I might leave the stage by the stairs on the right.  Since you are the next speaker, you may come up on the stage on the left.  When I am no longer within the spotting camera's view (see above) and you are seen by the spotting camera, then you will become the person to follow.  The Tracking Camera will be aimed at you and will follow you while you are on stage. 

Won't the audience members in the front row confuse the Tracking Camera

The system installation includes steps that align the spotting and tracking cameras.  The installer defines a "Search Area" and an "Extraneous Motion Area" in the image taken by the spotting camera.  See the illustration. 

The Search Area defines the portion of the spotting camera image where motion will be considered significant.  It is set so that people seated, or, if possible, standing, in front of the stage are not considered as targets for the Tracking Camera. 

Likewise, the Extraneous Motion Area is defined around the projection screen.  For motion within the Extraneous Motion Area to be considered significant it must be adjacent to motion outside that area, and still within the Search Area.  Generally, when the speaker stands in front of the screen, the slide is not changing, so the Tracking Camera only responds to her.  Even if there is motion in the slide while she is standing in front of the screen, the tracking camera just zooms out to include her and the screen, which generally looks OK. 

Also, a minimum target size and maximum target size is defined, which helps keep the Tracking Camera subsystem from being distracted by things much smaller and much larger than a person. 

These concepts are discussed a bit more in a paper presented at the 1998 NIST Smart Spaces Conference. 



What if two people are on stage at the same time?

When the system identifies one moving target inside the Search Area, the system labels it as "significant" and the Tracking Camera follows it. 

If a second moving target is identified, the system remains aware of it, but the Tracking Camera does not follow it right away.  For instance, if someone comes in late and walks into the Search Area but then immediately sits down, the Tracking Camera ignores that person. 

However, if that second target stays around for a period of time, say 10 seconds or more, then that second target is labeled as "significant".  Now there are two significant targets, so the Tracking Camera zooms out so that both can be seen.  Additional targets are treated the same way.  They become "significant" only after they remain identified for a period of time. 


How does the Director automatically select which shot to show?

As with the Tracking Camera, the patented AutoAuditorium Director uses information from camera images to determine what is going on.  The camera pointed at the projection screen sees the images that are shown there.  If there is nothing on the screen, then the Director knows it should not show that camera, as it contains nothing that would be interesting to the audiences. 

However, as soon as an image is projected on the screen, the Director detects its presence and selects that camera to be part of the program. 

Should the image on the screen stay there for a long time (which is a tunable parameter) the Director figures that the audiences have had a good chance to read and understand what is there and thus it may choose to cut away from the screen.  It will then cycle between showing and not showing the screen until:


Some programs are very complicated.  Can I run the system by hand?

Some programs are beyond the AutoAuditorium System's capabilities.  In such cases it may be desirable to use the AutoAuditorium System cameras, mixer, DVR, etc. to produce a program under manual control. 

We can include a joy-stick control box for the Tracking Camera.  A switch then gives the user a choice:

It is also possible to smoothly switch the Tracking Camera from AutoAuditorium to manual mode "on the fly".  This allows someone monitoring the AutoAuditorium program to correct a poor choice the software might make.  For example, if more than on person comes on stage, the Tracking Camera software may concentrate on the wrong person.  By switching the Tracking Camera to manual mode, a person can then create the best shot for the current situation.  Switching back to AutoAuditorium mode puts the software back in charge. 

Please contact us if you want more details.


What are the audio requirements of an AutoAuditorium System?

The design of the audio system is very important to the production of a high quality program and should not be overlooked. The audio system must be designed to serve two very different audiences:
  1. The local audience, in the same room as the person presenting the talk.  For them the room's sound system provides most of the audio assistance. 
  2. The remote audiences watching the program via broadcast or recording.  They need to hear the same sound picked up by the room's sound system, but they also want to hear the questions from members of the local audience. 
An AutoAuditorium System installation is likely to have at least one wireless microphone and a microphone built into the lectern.  If being installed into an existing room, then use of the existing public address system may provide a number of microphones, especially wireless microphones, as part of the basic system.  To be able to pickup audience questions and commentary, your choices range from as simple as "passing around a hand-held wireless mic" to strategically placing microphones in the ceiling.  Some facilities may lend themselves to use of wired conference mics.  Audio and video signals flow independently so you are assured that the sound and image quality of your program will be unaffected by the AutoAuditorium Controller.  A well designed audio system will only serve to enhance the effectiveness of programs produced using an AutoAuditorium System. 

What is an example of an AutoAuditorium audio mixing system?

The best audio system design has much to do with the variety of acoustical and architectural considerations unique to a given venue.  Several AutoAuditorium installations follow this model:

Because the AutoAuditorium Controller operates independently of the system's audio signals, you have the maximum flexibility to design a system that will best meet the needs of both your local and your remote audiences.

If you are unsure of your sound system requirements, please contact us.  We will discuss your specific needs and analyze your requirements.


What video encoding does the AutoAuditorium System use?

The AutoAuditorium System captures a presentation as "base-band video and audio" in either NTSC or PAL format.  Since a video recorder is generally included in the installation, a DVD recording is the easiest way to capture a talk. 

Camera video is used only as a reference to make intelligent and professional program decisions.  Video signals flow independently and are unaffected by the AutoAuditorium Controller.  Therefore, you may use any of the common video formats including some of the newer digital video recorders.

The base-band video and audio can be sent to a video network using any of the common base-band converters, but such converters are not part of an AutoAuditorium System.  If requested, we will help customers make the connections to video networks, but the cost and engineering of those networks are their responsibility. 

Likewise, the base-band video and audio of an AutoAuditorium program could be recorded and/or transmitted digitally over a computer network.  Again, if requested, we will help customers make the connections to such digital networks, but the cost and engineering of those networks are their responsibilities. 


Would you consider our company as a supplier and installer?

Absolutely.  Please contact us.

Why not make a portable AutoAuditorium System?

The economies that an AutoAuditorium System offers derive largely from the fact that it is permanently installed in a room.  That means it is always there, ready for use on very short notice.  Getting ready takes less than 10 minutes.  (Turn the AutoAuditorium Start switch ON, slide in the DVD, and press RECORD.  Give your presentation.)

However, the actual installation requires considerable planning and effort to figure out the most advantageous places to put the cameras and microphones.  The installers must then align and tune the Tracking Camera and Director image analysis subsystems.  Finally, the Audio Mixers are interconnected with the existing room's sound system. 

To make a reasonable and effective portable installation would require some time and effort placing and cabling the cameras and microphones, and require considerable expertise in the subtle ways an AutoAuditorium System interacts with its environment.  Then, once the programs were finished, all the system components would have to be taken down and packed up.  The amount of time and effort would probably be as much as or greater than having a crew set up a normal remote production. 

The fully automatic features of the final installation must be a compelling factor to warrant creating and repeatedly installing and removing a portable system. 

However, we can imagine situations where the underlying technologies of the AutoAuditorium System could be used in applications which are not lectures given to audiences.  Please contact us if you are still convinced a portable AutoAuditorium System is what you want or if you have a problem that you think might benefit from using the AutoAuditorium Tracking Camera, or Director. 


Is computer content always captured with a camera pointed at the screen?

It is a customer choice.  The value of having a camera capture the screen is that anything on the screen is seen in the recording, including

But a direct feed of what is going to the projector can be substituted, so long as it arrives at the Video Mixer as a television signal.  In modern installations, that is almost always a variation of 1080i HD.

Some installations actually switch between camera and direct feed.  Take a look at

http://AutoAuditorium.com/playbackBroad_Trapnell.html

starting at 3:20 in the recording.  The AutoAuditorium System starts by showing the direct feed which gives you best color and resolution.  But at 3:27 the presenter starts to use the laser pointer.  When AutoAuditorium System recognizes the laser dot in the Screen Camera image, it has the Video Mixer switch to that image.  ((There is a story behind why the Screen Camera looks the way it does, available on request.))

In the some recent HiDef installations, the customers have decided that the HiDef Screen Camera image is close enough to the HiDef direct feed, that it isn't worth while to switch between them.

The sensitivity to laser pointers is valuable in general.  AutoAuditorium System is usually configured to switch away from the screen image (camera or direct) if it does not change for a long time.  But it will quickly return to the screen image if it sees any change in the image, including the presence of a laser dot.

There is no magic here.  Laser dots that are too small or not readily visible to the audience are often not detected by AutoAuditorium System.  Big, bright, (now-a-days) green dots seem to work best.


Why can't the presenter control what the AutoAuditorium System is doing?

This speaks to one of the ways AutoAuditorium Systems differ from many other lecture capture mechanisms.

Teaching is hard enough. 
The distance learning mythology implies that the instructor:

The AutoAuditorium Philosophy is that the person giving the lecture should not have to be aware of what the System is doing, let alone manage it.  And the resulting video should be nearly good as being there. 
(My thoughts on giving the instructor a view of the AutoAuditorium System recording while teaching are available upon request.)


What is the advantage of having a single image of the presentation?
Lots of lecture capture systems simply record the presenter and the screen and present both of them side-by-side.

Capturing multiple views of the presentation is easy.  And presenting the multiple views simultaneously seems to be an ideal solution.

But I, for one, find multiple views distracting.  Where should I be looking? 

AutoAuditorium System editing emphasizes the projected image, especially when it is changing or being pointed at.  It places a Picture-in-Picture of the presenter when there is an empty space on the projection screen, much as a human editor would.  That way the graphics and the presenter's body language are in easily visible much of the time.


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AutoAuditorium System for Televising Presentations
Scenarios

On this page:   Corporate Scenarios    Hospital Scenarios    Schools, Colleges, and Universities    Rapid Response Scenarios   

AutoAuditorium System scenarios that can work for you.

Pictures of typical system installations are on the AutoAuditorium Installations page.


AutoAuditorium progam at Bellcore, circa 1997

Uses at Telcordia Technologies

The AutoAuditorium system and its predecessor experimental prototypes, known as I-See-You Camera Control and I-See-You Director, were in use at the Telcordia Technologies (formerly Bellcore) Morristown NJ Auditorium since 1993.  Since the late 1990s, when it became a commerical offering, it has been used regularly by Telcordia Technologies' employees.

The system can be useful in many other environments.


Corporate Scenarios

Large corporations have situations that suggest AutoAuditorium uses.

The simple example is telecasting and/or recording any presentations in the company auditorium.  If it's important enough to attract an audience that big or to call for that formal a presentation space, then it's important enough to share with those who were on-the-road, ill, or otherwise occupied at the time.

Which of the possible distribution channels to use is an open question, but with low cost of blank DVDs there is almost no expense to making another recording.


Corporate training is an important part of keeping employees sharp and up-to-date.  But how many times have you been at a course and seen someone drop out because they suddenly had an emergency back at the office?  Do you think they ever get to make up the days they miss?

With an AutoAuditorium system scaled down to classroom size, a recording of the missed days would allow those who were called away to catch up on the material they missed.


Not all presentations need to be seen by the largest possible audience.  Sometimes, the the event is a presentation of sensitive information and it is inappropriate for a video production crew to see and hear the material.  In that case, an AutoAuditorium recording is the ideal solution.  Anyone can put the blank disk or memory stick in the recorder and press the AutoAuditorium START button before the presentation.  Press STOP and EJECT, and you now have a fully produced, ready-to-watch recording that has not been seen by anyone else. 


Hospital Scenarios

A hospital, especially a teaching hospital, is an example of organization that can rarely bring everyone together for a meeting.  There is always someone who must be on duty and thus miss an important activity.

In this environment, the AutoAuditorium system can capture events for those too busy to attend.  For those who have to be at the nurse's stations, they could be telecast on the in-house cable TV system or over the computer network (if it can handle multimedia traffic).  Telecasts could be sent to other locations, on DVD, via teleconferencing connections, or as computer files, saving people at associated hospitals the need to travel to attend talks. 


Hospitals also have to serve some of the social needs of its patients.  For example, religious services performed in the auditorium could be televised over the in-house cable system to patients unable to attend in person.


Similarly, a hospital often sponsors events for the community they serve.  Talks given on current health and medical topics could be made available as recordings available at local public libraries or over public access cable TV channels. 

In each of these cases, using the AutoAuditorium system to capture the event would reduce the opportunity and personnel costs of creating the telecast.  Because the system is as simple as turning on the power and hitting RECORD, it will be used often.  The cost of creating the next telecast quickly becomes very small.


Schools, Colleges, and Universities

Educational institutions are facing the challenges of a mobile population.  Many schools offering continuing education courses and degrees for employed students find that their pupils have difficulty keeping regular class hours because of job pressures.

Using AutoAuditorium techniques to capture classes for students, recordings can be made available through the mails on DVD, via community cable TV, via satellite, or over the Internet;  in fact, AutoAuditorium programs can be sent on any medium that carries television.


Also, school systems with distributed campuses can use AutoAuditorium systems to share events among their students and faculty.  A presentation made by a national figure can be shared with all the campuses.  A seminar on teacher's issues can be shared with the dispersed faculty. 


Rapid Response Scenarios

Situation Rooms where people respond to emergencies could benefit from a presentation area with AutoAuditorium capabilities.  Broadcasting up-to-the-second information could be made much easier if no one had to work the cameras and run the systems.  It would be as simple as

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AutoAuditorium System for Televising Presentations
Rooms with AutoAuditorium Systems

On this page:   Formal Auditorium    Formal Lecture Hall    Multi-Purpose Room    Informal Lecture Room    Class Room   

While it is called The AutoAuditorium System, as you can see in some of these pictures it also works in rooms not necessarily considered "auditoriums".


Formal Auditorium

  • 280 seats, fixed.
  • Front projection.
  • AutoAuditorium System controlled from the "back room".
  • Wireless microphone for the presenter.
  • 3 AutoAuditorium cameras:
    Spotting Camera,
    Slide Camera,
    Tracking Camera (shown, wide zoom).

Formal Auditorium

  • 190 seats, fixed.
  • Front projection.
  • AutoAuditorium System controlled from the "back room".
  • Wireless microphone for the presenter.
  • 3 AutoAuditorium cameras:
    Spotting Camera (shown),
    Slide Camera,
    Tracking Camera.

Formal Lecture Hall

  • 113 seats, fixed.
  • Rear projection.
  • AutoAuditorium Start Button on the console touch panel.
  • AutoAuditorium VCR available to all users.
  • Wireless microphone for the presenter.
  • Ceiling microphones over the audience.
  • 3 AutoAuditorium cameras:
    Spotting Camera (shown),
    Slide Camera,
    Tracking Camera.

Multi-Purpose Room

  • 80 - 100 seats, moveable.
  • Rear projection.
  • AutoAuditorium System controlled from the "back room".
  • Ceiling microphones over the stage.
  • Wireless microphone optional for the presenter.
  • Ceiling microphones over the audience.
  • 4 AutoAuditorium cameras:
    Spotting Camera (shown),
    Slide Camera,
    Tracking Camera,
    Side-Shot Camera (looks across stage from audience-right towards lectern).

Informal Lecture Room

  • 50 seats.
  • Front projection.
  • AutoAuditorium System controlled from the "back room".
  • Ceiling microphones over the stage.
  • Wireless microphone optional for the presenter.
  • Ceiling microphones over the audience.
  • 3 AutoAuditorium cameras:
    Spotting Camera (shown),
    Slide Camera,
    Tracking Camera.

Class Room

  • 35 seats.
  • Front projection.
  • AutoAuditorium System controlled from the "back room".
  • Ceiling microphones over the stage.
  • Wireless microphone optional for the presenter.
  • Ceiling microphones over the audience.
  • 3 AutoAuditorium cameras:
    Spotting Camera (shown),
    Slide Camera,
    Tracking Camera.

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AutoAuditorium System for Televising Presentations
What You Get, What It Costs

The AutoAuditorium System is a complete, installed addition to your new or existing auditorium or lecture room.  The exact price for your system will depend on your requirements, the System Level you select, and the specific configuration of your room.  Your system installer will first perform an Engineering Study of your site, and then quote you a final price. 

While you are thinking about price, also consider the savings created using your AutoAuditorium System.  The Savings Calculator web page helps generate the numbers.

On this page: 
 What You Get   What It Costs
 Choice of System Levels   Basic System    Standard System    Professional System   
 Options    Multiple Director Shooting Script    Dual Use System    Manual Control    Additional Stationary Cameras   


What You Get

The AutoAuditorium System adds automatic video production capabilities to your new or existing auditorium or lecture room. 

We expect your room will have a stage, or other presenter's area separated from the audience, and a permanent projection screen.  AutoAuditorium Systems work best when projectors (slide, overhead, video, etc.) are mounted in fixed positions and all project onto the same area of the screen.  We expect most rooms will have a sound system. 

A complete AutoAuditorium System typically adds:

In many cases an AutoAuditorium installation can use the existing facilities of your room.  For example, the existing sound system and control system are usually integrated with the added AutoAuditorium equipment. 


What It Costs

Most of the components added by an AutoAuditorium System are widely available industrial- and broadcast-quality items sold by audio-visual system contractors.  You may choose to use relatively smaller, less expensive, single-chip cameras, or, to achieve better video quality and system performance, you can use top-of-the-line, high resolution, 3-chip cameras. 
NOTE: Most PTZ (Pan/Tilt/Zoom) cameras are not compatible because they don't have sufficient control capabilities to perform well with the AutoAuditorium Controller.  Contact us for details.

Choice of System Levels

The first step is to determine the system level that is nearest to your needs.  Below we list three levels, Basic, Standard, and Professional which represent commonly requested feature sets. 

The prices are approximate budgeting guidelines.  Because an AutoAuditorium System is tightly integrated into the room where it is installed, some installations are easier and less expensive than others.  After you have looked over these System Levels and the available Options contact Foveal Systems to discuss your specific needs.

All the System Levels of the AutoAuditorium System start with:

The approximate prices include rough estimates for: They do not include:

† US Dollars; installation within the continental United States


Basic System
Approximately $60,000 †
Provides:

Includes:

Standard System
Approximately $90,000 †
Provides:

Includes:

Professional System
Approximately $120,000 †
Provides:

Includes:

While you are thinking about price, also consider the savings created using your AutoAuditorium System.  The Savings Calculator web page helps generate the numbers.


Options

These options can be purchased on any level system; Basic, Standard, or Professional.

Multiple Director Shooting Script

The user can be given a choice of directorial styles.  Each style can have its own pace, shot choices, and effects choices.

For example, the AutoAuditorium System used to produce the first demonstration video, has a Director "shooting script" which deliberately makes decisions much faster and uses more video effects and transitions than is normal for a lecture given in the same room.  By selecting that Director script, the demonstration videos go through most of an AutoAuditorium System's features in a very short time.  The scripts customers normally use are much less frenetic.

In another example, a customer had an auditorium which could be split in half.  (Look at the first two photos on the AutoAuditorium Installations web page.  They were the same auditorium, with the partition wall opened and closed.)  The AutoAuditorium System cameras were in the projection booth at the rear of the audience seating.  When in Full Room mode, the AutoAuditorium Director used the formal stage and the large screen as the areas of interest.  When in Half Room mode, a partition closed across the width of the room, and the AutoAuditorium Director instead was sensitive to the person standing in front of the wall and the much smaller screen.  A simple toggle switch made the choice. 


Dual Use System

By "Dual Use" we mean one AutoAuditorium Controller can produce a program using either of two sets of cameras.  The most common case would be two rooms, each with its own set of cameras and microphones and audio mixer, and one AutoAuditorium Controller, one Video Mixer, one video recorder, and an audio/video routing switcher.  Under the Controller's command, the routing switcher "bank switches" the signal sources from one room or other into the Mixer and Controller.  The Director can have different production scripts to accommodate the specific needs of each room.

Remember that the Dual Use System will only produce a program from one room at a time.  Switching after the end of a program in one room to the beginning of a program in the other room will only take two or three minutes.


Manual Control

Some programs are beyond the AutoAuditorium System's capabilities.  In such cases it may be desirable to use the AutoAuditorium System cameras, mixer, DVR, etc. to produce a program under manual control. 

We can include a joy-stick control box for the Tracking Camera.  A switch then gives the user a choice:

It is also possible to smoothly switch the Tracking Camera from AutoAuditorium to manual mode "on the fly".  This allows someone monitoring the AutoAuditorium program to correct a poor choice the software might make.  For example, if more than on person comes on stage, the Tracking Camera software may concentrate on the wrong person.  By switching the Tracking Camera to manual mode, a person can then create the best shot for the current situation. Switching back to AutoAuditorium mode puts the software back in charge. 

Please contact us if you want more details.


Additional Stationary Cameras

It is possible to add additional stationary cameras to be used as covering shots during the program.  The cost is very modest and the additional shots provide variety to the program that the viewers appreciate.


For more information, or to learn about compatibility of existing audio-visual equipment that you already own, please Contact Us.

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AutoAuditorium System Controller Specifications


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AutoAuditorium System for Televising Presentations
Controller Specifications

Specifications    Inputs    Outputs    Optional Outputs    Power    Physical Characteristics    Accessories   

4 RU Rack Mount Controller AutoAuditorium Controller Hardware

The brain of an AutoAuditorium system is the Controller and the intelligence of the system is contained in the proprietary software programs that run on it. 

The system accepts inputs from (among other things) the video cameras in the room and uses image and motion analysis on those images to determine which actions to take.  Those actions include:

Specifications

Inputs
Video Input, Spotting Camera HD-SDI, HiDef formats
Video Input, Screen Camera HD-SDI, HiDef formats
Keyboard USB
Mouse USB
Control Interface USB
 
Outputs
Tracking Camera Control Serial Port, RS-232/422
Video Mixer Control Serial Port, RS-232/422
Monitor Video HDMI or DVI
 
Optional Outputs
AC Power Control Dry Contact Contact Closure
Routing Switcher Control Serial Port
 
Power
Voltage 120 Volts AC, 60 Hertz
Power 300 Watts, Typical
 
Physical Characteristics
Dimensions 19 inch Rack Mount, 4 rack units high
17.31 inches W x 7 inches H x 17.70 inches D, plus handles and mounting flanges
Weight (approximately) 45 Pounds, 20.4 Kilograms
Operating Environment +32 to +131 degrees F, 0 to +55 degrees C
 

Accessories

Included
AC Power Cord
19 inch Rack Mount Control Panel, 1 rack unit high
 
Optional
Rack Slides for Controller Case
AC Power Control Interface, e.g. Middle Atlantic RLM-15-1CA


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AutoAuditorium Video Demonstration


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AutoAuditorium System for Televising Presentations
Video Demonstration

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The Role of Automatic Video Production in Distance Education

Unedited Video Demonstration

Recorded by the AutoAuditorium System at IBM Watson Research in Hawthorne New York, Fall 2002.
This 11 minute video, produced by AutoAuditorium, was shown at the Government Video Technology Expo in December 2002.

As you watch, remember that the only control I am using is the button that changes the slides.  All the camera work and video switching is performed without human control.

The same presentation is also available in these other formats.
RealVideo (*.RM format), 104 MBytes, Download and Play   For the latest RealPlayer software, go to http://www.real.com/products/player/.

QuickTime (*.MOV format), 42 MBytes   For the latest QuickTime software, go to http://www.apple.com/quicktime/.

Windows Media (*.WMV format), 32 MBytes   For the latest Windows Media software, go to http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/.
Download times too long?  Read the Storyboard.
Here is the storyboard of the video (590 KBytes) with 39 screen shots.

FAQs about the Videos

Here is a Video Demonstration FAQ with answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the video itself.  There is also a Frequently Asked Questions page about the AutoAuditorium System.  Contact Us if that isn't enough.

More AutoAuditorium recordings

  HiDef Video
Projector Talk
chalkboards on both sides of the screen.
  Attracting domains of certain maps tangent to the identity

Presented with the kind permission of
Sara Lapan
Graduate Student Instructor
Mathematics
College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
University of Michigan


  HiDef Video
Chalkboard Talk
  Calibrated geometry in the optimal transportation problem

Presented with the kind permission of
Micah Warren,
Assistant Professor of Mathematics,
Princeton University


  HiDef Video   Isoform-resolution analysis of RNA-Seq

Presented with the kind permission of
Cole Trapnell 
Assistant Professor 
Department of Genome Sciences 
University of Washington


  HiDef Video   Gut microbes: Frenemies and BFFs in Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Presented with the kind permission of
Wendy S. Garrett, M.D. Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases
Harvard School of Public Health
Dana-Farber Harvard Cancer Center


  NTSC Video   Earth's Icy Biosphere

Presented with the kind permission of
John C. Priscu
Professor of Ecology
Department of Land, Resources and Environmental Science
Montana State University


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AutoAuditorium Video Demonstration FAQ


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AutoAuditorium System for Televising Presentations
Video Demonstration FAQ

On this page:   Is the laptop connected?    Where is the fourth camera?    Is it following sound?    Is it following the wireless microphone?   

A few notes and explanations about the AutoAuditorium Video Demonstration in the form of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).


Is the AutoAuditorium System connected to the laptop computer that is creating the visuals on the screen?

No.  The AutoAuditorium System has a camera pointed at the projection screen.  It analyzes that image to determine when to show the screen, and when other shots are used. 

Elsewhere on the web site you say that AutoAuditorium Systems have four cameras.  Do I only see three different shots? 

Yes.  The three camera shots are: Because the video is short, the fourth camera was not used.  In the room where the video was made the fourth camera has a fixed shot from behind the lectern pointed towards the seating area.  Normally that shot is used for a few seconds every once in a while to keep the shots from being too repetitive. 

Isn't the Tracking Camera following the sound of the person speaking? 

No.  The Tracking Camera is only following the motion of the person on the stage. 

Isn't the Tracking Camera following the wireless microphone the speaker is wearing? 

No.  The Tracking Camera only follows motion.  In some installations the wireless microphone is seldom used because the ceiling microphones do such a good job.  Not all installations can operate just on ceiling microphones, but those that can frequently do.

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AutoAuditorium Video Demonstration Storyboard, GV Expo 2002


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AutoAuditorium System for Televising Presentations
Video Demonstration Storyboard, GV Expo 2002


For those of you who do not have the means to download the full video, we have this storyboard of the sound track and associated screen shots. 
  Hello.

My name is Mike Bianchi
and I am very happy to be here at ...


  ... the 2002 edition of the Government Video Technology Expo.

  I'm here to give a presentation about the Role of Automatic Video Production in Distance Education.  I hope to make the case that technology now allows us to use automation to create distance education video programs inexpensively, easily and effectively.

  As I give this presentation I am demonstrating the AutoAuditorium System, which is a
  fully automatic,
  multi-camera system
  that televises auditorium and classroom presentations
just like this one. 

Everything you are going to see in this presentation,

  • all the camera work - panning, tilting, focusing, and zooming,
  • all the video effects and video mixing,
  • all the audio mixing
that go into this production are being performed automatically by the AutoAuditorium System.

  There is no crew.

In fact, there is only one control,
it's this button,
and it tells this laptop computer to change that slide. 

So let's get started.


  What is education?

Well it's when you learn something you value.  You go to the time and effort to acquire information that is useful to you.


  So naturally, what is distance education?

It is when you do the same process, but instead of doing it with books or in a classroom you do it through an audio-video medium. 

For the purposes of our discussion we mean television programs, video programs, ...


  ... delivered as television signals.  Now-a-days, the computer and the internet provide another way to watch television.

  What has limited our ability to use distance education video?
It has been the cost and complexity of producing the programs.

Doing a full-blown television program requires planning, scripting, scene-by-scene shooting and editing if you want the highest possible quality for the program itself.

But I will claim that that is not always possible, or even desirable.

It is expensive.
It takes a lot of time.
It's difficult to react quickly with new information if you have to go through all these steps.


  So we usually eliminate some of them.

We plan and script.  Then we rehearse and shoot in a single take.

That sometimes has an advantage because then you get the energy of a live audience.


  But even that may be too complicated; too difficult. So we eliminate some more steps. 

The teacher and producer get together and plan the program.

Then the crew comes in and shoots in a single take.

And, again, that doesn't always work.


  Sometimes the person speaking shows up with a laptop, a stack of foils, or a Carousel of slides.  They get up and give their talk and the production crew simply has to wing it, shooting as they find the program.

Well that's an opportunity.


  If we are using that very basic kind of presentation technique it is an opportunity to use automatic video technology and replace the manually operated cameras with robotically operated cameras.  Replace the people with computers and computer systems and create the program.

  Now, that sounds wonderful.  But is it really?

Is it really what we want?  What do we save?  What do we gain by doing that?

That is what the rest of this talk is about.


  Let's compare the costs.

The traditional costs of a distance education video are that

  • you have a crew,
  • you have equipment,
  • you either have a dedicated space like a studio
      or
    you use an ordinary room which you turn into a television-studio-for-a-day.
  • That involves setting-up and tearing-down.
  • Then you record and telecast the lecture.

  How does that compare with automatic distance education video production?

Well, for one thing we eliminate the crew.  It's all done with automation.


  What about the equipment?

Well, you don't have intercoms and the things that crews require but you do have robotic cameras, lenses and pan/tilt heads, the computer system itself and the software.  That adds up.

Let's say that the equipment costs are about the same.


  Studio or reserved room?

The easiest way to install an AutoAuditorium System is to just build it into the room, making it part it.  Because you can turn the system on or off in ten minutes you don't have that fallow time when the room is not available.


  You also avoid the set-up and tear-down labor expense, ...

  ... so you still have the equipment costs, you still have the recording and telecast costs, but you have eliminated all those others when you make an automated distance education video.

  So I hope I have made the case that the advantages of using this automatic distance education production technique is that you can lower the cost and that you can lower the human effort required to make a program.

  Now, I can hear it.

Someone is saying, "Aren't you putting people out of work?"

That's a very legitimate concern and we should address it.

Our experience has been quite the opposite.  We are not putting people out of work.  We are just making much more video.

This AutoAuditorium System is in the IBM Watson Research Center in Hawthorne New York.


  They tell us that they used to do about fifty crew-based video productions per year.  Those are very fine programs produced in the usual way.

They still do about fifty videos a year.

So where are the savings?


  The savings are because they are also making about 250 AutoAuditorium videos a year.

They are recording events that were not recorded in the past.

And those events represent Opportunities that were always there.  There was always the need for those videos.


  It's just that no one thought it made any sense to record them. Those talks, seminars and classes were missed because of the cost and complexity of doing manual video production.

Now they are available.  And because they are available the whole situation changes.


  There are more education opportunities.

The question changes. 


  The question used to be, "Can we afford to record this class?"

  Now the question has changed to,
"We've got the recording.
Who should see it?
How do we get this class to the people who need to see it?"

  So this room where people come to hear seminars all the time now becomes the source of information, knowledge, interconnection and relationships among employees, customers and students.

  And I contend that is the value of the AutoAuditorium System and these automatic video techniques.

It's not so much that your are saving money.  It's more that you are informing people.


  The people who have the opportunity to see these programs, that they would not see otherwise, now have the opportunity to know things they wouldn't know otherwise.

The answers to, "Why weren't you at the talk?" used to be:
"I was on the phone with a customer."
"I was traveling."
"I was on vacation."
"I was in Europe.  I'm employed in Europe.  There is no way I can get there."

Now there are alternatives.


  Which highlights another benefit.

Because these materials are so easy to produce you can afford to distribute them around the world to your other locations.  Now people have more opportunity to be aware of what is happening in other corners of their organization.


  And there is one last thing I wish to point out.

Creating all these videos means you have captured all this information.  If you save it, archive it in a library, you can now make it available to people in the future.  They might want to know, "How did we ever come up with that?  Why did we ever come up with that?  What was the thinking back then?"

This is a record.


  So that's my presentation on the Roles of Automatic Video Production in Distance Education.  I hope I have made the case that we can increase people's access to classes, presentations, talks and seminars and that we can do it at very low cost.

Together they make a compelling case for using automation.


  I will remind you that everything you have seen in this unedited video ...

  ... all the camera work,
all the video selection and effects,
all the audio mixing,
that went into making this recording were performed without an operator. 

  They were performed automatically by the AutoAuditorium System. 

  If you would like to know more, please visit our web site,
www.AutoAuditorium.com
send us e-mail
or call us at
973 822-2085
and let's talk about how an AutoAuditorium System might help you. 

  My name is Mike Bianchi.

I thank you very much for your attention, and as this is the end of my talk, I'm now available for your questions.

Thank you.

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AutoAuditorium More Video Demonstrations


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More Video Demonstrations

On this page:   Attracting domains . . .    Calibrated geometry . . .    Gut microbes: . . .    Earth's Icy Biosphere   

Attracting domains of certain maps tangent to the identity

Presented with the kind permission of

Sara Lapan
Graduate Student Instructor
Mathematics

College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
University of Michigan

Recorded on July 10, 2012, by the AutoAuditorium System at the Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery,
Banff, Alberta, Canada

This is an example of a "Projector Talk",
which also uses the chalkboards on both sides of the screen.



Calibrated geometry in the optimal transportation problem

Presented with the kind permission of

Micah Warren
Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Princeton University

Recorded on April 30, 2012, by the AutoAuditorium System at the Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery,
Banff, Alberta, Canada

This is an example of a "Chalkboard Talk",
where a projector is not used.



Gut microbes:
Frenemies and BFFs in Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Presented with the kind permission of

Wendy S. Garrett, M.D. Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases

Harvard School of Public Health
Dana-Farber Harvard Cancer Center

Recorded on July 27, 2011, by the AutoAuditorium System at the The Broad Institute,
Cambridge Massachusettes



Earth's Icy Biosphere

Presented with the kind permission of

John C. Priscu
Professor of Ecology

Department of Land, Resources  and Environmental Science
Montana State University

Recorded on October 10, 2008, by the AutoAuditorium System at the IBM Almaden Research Center,
San Jose California.


encoded at 350 Kbits/second, 320x240 pixels


encoded at 560 Kbits/second, 640x480 pixels

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AutoAuditorium Example - Projector Talk with Chalkboards on the side


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AutoAuditorium System for Televising Presentations
Projector Talk with Chalkboards on the side

This is an example of a "Projector Talk" with chalkboards on either side of the screen.
Just after 4:05, 11:54, 12:58, 13:30, and 23:05 in the presentation the speaker writes on the chalkboards on both sides of the screen and we see how the AutoAuditorium System handles that.

Please note that there is no tracking target worn by the presenter, and the clicker used only advances the slides and provides the laser pointer.

Attracting domains of certain maps tangent to the identity

Presented with the kind permission of

Sara Lapan
Graduate Student Instructor
Mathematics
College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
University of Michigan

Recorded on July 10, 2012, by the AutoAuditorium System at the Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery, Banff, Alberta, Canada

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AutoAuditorium Example - Chalkboard Talk


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AutoAuditorium System for Televising Presentations
Chalkboard Talk

This is an example of a "Chalkboard Talk", where a projector is not used.

Calibrated geometry in the optimal transportation problem

Presented with the kind permission of

Micah Warren
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Princeton University

Recorded on April 30, 2012, by the AutoAuditorium System at the Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery, Banff, Alberta, Canada

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AutoAuditorium Demo - Earth's Icy Biosphere (320x240)


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Earth's Icy Biosphere

Earth's Icy Biosphere

Presented with the kind permission of

John C. Priscu
Professor of Ecology

Department of Land, Resources  and Environmental Science
Montana State University

Recorded on October 10, 2008, by the AutoAuditorium System at the IBM Almaden Research Center, San Jose California.

See the same video encoded at 560 Kbits/second, 640x480 pixels.


encoded at 350 Kbits/second, 320x240 pixels

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AutoAuditorium Demo - Earth's Icy Biosphere (640x480)


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Earth's Icy Biosphere

Earth's Icy Biosphere

Presented with the kind permission of

John C. Priscu
Professor of Ecology

Department of Land, Resources  and Environmental Science
Montana State University

Recorded on October 10, 2008, by the AutoAuditorium System at the IBM Almaden Research Center, San Jose California.

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Classroom / Distance Learning Mash-Up Aids Student Performance

white paper, February 2011


The AutoAuditorium System - 10 Years of Televising Presentations Without a Crew

white paper, September 2009


Assessment of Student Performance in an Internet-Based Multimedia Classroom

2008 International Conference on Frontiers in Education: Computer Science and Computer Engineering (FECS08), July 2008


Automatic Video Production of Lectures Using an Intelligent and Aware Environment

3rd International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia, October 2004


AutoAuditorium Presentation at Government Video Expo 2002


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AutoAuditorium Presentation at Government Video Expo 2002

Government Video Technology Expo 2002


This event took place on Wednesday, 4 December 2002.

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Michael Bianchi, founder of Foveal Systems LLC, will give a talk entitled

The Role of Automatic Video Production in Distance Education

at the Government Video Expo 2002 in Washington DC.  It will be presented as part of the Day 1 / Production Strategies Track held 12:30 - 2:00 on Wednesday, 4 December 2002.

Abstract of the talk

Using video for internal communications and distance education is often limited by the costs and complexities of traditional video production.  The totally automatic camera and editting techniques of the AutoAuditorium System create videos easily and inexpensively.  The AutoAuditorium environment is one that, once turned on, works entirely automatically.  Multi-camera videos of auditorium or classroom presentations are produced without any human control at all and no distractions.  The system reacts to the people on stage and the projected visuals in real time.  Audiences watching from a distance or in the future see the same program as those in the room.

Because making a video of a presentation is so easy and inexpensive the question changes from "can we afford to make this video?" to "what do we do with the videos we are creating?".  Some are only watched live.  Some, for a time, are placed into video-on-demand servers.  Some become part of a permanent collection.

The cost of equipping auditoriums or classrooms with the AutoAuditorium System is quickly recouped in many ways.  Some of the savings come from the lower production costs.  More comes from lower travel costs.  Non-financial benefits include more and better informed people, greater cross-organizational awareness, and longer organizational memory.

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AutoAuditorium System Wins R&D 100 Award


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R&D 100 Award!

R&D Magazine gave the AutoAuditorium System an R&D 100 Award in 1999.

The list of awards was published in their September 1999 issue and the Awards Banquet was held at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago Illinois on 23 September 1999. 

The Chicago Tribune has called these awards "The Oscars of Invention."  Others have referred to the R&D 100 Awards as the "Nobel Prizes of Applied Research."  Past winners have included breakthroughs like Polacolor film, the flashcube, the digital wristwatch, antilock brakes, the automated teller machine, the liquid crystal display, the halogen lamp, and the fax machine. 

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AutoAuditorium System: Smart Spaces Conference Paper


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This paper was presented at the 1998 Joint DARPA/NIST Smart Spaces Technology Workshop, 30-31 July 1998, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD.  At that time, Telcordia Technologies was known as Bellcore. 

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AutoAuditorium:
a Fully Automatic, Multi-Camera System
to Televise Auditorium Presentations

Michael H. Bianchi

Bellcore Applied Research
Morristown, NJ 07960

Abstract

A large room full of people watching a presentation suggests that there are other people, unavailable at that time or not at that location, who would like to see the talk but can not.  Televising that talk, via broadcast or recording, could serve those absent people.

Bellcore's AutoAuditorium (TM) System is a practical application of a Smart Space, turning an ordinary auditorium into one that can automatically make broadcasts and recordings.  The system is permanently installed in the room and uses optical and acoustic sensors (television cameras and microphones) to be ``aware'' of what is happening in the room.  It uses this awareness to televise the sound and images of the most common form of auditorium talk, a single person on a stage, speaking with projected visual aids to a local audience.

Once turned on, the system is completely automatic.  The person on stage and the people in the local audience may not even be aware that it is on.  To remote audiences, the program is usually as watchable as one produced by a one-person crew running the system by hand.

This paper describes the system, some of our experiences using it, and planned enhancements and research. 

AUTOAUDITORIUM SYSTEM DESCRIPTION

The prototype AutoAuditorium System is installed in the largest meeting room at Bellcore's Morristown New Jersey location.  The system consists of a computer with two video frame grabbers, three fixed cameras (pointed at the stage, the screen, and the lectern from the side), one tracking camera under computer control that follows the person on the stage, a video mixer, also under computer control, and several automatic audio mixers.  The system is organized into three main subsystems.

The AutoAuditorium Tracking Camera follows a person on the stage, panning, tilting, zooming and focusing in response to her movements.

The AutoAuditorium Director controls the video mixer, selecting among the four cameras and a combination shot (slide screen + presenter) using heuristics that produce quite watchable programs from most presentations.

The AutoAuditorium Sound mixes sound from an optional wireless microphone, microphones installed above the stage, and microphones installed above the audience seating area.  The stage microphones provide adequate audio coverage if the wireless microphone is not used or fails, and they also feed the room's public address system.  The Sound subsystem gives preference to voices originating from the stage, but also listens for audience questions.

The outputs of these subsystems create a television program that is then distributed via various mechanisms, video cassette recording, video network, and computer-encoded recording and transmission.

In the current system, each of the subsystems operates independently, although the Director changes parameter settings in the Tracking Camera algorithm for some shot selections.  We plan to add more cross-subsystem awareness.

AutoAuditorium Tracking Camera

The AutoAuditorium Tracking Camera follows the person on the stage without requiring that they wear or carry anything or that they be identified in advance to the system.  (There are other tracking cameras that identify their targets via devices worn by the person, or by an operator identifying a ``visual signature''.  Either of these techniques would have interfered with the goal of making the system totally automatic and unobtrusive.)

Instead, a ``Spotting Camera'', mounted close to the Tracking Camera, is pointed at the stage area and its signal goes to one of the frame grabbers in the computer.  A Search Area, where the person on the stage will be walking in the Spotting Camera image, is defined during installation.  A map is defined that relates points in the Spotting Camera image to pan, tilt, and zoom positions of the Tracking Camera.  The Tracking Camera software detects any motion in the Search Area and drives the Tracking Camera to the appropriate pan, tilt, and zoom position.  (The Search Area also keeps the seated (and sometimes standing) audience motion from becoming important to the Tracking Camera.) See Figure 1

Figure 1: Spotting Camera Image, with Search Area and Extraneous Motion Area Defined.

Several parameters are set during system installation to tune the various tracking and smoothing algorithms:

An example of an extraneous motion occurs when the projection screen is within the Search Area that a person may occupy.  Defining the portion of the Spotting Camera image that is the projection screen as an Extraneous Motion Area helps the algorithm discriminate between motion due to the person and motion due to the visuals changing.  (Figure ) When the person is not standing near the screen, there is no confusion.  Should the person be near the screen when the slide changes or animates the algorithm may see the motion on the screen and the motion of the person as related.  If it does, the Tracking Camera zooms out to include both in the shot.

AutoAuditorium Director

The AutoAuditorium Director's function is to present camera shots that will be interesting to the remote audiences.  It is driven by analyzing the image on the projection screen, viewed by a fixed camera called the Slide Camera.  That image goes to both the video switcher and the second frame grabber in the computer.

The Director analyzes the Slide Camera image to determine if the projection screen is blank.  If so, it directs the video mixer to show the Tracking Camera, following the speaker as he moves around the stage and talks to his audiences.  See Figure 2

Figure 2: Tracking Camera Shot of Speaker, Alone.

Should a slide be projected, the Director sees that the Slide Camera image is no longer blank and quickly directs the video mixer to show it.  See Figure 3

Figure 3: Slide Camera Shot of Projection Screen, Alone.

Since it is not yet possible to determine automatically whether the most important image should be of the speaker or of the screen, a ``combination shot'' is constructed, with the speaker placed in a picture-in-picture box in the lower corner of Slide Camera image.  See Figure 4

Figure 4: Combination Shot: Slide Camera with Tracking Camera Picture-In-Picture.

The picture-in-picture appears after a brief delay, since the Tracking Camera alogrithm needs time to adjust to the new parameters that the Director sends it. 

Figure 5: Combination Shot: Blank Projection Screen.

Figure 6: Covering Shot.

If the screen goes blank (Figure 5), or if the slide is unchanging for a long time, then the Director selects a ``covering shot'' (Figure ) from one of the other two fixed cameras, while the Tracking Camera algorithm is reset to track the person in the center of the image.  Then the covering shot is replaced with the Tracking Camera shot, Figure 6.

Should there be motion on the projection screen, or should the slide remain unchanged for an even longer time, the Director then reconstructs the combination shot.  See Figure .

Figure 7: Back to the Combination Shot.

Because the slide image is quickly recalled to the program if there is motion within it, the Director often selects that shot just as the speaker is making a point about, and pointing at, the slide.

Simple, But Effective

This simple heuristic, determining whether the projection screen is blank or not, has proved surprisingly effective in creating watchable programs of auditorium talks.  Most of the time, the image on the screen is one with which the remote audiences can identify.  A slide screen that has not changed in a long time (90 seconds in the Morristown installation) is generally not missed.  Bringing the slide image back periodically lets the remote audiences refresh their memories about slide's content.

AutoAuditorium Sound

The AutoAuditorium Sound subsystem listens to sound from the stage, sound from the audience, and sound associated with presentation projectors.  It produces a final mix from these sources.

Stage Sound

In a ordinary auditorium, it is not uncommon to require that the speaker either stand at a lectern's microphone, or stand in front of a microphone stand, or wear a wireless microphone.  But in a modest size room, with seating for 100 or fewer, sound system amplification for the speaker may not be strictly necessary for the local audience.  Still, some form of audio pickup is required for the remote audiences.

In the Morristown Auditorium, the ceiling over the stage is low enough that six microphones, careful placed, provide adequate audio coverage of anyone standing on or near the stage.  An automatic microphone mixer combines them with the signal from the wireless microphone receiver and a microphone built into the lectern.  It is so effective at selecting the best sound source into the program that we just leave the inputs at standard settings.  The output from this mixer is used both for the room public address (PA) system and as part of the AutoAuditorium Sound feed.  See Figure 9

Figure 9: AutoAuditorium Sound System.

Audience Sound

A similar system of ceiling microphones and an automatic mixer is used to cover the audience seating area, but with a crucial difference.  Since the PA speakers are also on the ceiling over the audience, their sound would be heard by the audience microphones and cause a ``bottom-of-the-barrel'' reverberation.  To prevent this, a simple circuit, referred to as the ``Mic Ducker'', mutes the audience microphones whenever the room PA system ``speaks''.  This gives the sound from the stage precedence and keeps general audience rustling from being an annoying part of the AutoAuditorium program sound.  However, it also allows the remote audiences to hear the reactions and questions of the local audience.

Projector Sound

A third audio source is sound associated with projections, either from video tape or computers.  In our Morristown auditorium, this ``HiFi System'' has its own amplifiers and speakers, under the projection screen.  This signal is ``tapped'' and provided to the AutoAuditorium Sound mix.

The Final Mix

The three audio feeds, from the stage, the audience, and the projectors, are mixed together by a final automatic mixer.  Again, the strongest signal source or sources dominate the mix, and the master level is kept within the limits.  The result is generally acceptable, although soft-spoken audience members are sometimes difficult to hear, both in the room and in the the program.

AUTOAUDITORIUM EXPERIENCES

The idea of being able to telecast auditorium talks anywhere within Bellcore's New Jersey locations originated in the late 1980s.  By the end of 1993 we had four auditoriums equipped with manually operated 3-camera systems.  The expectation quickly grew that any talk of importance in any of those auditoriums would be telecast over our in-house T1 video network.

But the auditoriums can sometimes get very busy, with two and even three separate events in a single day.  Operators stuck at the control console all day became bored and tired and would make mistakes.  The operators also had other duties and were sometimes difficult to schedule.

As computer vision systems became more capable, experiments in using vision analysis to drive a tracking camera and a video mixer showed promise.  By 1994, the first version of a research prototype AutoAuditorium System became operational in our Morristown NJ auditorium.  Weekly work-in-progress talks were sent live over our experimental desktop video teleconferencing system, called Cruiser/Touring Machine {CTM} and also recorded for Cruiser's on-demand playback service.  These weekly tests led to more refined algorithms and tuned parameters.  Eventually, many people watching programs produced by the AutoAuditorium System could not tell the difference between them and manually produced programs.  In fact, the AutoAuditorum programs were sometimes superior to those produced by hand because the operators would sometimes day-dream; producing a program can get very tedious.

Recently, the prototype system was ported from a locally written real-time operating system running on a single board computer in a VME card cage and using VME frame grabbers.  The production system now runs on an IBM-compatible PC running Linux with PCI-bus frame grabbers.

While the system works well, it cannot fix badly prepared or presented talks.  For example, visuals that can not be read easily from the back of the room are also difficult to see on television.  A human operator can sometimes improve the situation by taking closeups of portions of the projection screen, illustrating the points the speaker is making.  Such a capability does not yet exist in AutoAuditorium.

SYSTEM ENHANCEMENTS AND FUTURE RESEARCH

A number of improvements and further investigations are under consideration:

More Than One Person on Stage

The Tracking Camera algorithms work well only when there is one person to be tracked.  They do several things to keep from being distracted by other people momentarily crossing the Search Area, but if two people stand on the stage, the resulting Tracking Camera image is fairly unpredictable.

The production system has considerably more processing power than the prototype, so it should be possible to identify multiple people in the Search Area, especially when they are well separated.  That would help the Tracking Camera to stay with the original target, or to decide to zoom out to cover both targets until one or the other left the scene.

Or, the one tracking algorithm could drive multiple tracking cameras, say with very different view points.  When only one person was on stage, the ability to change camera angles could help provide variety to the program.  When more than one person was on the stage, separate cameras could be assigned to separate people. 

Cross-Subsystem Awareness

The several subsystems of the AutoAuditorium currently run very autonomously.  With the exception of the Director changing some Tracking Camera parameters as it moves the speaker's image from a full-screen shot to picture-in-picture shot, the visual processes run independently.  The AutoAuditorium Sound does not connect to the computer at all.  However, it is easy to enumerate benefits in making the different subsystems more aware of each other.

For one, the Director could be aware of circumstances where the Tracking Camera does not move for a long time.  Some speakers place themselves behind or next to the lectern and stay there.  If the Director could be aware of that, it could decide to take other shots, say of the whole front of the room or of the audience, just to provide some variety.

Another possibility, given the enhancement to track more than one person on stage, could be to use the whole-stage fixed camera shot when more than one person occupies the stage, especially if the whole-stage shot covers a wider area than the Tracking Camera can.

Multiple microphones over the stage area should make it possible to know approximately where sound is coming from.  Again, given the enhancement where the Tracking Camera can identify several people on stage, that information could help the Director and/or Tracking Camera decide which person to show to the remote audiences. 

Seeing Audience Members

The one area where a human operator can clearly outperform the AutoAuditorium product is when audience members ask questions of the person on stage.  The audience microphones pick up the questions of the local audience and they are heard by the remote audiences.  A human operator can point a camera into the seating area and find the person asking a question but currently the AutoAuditorium System cannot.

Rutgers University has Array Microphone technology, sometimes referred to as Speaker Seeker {SS1} {SS2} that can stereo locate the position of a sound source.  We have an early version of Speaker Seeker installed in the Morristown Auditorium, but it remains to be integrated with the AutoAuditorium system.  When a person in the audience speaks, Speaker Seeker can usually point a camera at her.  If that image, and the confidence measure from Speaker Seeker indicating the likelihood that it had a good image, were made available to the AutoAuditorium System, then the Director could decide to include the image of the questioner along with the sound of her voice. 

Passive Micing Using Array Microphones

The Rutgers Array Microphone technology could also be used to pick up the questioner's voice, instead of ceiling microphones.  There may be rooms where Array Microphones on the walls could do a superior job to over-head microphones, such as when there are high ceilings over the stage and audience.  We would like to investigate expanding the ``nothing to wear to be heard'' aspect of our current installation to more challenging spaces. 

CONCLUSIONS

As the number and reach of high bandwidth networks grow, and with them the ability to present quality video improves, the opportunity, need, and demand to produce video programs on a routine basis will also grow.  It is already becoming necessary to reduce or eliminate the manual components of routine or ad hoc programs.  Turning an auditorium into a Smart Space with the mission of capturing the talks that take place there is a natural way to supply those programs.

Our own experience shows that having an AutoAuditorium System allows us to record and broadcast programs that otherwise would not have been captured.

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Press Release - May 4, 2012
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The AutoAuditorium System Also Captures Chalkboards Talks

The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is using their new high definition AutoAuditorium™ System, to webcast and record as many as 20 presentations a week.  BIRS is the first to use a new AutoAuditorium capability that captures presentations given entirely on chalkboards.  Of course there are presentations that use a laptop and projector, but many presenters also go to the chalkboards to elaborate on some point.  The BIRS AutoAuditorium System has been customized to smoothly transition from one mode of presentation to the other. . . .


Press Release - October 6, 2010
http://www.Foveal.com/PressRelease/PR_2010_10_06.html

University of Michigan Installs Another AutoAuditorium System

The University of Michigan at Flint has added a second AutoAuditorium™ System, next door to the one they installed in 2006.  It is a key component of their Cyber Classrooms which combine traditional classroom instruction with distance learning.  Students of courses taught in those rooms can choose to attend each class session in-person or watch a video of it or both as their daily circumstances require.  . . .


Press Release - October 1, 2010
http://www.Foveal.com/PressRelease/PR_2010_10_01.html

First High Definition AutoAuditorium System Installed

The first installation of a High Definition AutoAuditorium™ System is up and running in Cambridge Massachusetts.  "The Broad Institute upgraded their standard definition single Tracking Camera system installed in 2007 to a full production system with three HiDef cameras, direct projector image input and a HiDef video mixer operating in the HD 1080i format," . . .


Press Release - September 10, 2008
http://www.Foveal.com/PressRelease/PR_2008_09_10.html

AutoAuditorium Recordings Help Improve Student Performance

The AutoAuditorium™ System installed at the University of Michigan at Flint is a key component of their Cyber Classroom.  A recent conference paper concludes that "student outcomes from classes taught in the Cyber Classroom show a one-half point mean grade improvement, a 36% increase in honors grades, and a 56% reduction in failures."  . . .


Press Release - September 24, 2007
http://www.Foveal.com/PressRelease/PR_2007_09_24.html

400 AutoAuditorium Lectures Recorded at the University of Michigan

The AutoAuditorium™ System, at the University of Michigan at Flint (UM Flint) got a lot of use during its first year.  "Over 400 lectures from 19 courses taught by 6 professors were recorded since it was installed", . . .


Press Release - October 15, 2006
http://www.Foveal.com/PressRelease/PR_2006_10_15.html

AutoAuditorium Systems installed at MIT and University of Michigan

AutoAuditorium™ Systems, are now in use at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of Michigan at Flint (UM Flint).  "These two schools use their AutoAud Systems somewhat differently, but they both make lectures available to audiences distant in space and/or time", . . .


Press Release - February 1, 2006
http://www.Foveal.com/PressRelease/PR_2006_02_01.html

AutoAuditorium Systems Celebrate 6 Years at IBM Research

The first two commercial AutoAuditorium™ Systems, both at IBM's Watson Research Center, celebrated 6 years of use in early in 2006.  "Along with their third System, installed in 2001, they produced 223 AutoAuditorium programs during 2005," . . .


Press Release - January 6, 2004
http://www.Foveal.com/PressRelease/PR_2004_01_06.html

AutoAuditorium System Videos Grow 54% at IBM Research in 2003

IBM Watson Research used their three AutoAuditorium™ Systems, to produce 233 video programs of classes, lectures and seminars during 2003.  "That's 78% of all the video productions they made last year, . . .


Press Release - June 9, 2003
http://www.Foveal.com/PressRelease/PR_2003_06_09.html

AutoAuditorium System Videos at IBM Research Grow 22% in 2002

The three AutoAuditorium™ Systems, at IBM Watson Research produced 151 video programs of classes, lectures and seminars during 2002.  "That's a 22% growth over the 123 programs they made in 2001, and they tell me they made 105 AutoAuditorium videos in the first five months of 2003," . . .


Press Release - May 6, 2002
http://www.Foveal.com/PressRelease/PR_2002_05_06.html

Boeing Research Uses the AutoAuditorium System to Span the Miles

Boeing Phantom Works, the advanced research and development unit of The Boeing Company, is now using the AutoAuditoriumTM System to send technical presentations from their Seattle location to other sites around the US.  "They are sending talks, shot and edited automatically, in real time, over their network to labs in Southern California, Mesa Arizona, St. Louis, Huntsville, and Philadelphia," . . .


Press Release - December 7, 2001
http://www.Foveal.com/PressRelease/PR_2001_12_07.html

AutoAuditorium Systems Produce Videos for IBM's e-Seminar Service

There are now three AutoAuditoriumTM Systems, in use at IBM Watson Research . . .


Press Release - October 25, 2001
http://www.Foveal.com/PressRelease/PR_2001_10_25.html

AutoAuditorium Tracking Camera Covers Several People At Once

The AutoAuditoriumTM System Tracking Camera Algorithms have been improved to follow more than one person at a time, automatically. "The technology is still free of targets, controls, and magic colors, but now it understands how to handle additional people on stage," . . .


Press Release - June 1, 2001
http://www.Foveal.com/PressRelease/PR_2001_06_01.html

Automatic Video Production System Pays For Itself Quickly

Foveal Systems, LLC, has released performance data, citing results from a customer's usage of the AutoAuditoriumTM System. "They are seeing substantial economic benefits from their installations," . . .


Press Release - June 14, 2000
http://www.Foveal.com/PressRelease/PR_2000_06_14.html

IBM Research Installs Second AutoAuditorium System

Foveal Systems, LLC, announced it has completed installation of IBM's second AutoAuditoriumTM System, at the T. J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York.  "This one has a special dual-use capability.  Since the auditorium can be split to make two smaller meeting spaces the AutoAuditorium System accommodates both the entire room or one of the divided sections," . . .


Press Release - April 11, 2000
http://www.Foveal.com/PressRelease/PR_2000_04_11.html

IBM Is First AutoAuditorium Customer

Foveal Systems, LLC, announced it has completed installation of an AutoAuditoriumTM System, at IBM's T. J. Watson Research Center in Hawthorne, New York.  "This is Foveal's first commerical installation of an AutoAuditorium System, and it is great to have IBM Research as the first customer," . . .


Press Release - November 22, 1999
http://www.Foveal.com/PressRelease/PR_1999_11_22.html

Foveal Systems Sells The AutoAuditorium System

Foveal Systems, LLC, announced that it is now selling the AutoAuditoriumTM System, the fully automatic, multi-camera system that produces videos of auditorium presentations without an operator.  "After ten years of research, development and refinement, we are now making this technology available," . . .


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Where does the name FOVEAL come from?
The fovea is the most sensitive part of the eye, where we see with the greatest clarity. 
The Foveal Systems' products are based on computer vision technology, so . . .


Copyright © 2000 Foveal Systems LLC. All rights reserved.

Foveal Systems: Press Release - May 4, 2012


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FOVEAL SYSTEMS
The Center of Vision

Press Release
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FOVEAL SYSTEMS, LLC
190 Loantaka Way
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Date   May 4, 2012
Contact   Michael Bianchi
Voice   +1 973 822-2085
E-Mail   MBianchi@Foveal.com
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The AutoAuditorium System Also Captures Chalkboards Talks

The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is using their new high definition AutoAuditorium™ System, to webcast and record as many as 20 presentations a week.  BIRS is the first to use a new AutoAuditorium capability that captures presentations given entirely on chalkboards.  Of course there are presentations that use a laptop and projector, but many presenters also go to the chalkboards to elaborate on some point.  The BIRS AutoAuditorium System has been customized to smoothly transition from one mode of presentation to the other.

The AutoAuditorium System creates a very watchable three-camera video program, automatically edited in real time, of each presentation given in the room. That video program is sent to the capturing, streaming and publishing system created by BIRS that webcasts it live and records it.

A touch panel at the front of the room is used to start and stop each video. Thus each presenter decides whether or not to make one, and whether or not questions at the end are part of it. The only human controls are the start and stop buttons.

The video begins three seconds after the start button is pressed. A caption with the presenter, date and title taken from the published schedule is inserted during the first 15 seconds of the video. When finished, the presenter likewise presses a stop button on the touch panel. That ends the webcast and the recording is available on the www.BIRS.ca web site ten minutes later. 

The webcasts and recordings, made in Banff, Alberta Canada, are available to the public so people from all over the world watch them. Recently, Micah Warren of Princeton University started his presentation noting, "I was excited to get this time slot. I did not have to cancel my Complex Analysis class that meets right at this time; I assume they are watching."

Foveal Systems LLC of Madison New Jersey develops and markets the AutoAuditorium System. 
"AutoAuditorium" is a trademark of Telcordia Technologies used under license. 

www.AutoAuditorium.com
www.BIRS.ca

See the video of Micah Warren's chalkboard presentation "Calibrated geometry in the optimal transportation problem" at www.AutoAuditorium.com/playbackBIRS_Warren.html


Where does the name FOVEAL come from?
The fovea is the most sensitive part of the eye, where we see with the greatest clarity.  
Foveal Systems' products are based on computer vision technology, so . . .  


Copyright © 2012 Foveal Systems LLC.   All rights reserved.  

Foveal Systems: Press Release - October 6, 2010


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The Center of Vision

Press Release
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FOVEAL SYSTEMS, LLC
190 Loantaka Way
Madison NJ   07940-1910

Date   October 6, 2010
Contact   Michael Bianchi
Voice   +1 973 822-2085
E-Mail   MBianchi@Foveal.com
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University of Michigan Installs Another AutoAuditorium System

The University of Michigan at Flint has added a second AutoAuditorium™ System, next door to the one they installed in 2006.  It is a key component of their Cyber Classrooms which combine traditional classroom instruction with distance learning.  Students of courses taught in those rooms can choose to attend each class session in-person or watch a video of it or both as their daily circumstances require.  A 2008 paper documented how the blending of in-class and on-line attendance resulted in better grades and fewer failures.* 

The AutoAuditorium System automatically creates a very watchable multi-camera video program of the instruction given in the Cyber Classrooms in real time.  Each recording is available on the department's website 10 minutes after the end of the class. 

Originally seen as an "added feature" of the Computer Science curriculum, the recordings are now an essential aspect of the instruction.  This became clear when a course was going to be taught in two sections. The students who were not going to be in the Cyber Classroom complained that they would be at a disadvantage without recordings of their section.

Department Chair Chris Pearson says, "Our graduate program depends on the ability of the students to take the classes locally or remotely.  Our student population includes many people whose responsibilities may interfere with regular class attendance. They could not succeed without our recordings of the AutoAuditorium video stream.  We had to put in a second Cyber Classroom to accommodate our graduate program's growth."  This semester the original Cyber Classroom is scheduled four days a week. Three of those days it is in use from 8am until 8:30pm. A total of 22 class sessions, running from 1¼ to 2½ hours in length, are recorded there each week.  An additional six class sessions are scheduled in the new room. 

Foveal Systems LLC of Madison New Jersey develops and markets the AutoAuditorium System. 
"AutoAuditorium" is a trademark of Telcordia Technologies used under license. 

* Read the paper "Assessment of Student Performance in an Internet-Based Multimedia Classroom" at http://AutoAuditorium.com/PressRelease/FECS08_StudentPerformance.pdf .

www.AutoAuditorium.com
www.UMFlint.edu/graduateprograms/cais_cyber_classroom.htm


Where does the name FOVEAL come from?
The fovea is the most sensitive part of the eye, where we see with the greatest clarity.  
Foveal Systems' products are based on computer vision technology, so . . .  


Copyright © 2010 Foveal Systems LLC.   All rights reserved.  

Foveal Systems: Press Release - October 1, 2010


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FOVEAL SYSTEMS, LLC
190 Loantaka Way
Madison NJ   07940-1910

Date   October 1, 2010
Contact   Michael Bianchi
Voice   +1 973 822-2085
E-Mail   MBianchi@Foveal.com
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First High Definition AutoAuditorium System Installed

The first installation of a High Definition AutoAuditorium™ System is up and running in Cambridge Massachusetts.  "The Broad Institute upgraded their standard definition single Tracking Camera system installed in 2007 to a full production system with three HiDef cameras, direct projector image input and a HiDef video mixer operating in the HD 1080i format," said Foveal Systems owner, Michael Bianchi.  "This system is a permanent part of their 300 seat auditorium.  Now any presentation in that room can be recorded or telecast at a moment's notice.  It is ideally suited for the most common type of presentation given there: a series of single presenters talking to a local audience using projected visual aids.  Because it is completely automatic, the AutoAuditorium System tracks the presenter and runs the video mixer without any human attention.  For events beyond the system's capabilities the same cameras and video mixer can be controlled by an operator." 

The Eli and Edythe L. Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT has the mission to bring together a diverse team of researchers, students and administrators and give them the resources and freedom to tackle some of the most challenging biomedical questions facing humanity. They want to dramatically accelerate the understanding and treatment of disease. Part of their approach is to create the methods, tools and massive data sets to do that work and share them openly with the global scientific community, thus rapidly accelerating biomedical advancement.

The talks and seminars given there and captured by the HiDef AutoAuditorium System are now part of that mission.

The AutoAuditorium System is the fully automatic, multi-camera system that produces videos of classroom and auditorium presentations without a crew. It is developed and marketed by Foveal Systems LLC of Madison New Jersey.  "AutoAuditorium" is a trademark of Telcordia Technologies used under license. 

www.AutoAuditorium.com
www.BroadInstitute.org


Where does the name FOVEAL come from?
The fovea is the most sensitive part of the eye, where we see with the greatest clarity.  
Foveal Systems' products are based on computer vision technology, so . . .  


Copyright © 2010 Foveal Systems LLC.   All rights reserved.  

Foveal Systems: Press Release - September 10, 2008


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The Center of Vision

Press Release
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FOVEAL SYSTEMS, LLC
190 Loantaka Way
Madison NJ   07940-1910

Date   September 10, 2008
Contact   Michael Bianchi
Voice   +1 973 822-2085
E-Mail   MBianchi@Foveal.com
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AutoAuditorium Recordings Help Improve Student Performance

The AutoAuditorium™ System installed at the University of Michigan at Flint is a key component of their Cyber Classroom.  A recent conference paper concludes that "student outcomes from classes taught in the Cyber Classroom show a one-half point mean grade improvement, a 36% increase in honors grades, and a 56% reduction in failures." 

The paper by professors Stephen Turner and Michael E. Farmer was presented at the 2008 International Conference on Frontiers in Education: Computer Science and Computer Engineering (FECS08) in July 2008. 
www.AutoAuditorium.com/PressRelease/FECS08_StudentPerformance.pdf

It describes their Cyber Classroom as combining traditional classroom education with distance learning. Each student can decide to attend a class in-person or watch a video of it as daily circumstances require.  The AutoAuditorium System installed in Murchie 104 produces the 3-camera programs of all the lectures which are recorded as internet videos made available to anyone.  Since most of the students are commuters and many are employed, the ability to see a missed period is very valuable. Students may look at a lecture to clarify or reinforce a particular class, or watch it as a replacement for attending class. Many use the programs as study aids.

The paper focuses on student performance in a set of computer science courses, comparing grades before and after the adoption of the Cyber Classroom. The courses in the study were given by three faculty members who have taught them for a number of years.  The study includes 16 course sections taught as traditional classroom lectures (448 lectures given to 176 students) and 11 course sections taught and simultaneously recorded in the Cyber Classroom (308 recorded lectures given to 173 students).

The authors credit the blending of on-line and in-class formats for the student performance improvements noted above. Students who used to "vanish" due to external problems now remain connected and pass. The ability to replay explainations of difficult concepts improves comprehension.

Foveal Systems' owner Mike Bianchi notes that "the AutoAuditorium System, by completely removing the need for an operator, and producing fully edited video in real time makes the production very economical and readily available.  The result is that the cost of capturing the next lecture is very small. Michael Farmer tells me their AutoAuditorium System is in use 4 days a week from 9:30 am to 9 pm and each lecture is available for viewing 10 minutes after the class ends."

Foveal Systems LLC of Madison New Jersey develops and markets the AutoAuditorium System. 


Where does the name FOVEAL come from?
The fovea is the most sensitive part of the eye, where we see with the greatest clarity.  
Foveal Systems' products are based on computer vision technology, so . . .  


Copyright © 2008 Foveal Systems LLC.   All rights reserved.  

Foveal Systems: Press Release - September 24, 2007


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The Center of Vision

Press Release
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FOVEAL SYSTEMS, LLC
190 Loantaka Way
Madison NJ   07940-1910

Date   September 24, 2007
Contact   Michael Bianchi
Voice   +1 973 822-2085
E-Mail   MBianchi@Foveal.com
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400 AutoAuditorium Lectures Recorded at the University of Michigan

The AutoAuditorium™ System, at the University of Michigan at Flint (UM Flint) got a lot of use during its first year.  "Over 400 lectures from 19 courses taught by 6 professors were recorded since it was installed", said computer science professor Dr. Michael Farmer. 

The AutoAuditorium System installed in the Murchie Science Building, room 104, is used to record the class lectures as internet programs which are then made available to anyone.  The students use the recordings in many different ways.  Many rewatch lectures or portions of lectures to clarify or reinforce what they saw and heard in class.  Others use the recordings as a replacement for attending class, often to get around scheduling conflicts with other classes or work.  Since most of the students at UM Flint come to the school as commuters and many are employed, the ability to see a missed period helps people to hear all the material, even under demanding time constraints. 

Because the AutoAuditorium System is entirely hands-free recording all the lectures of a course is very easy.  Now those people who must miss lectures, for whatever reason, have the ability to keep up with the class.  Professor Farmer also tells of students struggling with the classroom lectures because of physical handicaps or weak understanding of English.  "One student, unable to take notes in class, reviewed the lectures later to better understand the material.  Another, whose English was very weak when he started the class, watched the lectures with a friend. They would pause the playback, and the friend would translate and explain whatever he was having difficulty understanding. Both students mastered the course material very well."

"Interest in using the AutoAuditorium System to make classes available to remote audiences, whether remote in distance, remote in time, or both, is growing in academic institutions.  The transmission and storage technologies have grown to the point that they are very economical", said Foveal Systems' owner Mike Bianchi. "The AutoAuditorium System, by completely removing the need for an operator, makes the video production also very economical.  The result is that the cost of capturing the next lecture is very small."

Foveal Systems LLC of Madison New Jersey develops and markets the AutoAuditorium System.  "AutoAuditorium" is a trademark of Telcordia Technologies used under license. 

www.AutoAuditorium.com


Where does the name FOVEAL come from?
The fovea is the most sensitive part of the eye, where we see with the greatest clarity.  
Foveal Systems' products are based on computer vision technology, so . . .  


Copyright © 2007 Foveal Systems LLC.   All rights reserved.  

Foveal Systems: Press Release - October 15, 2006


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Press Release
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FOVEAL SYSTEMS, LLC
190 Loantaka Way
Madison NJ   07940-1910

Date   October 15, 2006
Contact   Michael Bianchi
Voice   +1 973 822-2085
E-Mail   MBianchi@Foveal.com
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AutoAuditorium Systems installed at MIT and University of Michigan

AutoAuditorium™ Systems, are now in use at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of Michigan at Flint (UM Flint).  "These two schools use their AutoAud Systems somewhat differently, but they both make lectures available to audiences distant in space and/or time", said AutoAuditorium System inventor, Michael Bianchi. 

The AutoAuditorium System installed at MIT is an addition to the existing distance education production facility in Room 9-057.  MIT has been sending operator-produced real-time lectures to students half a world away over Internet-2 networks for several years.  Because there is a human operator, the remote students have the ability to ask questions in real-time during the class.  MIT added the AutoAuditorium Tracking Camera to the existing facility to lighten the operator work load.  The Tracking Camera follows any person or people on stage making pan, tilt and zoom adjustments automatically.  The AutoAuditorium Director (which can edit a multi-camera program in real-time) is also part of the installation, allowing the possibility of fully automatic production of lectures if need be.

The usage of the AutoAuditorium System in the Murchie Science Building at the UM Flint is somewhat different.  The lectures are only available as computer video recordings, but are available to anyone.  A student missing a lecture is given access to the projected slides and the recorded professor.  Since most of the students at UM Flint are commuters to class, and many are employed, the ability to see a missed period helps people to hear all the material, even under demanding time constraints.  One of the advantages of using the AutoAuditorium System is it is easy to record ALL the lectures of a course.  Now all those people who miss classes, for whatever reason, have the ability to catch up.  The System is turned on and off with a single switch, so the professor has very little to do; turn the System on, start the recording, stop the recording, turn the System off.

"Interest in using the AutoAuditorium System to make classes available to remote audiences, whether remote in distance, or remote in time (or both) is growing in academic institutions.  The transmission and storage technology have grown to the point that they are very economical", said Foveal Systems' Bianchi. "The AutoAuditorium System also makes the video production economical.  The result is the marginal cost of capturing the next lecture is very small."

Foveal Systems LLC of Madison New Jersey develops and markets the AutoAuditorium System.  "AutoAuditorium" is a trademark of Telcordia Technologies used under license. 

www.AutoAuditorium.com


Where does the name FOVEAL come from?
The fovea is the most sensitive part of the eye, where we see with the greatest clarity.  
Foveal Systems' products are based on computer vision technology, so . . .  


Copyright © 2006 Foveal Systems LLC.   All rights reserved.  

Foveal Systems: Press Release - February 1, 2006


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FOVEAL SYSTEMS
The Center of Vision

Press Release
For Immediate Release

FOVEAL SYSTEMS, LLC
190 Loantaka Way
Madison NJ   07940-1910

Date   February 1, 2006
Contact   Michael Bianchi
Voice   +1 973 822-2085
E-Mail   MBianchi@Foveal.com
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AutoAuditorium Systems Celebrate 6 Years at IBM Research

The first two commercial AutoAuditorium™ Systems, both at IBM's Watson Research Center, celebrated 6 years of use in early in 2006.  "Along with their third System, installed in 2001, they produced 223 AutoAuditorium programs during 2005," said AutoAuditorium System inventor, Michael Bianchi.  "That's just under one program per business day and continues their history of steady usage over the years.  Clearly they value the programs their AutoAuditorium Systems create."

The AutoAuditorium System is the fully automatic, multi-camera system that produces videos of presentations without a crew.  It captures on video, as a recording, telecast or both, presentations made in classrooms, lecture halls or auditoriums.  Since the AutoAuditorium System is fully automatic and has no human controls once it is turned on, there are fewer impediments to making videos of practically every event given in those rooms. 

In 2005, IBM Watson Research connected their AutoAuditorium Systems with a commercial web video hosting appliance that produces dual-stream programs on their company computer network.  "They can now show high-resolution captures of the projected graphics along with the AutoAuditorium Tracking Camera image of the presenter walking around on stage.  At the same time, they often produce DVD recordings as a normal television programs viewable without using a computer," Bianchi added.  "Because each system is a permanent part of the room, it can be ready to use at a moment's notice.  That means scheduling overhead is minimized; if you have the room you can have a video, and if you have the video anyone can see the talk.  Those in near-by time zones can see the talk as it happens, both via simulcast over the corporate television network and via webcast over the computer network, and everyone has access to the recordings.  Imagine what that means for world-wide collaboration when everyone has access to all those presentations!"

Foveal Systems LLC of Madison New Jersey develops and markets the AutoAuditorium System.  "AutoAuditorium" is a trademark of Telcordia Technologies used under license. 

www.AutoAuditorium.com


Where does the name FOVEAL come from?
The fovea is the most sensitive part of the eye, where we see with the greatest clarity.  
Foveal Systems' products are based on computer vision technology, so . . .  


Copyright © 2006 Foveal Systems LLC.   All rights reserved.  

Foveal Systems: Press Release - January 6, 2004


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FOVEAL SYSTEMS
The Center of Vision

Press Release
For Immediate Release

FOVEAL SYSTEMS, LLC
190 Loantaka Way
Madison NJ   07940-1910

Date   January 6, 2004
Contact   Michael Bianchi
Voice   +1 973 822-2085
E-Mail   MBianchi@Foveal.com
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AutoAuditorium System Videos Grow 54% at IBM Research in 2003

IBM Watson Research used their three AutoAuditorium™ Systems, to produce 233 video programs of classes, lectures and seminars during 2003.  "That's 78% of all the video productions they made last year, and a 54% growth over the 151 AutoAud programs they made in 2002," said AutoAuditorium System inventor, Michael Bianchi.  "It's just shy of one every business day, and continues their history of accelerating usage over the years;  the number of AutoAuditorium programs made in 2002 was 22% more than in 2001.  Clearly they value the programs their AutoAuditorium Systems create."

The AutoAuditorium System is the fully automatic, multi-camera system that produces videos of presentations without a crew.  It captures on video, either as a recording or telecast, presentations made in classrooms, lecture halls or auditoriums.  Since the AutoAuditorium System is fully automatic and has no human controls once it is turned on, there are fewer impediments to making videos of practically every event given in those rooms. 

IBM uses their AutoAud Systems to create digital recordings delivered by IBM's VideoCharger Servers at all eight IBM Labs locations around the world.  "Their AutoAuditorium-equipped rooms range from a 35 seat class room, to a 110 seat lecture hall, to their large 300 seat auditorium.  On occasion they have AutoAuditorium programs going in all of them!" Bianchi added.  "Because each system is a permanent part of the room, it can be ready to use at a moment's notice.  That means scheduling overhead is minimized; if you have the room you can have a video.  And that means any IBM researcher can see the talk.  Those in near-by time zones can see the talk as it happens via simulcast, and everyone has access to the recordings.  Imagine what that means for world-wide collaboration when everyone has access to all those presentations!"

Foveal Systems LLC of Madison New Jersey develops and markets the AutoAuditorium System.  "AutoAuditorium" is a trademark of Telcordia Technologies used under license. 

www.AutoAuditorium.com


Where does the name FOVEAL come from?
The fovea is the most sensitive part of the eye, where we see with the greatest clarity.  
Foveal Systems' products are based on computer vision technology, so . . .  


Copyright © 2004 Foveal Systems LLC.   All rights reserved.  

Foveal Systems: Press Release - June 9, 2003


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Press Release
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FOVEAL SYSTEMS, LLC
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Date   June 9, 2003
Contact   Michael Bianchi
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AutoAuditorium System Videos at IBM Research Grow 22% in 2002

The three AutoAuditorium™ Systems, at IBM Watson Research produced 151 video programs of classes, lectures and seminars during 2002.  "That's a 22% growth over the 123 programs they made in 2001, and they tell me they made 105 AutoAuditorium videos in the first five months of 2003," said AutoAuditorium System inventor, Michael Bianchi.  "That's about one every business day.  If they keep that up, they could reach 250 for all this year."

The AutoAuditorium System is the fully automatic, multi-camera system that produces videos of presentations without a crew.  It captures on video, either as a recording or telecast, presentations made in classrooms, lecture halls or auditoriums.  Since the AutoAuditorium System is fully automatic and has no human controls once it is turned on, there are fewer impediments to making videos of practically every event given in those rooms. 

IBM uses their AutoAud Systems to create digital recordings delivered by IBM's VideoCharger Servers at all eight IBM Labs locations around the world.  "Their AutoAuditorium-equipped rooms range from a 35 seat class room, to a 110 seat lecture hall, to their large 300 seat auditorium.  On occasion they have AutoAuditorium programs going in all of them!" Bianchi added.  "Because each system is a permanent part of the room, it can be ready to use at a moment's notice.  That means scheduling overhead is minimized; if you have the room you can have a video.  And that means any IBM researcher can see the talk.  Those in near-by time zones can see the talk as it happens via simulcast, and everyone has access to the recordings.  Imagine what that means for world-wide collaboration when everyone has access to all those presentations!"

Foveal Systems LLC of Madison New Jersey develops and markets the AutoAuditorium System.  "AutoAuditorium" is a trademark of Telcordia Technologies used under license. 

www.AutoAuditorium.com


Where does the name FOVEAL come from?
The fovea is the most sensitive part of the eye, where we see with the greatest clarity.  
Foveal Systems' products are based on computer vision technology, so . . .  


Copyright © 2003 Foveal Systems LLC.   All rights reserved.  

Foveal Systems: Press Release - May 6, 2002


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Date   May 6, 2002
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Boeing Research Uses the AutoAuditorium System to Span the Miles

Boeing Phantom Works, the advanced research and development unit of The Boeing Company, is now using the AutoAuditoriumTM System to send technical presentations from their Seattle location to other sites around the US.  "They are sending talks, shot and edited automatically, in real time, over their network to labs in Southern California, Mesa Arizona, St. Louis, Huntsville, and Philadelphia," said Michael Bianchi, owner of Foveal Systems, manufacturer of the System.  The AutoAuditorium System is the fully automatic, multi-camera system that produces videos of auditorium and classroom presentations without a crew. 

"This AutoAuditorium System captures the presentations as a 3-camera TV program.  They can record the program on a VCR and simultaneously turn it into digital video sent on their intranet." The Slide Camera is always watching the projection screen, the Tracking Camera is always following the speaker, and the 3rd camera has a general shot of room.  The System automatically performs all the camera motion (pan, tilt and zoom) and automatically selects among the 3 cameras, including picture-in-picture shots when appropriate.  "They set it up as a push-button operation, so anyone who comes into the room can put a tape in the VCR and press `AutoAuditorium Start' on the touch panel," Bianchi added.  "Once they start the system there is nothing to do, except give the talk, until it is time to turn the system off."

The 40x30 foot room where the system is installed is a normal multi-purpose room, sometimes set up as a class room with tables and chairs, and sometimes as a lecture hall with just chairs.  The cameras are permanently installed on the ceiling and back wall, and ceiling microphones pick up both the person at the front of the room and those in the audience.  "They tell me that the remote audiences like the fact that they can hear the questions as they are asked.  No one has to ask that questions be repeated.  Plus there are no microphones or tracking targets to wear.  The fact that all this capability, automatic camera tracking, video mixing, and audio mixing, is in a battery-free, one-touch environment makes for extreme ease-of-use.  The use of the AutoAuditorium System at Boeing Research is increasing as people find out how easy it is to use." Bianchi concluded. 

Foveal Systems LLC of Madison New Jersey develops and markets the AutoAuditorium System.  "AutoAuditorium" is a trademark of Telcordia Technologies used under license. 

www.AutoAuditorium.com


Where does the name FOVEAL come from?
The fovea is the most sensitive part of the eye, where we see with the greatest clarity.  
Foveal Systems' products are based on computer vision technology, so . . .  


Copyright © 2002 Foveal Systems LLC.   All rights reserved.  

Foveal Systems: Press Release - December 7, 2001


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Date   December 7, 2001
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AutoAuditorium Systems Produce Videos for IBM's e-Seminar Service

There are now three AutoAuditoriumTM Systems, in use at IBM Watson Research in New York state, working in rooms ranging from the 290 seat auditorium in Yorktown Heights to a couple of small classrooms.  Each AutoAuditorium System produces 3-camera video programs of talks, lectures and seminars automatically, without a crew. 

Most of these programs are encoded as MPEG digital recordings and are then made available at the IBM Research laboratories around the world as part of IBM's e-Seminar research project.  A paper published by IBM researchers at the Multimedia Computing and Networking Conference in January 2001 said the archive of programs then totalled 250 hours and was growing by 5-to-10 hours each week.  The addition of the third AutoAuditorium System in August 2001 helped bring the e-Seminar research project to a level of use where people expect talks to be recorded, and those recordings are being watched, globally, with increasing frequency.

While a few programs are still created using production crews, the vast majority of programs are made by the AutoAuditorium Systems.  With the addition automatic video production capabilities in some of the most popular meeting rooms in Hawthorne and Yorktown Heights NY, the barriers of time, schedule and distance are being attacked.  Anyone unable to be in a particular room at a particular time now may have the option of viewing that event as an e-Seminar telecast, either live at another New York location through the IBM video network, or as recordings played from IBM's VideoCharger servers at all of their Research locations.

And when a System is not being used for formal events, there are informal uses.  For example, the AutoAuditorium System in the Hawthorne NY auditorium is part of the "public" facilities available to employees when the room is not reserved or after hours.  If someone wants to rehearse a talk, they can go into the empty auditorium, plug in their laptop computer, turn on the projector and practice.  If they bring a VHS video tape, they can put it in the AutoAuditorium recording VCR, press the AutoAuditorium START button on the lectern, and make a 3-camera video for review later.

Foveal Systems LLC of Madison New Jersey develops and markets the AutoAuditorium System. 

www.AutoAuditorium.com


Where does the name FOVEAL come from?
The fovea is the most sensitive part of the eye, where we see with the greatest clarity.  
Foveal Systems' products are based on computer vision technology, so . . .  


Copyright © 2001 Foveal Systems LLC.   All rights reserved.  

Foveal Systems: Press Release - October 25, 2001


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Press Release
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Date   October 25, 2001
Contact   Michael Bianchi
Voice   +1 973 822-2085
E-Mail   MBianchi@Foveal.com
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AutoAuditorium Tracking Camera Covers Several People At Once

The AutoAuditoriumTM System Tracking Camera Algorithms have been improved to follow more than one person at a time, automatically. "The technology is still free of targets, controls, and magic colors, but now it understands how to handle additional people on stage," said Foveal Systems owner, Michael Bianchi.  The completely automated video production system creates 3- or 4-camera videos of auditorium talks while avoiding the costs of a production crew. "The system requires no director, no engineers and no camera operators. Making a recording can be as easy as putting a tape into a VCR and pushing one button. All camera motion and video switching is then automatic and performed in real-time."

The improved Tracking Camera Algorithms can also help the system deal with common challenges. "For instance, in many lecture spaces a person arriving late and taking a seat in the front row might be identified by the previous version as the person-of-interest and therefore tracked. That is far less likely to happen in the Version 5 software which is now the standard offering," said Bianchi. "Situations which presented challenges, such as an open door in a classroom or oddly shaped stage, are now much easier to accommodate."

Bianchi elaborated: "The previous algorithms were based on a very simple model of a talk: one person, on a rectangular stage, giving a talk using projected visuals on a single screen. The new capabilities are far more flexible. Thus AutoAuditorium programs involving two or three people, complex stages and a couple of screens look quiet presentable. To my knowledge, no other tracking camera technology has these capabilities."

Foveal Systems, located in Madison, NJ, makes the AutoAuditorium Controller which implements the Tracking Camera and Director subsystems. Those subsystems control several brands of cameras and video mixers. Foveal sells the Controller through audio-visual systems integrators.


Where does the name FOVEAL come from?
The fovea is the most sensitive part of the eye, where we see with the greatest clarity.  
Foveal Systems' products are based on computer vision technology, so . . .  


Copyright © 2001 Foveal Systems LLC.   All rights reserved.  

AutoAuditorium System Pays For Itself Quickly


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Customers are now distributing talks they could not afford to record in the past.

One customer's experience:
Two AutoAuditorium Systems produced 47 videos in 3 months and avoided $80,000 in production costs.


Substantial increase in the number of recorded talks and presentations. 

3-camera productions at a small fraction of the traditional cost.

Enables communications that otherwise would not have happened.

By encoding the AutoAuditorium programs as Internet streaming media,
a presentation may be seen by audiences scattered around the globe.

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Foveal Systems: Press Release - June 1, 2001


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Press Release
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FOVEAL SYSTEMS, LLC
190 Loantaka Way
Madison NJ   07940-1910

Date   June 1, 2001
Contact   Michael Bianchi
Voice   +1 973 822-2085
E-Mail   MBianchi@Foveal.com
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Automatic Video Production System Pays For Itself Quickly

Foveal Systems, LLC, has released performance data, citing results from a customer's usage of the AutoAuditoriumTM System. "They are seeing substantial economic benefits from their installations," said Foveal Systems owner, Michael Bianchi.  The completely automated video production system creates 3- or 4-camera videos of auditorium talks while avoiding the costs of a production crew. "The system requires no director, no engineers and no camera operators. Making a recording can be as easy as putting a tape into a VCR and pushing one button. All camera motion and video switching is then automatic and performed in real-time."

Bianchi cites the experience of a research laboratory with locations in New York state. "Their two main auditoriums each have an AutoAuditorium System, and they have seen a substantial increase in the number of recorded talks and presentations. For example, in the first quarter of 2001, a total of 50 programs were produced using 3 cameras. The AutoAuditorium System recorded 47 of those programs using an intelligent Controller that takes the place of a production crew. I estimate that the cost of contract professionals to produce those 47 programs would have exceeded $80,000, which means the system pays for itself quickly."

Bianchi elaborated: "Our customers say that many talks cannot justify the expense of a professional crew. They either use a camcorder at the back of the room, which usually results in a poor program, or just don't record the talk at all. An AutoAuditorium System delivers 3- or 4-camera productions at a small fraction of the traditional cost."

"However, the benefit of using this system is not just cost avoidance. It enables communications that otherwise would not have taken place", added Bianchi. In addition to videotape, the company's corporate video-on-demand service encodes the AutoAuditorium programs into Internet streaming media, which helps employees work around scheduling conflicts or travel restrictions and yet obtain the information they would have missed. And employees in other countries have access to presentations they would not have seen before. "A presentation may be intended for a small, very specialized audience that is scattered around the globe. It is now possible to serve that audience in a more timely manner at considerably less cost," said Bianchi.

Foveal Systems, located in Madison, NJ, makes the AutoAuditorium Controller and sells through established audio-visual systems integrators.


Where does the name FOVEAL come from?
The fovea is the most sensitive part of the eye, where we see with the greatest clarity.  
Foveal Systems' products are based on computer vision technology, so . . .  


Copyright © 2001 Foveal Systems LLC.   All rights reserved.  

Foveal Systems: Press Release - June 14, 2000


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Press Release
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Date   June 14, 2000
Contact   Michael Bianchi
Voice   +1 973 822-2085
E-Mail   MBianchi@Foveal.com
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IBM Research Installs Second AutoAuditorium System

Foveal Systems, LLC, announced it has completed installation of IBM's second AutoAuditoriumTM System, at the T. J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York.  "This one has a special dual-use capability.  Since the auditorium can be split to make two smaller meeting spaces the AutoAuditorium System accommodates both the entire room or one of the divided sections," said Foveal Systems owner, Michael Bianchi. 

The AutoAuditorium System is the fully automatic, multi-camera system that produces videos of auditorium presentations without an operator.  It captures on video, both as recordings and as telecasts, presentations made in a large meeting room such as a lecture hall or auditorium.  "Having an AutoAuditorium System in the largest meeting space at the Yorktown Heights Research Center allows them to record and broadcast many more of the talks given there," Bianchi added.  The auditorium already has a control booth with modern video production capabilities which is still used for the more elaborate events taking place there.  "But the set up and crew requirements are such that many lectures, even those that drew large audiences, were not made into videos.  Because the AutoAuditorium System runs without any human control, until its time to turn it off, IBM can make videos of many more events."  Since an AutoAuditorium program does not require any post-production, the transmission and recording are identical.  The AutoAuditorium System's video output is connected into IBM's existing video networks, both traditional and Internet-based, so talks can be distributed live to other locations.  IBM has other research centers around the world, as near as Hawthorne, New York, just down the road and as far away as Texas and California, Japan, China, India, Israel, and Switzerland. 

"A potential benefit," according to Bianchi, "is research colleagues staying in closer contact without having to travel as much.  If someone is able to see an AutoAuditorium presentation that would otherwise require traveling long distances to attend, the savings in airfare and accommodations will quickly cover the cost of the system." 

Foveal Systems sells AutoAuditorium Systems through established audio/video installation companies.  Foveal would like to hear from AV companies interested in adding the AutoAuditorium System to their prodcut line. 


Where does the name FOVEAL come from?
The fovea is the most sensitive part of the eye, where we see with the greatest clarity.  
Foveal Systems' products are based on computer vision technology, so . . .  


Copyright © 2000 Foveal Systems LLC.   All rights reserved.  

Foveal Systems: Press Release - April 11, 2000


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Press Release
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Date   April 11, 2000
Contact   Michael Bianchi
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IBM Is First AutoAuditorium Customer

Foveal Systems, LLC, announced it has completed installation of an AutoAuditoriumTM System, at IBM's T. J. Watson Research Center in Hawthorne, New York.  "This is Foveal's first commerical installation of an AutoAuditorium System, and it is great to have IBM Research as the first customer," said Foveal Systems owner, Michael Bianchi.  The AutoAuditorium System is the fully automatic, multi-camera system that produces videos of auditorium presentations without an operator.

The AutoAuditorium System captures on video, either as a recording or telecast, presentations made in a large meeting room such as a lecture hall or auditorium.  "IBM was building a new, technology-rich lecture room at their Hawthorne location, and wanted to be able to record and telecast the events that took place in that room.  The original design called for a manually operated system, but when they saw the AutoAuditorium System prototype, they decided to add its automated capabilities," said Bianchi.  "They put a `Start the AutoAuditorium System' button on the lectern's touch control panel and a S-VHS VCR built into the wall behind the lectern, so anyone who gives a talk in the room can make a recording of a presentation.  Once started, the AutoAuditorium System is completely automatic, so there is nothing for anyone to do until it is time to turn it off.  None the less, the AutoAuditorium System produces a very watchable 3-camera video of the talk, and I'm told that it gets used several times a week, and sometimes several times a day." 

The AutoAuditorium System's video output is also connected into IBM's existing video networks, both traditional and Internet-based, so talks can be distributed live to other locations.  Since an AutoAuditorium System program does not require any post-production, the transmitted program and recorded program are identical and very close to the experience of those sitting in the room.  "I'm told that talks that might otherwise be given in other rooms are often rescheduled into the Hawthorne auditorium so they can be recorded and telecast.  Of course, that is the whole idea behind making it so easy to use," said Bianchi.  "Because it really can be turned on with one button, and because a trained operator does not have to be scheduled, the system is used more often.  Even if you don't know which talks are going to be the good or important ones, with an AutoAuditorium System you can record and transmit all of them and then let your audience decide which ones are worth watching or keeping." 

Foveal Systems sells AutoAuditorium Systems through established audio/video installation companies.  "Foveal is looking for AV companies that have an established track record exceeding customer's expectations."  Acentech Incorporated of Cambridge, Massachusettes, was the audio, visual, and accoustics consultant on the IBM project and Crimson Tech of Rocky Hill, Connecticut, installed the audio/video systems. 


Where does the name FOVEAL come from?
The fovea is the most sensitive part of the eye, where we see with the greatest clarity.  
Foveal Systems' products are based on computer vision technology, so . . .  


Copyright © Foveal Systems LLC.   All rights reserved.  

Foveal Systems: Press Release - November 22, 1999


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Press Release
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190 Loantaka Way
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Date   November 22, 1999
Contact   Michael Bianchi
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Foveal Systems Sells The AutoAuditorium System

Foveal Systems, LLC, announced that it is now selling the AutoAuditoriumTM System, the fully automatic, multi-camera system that produces videos of auditorium presentations without an operator.  "After ten years of research, development and refinement, we are now making this technology available," said the inventor and Foveal Systems owner, Michael Bianchi. 

The AutoAuditorium System captures on video presentations made in a large meeting room, such as a lecture hall or auditorium.  "It is ideal for any formal presentation where a person stands on a stage, giving a talk to a group, using projected visual aids," said Bianchi.  "And since operating the system takes only two steps, namely turning on the power and pressing the RECORD button, it can be used by anyone.  Once started, no human control is possible until it is time to turn it off.  None the less, the AutoAuditorium system produces a very watchable video of the talk.  It tracks the speaker, shows the slides, and produces combination and picture-in-picture shots as appropriate in real time.  The program can be telecast live, and recordings can be viewed immediately, because there is no post production." 

The system is designed to be unobtrusive to the presenter, the local audience, and the remote audiences.  For instance, presenters do not have to wear or carry anything for the AutoAuditorium Tracking Camera to follow them as each speaks on stage.  "As each individual comes onto the stage, the Tracking Camera uses motion analysis to find and follow him or her.  So, unlike some other tracking cameras, there is no target to wear, no control to carry, and no target identification step to perform," according to Bianchi.  "And even if the first speaker leaves on the left side of the stage and the second one arrives on the right, the Tracking Camera will quickly find and follow that second person." 

A typical AutoAuditorium System is installed with four cameras:

The AutoAuditorium Director software decides which shots to show.  "If the projection screen is blank, then obviously you want to see only the person on stage," explained Bianchi.  "But as soon as the slide is shown, you want to see it.  The Director, quickly and automatically, switches to the Slide Camera, so you can read it.  After a while, a combination shot of both the person and the slide is shown, so you can see the presenter's gestures along with their projected visuals." 

The audio is also automatically mixed, so audience questions and reactions are included, again without any human control.  "In fact," said Bianchi, "in some installations we can cover both the stage and the audience using ceiling microphones.  The result is a system that is not only unobtrusive, but battery-free.  If there are no battery operated devices, then they cannot be lost or dead, and we've eliminated a common failure mode." 

The AutoAuditorium System is permanently installed in the room so it is always ready.  "It really can be used on a moment's notice," said Bianchi, "which means the system is used often.  How often have you heard `I wish they recorded that?' With AutoAuditorium Systems you can record every talk and decide which ones to keep." 

Foveal Systems sells AutoAuditorium Systems through established audio/video installation companies.  "Foveal is looking for AV companies that have an established track record exceeding customer's expectations."  Bianchi added, "Most of the components of an AutoAuditorium system are things they already install in video-production-ready meeting rooms.  The AutoAuditorium System replaces the manual operator's controls with sophisticated automation.  And once the installation is aligned, there is very little periodic maintenance; just cleaning the lenses and the air filter on the controller." 


Where does the name FOVEAL come from?
The fovea is the most sensitive part of the eye, where we see with the greatest clarity.  
Foveal Systems' products are based on computer vision technology, so . . .  


Copyright © Foveal Systems LLC.   All rights reserved.  

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1 degree resolution.

Why Foveal Mounts?

The Foveal Rigid Camera Mounts were created to solve a particular problem, namely to precisely position a camera and then lock it down so it will not move, even under strong "persuasion".  The three sizes of Rigid Mount, the RM1, RM2 and RM3 , accommodate a broad range of cameras and environmental housings, and are available in both 2-Axis and 3-Axis models. 

Our favorite story about the Rigid Mount comes from a manufacturing floor where a computer-vision system takes measurements as parts are built.  One day the vision system engineer came in to find a tool belt hanging on the camera mount.  "I guess it weighed about 35 pounds!"  He was certain he would have to realign the camera.  That doesn't take long with these mounts but would mean shutting down the line.  But he didn't have to make any adjustments.  The camera had not moved!

The Rigid Mounts work very well.  But some potential customers of the 2-Axis Rigid Camera Mounts found they were too elaborate for their applications.  So we created the Foveal Fine-adjustment 2-Axis Mounts.  While not as robust as the Rigid Mounts, the Fine-adjustment Mounts will work very well in applications where the mount will not be subjected to extreme disturbances.


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Foveal Systems: Foveal 2- and 3-Axis Rigid Camera Mounts


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Foveal
2- and 3-Axis Rigid Camera Mounts

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Ideal for Machine-Vision Applications


Model RM2_3a-SMP4  Click for larger image
RM2_3a-SMP4
  The Foveal 3-Axis Rigid Camera Mount for small-to-medium sized "box" cameras features:
  • 3 sizes
      RM1 for tiny machine vision cameras
      RM2 for small box cameras
      RM3 for larger box cameras or small environment housings.

  • 3-Axis Adjustment of pan, tilt and roll. 
    2-Axis models also available.

  • Fine Adjustment of all axes.

  • Individual axis lock down makes adjustment easier, more precise, and prevents accidental change.

  • Heavy-duty construction.
Click to enlarge pictures and drawings.

 

Motivation

A key element in creating reliable AutoAuditorium System installations is ensuring that the Tracking Camera and Spotting Camera stay in precise alignment relative to each other.  The Tracking Camera has pan and tilt positions which must be related to specific points in the Spotting Camera image, and those relationships must be fixed and permanent.  In the past, misalignment has been an all-too-frequent cause of Tracking Camera errors. 

A key element to keeping the Spotting Camera image aligned with the Tracking Camera is to guarantee that once the Spotting Camera is positioned, it does not move. 

We were unable to find camera mounts that permitted fine adjustment in the pan, tilt and roll axis that then locked in those adjustments, so we designed our own. 

We also have used the 3-Axis Rigid Camera Mount for the Slide Camera, to ensure that it is always locked into the same position pointed at the projection screen.  The ability to finely adjust the roll position of the camera makes it much easier to set the Slide Camera image absolutely square with the projection screen.

Customers of the Rigid Mounts include companies installing machine-vision technology for laboratory and manufacturing use.  These camera mounts are also suitable for other types of instruments and sensors.

Custom Widths to accommodate wider cameras, instruments, sensors, are available.

For a less expensive, less robust, two axis mount that features fine adjustment and locking of the pan and tilt axes, see the Foveal 2-Axis Fine-Adjustment Camera Mounts.

 

Features

The 3-Axis Rigid Camera Mount may be supported with the base down or the base up.  In either position, the plate the camera attaches to can be either below or above the camera. 

When unlocked, there is sufficient friction to hold the camera in position.  Coarse position can be set by hand. 

Fine adjustments are made using a hex wrench, allowing for extremely fine positioning. 

Independent adjustment of each axis means each adjustment does not affect the other two.

All adjustments and locking are made with a single hex wrench. 

Once the mount is locked, the camera does not move. 

As a testimonial to that last statement, one customer tells us that they found a heavy tool belt hanging on one of the RM3_3a Mounts on their factory floor.  The machine vision camera had not moved.

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Specifications

RM1 Specifications
Model RM1_2a   2-axis         Prices and Delivery:
Model RM1_3a   3-axis         RM1 Photos, Dimensional Drawings, CAD Files
Model RM1m_2a   metric hardware, 2-axis
Model RM1m_3a   metric hardware, 3-axis
Materials black anodized 6061-T651 aluminum, stainless steel hardware, nylon, Delrin
Weight (approximate) 1.5 pounds 0.7 kilograms  
Dimensions
  Overall Height 3.63 inches 9.22 centimeters  
  Overall Width 5.00 inches 12.70 centimeters  
  Overall Depth 3.00 inches 7.62 centimeters  
Maximum Camera Dimensions
  Width at Base 2.00 inches 5.08 centimeters
  Overall Width 2.50 inches 6.35 centimeters
Coarse Position Range
  Pan 360 degrees  
  Tilt Up to 360 degrees,
depending on the camera size and
the amount it overhangs the mounting plate.
 
Fine Position Range
  Pan ± 12 degrees  
  Tilt ± 12 degrees  
  Roll (RM1_3a only) ± 3 degrees
 

Choose One:
Square Mounting Plate Dimensions         Mounting Plate Drawing

  Height 0.25 inches 0.63 centimeters
  Width 3.00 inches 7.62 centimeters
  Depth 3.00 inches 7.62 centimeters
Rectangular Mounting Plate Dimensions         Mounting Plate Drawing
  Height 0.25 inches 0.63 centimeters
  Width 5.00 inches 12.70 centimeters
  Depth 2.00 inches 5.08 centimeters
L-bracket Mounting Plate Dimensions         Mounting Plate Drawing
  Height 1.25 inches 3.17 centimeters
  Width 3.00 inches 6.72 centimeters
  Depth 2.25 inches 5.71 centimeters
The RM1m_2a and RM1m_3a mounts are built with metric standard screws and fasteners instead of ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) standard screws and fasteners.  Please call before ordering.

RM2 Specifications
Model RM2_2a   2-axis         Prices and Delivery:
Model RM2_3a   3-axis         RM2 Photos, Dimensional Drawings, CAD Files
Materials black anodized 6061-T651 aluminum, stainless steel hardware, nylon, Delrin
Weight (approximate) 3.2 pounds 1.5 kilograms  
Dimensions
  Overall Height 4.80 inches 12.19 centimeters  
  Overall Width 7.10 inches 18.03 centimeters  
  Overall Depth 4.75 inches 12.06 centimeters  
Maximum Camera Dimensions
  Width at Base 3.90 inches 9.90 centimeters
  Overall Width 4.30 inches 10.92 centimeters
Coarse Position Range
  Pan 360 degrees
  Tilt Up to 360 degrees,
depending on the camera size and
the amount it overhangs the mounting plate.
Fine Position Range
  Pan ± 12 degrees
  Tilt ± 12 degrees
  Roll (RM2_3a only) ± 8 degrees
Mounting Plate Dimensions
  Height 0.25 inches 0.63 centimeters
  Width 4.75 inches 12.06 centimeters
  Depth 4.75 inches 12.06 centimeters

RM3 Specifications
Model RM3_2a   2-axis         Prices and Delivery:
Model RM3_3a   3-axis         RM3 Photos, Dimensional Drawings, CAD Files
Very similar to Models RM2_2a and RM2_3a except:
  Weight (approximate) 3.5 pounds 1.6 kilograms  
Dimensions
  Overall Width 8.10 inches 20.57 centimeters  
Maximum Camera Dimensions
  Width at Base 4.90 inches 12.44 centimeters  
  Overall Width 5.30 inches 13.46 centimeters  

Custom Widths to accommodate wider cameras are available.

Options

Finger Adjustment Knobs (FAK) Option
Prices and Delivery
When the need is not set it and forget it but instead the mount frequently needs to be finely adjusted, we offer knobs for the fine position adjustment screws.

Lock Nuts and Lock Washers (LNLW) Option
Prices and Delivery
If your mount will be subjected to high vibration, extra lock nuts and lock washers might help.  LNLW Installation Manual

Lock Wire and Drilled Hardware (LWDH) Option
Prices and Delivery
If your mount will be subjected to very high vibration, or you want to have visual evidence that the adjustments have not been changed, we offer drilled hardware that can be secured with lock wire.  LWDH Installation Manual

Extra Fine Adjustment (EFA) with lock nuts Option
Prices and Delivery
The normal change in the Pan or Tilt angle is bit more than 2 degrees per turn of the position screws.  Should you need a finer adjustment, this option provides slightly less than 1 degree per turn.  While shown here with the PTD option (below), EFA and PTD are separate options.  EFA Manual
Pan and Tilt Protractor Dials (PTD) Option
Prices and Delivery
We offer mounts with Protractor Dials on both the Pan and Tilt Axes so the angles can be read out.  See the complete description at Foveal Mounts with Pan and Tilt Protractor Dials.
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RM1 Photos, Dimensional Drawings, CAD Files

Dimensions in inches.

Model RM1_2a-SMP3   2-axis, Square Mounting Plate
Model RM1m_2a-SMP3   metric hardware, 2-axis, Square Mounting Plate

Choose one Mounting Plate SMP3, RMP and LMP Mounting Plate Drawings

Photo Top View All RM1 Side Views have the same dimensions.
Front View Side View
CAD files   STEP format
RM1_2a-LMP.stp.zip
RM1_2a-RMP.stp.zip
RM1_2a-SMP3.stp.zip
Click to enlarge pictures and drawings.
RM1 Specifications         Prices and Delivery

 

Model RM1_3a-SMP3   3-axis, Square Mounting Plate
Model RM1m_3a-SMP3   metric hardware, 3-axis, Square Mounting Plate

Choose one Mounting Plate SMP3, RMP and LMP Mounting Plate Drawings

Photo Top View All RM1 Side Views have the same dimensions.
Front View Side View
CAD files   STEP format
RM1_3a-LMP.stp.zip
RM1_3a-RMP.stp.zip
RM1_3a-SMP3.stp.zip
Click to enlarge pictures and drawings.
RM1 Specifications         Prices and Delivery
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Mounting Plate Options

RM1 mounts

There are four mounting plates available for the RM1 mounts (above).
no mounting plate   The pan pivot has two 8-32 threaded holes in it.
-SMP3   Square Mounting Plate suitable for general mounting to flat surfaces.
-RMP   Rectangular Mounting Plate for general mounting or T-Slot framing systems. †
-LMP   L-bracket Mounting Plate specifically for T-Slot framing systems. †
† For more information, see Foveal Mounts - T-Slot Mounting Plates.

We also can design customized Mounting Plates to your specifications.

3 x 3 inch
Square Mounting Plate
-SMP3

5 x 2 inch
Rectangular Mounting Plate
-RMP

Rectangular Mounting Plate
mounted on T-Slot frame

L-bracket Mounting Plate
-LMP

L-bracket Mounting Plate
mounted on T-Slot frame

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RM1_3a-RMP
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RM1_3a-LMP


RM2 and RM3 mounts

There are four mounting plates available for the RM2 mounts and RM3 mounts (below).
no mounting plate   The pan pivot has two 10-32 threaded holes in it.
-SMP4   Square Mounting Plate suitable for general mounting to flat surfaces.
-RMP   Rectangular Mounting Plate for general mounting or T-Slot framing systems. † ‡
-LMP   L-bracket Mounting Plate specifically for T-Slot framing systems. † ‡
† For more information, see Foveal Mounts - T-Slot Mounting Plates.

‡ The dimensions for the RMP and LMP mounting plates for RM2 and RM3 mounts are the same as for the RM1 mounting plates (above).

4.75 x 4.75 inch
Square Mounting Plate
-SMP4

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RM2 and RM3 Photos, Dimensional Drawings, CAD Files

Dimensions in inches.

Model RM2_2a-SMP4   2-axis, Square Mounting Plate

Choose one Mounting Plate SMP4, RMP and LMP Mounting Plate Drawings

Photo
Click to enlarge pictures and drawings.
RM2 Specifications         Prices and Delivery
Top View All RM2 and RM3 Side Views have the same dimensions.
Front View Side View
CAD files   STEP format
RM2_2a-LMP.stp.zip
RM2_2a-RMP.stp.zip
RM2_2a-SMP4.stp.zip

 

Model RM2_3a-SMP4   3-axis, Square Mounting Plate

Choose one Mounting Plate SMP4, RMP and LMP Mounting Plate Drawings

Photo
Click to enlarge pictures and drawings.
RM2 Specifications         Prices and Delivery
Top View All RM2 and RM3 Side Views have the same dimensions.
Front View Side View
CAD files   STEP format
RM2_3a-LMP.stp.zip
RM2_3a-RMP.stp.zip
RM2_3a-SMP4.stp.zip

 


 

Model RM3_2a-SMP4   2-axis, Square Mounting Plate

Choose one Mounting Plate SMP4, RMP and LMP Mounting Plate Drawings

Photo
Click to enlarge pictures and drawings.
RM3 Specifications         Prices and Delivery
Top View All RM2 and RM3 Side Views have the same dimensions.
Front View Side View
CAD files   STEP format
RM3_2a-LMP.stp.zip
RM3_2a-RMP.stp.zip
RM3_2a-SMP4.stp.zip

 

Model RM3_3a-SMP4   3-axis, Square Mounting Plate

Choose one Mounting Plate SMP4, RMP and LMP Mounting Plate Drawings

Photo
Click to enlarge pictures and drawings.
RM3 Specifications         Prices and Delivery
Top View All RM2 and RM3 Side Views have the same dimensions.
Front View Side View
CAD files   STEP format
RM3_3a-LMP.stp.zip
RM3_3a-RMP.stp.zip
RM3_3a-SMP4.stp.zip

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Camera Mounting Alternatives

Adjusting camera mounts can become tedious in tight or inconvenient spaces.  We have made the Rigid Mounts customer-configurable, so alternative placements of the adjustment screws are possible.
side adjustment from top side adjustment from back   For example, it may be more convenient to have the tilt fine-adjustment screws available from the top or back of the mount, relative to the pan fine-adjustment screws.  As these drawings show, they can be moved.
Click to enlarge pictures and drawings.
Left Tilt Adjustment   Similarly, the tilt adjustments can be moved to the left side, relative to the pan fine-adjustment screws.
Inverted Roll Plate   The 3-axis mounts can be reconfigured as shown here.
Click to enlarge pictures and drawings.
Rigid Mount Hung   And, of course, the Rigid Mounts can be hung base up.
Rigid Mount Hung   Also, many cameras have mounting screws on top of the case, which means they can be hung from the top directly.
Click to enlarge pictures and drawings.
Rigid Mount Wall Mounted   And there are a few cameras where the mounting screw is on the side.  The base adjustment, which normally changes the pan angle now changes tilt, tilt changes pan, and the roll adjustment still changes the roll angle.

If you need to verify a particular configuration, please contact us.

For a less expensive, less robust, two axis mount that features fine adjustment and locking of the pan and tilt axes, see the Foveal 2-Axis Fine-Adjustment Camera Mount.

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Contact Us

For information on purchasing Foveal 3-Axis Rigid Camera Mounts please contact us ... 

By e-mail at
info@Foveal.com

Or call
Foveal Systems

+1 973 822-2085


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Foveal Systems: Foveal 2-Axis Fine-adjustment Camera Mount


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Foveal
2-Axis Fine-adjustment Camera Mount

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Ideal for Machine-Vision Applications

"Nothing is more annoying then having to shim into alignment a vision system camera on a production line.
With the FM mounts, fine adjustments are done in 1/4 of the time.  Thanks Foveal."
Robert T. Couture
4th Vector Technologies

Model FM1_2a  Click for larger image   The Foveal Fine-adjustment 2-Axis Camera Mount for small-to-medium sized "box" cameras features:
  • Fine Adjustment of pan and tilt axes. 

  • Individual axis lock down makes adjustment easier, more precise, and prevents accidental change.

  • Sturdy construction.
Click to enlarge pictures and drawings.

English and Metric Models:
FM1_2a 
 Drawing 
The original design, with camera mounting slots 0.75 inch apart.
FM2_2a 
 Drawing 
Designed for cameras with metric M6 mounting sockets 20 millimeters apart.

Metric Slotted Models

Click to enlarge.

Click to enlarge.
FM3mm_2a 
FM4mm_2a 
FM5mm_2a 
FM6mm_2a 
Designed for cameras with pairs of metric mounting holes at right-angles to the optical centerline.
The slots range from 2 mm to 6 mm.
These are especially well suited to many (not all) models of Basler, Cognex, IDS, JAI, Sentech, SICK, Teledyne Dalsa, PixeLINK, and other machine vision cameras.
Full Description

Specialized Design for Cognex 5100/5400 series and Matrox GatorEye, Iris GT cameras
Click to enlarge.
FM3_2a  Customized to the special mounting holes on these cameras. 
Both Pan and Tilt axes rotate around the optical center of the imaging element.
Full Description

FM1_2a and FM2_2a mounts work well with the Cognex In-Site 7000 series cameras Model FM mounts with Cognex In-Sight 7000
Click to enlarge.
FM1_2a 
FM1_2a 
These two mounts work well with these cameras.
Both Pan and Tilt axes rotate near the optical center of the imaging element.
Full Description
"Let me drill my own holes or slots!"
Click to enlarge.
FM0_2a  Order the FM0_2a mount with the undrilled Inner-L.  Or we'll drill it to your specification.
Full Description

Choice of Mounting Plates:
Square 
 Drawing 
The original design, suitable for general mounting.
 
Rectangular 
Designs for mounting on single-slot and 1-inch double slot T-slot extrusion framing systems.
L-bracket 
 Drawing 
Specify which Mounting Plate when ordering.

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Motivation

The Foveal 3-Axis Rigid Camera Mount was created to solve a particular problem, namely the precise positioning of a camera that then is locked down so it will not move even under strong "persuasion".  It does that very well.  But some potential customers of the 3-Axis Rigid Camera Mounts found they were too elaborate for their applications.

So we created the Fine-adjustment 2-Axis Mount.

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Features

The 2-Axis Fine-adjustment Camera Mount may be supported with the base down or the base up.  In either position, the plate the camera attaches to can be either below or above the camera. 

When coarse adjustments are unlocked, there is sufficient friction to hold the camera in position.  Coarse position can be set by hand. 

Fine adjustments are made using a hex wrench, allowing for extremely fine positioning. 

Independent adjustment of each axis means each adjustment does not affect the other.

All adjustments and locking are made with a single 3/32 inch hex wrench.  Reconfiguration is done with a 9/64 inch hex wrench.

Once the mount is locked, the camera does not move. 

While not as robust as the Rigid Mounts, the Fine-adjustment Mount will work very well in applications where the mount will not be subjected to extreme disturbances.  They are also suitable for mounting other types of instruments and sensors.

For a more robust, three axis mount that features fine adjustment and locking of the pan, tilt, and roll axes, see the Foveal 3-Axis Rigid Camera Mount.

 

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Specifications

Model FM1_2a   2-axis         FM1 Drawings
Model FM2_2a   2-axis         FM2 Drawings         Prices and Delivery
Materials black anodized 6061-T651 aluminum, stainless steel hardware, nylon
Weight 15 ounces 425 grams
Dimensions
  Overall Height 3.69 inches 9.53 centimeters
  Overall Width 4.18 inches 10.62 centimeters
  Overall Depth 3.00 inches 7.62 centimeters
Maximum Camera Dimensions
  Width at Base 2.00 inches 5.08 centimeters
  Overall Width 2.75 inches 6.98 centimeters
Coarse Position Range
  Pan 360 degrees
  Tilt Up to 360 degrees
    depending on the camera size and
the amount it overhangs the mounting plate.
Fine Position Range
  Pan ± 5 degrees
  Tilt ± 5 degrees
Custom Designs are available.

Choose One:
Square Mounting Plate Dimensions         Drawing

  Height 0.25 inches 0.63 centimeters
  Width 3.00 inches 7.62 centimeters
  Depth 3.00 inches 7.62 centimeters
Rectangular Mounting Plate Dimensions         Drawing
  Height 0.25 inches 0.63 centimeters
  Width 5.00 inches 12.70 centimeters
  Depth 2.00 inches 5.08 centimeters
L-bracket Mounting Plate Dimensions         Drawing
  Height 1.25 inches 3.17 centimeters
  Width 3.00 inches 6.72 centimeters
  Depth 2.25 inches 5.71 centimeters

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Options

Finger Adjustment Knobs (FAK) Option
Prices and Delivery
When the need is not set it and forget it but instead the mount frequently needs to be finely adjusted, we offer knobs for the fine position adjustment screws.

Lock Nuts and Lock Washers (LNLW) Option
Prices and Delivery
If your mount will be subjected to high vibration, extra lock nuts and lock washers might help.  LNLW Installation Manual

Extra Fine Adjustment (EFA) with lock nuts Option
Prices and Delivery
The normal change in the Pan or Tilt angle is bit more than 2 degrees per turn of the position screws.  Should you need a finer adjustment, this option provides slightly less than 1 degree per turn.  While shown here with the PTD option (below), EFA and PTD are separate options.  EFA Manual
Pan and Tilt Protractor Dials (PTD) Option
Prices and Delivery
We offer mounts with Protractor Dials on both the Pan and Tilt Axes so the angles can be read out.  See the complete description at Foveal Mounts with Pan and Tilt Protractor Dials.
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Prices and Delivery

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FOB New Jersey, United States
6.875% Sales Tax to customers in New Jersey
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Calculate your Order Number and Price
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     FM0_2a Fine-Adjustment Mount, 2-axis, no holes or slots, custom drilling available, English hardware
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Dimensional Drawings, CAD Files

Dimensions in inches.

Model FM1_2a-SMP3     (with Square Mounting Plate)

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Model FM2_2a-SMP3     (with Square Mounting Plate)

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What are the differences between the FM1_2a and the FM2_2a?

First, the position and spacing of the two slots for the camera mounting screws are not the same.  In the FM1_2a, one of the slots is centered over the Pan pivot.  In the FM2_2a, the Pan pivot centerline goes between the two slots.

Second, in the FM1_2a, the slots are three-quarters of an inch apart.  In the FM2_2a, the slots are 20 millimeters apart.

The FM1_2a works well with most cameras with 1/4-20 mounting sockets.  The FM2_2a works well with some cameras with M6 metric mounting sockets.  Of course, you can drill the anodized aluminum or create an adaptor plate.  Or call us and we can discuss a custom design to match your specific needs.

Click to enlarge pictures and drawings.
CAD files   STEP format
FM1_2a-LMP.stp.zip
FM1_2a-RMP.stp.zip
FM1_2a-SMP3.stp.zip
CAD files   STEP format
FM2_2a-LMP.stp.zip
FM2_2a-RMP.stp.zip
FM2_2a-SMP3.stp.zip

 

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Mounting Plate Options

There are four mounting plate options for the FM mounts. 
no mounting plate   The pan pivot has two 8-32 threaded holes in it.
-SMP3   Square Mounting Plate suitable for general mounting to flat surfaces.
-RMP   Rectangular Mounting Plate for general mounting or T-Slot framing systems. †
-LMP   L-bracket Mounting Plate specifically for T-Slot framing systems. †
† For more information, see Foveal Mounts - T-Slot Mounting Plates.

3 x 3 inch
Square Mounting Plate
-SMP3
    5 x 2 inch
Rectangular Mounting Plate
-RMP
    L-bracket Mounting Plate
-LMP
graphics FM 3x3 Base Plate jpeg     graphics FM 5x2 Base Plate jpeg FM1_2a-RMP
mounted on T-Slot frame
graphics FM1 tslot 1 00 jpg
    graphics Lbracket Base Plate jpeg FM1_2a-LMP
mounted on T-Slot frame
graphics FM Lbracket 1 00 jpg
Click to enlarge pictures and drawings.
See CAD files   Above

 

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Camera Mounting Alternatives

Adjusting camera mounts can become tedious in tight or inconvenient spaces.  We have made the Fine Mounts customer-configurable, so alternative placements of the adjustment screws are possible.
side adjustment from back For example, it may be more convenient to have the pan and tilt coarse- and fine-adjustment screws available from the back of the mount. As this drawing shows, they can be moved. (Moving the pan and tilt screws are independent operations. We do not know why one would want to, but they can be on opposite sides.)
Inverted Roll Plate Note that these mounts can be configured with the tilt-axis L-bracket raised above the pivot.  In this position, a small camera can be hung above the pan axis.

Also, the tilt axis locks can be repositioned so the tilt L-bracket hangs outside the pan-axis base. This can accommodate larger cameras and a wider selection of tilt positions. 

Click to enlarge pictures and drawings.
Fine Mount Hung Here are some examples with small- and medium-sized cameras.
Inverted Roll Plate Note also that there is an alternate pivot point on the tilt L-bracket, offset 0.5 inch.  In this position, even larger cameras can be accommodated.
Click to enlarge pictures and drawings.
Fine Mount Hung Here are some examples with medium- and large-sized cameras, and examples where the camera needs to be lifted a well above the base of the mount.
Fine Mount Hung Also, many cameras have mounting screws on top of the case, which means they can be hung from the top directly.
Click to enlarge pictures and drawings.
Fine Mount Wall Mounted One customer needed to mount the camera from the rear.
Fine Mount Wall Mounted And there are a few cameras where the mounting screw is on the side.  The pan adjustment, which normally changes the pan angle now changes tilt, and the former tilt adjustment changes the pan angle.
Click to enlarge pictures and drawings.

If you need to verify a particular configuration, please contact us.

For a more robust, three axis mount that features fine adjustment and locking of the pan, tilt, and roll axes, see the Foveal 3-Axis Rigid Camera Mount.

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For information on purchasing Foveal 2-Axis Fine Camera Mounts please contact us ... 

By e-mail at
info@Foveal.com

Or call
Foveal Systems

+1 973 822-2085


B & B Model Shop Services, Inc. is a partner in the design and construction of the Foveal Fine Camera Mounts.

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Foveal Systems: FM Mounts for Metric Cameras


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Foveal Fine-adjustment 2-axis Mounts
with Metric Mounting Slots

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Many machine vision cameras have threaded mounting holes that take metric screws, usually ranging in size from M3 to M6.
Foveal Mounts FM (Fine-adjustment Mounts) now come with general purpose slot patterns to accommodate many of those manufacturers,

including many (not all) models made by Allied Vision, Basler, Cognex, Edmund Optics, IDS, JAI, Keyence, Manta, Point Grey, Sentech, Teledyne Dalsa, PixeLINK, and other machine vision brands.

As with all FM mounts, they also provide

  • Fine Adjustment of Pan and Tilt axes. 
  • Individual axis lock down makes adjustment easier, more precise, and prevents accidental change.
  • Sturdy construction.

graphics FM3mm 2a RMP labeled jpg graphics FM4mm 2a RMP labeled jpg graphics FM5mm 2a RMP labeled jpg graphics FM6mm 2a RMP labeled jpg graphics FMNmm IL jpg
Fine-adjustment Mounts for cameras using 3mm, 4mm, 5mm and 6mm metric mounting screws.
Click to enlarge pictures and drawings.

 

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Motivation

The original Foveal 2-Axis Fine_Adjustment Camera Mounts, models were designed a decade ago to match common machine vision camera mounting configurations. 

But we realized that there are now lots of machine vision cameras out there that use metric screws, but the hole patterns are not at all standardized.
Now we offer these mounts with slot patterns that will accommodate many different hole spacings, and even 3-screw triangular patterns.

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Features in common with all FM models

The 2-Axis Fine-Adjustment Camera Mounts may be supported with the base down or the base up.  In either position, the plate the camera attaches to can be either below or above the camera.

When coarse adjustments are unlocked, there is sufficient friction to hold the camera in position.  Coarse position can be set by hand.

Fine adjustments are made using a hex wrench, allowing for extremely fine positioning.

Independent adjustment of each axis means each adjustment does not affect the other.

All adjustments and locking are made with a single 3/32 inch hex wrench.  Reconfiguration is done with a 9/64 inch hex wrench.

Once the mount is locked, the camera does not move.

And the mounts are highly reconfigurable.

See the Fine-adjustment Mount page for other, non-metric models.

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Examples


Cognex
graphics FM3mm IL Cognex InSightMicro labeled jpg graphics FM3mm IL Cognex DataMan 70 labeled jpg graphics FM3mm IL Cognex DataMan 150 straight labeled jpg graphics FM3mm IL Cognex DataMan 150 angled labeled jpg graphics FM3mm IL Cognex DataMan 360 labeled jpg graphics FM3mm IL Cognex 7000 labeled jpg graphics FM4mm IL Cognex Checker 4G labeled jpg


IDS
graphics FM3mm IL IDS UI 5490RE horizontal labeled jpg graphics FM5mm IL IDS UI 5490RE horizontal labeled jpg graphics FM3mm IL IDS UI 5490RE vertical labeled jpg

Basler
graphics FM3mm IL Basler ace 2CL labeled jpg graphics FM4mm IL Basler Runner labeled jpg

Manta
graphics FM3mm IL Manta G125 labeled jpg

Keyence
graphics FM4mm IL Keyence CA HX200M labeled jpg graphics FM4mm IL Keyence CA HX048M labeled jpg graphics FM4mm IL Keyence IV 150 labeled jpg graphics FM4mm IL Keyence SR 1000 labeled jpg graphics FM4mm IL Keyence XG 200C labeled jpg graphics FM4mm IL Keyence XG HL04M labeled jpg

Teledyne Dalsa
graphics FM3mm IL TeledyneDalsa Genie Nano labeled jpg graphics FM3mm IL TeledyneDalsa Genie TS labeled jpg graphics FM4mm IL TeledyneDalsa Falcon2 labeled jpg
Examples of Fine-adjustment Mounts for cameras using 3mm, 4mm and 5mm metric mounting screws.
Click to enlarge pictures and drawings.
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Options

Finger Adjustment Knobs (FAK) Option
Prices and Delivery
When the need is not set it and forget it but instead the mount frequently needs to be finely adjusted, we offer knobs for the fine position adjustment screws.

Lock Nuts and Lock Washers (LNLW) Option
Prices and Delivery
If your mount will be subjected to high vibration, extra lock nuts and lock washers might help.  LNLW Installation Manual

Extra Fine Adjustment (EFA) with lock nuts Option
Prices and Delivery
The normal change in the Pan or Tilt angle is bit more than 2 degrees per turn of the position screws.  Should you need a finer adjustment, this option provides slightly less than 1 degree per turn.  While shown here with the PTD option (below), EFA and PTD are separate options.  EFA Manual
Pan and Tilt Protractor Dials (PTD) Option
Prices and Delivery
We offer mounts with Protractor Dials on both the Pan and Tilt Axes so the angles can be read out.  See the complete description at Foveal Mounts with Pan and Tilt Protractor Dials.
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CAD File Downloads

STEP format
FM3mm_2a-LMP.stp.zip
 
 
 
FM3mm_2a-RMP.stp.zip
FM4mm_2a-RMP.stp.zip
FM5mm_2a-RMP.stp.zip
FM6mm_2a-RMP.stp.zip
FM3mm_2a-SMP.stp.zip
 
 
 
Contact us for any combination that is missing here.

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Mounting Plate Options

There are four mounting plate options for the FM mounts. 
no mounting plate   The pan pivot has two 8-32 threaded holes in it.
-SMP3   Square Mounting Plate suitable for general mounting to flat surfaces.
-RMP   Rectangular Mounting Plate for general mounting or T-Slot framing systems. †
-LMP   L-bracket Mounting Plate specifically for T-Slot framing systems. †
† For more information, see Foveal Mounts - T-Slot Mounting Plates.

3 x 3 inch
Square Mounting Plate
-SMP3
    5 x 2 inch
Rectangular Mounting Plate
-RMP
    L-bracket Mounting Plate
-LMP
graphics FM 3x3 Base Plate jpeg     graphics FM 5x2 Base Plate jpeg FM1_2a-RMP
mounted on T-Slot frame
graphics FM1 tslot 1 00 jpg
    graphics Lbracket Base Plate jpeg FM1_2a-LMP
mounted on T-Slot frame
graphics FM Lbracket 1 00 jpg
Click to enlarge pictures and drawings.
See CAD files   Above

 

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Prices and Delivery

United States dollars
FOB New Jersey, United States
6.875% Sales Tax to customers in New Jersey
Call 973 822-2085

Calculate your Order Number and Price
        Model            Options    Mounting Plate Description Price Delivery
Order Number:   Price:  
Price in United States Dollars.    Call 973 822-2085 to discuss or place your order.    Or Contact Us

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Camera Mounting Alternatives

Adjusting camera mounts can become tedious in tight or inconvenient spaces.  We have made the Fine Mounts customer-configurable, so alternative placements of the adjustment screws are possible.
side adjustment from back For example, it may be more convenient to have the pan and tilt coarse- and fine-adjustment screws available from the back of the mount. As this drawing shows, they can be moved. (Moving the pan and tilt screws are independent operations. We do not know why one would want to, but they can be on opposite sides.)
Inverted Roll Plate Note that these mounts can be configured with the tilt-axis L-bracket raised above the pivot.  In this position, a small camera can be hung above the pan axis.

Also, the tilt axis locks can be repositioned so the tilt L-bracket hangs outside the pan-axis base. This can accommodate larger cameras and a wider selection of tilt positions. 

Click to enlarge pictures and drawings.
Fine Mount Hung Here are some examples with small- and medium-sized cameras.
Inverted Roll Plate Note also that there is an alternate pivot point on the tilt L-bracket, offset 0.5 inch.  In this position, even larger cameras can be accommodated.
Click to enlarge pictures and drawings.
Fine Mount Hung Here are some examples with medium- and large-sized cameras, and examples where the camera needs to be lifted a well above the base of the mount.
Fine Mount Hung Also, many cameras have mounting screws on top of the case, which means they can be hung from the top directly.
Click to enlarge pictures and drawings.
Fine Mount Wall Mounted One customer needed to mount the camera from the rear.
Fine Mount Wall Mounted And there are a few cameras where the mounting screw is on the side.  The pan adjustment, which normally changes the pan angle now changes tilt, and the former tilt adjustment changes the pan angle.
Click to enlarge pictures and drawings.

If you need to verify a particular configuration, please contact us.

For a more robust, three axis mount that features fine adjustment and locking of the pan, tilt, and roll axes, see the Foveal 3-Axis Rigid Camera Mount.

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Contact

For information on purchasing Foveal 2-Axis Fine-adjustment Mounts please contact us ... 

By e-mail at
info@Foveal.com

Or call
Foveal Systems

+1 973 822-2085


B & B Model Shop Services, Inc. is a partner in the design and construction of the Foveal Fine Camera Mounts.

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www.FovealMounts.com/MetricMounts.html   2017/04/19 14:03:00   9.23


Foveal Systems: Foveal Customizable 2-Axis Fine-Adjustment Camera Mount


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Foveal
Customizable 2-Axis Fine-Adjustment Camera Mount

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When You Need Something More Than Our Standard Fine-adjustment Mounts

Model FM0_2a
  Foveal FM0_2a Fine-Adjustment 2-Axis Customizable Camera Mount
  • Undrilled Camera Table so you can machine it to meet your needs.
    Or, if you like, we will drill it to your specifications.

  • Fine Adjustment of Pan and Tilt axes. 

  • Individual axis lock down makes adjustment easier, more precise, and prevents accidental change.

  • Sturdy construction.

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Motivation

If the hole patterns we offer in the other Fine Adjustment mounts do not suit your needs, you can order the FM0_2a which has no camera mounting holes and drill your own.

Or we can drill holes to your specification.

Features

The 2-Axis Fine-Adjustment Camera Mount may be supported with the base down or the base up.  In either position, the plate the camera attaches to can be either below or above the camera. 

When coarse adjustments are unlocked, there is sufficient friction to hold the camera in position.  Coarse position can be set by hand. 

Fine adjustments are made using a hex wrench, allowing for extremely fine positioning. 

Independent adjustment of each axis means each adjustment does not affect the other.

All adjustments and locking are made with a single 3/32 inch hex wrench.  Reconfiguration is done with a 9/64 inch hex wrench.

Once the mount is locked, the camera does not move. 

While not as robust as the Rigid Mounts, the Fine-adjustment Mount will work very well in applications where the mount will not be subjected to extreme disturbances.  They are also suitable for mounting other types of instruments and sensors.

For a more robust, three axis mount that features fine adjustment and locking of the pan, tilt, and roll axes, see the Foveal 3-Axis Rigid Camera Mount.

 

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Specifications

Model FM0_2a   2-axis         FM0 Drawings         Prices and Delivery
Materials black anodized 6061-T651 aluminum, stainless steel hardware, nylon
Weight 15 ounces 425 grams
Dimensions
  Overall Height 3.69 inches 9.53 centimeters
  Overall Width 4.18 inches 10.62 centimeters
  Overall Depth 3.00 inches 7.62 centimeters
Maximum Camera Dimensions
  Width at Base 2.00 inches 5.08 centimeters
  Overall Width 2.75 inches 6.98 centimeters
Coarse Position Range
  Pan 360 degrees
  Tilt Up to 360 degrees
    depending on the camera size and
the amount it overhangs the mounting plate.
Fine Position Range
  Pan ± 5 degrees
  Tilt ± 5 degrees
Custom Designs are available.

Choose One:
Square Mounting Plate Dimensions         Drawing

  Height 0.25 inches 0.63 centimeters
  Width 3.00 inches 7.62 centimeters
  Depth 3.00 inches 7.62 centimeters
Rectangular Mounting Plate Dimensions         Drawing
  Height 0.25 inches 0.63 centimeters
  Width 5.00 inches 12.70 centimeters
  Depth 2.00 inches 5.08 centimeters
L-bracket Mounting Plate Dimensions         Drawing
  Height 1.25 inches 3.17 centimeters
  Width 3.00 inches 6.72 centimeters
  Depth 2.25 inches 5.71 centimeters

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Options

Finger Adjustment Knobs (FAK) Option
Prices and Delivery
When the need is not set it and forget it but instead the mount frequently needs to be finely adjusted, we offer knobs for the fine position adjustment screws.

Lock Nuts and Lock Washers (LNLW) Option
Prices and Delivery
If your mount will be subjected to high vibration, extra lock nuts and lock washers might help.  LNLW Installation Manual

Lock Wire and Drilled Hardware (LWDH) Option
Prices and Delivery
If your mount will be subjected to very high vibration, or you want to have visual evidence that the adjustments have not been changed, we offer drilled hardware that can be secured with lock wire.  LWDH Installation Manual

Extra Fine Adjustment (EFA) with lock nuts Option
Prices and Delivery
The normal change in the Pan or Tilt angle is bit more than 2 degrees per turn of the position screws.  Should you need a finer adjustment, this option provides slightly less than 1 degree per turn.  While shown here with the PTD option (below), EFA and PTD are separate options.  EFA Manual
Pan and Tilt Protractor Dials (PTD) Option
Prices and Delivery
We offer mounts with Protractor Dials on both the Pan and Tilt Axes so the angles can be read out.  See the complete description at Foveal Mounts with Pan and Tilt Protractor Dials.
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Prices and Delivery

United States dollars
FOB New Jersey, United States
6.875% Sales Tax to customers in New Jersey
Call 973 822-2085

Calculate your Order Number and Price
Model    Options    Mounting Plate Description Price Delivery
Order Number:   Price:  
Price in United States Dollars.    Call 973 822-2085 to discuss or place your order.    Or Contact Us

Questions?   Call 973 822-2085

 

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Dimensional Drawings, CAD Files

Dimensions in inches.

Model FM0_2a-SMP3     (with Square Mounting Plate)

Larger

Click to enlarge pictures and drawings.
CAD files   STEP format
FM0_2a-LMP.stp.zip
FM0_2a-RMP.stp.zip
FM0_2a-SMP3.stp.zip

 

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Mounting Plate Options

There are four mounting plate options for the FM mounts. 
no mounting plate   The pan pivot has two 8-32 threaded holes in it.
-SMP3   Square Mounting Plate suitable for general mounting to flat surfaces.
-RMP   Rectangular Mounting Plate for general mounting or T-Slot framing systems. †
-LMP   L-bracket Mounting Plate specifically for T-Slot framing systems. †
† For more information, see Foveal Mounts - T-Slot Mounting Plates.

3 x 3 inch
Square Mounting Plate
-SMP3

5 x 2 inch
Rectangular Mounting Plate
-RMP

Rectangular Mounting Plate
mounted on T-Slot frame

L-bracket Mounting Plate
-LMP

L-bracket Mounting Plate
mounted on T-Slot frame

Larger Larger Larger
FM0_2a-RMP
Larger Larger
FM0_2a-LMP
CAD files   STEP format
FM0_2a-SMP3.stp.zip
CAD files   STEP format
FM0_2a-RMP.stp.zip
CAD files   STEP format
FM0_2a-LMP.stp.zip

 

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Camera Mounting Alternatives

Adjusting camera mounts can become tedious in tight or inconvenient spaces.  We have made the Fine Mounts customer-configurable, so alternative placements of the adjustment screws are possible.
side adjustment from back For example, it may be more convenient to have the pan and tilt coarse- and fine-adjustment screws available from the back of the mount. As this drawing shows, they can be moved. (Moving the pan and tilt screws are independent operations. We do not know why one would want to, but they can be on opposite sides.)
Inverted Roll Plate Note that these mounts can be configured with the tilt-axis L-bracket raised above the pivot.  In this position, a small camera can be hung above the pan axis.

Also, the tilt axis locks can be repositioned so the tilt L-bracket hangs outside the pan-axis base. This can accommodate larger cameras and a wider selection of tilt positions. 

Click to enlarge pictures and drawings.
Fine Mount Hung Here are some examples with small- and medium-sized cameras.
Inverted Roll Plate Note also that there is an alternate pivot point on the tilt L-bracket, offset 0.5 inch.  In this position, even larger cameras can be accommodated.
Click to enlarge pictures and drawings.
Fine Mount Hung Here are some examples with medium- and large-sized cameras, and examples where the camera needs to be lifted a well above the base of the mount.
Fine Mount Hung Also, many cameras have mounting screws on top of the case, which means they can be hung from the top directly.
Click to enlarge pictures and drawings.
Fine Mount Wall Mounted One customer needed to mount the camera from the rear.
Fine Mount Wall Mounted And there are a few cameras where the mounting screw is on the side.  The pan adjustment, which normally changes the pan angle now changes tilt, and the former tilt adjustment changes the pan angle.
Click to enlarge pictures and drawings.

If you need to verify a particular configuration, please contact us.

For a more robust, three axis mount that features fine adjustment and locking of the pan, tilt, and roll axes, see the Foveal 3-Axis Rigid Camera Mount.

On this page:   Top    Motivation    Features    Specifications    Options    Prices and Delivery    Dimensional Drawings, CAD Files    Mounting Plate Options    Camera Mounting Alternatives   

For information on purchasing Foveal 2-Axis Fine Camera Mounts please contact us ... 

By e-mail at
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Or call
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Foveal Systems: FM3_2a Mount for Cognex In-Sight 5000 series Cameras


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Foveal FM3_2a Mount
for Cognex In-Sight 5000 series cameras

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Model FM3_2a with Cognex In-Sight 5000 series
Click to enlarge pictures and drawings.
  Foveal FM3_2a Fine-Adjustment 2-Axis Camera Mount
  • Compatible with the Cognex® In-Sight® 5100, 5400 and 5600 camera lines

  • Pan and Tilt Axes are aligned with the optical center of the imaging element, making alignment easier.

  • Fine Adjustment of Pan and Tilt axes. 

  • Individual axis lock down makes adjustment easier, more precise, and prevents accidental change.

  • Sturdy construction.

® "Cognex" and "In-Sight" are registered trademarks of Cognex Corporation.

  other cameras that fit the FM3_2a
Matrox GatorEye

Matrox Iris GT

Motivation

The Foveal 2-Axis Fine_Adjustment Camera Mounts, models FM1_2a and FM2_2a, are designed to match common machine vision camera mounting configurations.  But a customer expressed the need for something similar that could easily handle the unusual mounting screw holes in the Cognex In-Sight 5000 series cameras.  (Other cameras in the Cognex line can be mounted on the FM1_2a and/or FM2_2a mounts.  See also the Cognex In-Sight 7000 Mount below).

So we created the FM3_2a Fine-adjustment 2-Axis Mount.  It shares the fine-adjustment features and mounting plate options of the other Foveal FMs (Fine-adjustment Mounts). 

Because the FM3_2a is designed specifically for these make and model mounts, we optimized the placement of the Pan and Tilt Axes so they are centered on the imaging element inside the camera body. 

The Cognex model series supported include the 5000, 5100, 5400, 5600, and 5700.

Note: the stainless steel versions of these cameras are not compatible with the FM3_2a mounts.
   However, see the CACognex5000 Camera Adapter can be used with those camera bodies.

Features in common with all FM models

The 2-Axis Fine-Adjustment Camera Mounts may be supported with the base down or the base up.  In either position, the plate the camera attaches to can be either below or above the camera. 

When coarse adjustments are unlocked, there is sufficient friction to hold the camera in position.  Coarse position can be set by hand. 

Fine adjustments are made using a hex wrench, allowing for extremely fine positioning. 

Independent adjustment of each axis means each adjustment does not affect the other.

All adjustments and locking are made with a single 3/32 inch hex wrench.  Reconfiguration is done with a 9/64 inch hex wrench.

Once the mount is locked, the camera does not move. 

While not as robust as the Rigid Mounts, the Fine-adjustment Mount will work very well in applications where the mount will not be subjected to extreme disturbances.  They are also suitable for mounting other types of instruments and sensors.

For more robust, two- and three- axis mounts that feature fine adjustment and locking of the pan, tilt, and roll axes, see the Foveal 2- and 3-Axis Rigid Camera Mounts.

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Specifications

Model FM3_2a   2-axis         FM3 Drawings Prices and Delivery
Materials black anodized 6061-T651 aluminum, stainless steel hardware, nylon
Weight 16 ounces 454 grams
Dimensions
  Overall Height 5.375 inches 13.65 centimeters
  Overall Width 4.18 inches 10.61 centimeters
  Overall Depth 3.00 inches 7.62 centimeters
Maximum Camera Dimensions
  Width at Base 2.00 inches 5.08 centimeters
  Overall Width 2.75 inches 6.98 centimeters
Coarse Position Range
  Pan 360 degrees
  Tilt (from vertical)
see illustration below
  ∼ 120 degrees backward
  ∼  27 degrees forward, with lens cover
  ∼  42 degrees forward, without lens cover

Click to enlarge pictures and drawings.
Fine Position Range
  Pan ± 5 degrees
  Tilt ± 5 degrees
Custom Designs are available.

Choose One:
Square Mounting Plate Dimensions         Drawing

  Height 0.25 inches 0.63 centimeters
  Width 3.00 inches 7.62 centimeters
  Depth 3.00 inches 7.62 centimeters
Rectangular Mounting Plate Dimensions         Drawing
  Height 0.25 inches 0.63 centimeters
  Width 5.00 inches 12.70 centimeters
  Depth 2.00 inches 5.08 centimeters
L-bracket Mounting Plate Dimensions         Drawing
  Height 1.25 inches 3.17 centimeters
  Width 3.00 inches 6.72 centimeters
  Depth 2.25 inches 5.71 centimeters

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Options

Finger Adjustment Knobs (FAK) Option
Prices and Delivery
When the need is not set it and forget it but instead the mount frequently needs to be finely adjusted, we offer knobs for the fine position adjustment screws.

Lock Nuts and Lock Washers (LNLW) Option
Prices and Delivery
If your mount will be subjected to high vibration, extra lock nuts and lock washers might help.  LNLW Installation Manual

Extra Fine Adjustment (EFA) with lock nuts Option
Prices and Delivery
The normal change in the Pan or Tilt angle is bit more than 2 degrees per turn of the position screws.  Should you need a finer adjustment, this option provides slightly less than 1 degree per turn.  While shown here with the PTD option (below), EFA and PTD are separate options.  EFA Manual
Pan and Tilt Protractor Dials (PTD) Option
Prices and Delivery
We offer mounts with Protractor Dials on both the Pan and Tilt Axes so the angles can be read out.  See the complete description at Foveal Mounts with Pan and Tilt Protractor Dials.
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Prices and Delivery

United State dollars
FOB New Jersey, United States
6.875% Sales Tax to customers in New Jersey
Call 973 822-2085

Calculate your Order Number and Price
Model    Options    Mounting Plate Description Price Delivery
Order Number:   Price:  
Price in United States Dollars.    Call 973 822-2085 to discuss or place your order.    Or Contact Us

Questions?   Call 973 822-2085

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Photos, Dimensional Drawings, CAD Files

Dimensions in inches.

Model FM3_2a-RMP     (with Rectangular Mounting Plate)
Larger

Larger

Click to enlarge pictures and drawings.
CAD files   STEP format
FM3_2a-LMP.stp.zip
FM3_2a-RMP.stp.zip
FM3_2a-SMP3.stp.zip

 

Mounting Plate Options

There are four mounting plate options for the FM mounts. 
no mounting plate   The pan pivot has two 8-32 threaded holes in it.
-SMP3   Square Mounting Plate suitable for general mounting to flat surfaces.
-RMP   Rectangular Mounting Plate for general mounting or T-Slot framing systems. †
-LMP   L-bracket Mounting Plate specifically for T-Slot framing systems. †
† For more information, see Foveal Mounts - T-Slot Mounting Plates.

3 x 3 inch
Square Mounting Plate
-SMP3
    5 x 2 inch
Rectangular Mounting Plate
-RMP
    L-bracket Mounting Plate
-LMP
graphics FM 3x3 Base Plate jpeg     graphics FM 5x2 Base Plate jpeg FM3_2a-RMP
mounted on T-Slot frame
graphics FM3 2a RMP 1 00 jpg
    graphics Lbracket Base Plate jpeg FM3_2a-LMP
mounted on T-Slot frame
graphics FM3 2a LMP rail 1 00 jpg
Click to enlarge pictures and drawings.
See CAD files   Above

 

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Camera Mounting Alternatives

Adjusting camera mounts can become tedious in tight or inconvenient spaces.  We have made the Fine Mounts customer-configurable, so alternative placements of the adjustment screws and the Tilt table are possible.
outboard For example, it may be more convenient to have the camera mounted away from the Pan axis.  In particular, this allows the camera to look over around a corner or down over an edge.

Note that in this configuration the Pan axis does not go through the optical center of the camera, although the Tilt axis still does.

Click to enlarge pictures and drawings.

If you need to verify a particular configuration, please contact us.

 

Cognex In-Sight 7000 Mount

FM1_2a and FM2_2a mounts work well with the Cognex In-Site 7000 series cameras Model FM1_2a-RMP with Cognex In-Sight 7000
FM1_2a 
FM1_2a 

Full Description

These two mounts work well with these cameras.
Both Pan and Tilt axes rotate near the optical center of the imaging element.


For more robust, two- and three- axis mounts that feature fine adjustment and locking of the pan, tilt, and roll axes, see the Foveal 2- and 3-Axis Rigid Camera Mounts.


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Contact Us

For information on purchasing Foveal 2-Axis Fine Camera Mounts please contact us ... 

By e-mail at
info@Foveal.com

Or call
Foveal Systems

+1 973 822-2085


B & B Model Shop Services, Inc. is a partner in the design and construction of the Foveal Fine Camera Mounts.

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Foveal Systems: FM2_2a Mount for Cognex 7000 Camera


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Foveal Fine-adjustment 2-axis Mount
for Cognex In-Sight 7000 cameras

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Both the Foveal FM1_2a and FM2_2a Fine-Adjustment 2-Axis Camera Mounts closely match the mounting geometry of the Cognex® In-Sight® 7000 Camera.

They provide

  • Fine Adjustment of Pan and Tilt axes. 

  • Individual axis lock down makes adjustment easier, more precise, and prevents accidental change.

  • Sturdy construction.

® "Cognex" and "In-Sight" are registered trademarks of Cognex Corporation.

Model FM mounts with Cognex In-Sight 7000
Cognex In-Sight 7000 camera on FM2_2a mount
Click to enlarge pictures and drawings.

 

Motivation

The Foveal 2-Axis Fine_Adjustment Camera Mounts, models FM1_2a and FM2_2a, are designed to match common machine vision camera mounting configurations. 

While Foveal Fine-adjustment 2-Axis Mounts are general purpose in nature, they happen to closely match the mounting geometry of the Cognex In-Sight 7000 camera.

Note that the FM1_2a and FM2_2a are not designed specifically for this make and model mount.
Therefore, the Pan Axis and the Tilt Axis are not centered on the Optical Axis of the imaging element inside the camera body.
They are close, about 5 millimeters offset, but not dead on.

Features in common with all FM models

The 2-Axis Fine-Adjustment Camera Mounts may be supported with the base down or the base up.  In either position, the plate the camera attaches to can be either below or above the camera.

When coarse adjustments are unlocked, there is sufficient friction to hold the camera in position.  Coarse position can be set by hand.

Fine adjustments are made using a hex wrench, allowing for extremely fine positioning.

Independent adjustment of each axis means each adjustment does not affect the other.

All adjustments and locking are made with a single 3/32 inch hex wrench.  Reconfiguration is done with a 9/64 inch hex wrench.

Once the mount is locked, the camera does not move.

And the mounts are highly reconfigurable.

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Options

Finger Adjustment Knobs (FAK) Option
Prices and Delivery
When the need is not set it and forget it but instead the mount frequently needs to be finely adjusted, we offer knobs for the fine position adjustment screws.

Lock Nuts and Lock Washers (LNLW) Option
Prices and Delivery
If your mount will be subjected to high vibration, extra lock nuts and lock washers might help.  LNLW Installation Manual

Extra Fine Adjustment (EFA) with lock nuts Option
Prices and Delivery
The normal change in the Pan or Tilt angle is bit more than 2 degrees per turn of the position screws.  Should you need a finer adjustment, this option provides slightly less than 1 degree per turn.  While shown here with the PTD option (below), EFA and PTD are separate options.  EFA Manual
Pan and Tilt Protractor Dials (PTD) Option
Prices and Delivery
We offer mounts with Protractor Dials on both the Pan and Tilt Axes so the angles can be read out.  See the complete description at Foveal Mounts with Pan and Tilt Protractor Dials.
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Prices and Delivery

United States dollars
FOB New Jersey, United States
6.875% Sales Tax to customers in New Jersey
Call 973 822-2085

The mounts below are particularly well suited for the Cognex 7000 cameras.  There are many more models.
Click Here for the complete line of Foveal Fine-adjustment Mounts.

Calculate your Order Number and Price
        Model            Options    Mounting Plate Description Price Delivery
Order Number:   Price:  
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Configuration Details when mounting the Cognex In-Sight 7000 camera

mounting Cognex IS7000 Camera
to FM1_2a Inner-L

Larger

mounting Cognex IS7000 Camera
to FM2_2a Inner-L

Larger

Click to enlarge pictures and drawings.

What are the differences between the FM1_2a and the FM2_2a?

First, the position and spacing of the two slots for the camera mounting screws are not the same.  In the FM1_2a, one of the slots is centered over the Pan pivot.  In the FM2_2a, the Pan pivot centerline goes between the two slots.

Second, in the FM1_2a, the slots are three-quarters of an inch apart.  In the FM2_2a, the slots are 20 millimeters apart.

The FM1_2a works well with Cognex IS7000's mounting bracket because the mount has a 1/4 inch slot that matches the bracket's 1/4-20 threaded hole.
The FM2_2a works well with Cognex IS7000's mounting bracket because the mount has two 6 mm slots that match the bracket's two M6 threaded holes.
The choice is yours.

CAD files   STEP format
FM1_2a-LMP-CognexIS7000.stp
FM1_2a-RMP-CognexIS7000.stp
FM1_2a-SMP3-CognexIS7000.stp
CAD files   STEP format
FM2_2a-LMP-CognexIS7000.stp
FM2_2a-RMP-CognexIS7000.stp
FM2_2a-SMP3-CognexIS7000.stp

See the Fine Adjustment Mount page for all the features and options available in the FM1_2a and FM2_2a mounts.

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Mounting Plate Options

There are four mounting plate options for the FM mounts. 
no mounting plate   The pan pivot has two 8-32 threaded holes in it.
-SMP3   Square Mounting Plate suitable for general mounting to flat surfaces.
-RMP   Rectangular Mounting Plate for general mounting or T-Slot framing systems. †
-LMP   L-bracket Mounting Plate specifically for T-Slot framing systems. †
† For more information, see Foveal Mounts - T-Slot Mounting Plates.

3 x 3 inch
Square Mounting Plate
-SMP3
    5 x 2 inch
Rectangular Mounting Plate
-RMP
    L-bracket Mounting Plate
-LMP
graphics FM 3x3 Base Plate jpeg     graphics FM 5x2 Base Plate jpeg FM1_2a-RMP
mounted on T-Slot frame
graphics FM1 tslot 1 00 jpg
    graphics Lbracket Base Plate jpeg FM1_2a-LMP
mounted on T-Slot frame
graphics FM Lbracket 1 00 jpg
Click to enlarge pictures and drawings.
See CAD files   Above

 

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Camera Mounting Alternatives

Adjusting camera mounts can become tedious in tight or inconvenient spaces.  We have made the Fine Mounts customer-configurable, so alternative placements of the adjustment screws are possible.
side adjustment from back For example, it may be more convenient to have the pan and tilt coarse- and fine-adjustment screws available from the back of the mount. As this drawing shows, they can be moved. (Moving the pan and tilt screws are independent operations. We do not know why one would want to, but they can be on opposite sides.)
Inverted Roll Plate Note that these mounts can be configured with the tilt-axis L-bracket raised above the pivot.  In this position, a small camera can be hung above the pan axis.

Also, the tilt axis locks can be repositioned so the tilt L-bracket hangs outside the pan-axis base. This can accommodate larger cameras and a wider selection of tilt positions. 

Click to enlarge pictures and drawings.
Fine Mount Hung Here are some examples with small- and medium-sized cameras.
Inverted Roll Plate Note also that there is an alternate pivot point on the tilt L-bracket, offset 0.5 inch.  In this position, even larger cameras can be accommodated.
Click to enlarge pictures and drawings.
Fine Mount Hung Here are some examples with medium- and large-sized cameras, and examples where the camera needs to be lifted a well above the base of the mount.
Fine Mount Hung Also, many cameras have mounting screws on top of the case, which means they can be hung from the top directly.
Click to enlarge pictures and drawings.
Fine Mount Wall Mounted One customer needed to mount the camera from the rear.
Fine Mount Wall Mounted And there are a few cameras where the mounting screw is on the side.  The pan adjustment, which normally changes the pan angle now changes tilt, and the former tilt adjustment changes the pan angle.
Click to enlarge pictures and drawings.

If you need to verify a particular configuration, please contact us.

For a more robust, three axis mount that features fine adjustment and locking of the pan, tilt, and roll axes, see the Foveal 3-Axis Rigid Camera Mount.

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Cognex Specific Mount

Specialized Design for Cognex 5100/5400 series cameras
FM3_2a 
Full Description
Customized to the special mounting holes on these cameras. 
Both Pan and Tilt axes rotate around the optical center of the imaging element.


For more robust, two- and three- axis mounts that feature fine adjustment and locking of the pan, tilt, and roll axes, see the Foveal 2- and 3-Axis Rigid Camera Mounts.

On this page:   Top    Motivation    Features    Options    Prices and Delivery    Configuration Details    Cognex Specific Mount    Contact   

Contact Us

For information on purchasing Foveal 2-Axis Fine Camera Mounts please Contact us ... 

By e-mail at
info@Foveal.com

Or call
Foveal Systems

+1 973 822-2085


B & B Model Shop Services, Inc. is a partner in the design and construction of the Foveal Fine Camera Mounts.

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Foveal Systems: FM3_2a Mount for Matrox GatorEye Cameras


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Foveal FM3_2a Mount
for Matrox GatorEye cameras

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Model FM3_2a with Matrox GatorEye
Click to enlarge pictures and drawings.
  Foveal FM3_2a Fine-Adjustment 2-Axis Camera Mount
  • Compatible with the Matrox® GatorEye cameras.

  • Pan and Tilt Axes are aligned with the optical center of the imaging element, making alignment easier.

  • Fine Adjustment of Pan and Tilt axes. 

  • Individual axis lock down makes adjustment easier, more precise, and prevents accidental change.

  • Sturdy construction.

® "Matrox" is a registered trademark of Matrox Electronic Systems Ltd..

  other cameras that fit the FM3_2a
Cognex 5000 series

Matrox Iris GT

Motivation

The Foveal 2-Axis Fine_Adjustment Camera Mounts, models FM1_2a and FM2_2a, are designed to match common machine vision camera mounting configurations.  But a customer expressed the need for something similar that could easily handle the unusual mounting screw holes in the Matrox GatorEye cameras. 

So we created the FM3_2a Fine-adjustment 2-Axis Mount.  It shares the fine-adjustment features and mounting plate options of the other Foveal FMs (Fine-adjustment Mounts). 

Because the FM3_2a is designed specifically for these make and model mounts, we optimized the placement of the Pan and Tilt Axes so they are centered on the imaging element inside the camera body. 

Features in common with all FM models

The 2-Axis Fine-Adjustment Camera Mounts may be supported with the base down or the base up.  In either position, the plate the camera attaches to can be either below or above the camera. 

When coarse adjustments are unlocked, there is sufficient friction to hold the camera in position.  Coarse position can be set by hand. 

Fine adjustments are made using a hex wrench, allowing for extremely fine positioning. 

Independent adjustment of each axis means each adjustment does not affect the other.

All adjustments and locking are made with a single 3/32 inch hex wrench.  Reconfiguration is done with a 9/64 inch hex wrench.

Once the mount is locked, the camera does not move. 

While not as robust as the Rigid Mounts, the Fine-adjustment Mount will work very well in applications where the mount will not be subjected to extreme disturbances.  They are also suitable for mounting other types of instruments and sensors.

For more robust, two- and three- axis mounts that feature fine adjustment and locking of the pan, tilt, and roll axes, see the Foveal 2- and 3-Axis Rigid Camera Mounts.

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Specifications

Model FM3_2a   2-axis         FM3 Drawings Prices and Delivery
Materials black anodized 6061-T651 aluminum, stainless steel hardware, nylon
Weight 16 ounces 454 grams
Dimensions
  Overall Height 5.375 inches 13.65 centimeters
  Overall Width 4.18 inches 10.61 centimeters
  Overall Depth 3.00 inches 7.62 centimeters
Maximum Camera Dimensions
  Width at Base 2.00 inches 5.08 centimeters
  Overall Width 2.75 inches 6.98 centimeters
Coarse Position Range
  Pan 360 degrees
  Tilt (from vertical)
see illustration below
  ∼ 120 degrees backward
  ∼ 27 degrees forward, with lens cover
  ∼ 42 degrees forward, without lens cover

Click to enlarge pictures and drawings.
Fine Position Range
  Pan ± 5 degrees
  Tilt ± 5 degrees
Custom Designs are available.

Choose One:
Square Mounting Plate Dimensions         Drawing

  Height 0.25 inches 0.63 centimeters
  Width 3.00 inches 7.62 centimeters
  Depth 3.00 inches 7.62 centimeters
Rectangular Mounting Plate Dimensions         Drawing
  Height 0.25 inches 0.63 centimeters
  Width 5.00 inches 12.70 centimeters
  Depth 2.00 inches 5.08 centimeters
L-bracket Mounting Plate Dimensions         Drawing
  Height 1.25 inches 3.17 centimeters
  Width 3.00 inches 6.72 centimeters
  Depth 2.25 inches 5.71 centimeters

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Options

Finger Adjustment Knobs (FAK) Option
Prices and Delivery
When the need is not set it and forget it but instead the mount frequently needs to be finely adjusted, we offer knobs for the fine position adjustment screws.

Lock Nuts and Lock Washers (LNLW) Option
Prices and Delivery
If your mount will be subjected to high vibration, extra lock nuts and lock washers might help.  LNLW Installation Manual

Extra Fine Adjustment (EFA) with lock nuts Option
Prices and Delivery
The normal change in the Pan or Tilt angle is bit more than 2 degrees per turn of the position screws.  Should you need a finer adjustment, this option provides slightly less than 1 degree per turn.  While shown here with the PTD option (below), EFA and PTD are separate options.  EFA Manual
Pan and Tilt Protractor Dials (PTD) Option
Prices and Delivery
We offer mounts with Protractor Dials on both the Pan and Tilt Axes so the angles can be read out.  See the complete description at Foveal Mounts with Pan and Tilt Protractor Dials.
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Prices and Delivery

United State dollars
FOB New Jersey, United States
6.875% Sales Tax to customers in New Jersey
Call 973 822-2085

Calculate your Order Number and Price
Model    Options    Mounting Plate Description Price Delivery
Order Number:   Price:  
Price in United States Dollars.    Call 973 822-2085 to discuss or place your order.    Or Contact Us

Questions?   Call 973 822-2085

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Photos, Dimensional Drawings, CAD Files

Dimensions in inches.

Model FM3_2a-RMP     (with Rectangular Mounting Plate)
Larger

Larger

Click to enlarge pictures and drawings.
CAD files   STEP format
FM3_2a-LMP.stp.zip
FM3_2a-RMP.stp.zip
FM3_2a-SMP3.stp.zip

 

Mounting Plate Options

There are four mounting plate options for the FM mounts. 
no mounting plate   The pan pivot has two 8-32 threaded holes in it.
-SMP3   Square Mounting Plate suitable for general mounting to flat surfaces.
-RMP   Rectangular Mounting Plate for general mounting or T-Slot framing systems. †
-LMP   L-bracket Mounting Plate specifically for T-Slot framing systems. †
† For more information, see Foveal Mounts - T-Slot Mounting Plates.

3 x 3 inch
Square Mounting Plate
-SMP3
    5 x 2 inch
Rectangular Mounting Plate
-RMP
    L-bracket Mounting Plate
-LMP
graphics FM 3x3 Base Plate jpeg     graphics FM 5x2 Base Plate jpeg FM3_2a-RMP
mounted on T-Slot frame
graphics FM3 2a RMP 1 00 jpg
    graphics Lbracket Base Plate jpeg FM3_2a-LMP
mounted on T-Slot frame
graphics FM3 2a LMP rail 1 00 jpg
Click to enlarge pictures and drawings.
See CAD files   Above

 

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Camera Mounting Alternatives

Adjusting camera mounts can become tedious in tight or inconvenient spaces.  We have made the Fine Mounts customer-configurable, so alternative placements of the adjustment screws and the Tilt table are possible.
outboard For example, it may be more convenient to have the camera mounted away from the Pan axis.  In particular, this allows the camera to look over around a corner or down over an edge.

Note that in this configuration the Pan axis does not go through the optical center of the camera, although the Tilt axis still does.

Click to enlarge pictures and drawings.

If you need to verify a particular configuration, please contact us.

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Contact Us

For information on purchasing Foveal 2-Axis Fine Camera Mounts please contact us ... 

By e-mail at
info@Foveal.com

Or call
Foveal Systems

+1 973 822-2085


B & B Model Shop Services, Inc. is a partner in the design and construction of the Foveal Fine Camera Mounts.

 Foveal Machine Vision Camera Mounts  |  Fine-Adjustment Mounts  |  Mounts for Cognex 5000 Series & Matrox GatorEye, Iris GT Cameras  |  Mounts with Pan and Tilt Protractor Dials  |  Rigid Mounts  |  Site Map  |  AutoAuditorium System  |  Contact Us  |  +1 973 822-2085 

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Foveal Systems: FM3_2a Mount for Matrox Iris GT Cameras


 Foveal Machine Vision Camera Mounts  |  Fine-Adjustment Mounts  |  Mounts for Cognex 5000 Series & Matrox GatorEye, Iris GT Cameras  |  Mounts with Pan and Tilt Protractor Dials  |  Rigid Mounts  |  Site Map  |  AutoAuditorium System  |  Contact Us  |  +1 973 822-2085 


Foveal FM3_2a Mount
for Matrox Iris GT cameras

On this page:   Motivation    Features    Specifications    Options    Prices and Delivery    Photos, Dimensional Drawings, CAD Files    Mounting Plate Options    Camera Mounting Alternatives    Contact   
Model FM3_2a with Matrox Iris GT
Click to enlarge pictures and drawings.
  Foveal FM3_2a Fine-Adjustment 2-Axis Camera Mount
  • Compatible with the Matrox® Iris GT cameras

  • Pan and Tilt Axes are aligned with the optical center of the imaging element, making alignment easier.

  • Fine Adjustment of Pan and Tilt axes. 

  • Individual axis lock down makes adjustment easier, more precise, and prevents accidental change.

  • Sturdy construction.

® "Matrox" is a registered trademark of Matrox Electronic Systems Ltd..

  other cameras that fit the FM3_2a
Matrox GatorEye

Cognex 5000 series

Motivation

The Foveal 2-Axis Fine_Adjustment Camera Mounts, models FM1_2a and FM2_2a, are designed to match common machine vision camera mounting configurations.  But a customer expressed the need for something similar that could easily handle the unusual mounting screw holes in the Matrox Iris GT cameras. 

So we created the FM3_2a Fine-adjustment 2-Axis Mount.  It shares the fine-adjustment features and mounting plate options of the other Foveal FMs (Fine-adjustment Mounts). 

Because the FM3_2a is designed specifically for these make and model mounts, we optimized the placement of the Pan and Tilt Axes so they are centered on the imaging element inside the camera body. 

Features in common with all FM models

The 2-Axis Fine-Adjustment Camera Mounts may be supported with the base down or the base up.  In either position, the plate the camera attaches to can be either below or above the camera. 

When coarse adjustments are unlocked, there is sufficient friction to hold the camera in position.  Coarse position can be set by hand. 

Fine adjustments are made using a hex wrench, allowing for extremely fine positioning. 

Independent adjustment of each axis means each adjustment does not affect the other.

All adjustments and locking are made with a single 3/32 inch hex wrench.  Reconfiguration is done with a 9/64 inch hex wrench.

Once the mount is locked, the camera does not move. 

While not as robust as the Rigid Mounts, the Fine-adjustment Mount will work very well in applications where the mount will not be subjected to extreme disturbances.  They are also suitable for mounting other types of instruments and sensors.

For more robust, two- and three- axis mounts that feature fine adjustment and locking of the pan, tilt, and roll axes, see the Foveal 2- and 3-Axis Rigid Camera Mounts.

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Specifications

Model FM3_2a   2-axis         FM3 Drawings Prices and Delivery
Materials black anodized 6061-T651 aluminum, stainless steel hardware, nylon
Weight 16 ounces 454 grams
Dimensions
  Overall Height 5.375 inches 13.65 centimeters
  Overall Width 4.18 inches 10.61 centimeters
  Overall Depth 3.00 inches 7.62 centimeters
Maximum Camera Dimensions
  Width at Base 2.00 inches 5.08 centimeters
  Overall Width 2.75 inches 6.98 centimeters
Coarse Position Range
  Pan 360 degrees
  Tilt (from vertical)
see illustration below
  ∼ 105 degrees backward
  ∼ 127 degrees forward, with lens cover
  ∼ 42 degrees forward, without lens cover

Click to enlarge pictures and drawings.
Fine Position Range
  Pan ± 5 degrees
  Tilt ± 5 degrees
Custom Designs are available.

Choose One:
Square Mounting Plate Dimensions         Drawing

  Height 0.25 inches 0.63 centimeters
  Width 3.00 inches 7.62 centimeters
  Depth 3.00 inches 7.62 centimeters
Rectangular Mounting Plate Dimensions         Drawing
  Height 0.25 inches 0.63 centimeters
  Width 5.00 inches 12.70 centimeters
  Depth 2.00 inches 5.08 centimeters
L-bracket Mounting Plate Dimensions         Drawing
  Height 1.25 inches 3.17 centimeters
  Width 3.00 inches 6.72 centimeters
  Depth 2.25 inches 5.71 centimeters

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Options

Finger Adjustment Knobs (FAK) Option
Prices and Delivery
When the need is not set it and forget it but instead the mount frequently needs to be finely adjusted, we offer knobs for the fine position adjustment screws.

Lock Nuts and Lock Washers (LNLW) Option
Prices and Delivery
If your mount will be subjected to high vibration, extra lock nuts and lock washers might help.  LNLW Installation Manual

Extra Fine Adjustment (EFA) with lock nuts Option
Prices and Delivery
The normal change in the Pan or Tilt angle is bit more than 2 degrees per turn of the position screws.  Should you need a finer adjustment, this option provides slightly less than 1 degree per turn.  While shown here with the PTD option (below), EFA and PTD are separate options.  EFA Manual
Pan and Tilt Protractor Dials (PTD) Option
Prices and Delivery
We offer mounts with Protractor Dials on both the Pan and Tilt Axes so the angles can be read out.  See the complete description at Foveal Mounts with Pan and Tilt Protractor Dials.
On this page:   Top    Motivation    Features    Specifications    Options    Prices and Delivery    Photos, Dimensional Drawings, CAD Files    Mounting Plate Options    Camera Mounting Alternatives    Contact   

Prices and Delivery

United State dollars
FOB New Jersey, United States
6.875% Sales Tax to customers in New Jersey
Call 973 822-2085

Calculate your Order Number and Price
Model    Options    Mounting Plate Description Price Delivery
Order Number:   Price:  
Price in United States Dollars.    Call 973 822-2085 to discuss or place your order.    Or Contact Us

Questions?   Call 973 822-2085

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Photos, Dimensional Drawings, CAD Files

Dimensions in inches.

Model FM3_2a-RMP     (with Rectangular Mounting Plate)
Larger

Larger

Click to enlarge pictures and drawings.
CAD files   STEP format
FM3_2a-LMP.stp.zip
FM3_2a-RMP.stp.zip
FM3_2a-SMP3.stp.zip

 

Mounting Plate Options

There are four mounting plate options for the FM mounts. 
no mounting plate   The pan pivot has two 8-32 threaded holes in it.
-SMP3   Square Mounting Plate suitable for general mounting to flat surfaces.
-RMP   Rectangular Mounting Plate for general mounting or T-Slot framing systems. †
-LMP   L-bracket Mounting Plate specifically for T-Slot framing systems. †
† For more information, see Foveal Mounts - T-Slot Mounting Plates.

3 x 3 inch
Square Mounting Plate
-SMP3
    5 x 2 inch
Rectangular Mounting Plate
-RMP
    L-bracket Mounting Plate
-LMP
graphics FM 3x3 Base Plate jpeg     graphics FM 5x2 Base Plate jpeg FM3_2a-RMP
mounted on T-Slot frame
graphics FM3 2a RMP 1 00 jpg
    graphics Lbracket Base Plate jpeg FM3_2a-LMP
mounted on T-Slot frame
graphics FM3 2a LMP rail 1 00 jpg
Click to enlarge pictures and drawings.
See CAD files   Above

 

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Camera Mounting Alternatives

Adjusting camera mounts can become tedious in tight or inconvenient spaces.  We have made the Fine Mounts customer-configurable, so alternative placements of the adjustment screws and the Tilt table are possible.
outboard For example, it may be more convenient to have the camera mounted away from the Pan axis.  In particular, this allows the camera to look over around a corner or down over an edge.

Note that in this configuration the Pan axis does not go through the optical center of the camera, although the Tilt axis still does.

Click to enlarge pictures and drawings.

If you need to verify a particular configuration, please contact us.

On this page:   Top    Motivation    Features    Specifications    Options    Prices and Delivery    Photos, Dimensional Drawings, CAD Files    Mounting Plate Options    Camera Mounting Alternatives    Contact   

Contact Us

For information on purchasing Foveal 2-Axis Fine Camera Mounts please contact us ... 

By e-mail at
info@Foveal.com

Or call
Foveal Systems

+1 973 822-2085


B & B Model Shop Services, Inc. is a partner in the design and construction of the Foveal Fine Camera Mounts.

 Foveal Machine Vision Camera Mounts  |  Fine-Adjustment Mounts  |  Mounts for Cognex 5000 Series & Matrox GatorEye, Iris GT Cameras  |  Mounts with Pan and Tilt Protractor Dials  |  Rigid Mounts  |  Site Map  |  AutoAuditorium System  |  Contact Us  |  +1 973 822-2085 

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Foveal Systems: FM3_2a Mount for Cognex 5000 & Matrox GatorEye, Iris GT Cameras


 Foveal Machine Vision Camera Mounts  |  Fine-Adjustment Mounts  |  Mounts for Cognex 5000 Series & Matrox GatorEye, Iris GT Cameras  |  Mounts with Pan and Tilt Protractor Dials  |  Rigid Mounts  |  Site Map  |  AutoAuditorium System  |  Contact Us  |  +1 973 822-2085 


Foveal FM3_2a Fine-adjustment 2-axis Mount
for Cognex In-Sight 5000 series cameras
and the Matrox GatorEye, Iris GT cameras

On this page:   Motivation    Features    Contact   
Foveal FM3_2a Fine-Adjustment 2-Axis Camera Mount
  • Specially designed for the Cognex® In-Sight® 5100 and 5400 camera lines
    and the Matrox® GatorEye and Iris GT cameras.

  • Pan and Tilt Axes are aligned with the optical center of the imaging element, making alignment easier.

  • Fine Adjustment of Pan and Tilt axes. 

  • Individual axis lock down makes adjustment easier, more precise, and prevents accidental change.

  • Sturdy construction.

® "Cognex" and "In-Sight" are registered trademarks of Cognex Corporation.
® "Matrox" is a registered trademark of Matrox Electronic Systems Ltd..

Click a picture to see the full details of the FM3_2a mount used with that camera.
Model FM3_2a
Cognex In-Sight 5100 camera
Model FM3_2a
Matrox GatorEye camera
Model FM3_2a
Matrox Iris GT camera

 

With the new layout of the Cognex In-Sight 5000 series, there was no compatible camera mount on the market.
Foveal Systems came out with a competent camera mount that meets my needs.  Thanks Foveal.
Robert T. Couture
4th Vector Technologies

Motivation

The Foveal 2-Axis Fine_Adjustment Camera Mounts, models FM1_2a and FM2_2a, are designed to match common machine vision camera mounting configurations.  But a customer expressed the need for something similar that could easily handle the unusual mounting screw holes in the Cognex In-Sight 5100 and 5400 cameras. 

So we created the FM3_2a Fine-adjustment 2-Axis Mount.  It shares the fine-adjustment features and mounting plate options of the other Foveal FMs (Fine-adjustment Mounts).  The Cognex model series supported include 5000, 5100, 5400, 5600, and 5700.
Other cameras in the Cognex line can be mounted on the FM1_2a and/or FM2_2a mounts.

The Matrox GatorEye and Iris GT cameras also mount on the FM3_2a

Because the FM3_2a is designed specifically for these make and model mounts, we optimized the placement of the Pan and Tilt Axes so they are centered on the imaging element inside the camera body. 

Features in common with all FM models

The 2-Axis Fine-Adjustment Camera Mounts may be supported with the base down or the base up.  In either position, the plate the camera attaches to can be either below or above the camera. 

When coarse adjustments are unlocked, there is sufficient friction to hold the camera in position.  Coarse position can be set by hand. 

Fine adjustments are made using a hex wrench, allowing for extremely fine positioning. 

Independent adjustment of each axis means each adjustment does not affect the other.

All adjustments and locking are made with a single 3/32 inch hex wrench.  Reconfiguration is done with a 9/64 inch hex wrench.

Once the mount is locked, the camera does not move. 

While not as robust as the Rigid Mounts, the Fine-adjustment Mount will work very well in applications where the mount will not be subjected to extreme disturbances.  They are also suitable for mounting other types of instruments and sensors.

For more robust, two- and three- axis mounts that feature fine adjustment and locking of the pan, tilt, and roll axes, see the Foveal 2- and 3-Axis Rigid Camera Mounts.

On this page:   Top    Motivation    Features    Contact   

Contact Us

For information on purchasing Foveal 2-Axis Fine Camera Mounts please contact us ... 

By e-mail at
info@Foveal.com

Or call
Foveal Systems

+1 973 822-2085


B & B Model Shop Services, Inc. is a partner in the design and construction of the Foveal Fine Camera Mounts.

 Foveal Machine Vision Camera Mounts  |  Fine-Adjustment Mounts  |  Mounts for Cognex 5000 Series & Matrox GatorEye, Iris GT Cameras  |  Mounts with Pan and Tilt Protractor Dials  |  Rigid Mounts  |  Site Map  |  AutoAuditorium System  |  Contact Us  |  +1 973 822-2085 

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www.FovealMounts.com/fm3_2a.html   2017/01/06 22:01:48   9.6


Foveal Mounts with Pan and Tilt Finger Adjustment Knobs


 Foveal Machine Vision Camera Mounts  |  Fine-Adjustment Mounts  |  Mounts for Cognex 5000 Series & Matrox GatorEye, Iris GT Cameras  |  Mounts with Pan and Tilt Protractor Dials  |  Rigid Mounts  |  Site Map  |  AutoAuditorium System  |  Contact Us  |  +1 973 822-2085 


Foveal Mounts
with
Pan and Tilt
Finger Adjustment Knobs

On this page:   Motivation    Features   

Model RM2_3a_FAK-SMP4  Click for larger image
Click pictures to enlarge.
 

Easily Set the Pan and Tilt Angles without Tools

Ideal for frequent adjustment!


The Foveal Mounts with Pan and Tilt Finger Adjustment Knobs feature:
  • The Knobs can be repositioned to either the front or back side of the mount.

  • Individual axis lock down making adjustment easier and more precise, and preventing accidental change.

  • Sturdy construction.

  Model RM2_3a_FAK-SMP4  Click for larger image

Motivation

A customer wanted a Foveal Fine-adjustment Mount that could be easily reset without using the hex-key tool that is normally necessary. "In this application we need to make minor adjustment of the pan and tilt position frequently. Doing that using a tool is inconvenient."

So we now offer both the Fine-adjustment Mounts and the Rigid Mounts with Finger Adjustment Knobs on the Pan and Tilt Axes.

 

Features

The Finger Adjustment Knobs (FAK) option is available on all Foveal Mounts:

and share all their features, plus the added ability to make small adjustments to the Pan and Tilt angles by hand.


For information on purchasing Foveal Mounts please contact us ... 

By e-mail at
info@Foveal.com

Or call
Foveal Systems

+1 973 822-2085


B & B Model Shop Services, Inc. is a partner in the design and construction of the Foveal Mounts.

 Foveal Machine Vision Camera Mounts  |  Fine-Adjustment Mounts  |  Mounts for Cognex 5000 Series & Matrox GatorEye, Iris GT Cameras  |  Mounts with Pan and Tilt Protractor Dials  |  Rigid Mounts  |  Site Map  |  AutoAuditorium System  |  Contact Us  |  +1 973 822-2085 

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www.FovealMounts.com/fingeradjustmentknob.html   2016/03/20 19:06:12   9.4


Foveal Systems: Foveal Mounts with Pan and Tilt Protractor Dials


 Foveal Machine Vision Camera Mounts  |  Fine-Adjustment Mounts  |  Mounts for Cognex 5000 Series & Matrox GatorEye, Iris GT Cameras  |  Mounts with Pan and Tilt Protractor Dials  |  Rigid Mounts  |  Site Map  |  AutoAuditorium System  |  Contact Us  |  +1 973 822-2085 


Foveal Mounts
with Pan and Tilt Protractor Dials

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Set the Pan and Tilt Angles to the Nearest Degree

Ideal for resetting to known positions!


Model RM1_3a_PTD  Click for larger image
Click pictures and drawings to enlarge.
  The Foveal Mounts with Pan and Tilt Angle Protractors for small-to-medium-to-large sized "box" cameras feature:
  • Read Out Pan and Tilt Angles to the nearest degree.

  • The Protractor Dials can be repositioned to the 4 quadrants; 0, 90, 180, and 270 degrees.

  • The Indexes can be repositioned to either the front or back side of the mount.

  • Fine Adjustment of all axes.

  • Individual axis lock down making adjustment easier and more precise, and preventing accidental change.

  • Sturdy construction.

See-Through Pan Index  Click for larger image See-through indexes.

 

Motivation

A customer wanted a Foveal Fine-adjustment Mount that could be easily reset to specific positions.  "We want the operator to dial it in to the approximate position, say a degree or so, and then tweak it using the camera monitor."

We now offer both the Fine-adjustment Mounts and the Rigid Mounts with Protractor Dials on the Pan and Tilt Axes, so the angles can be read out.

The addition of the Pan Dial raises the mount 1/16 inch.

 

Features

These mounts are identical to their cousins:

and share all their features, plus the added ability to read the Pan and Tilt angles to the nearest degree.

 

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Specifications, CAD Files

Each of the Pan and Tilt Protractor Dial mounts is virtually identical to its dial-less cousin.  As can be seen in these photographs, the 3-inch diameter Tilt Protractor Dial is 1 inch wider than the 2-inch wide camera platform and 1 inch wider than the 2-inch wide Rectangular and L-bracket Mounting Plates.  Also, the Pan Protractor Dial raises the mount 1/16 inch more above the base plate.

Model FM0_2a_PTD   2-axis
Model FM1_2a_PTD   2-axis
Model FM2_2a_PTD   2-axis         FM1 and FM2 Specifications         Prices and Delivery
The FM0, FM1 and FM2 mounts use 3-inch diameter dials.
Larger
Click picture to enlarge.
FM1_2a_PTD Drawings

STEP CAD files
FM1_2a_PTD-LMP.stp.zip
FM1_2a_PTD-RMP.stp.zip
FM1_2a_PTD-SMP3.stp.zip

FM2_2a_PTD Drawings

STEP CAD files
FM2_2a_PTD-LMP.stp.zip
FM2_2a_PTD-RMP.stp.zip
FM2_2a_PTD-SMP3.stp.zip

Model FM3mm_2a_PTD   2-axis
Model FM4mm_2a_PTD   2-axis         FM3mm/FM4mm/FM5mm/FM6mm Slot Specifications
Model FM5mm_2a_PTD   2-axis
Model FM6mm_2a_PTD   2-axis         Prices and Delivery
The FM3mm, FM4mm, FM5mm and FM6mm mounts use 3-inch diameter dials.
Larger
Click picture to enlarge.
STEP CAD files
FM3mm_2a_PTD-SMP3.stp.zip
FM4mm_2a_PTD-SMP3.stp.zip
FM5mm_2a_PTD-SMP3.stp.zip
FM6mm_2a_PTD-SMP3.stp.zip

more coming

Model FM3_2a_PTD   2-axis         FM3 Specifications         Prices and Delivery
The FM3 mounts use the 3-inch diameter dials.
Larger
Click picture to enlarge.
FM3_2a_PTD Drawings

STEP CAD files
FM3_2a_PTD-LMP.stp.zip
FM3_2a_PTD-RMP.stp.zip
FM3_2a_PTD-SMP3.stp.zip

Model RM1_2a_PTD   2-axis
Model RM1_3a_PTD   3-axis         RM1 Specifications         Prices and Delivery
The RM1 mounts use the 3-inch diameter dials.
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STEP CAD file
RM1_3a_PTD-LMP.stp.zip
RM1_3a_PTD-RMP.stp.zip
RM1_3a_PTD-SMP3.stp.zip

Model RM2_2a_PTD   2-axis
Model RM2_3a_PTD   3-axis         RM2 Specifications         Prices and Delivery

Model RM3_2a_PTD   2-axis
Model RM3_3a_PTD   3-axis         RM3 Specifications         Prices and Delivery

The RM2 and RM3 mounts use 4-inch diameter dials.
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STEP CAD files
RM2_3a_PTD-LMP.stp.zip
RM2_3a_PTD-RMP.stp.zip
RM2_3a_PTD-SMP4.stp.zip

RM3_3a_PTD-LMP.stp.zip
RM3_3a_PTD-RMP.stp.zip
RM3_3a_PTD-SMP4.stp.zip

 

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Prices and Delivery

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Dimensional Drawings

Dimensions in inches.

Model FM1_2a_PTD-SMP3     with Square Mounting Plate

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Model FM2_2a_PTD-SMP3     with Square Mounting Plate

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What are the differences between the FM1_2a_PTD and the FM2_2a_PTD?

First, the position and spacing of the two slots for the camera mounting screws are not the same.  In the FM1_2a_PTD, one of the slots is centered over the Pan pivot.  In the FM2_2a_PTD, the Pan pivot centerline goes between the two slots.

Second, in the FM1_2a_PTD, the slots are three-quarters of an inch apart.  In the FM2_2a_PTD, the slots are 20 millimeters apart.

The FM1_2a_PTD works well with most cameras with 1/4-20 mounting sockets.  The FM2_2a_PTD works well with some cameras with M6 metric mounting sockets.  Of course, you can drill the anodized aluminum or create an adaptor plate.  Or call us and we can discuss a custom design to match your specific needs.

Model FM3_2a_PTD-SMP3     with Square Mounting Plate

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Mounting Plate Options

These are mounting plate options for the PTD mounts. 
no mounting plate   The pan pivot has two 8-32 or 10-32 threaded holes in it.
Please call for more information.
 
Square Mounting Plate suitable for general mounting to flat surfaces.
-SMP3 • 3 x 3 inches for FM and RM1 mounts. 
-SMP4   • 4.75 x 4.75 inches for RM2 and RM3 mounts.
 
-RMP   Rectangular Mounting Plate for general mounting or T-Slot framing systems. †
-LMP   L-bracket Mounting Plate specifically for T-Slot framing systems. †
† For more information, see Foveal Mounts - T-Slot Mounting Plates.

3 x 3 inch
Square Mounting Plate
4.75 x 4.75 inch
Square Mounting Plate
5 x 2 inch
Rectangular Mounting Plate
Rectangular Mounting Plate
mounted on T-Slot frame
L-bracket Mounting Plate
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Camera Mounting Alternatives

Please note that the Pan Protractor Dial is always between the tilt table support and the tilt table.  Most Foveal Mounts can be reassembled into several different configurations.  See the Fine-adjustment Mount and 2- and 3-Axis Rigid Camera Mount web pages for examples.

In the case of the FM (Fine-adjustment Mounts) with Pan and Tilt Dials, the configurations that would have the tilt table hanging outside the tilt table support are not possible as delivered. We can provide that configuration as a special order. 

If you need to verify a particular configuration, please contact us.


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Foveal Camera Mounts
T-Slot Mounting Plates

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Ideal for Use with T-Slot Extrusion Framing Systems

FM1_2a-RMP

Click for larger image

  The Rectangular and L-bracket mounting plates for the Foveal FM (Fine-adjustment) Mounts and RM (Rigid) Mounts are ideal for use with T-Slot Extrusion Framing Systems.
  • Easy attachment and positioning.

  • Preserve full adjustment ranges.

RM1_3a-LMP

Click for larger image

Click to enlarge pictures and drawings.

Motivation

T-Slot extrusion framing systems are frequently used in machine vision applications, and our customers asked for mounting plates designed for some of the most popular configurations.

If you have other needs, please let us know.  973 822-2085

 

Features

Rectangular Mounting Plate FM1_2a-RMP

graphics FM1 tslot 640x480 jpg

RM1_3a-RMP

graphics RM1 3a tslot 640x480 jpg

FM3_2a-RMP

graphics FM3 5100 ceiling 512x480 jpg

Click to enlarge pictures and drawings.
Centers on single-slot . . . . . . and dual-slot frames.

L-bracket Mounting Plate FM1_2a-LMP

graphics FM Lbracket 388x480 jpg

RM1_3a-LMP

graphics RM1 Lbracket 455x480 jpg

FM1_2a-LMP x 3

graphics 3FM Lbracket 900x398 jpg

Mounting screws can be on the side of the frame, instead of on top. Accommodates complex and cramped camera placements.
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Prices

Models Price List
FM1_2a
FM2_2a
Fine-adjustment Mounts   Click Here
FM3_2a Mounts for Cognex 5000 series and Matrox GatorEye, Iris GT cameras   Click Here
FM3mm_2a
FM4mm_2a
FM5mm_2a
FM6mm_2a
Fine-adjustment Mounts for cameras using 3mm, 4mm, 5mm and 6mm metric mounting slots. Click Here
RM1 small Rigid Mounts   Click Here
RM2 and RM3 medium and large Rigid Mounts   Click Here

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Dimensional Drawings

Dimensions in inches.

Square Mounting Plate
SMP
3 x 3 inch
Not used with T-slot systems.
Rectangular Mounting Plate
RMP
5 x 2 inch

Used with FM and RM1 mounts.
Rectangular Mounting Plate
RMP
5 x 2 inch

Used with RM2 and RM3 mounts.
L-bracket Mounting Plate
LMP

Used with FM and RM mounts.
graphics FM 3x3 Base Plate jpeg graphics FM 5x2 Base Plate jpeg graphics RM 5x2 Base Plate jpeg graphics Lbracket Base Plate jpeg
Click to enlarge pictures and drawings.

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Contact Us

For information on purchasing Foveal 2-Axis Fine Camera Mounts please contact us ... 

By e-mail at
info@Foveal.com

Or call
Foveal Systems

+1 973 822-2085


B & B Model Shop Services, Inc. is a partner in the design and construction of the Foveal Fine Camera Mounts.

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Foveal Systems: Camera Adapter for Cognex 5000 Camera


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Camera Adapter for Cognex 5000 Camera
used with the
Foveal RM2 2-axis and 3-axis Camera Mount

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Supports the Cognex 5000 Camera on a 2-axis or 3-axis Mount

Easy removal and replacement of the camera without changing Pan, Tilt or Roll setting!

The Foveal CACognex5000 Camera Adapter was designed for a customer who wanted to mount a Cognex 5000 camera on a 3-axis mount.  It also works well with the Cognex stainless steel cameras. 

The adapter mounts to the Roll Plate of the Foveal RM2_3a mount. Our design:

  • Holds the camera firmly.

  • Allows for easy removal and replacement of the camera without disturbing the Pan, Tilt and Roll settings!  In some cases, minor tweaking of the settings may be necessary.


Click to enlarge pictures and drawings.

  Click for larger image
RM2_3a_SMP4
3 axis mount with
the CACognex5000 adapter
and a
Cognex 5000 stainless steel camera

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Prices and Delivery

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Dimensional Drawings, CAD Files

Camera Adapter for Cognex 5000 series Cameras
used with the Foveal RM2 2-axis and 3-axis Camera Mounts

Photo
Click to enlarge pictures and drawings.
Prices and Delivery
Dimensioned Drawing Dimensioned Drawing
CAD file   STEP format
CACognex5000.stp.zip

 

 

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Foveal Systems: Camera Adapter for Dalsa Piranha P3 Cameras


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Camera Adapter for Dalsa Piranha P2 and P3 Cameras
used with Foveal RM2 Rigid Camera Mounts

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Firm Support of  some  Dalsa Piranha P2 and P3 Cameras

Easy removal and replacement of the camera without changing Pan, Tilt or Roll setting!


Click for larger image
RM2_3a_CADalsaP2-SMP4
3 axis mount
with Dalsa P2-4x-xxx40
  The Foveal CADalsaP2 Camera Adapter was designed for a customer wanted to mount a Teledyne Dalsa Piranha 2 P2-4x-xxx40 camera on a Foveal RM2_3a mount.  Our design:
  • Holds the camera firmly.

  • Allows for easy removal and replacement of the camera without disturbing the Pan, Tilt and Roll settings!  In some cases, minor tweaking of the settings may be necessary.

  • Can be used with  some  of the Dalsa P2 cameras.
    • P2-4K-xxx40 (7 μm) Standard
    • P2-6K-xxx40 (7 μm) Standard
    • P2-8K-xxx40 (7 μm) Standard
    • P2-2K-xxx40 (10 μm)
    • P2-4K-xxx40 (10 μm)
    Please call before ordering!

Click to enlarge pictures and drawings.


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RM2_3a_CADalsaP3-SMP4
3 axis mount
with Dalsa P3-80
  Click for larger image
RM2_2a_CADalsaP3-LMP
2 axis mount
with Dalsa P3-87 (wireframe)
  The Foveal CADalsaP3 Camera Adapter was designed for a customer wanted to mount a Teledyne Dalsa Piranha 3 P3-80 camera on a Foveal RM2_3a mount.  Our design:
  • Holds the camera firmly.

  • Allows for easy removal and replacement of the camera without disturbing the Pan, Tilt and Roll settings!  In some cases, minor tweaking of the settings may be necessary.

  • Can be reconfigured and used with either the Dalsa P3-80 or P3-87 camera.
    But not all P3 models!
    Please call before ordering!

Click to enlarge pictures and drawings.

 

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Prices and Delivery

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Dimensional Drawings, CAD Files

CADalsaP2 Camera Adapter for Dalsa Piranah P2 cameras

Photo
Click to enlarge pictures and drawings.
Prices and Delivery
Dimensioned Drawing
CAD file   STEP format
CADalsaP2.stp.zip


CADalsaP3 Camera Adapter for some Dalsa Piranah P3 cameras

There are many configurations of the mounting holes on Dalsa cameras, even on those which share the same product names, like "Piranah". 
This Adapter has 3 mounting hole patterns that fit some Piranah models.
Call us and we can discuss your needs.
Photo
Click to enlarge pictures and drawings.
Prices and Delivery
Dimensioned Drawing
CAD file   STEP format
CADalsaP3_3patterns_final.stp.zip

 

 

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Foveal Camera Mounts Information Request Form


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Foveal Systems
The Center of Vision

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http://www.FovealMounts.com


Foveal develops and sells these products:

Foveal also sponsors the Tour de Sol Reports


The AutoAuditorium System

Foveal's AutoAuditoriumTM System is a fully automatic, multi-camera system for televising auditorium presentations.   Once installed in an auditorium or large meeting room, recording or telecasting any presentation given in that room is as simple as turning on a switch and hitting RECORD.   There are no other operator controls.   All the shot selections, video transitions, camera motion, focusing and zooming, are performed automatically.   The result is often indistinguishable from a program produced by a crew.

The system automatically tracks the lecturer (without that person having to wear or carry any target or mechanism), automatically makes video shot selections, and also automatically mixes audio from both the stage and the audience.

The output of an AutoAuditorium session is base-band video and audio, which can then be:

The AutoAuditorium system is distinguished by being:

The economy comes from the completely automatic operation of the system which follows the person giving the talk and and selects which of several images to show the remote audiences.

The design of the system is deliberately unobtrusive.   The person giving a presentation and the local audience are not distracted by bright lights, obvious cameras or television personnel.   Even people who are nervous about ``being on television'' quickly forget the cameras.

The system is permanently installed, and switching between normal auditorium use and Automatic Auditorium use takes but a few minutes.

The Automatic Auditorium fills the gap between face-to-face video teleconferencing and studio-based business television programming both in terms of capabilities and economies.   Meetings too big to hold in traditional video teleconferencing rooms fit naturally into a Automatic Auditorium setting.   Productions not important enough or complicated enough to justify the expense and the elaborate capabilities of a television studio or a field production crew become economical as Automatic Auditorium programs.

The system is ideally suited for any situation where a group of people come into a room and watch a presentation give by someone on a stage who uses projected visuals.

Some examples of such presentations are:


Foveal Machine Vision Camera Mounts

Derived from a need for a reliable mechanism to position a television camera precisely in all three axes (pan, tilt, and roll), and then lock those positions permanently, we developed the Foveal 3-Axis Rigid Camera Mount.  The mount has proved useful for applications other than AutoAuditorium Systems and other than mounting cameras and so is available separately.

Some potential customers of the 3-Axis Rigid Camera Mounts found they were too elaborate for their applications. So we created the Foveal 2-Axis Fine-Adjustment Camera Mount.  It is a less expensive, less robust, two axis mount that features fine adjustment and locking of the pan and tilt axes.

The product line has expanded to include some novel designs.  Foveal Machine Vision Camera Mounts


Foveal Sponsors the Tour de Sol Reports

Mike Bianchi, founder of Foveal Systems, is interested in electric vehicles.  From 1994 until the present he has been documenting the American Tour de Sol US Electric Vehicle Challenge in a series of Reports.  The name has changed some over the years, but the intent has been pretty much the same, namely to show that there are alternatives to gasoline and diesel fuels in internal combustion engines for transportation.  The first American Tour de Sol in 1989 had all solar-powered vehicles.  Battery electric, hybrid-electric, and alternative fueled vehicles have been added to the event over time.  The Tour de Sol Reports tell the stories of the vehicles and the people and organizations which create them.

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Automatic Auditorium, AutoAuditorium and AutoAud
are trademarks of Telcordia Technologies used under license.


Where does the name FOVEAL come from?
The fovea is the most sensitive part of the eye, where we see with the greatest clarity. 
The Foveal Systems' products are based on computer vision technology, so . . .


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Foveal Systems: Michael Bianchi, Founder


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Foveal Systems
The Center of Vision

Michael Bianchi
Founder


Michael Bianchi - click for larger image. FOVEAL SYSTEMS LLC is owned and operated by Michael Bianchi in Madison, New Jersey.   It began operations in the fall of 1999.  

Foveal develops and sells the AutoAuditoriumTM System, a fully automatic, multi-camera system for televising auditorium presentations, which grew out of Bianchi's research at Telcordia Technologies, Inc. (nee Bellcore).   Recording and broadcasting auditorium presentations promoted collaboration between Bellcore and its owners, the former Bell System operating companies.  

Foveal also sells Foveal Camera Mounts, designed and built by him and Barry Vaning of B & B Model Shop Services.

Prior to working in the Applied Research division of Telcordia, Bianchi was at Western Electric, Bell Laboratories, and AT&T Information Systems, developing software management systems and operations support systems.   He was one of the earliest users of the UNIX Programmer's Workbench and a proponent of the "software tools" approach to program development.  

One of his personal interests is electric vehicles.   Although he now owns a 2008 Prius, his day-to-day automobile for over 10 years was a Solectria Force and he was often the announcer and reporter for the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association's annual American Tour de Sol Electric Vehicle Challenge from 1995 until 2009.   The reports are available at www.Foveal.com/Tour_de_Sol_Reports.html.

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The Tour de Sol Reports


The Tour de Sol Reports

Sponsored by
The AutoAuditorium System
from
Foveal Systems

A Fully Automatic, Multi-Camera System
that Produces Videos Without a Crew

www.AutoAuditorium.com


From 1994 until 2006, Mike Bianchi documented the American Tour de Sol US Electric Vehicle Challenge in a series of Reports.

The name changed some over the years, but the intent was pretty much the same, namely to show that there are alternatives to gasoline and diesel fuels in internal combustion engines for transportation. The first American Tour de Sol in 1989 had all solar-powered vehicles. Battery electric, hybrid-electric, and alternative fueled vehicles have been added to the event over time.

These Reports tell the stories of the vehicles and the people and companies which create them.


The following are copyright Michael H. Bianchi.  Permission to copy is granted provided each Report is presented without modification and this notice is attached.  For other arrangements, contact me at +1-973-822-2024 .


For more on the NESEA Tour de Sol, see the web page at

http://www.nesea.org


Official NESEA Tour de Sol information is available from the sponsor, the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) at 413 774-6051 , and 50 Miles Street, Greenfield, MA 01301 , and nesea@nesea.org .  All media enquiries should be addressed NESEA.

ATdS Report 1994

ATdS Report 1995

ATdS Report 1996

ATdS Report 1997

ATdS Report 1998

ATdS Report 1999

ATdS Report 2000

TdS Report 2001

TdS Report 2002

    Bill Moore of EVWorld.com asks Mike Bianchi about the 2003 Tour de Sol audio

TdS Report 2003

TdS Report 2004

TdS Report 2005

TdS Report 2006

21st Century Automotive Challenge 2007

21st Century Automotive Challenge 2008

1 Gallon Challenge 2009


The Last Molt and Emergence of a Monarch Butterfly


The Last Molt and Emergence of a Monarch Butterfly
with titles and music

15 minutes 38 seconds
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