RoscoVIEW

Variable Intensity and Exposure on Windows

RoscoVIEW is a unique two-part window control system for film and television professionals. It consists of wide width polarizing filter installed on windows and a matching camera polarizing filter. With RoscoVIEW panels on the windows, the exterior exposure can be easily controlled by rotating the camera filter. Rotating the camera filter changes the degree of cross polarization on the window where the RoscoVIEW filter is installed. This results in 100% control of exterior brightness as seen through the window. The ambient light coming into the room or studio is reduced by only one stop.

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Technically, this is achieved using cross-polarization. The window panels and the camera filter are both one f-stop Rosco linear polarizers. By rotating the camera filter, the degree of cross-polarization on the RoscoVIEW window filter is changed, resulting in 100% control of exterior brightness as seen through the camera.

 

RoscoVIEW System Components

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RoscoVIEW Camera Filters

Description:

RoscoVIEW camera filters utilize the same polarizer as panels, only in photographic glass. Used in the RoscoVIEW rotator or standard mattebox, they provide the camera side component of the RoscoVIEW system to control exterior exposure. These filters are the same quality as any photographic filter on the market and can be used with confidence by any camera person. They are available in a number of standard sizes. Custom filter sizes are possible with sufficient notice. Sizes available: 6.6" x 6.6", 4" x 5.6", 4" x 4", 138mm round and an 82mm round in a threaded rotating ring.

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Step Ring

Description:

For lenses with an end barrel outer diameter (OD) of less than 139mm, a step ring is necessary to fit the RoscoView Rotator on the lens. The Step Ring is machined aluminum with an inner diameter custom cut to fit smaller lenses. Rosco carries Step Rings for 85, 95 and 98mm OD as stock items. Custom step rings are possible and require design and development time.

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RoscoVIEW Mark II Rotator

Description:

The Mark II Rotator provides motorized rotation of the RoscoVIEW camera filter on the camera lens. By rotating the camera's RoscoVIEW filter, cross polarization with the RoscoVIEW material on the windows gives the user complete control of the exterior exposure to the camera sensor.

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RoscoVIEW Compact Rotator

Description:

The Compact Rotator is a smaller, lighter version of the Mark II Rotator. By rotating the camera's RoscoVIEW filter, cross polarization with the RoscoVIEW material on the windows gives the user complete control of the exterior exposure to the camera sensor.

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GUI

Description:

The RoscoVIEW GUI provides a computer interface for controlling the RoscoVIEW camera Rotators. Rather than controlling the cameras with individual physical switches, the GUI consolidates all controls in a single computer window.

RoscoVIEW Rotator Controls

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RoscoVIEW Camera Filter Rotator - RCU (Remote Control Unit)

Description:

  • Remote Control Unit (RCU)
  • Allows the remote control of the RoscoVIEW rotator and LCU over a network
  • Connections for the Network and remote switch
  • If used with a POE (power over Ethernet) switch, the RCU requires no external power connection
  • Onboard rocker switch for local control of the Rotator
  • Remote switch connection can use a hand held switch up to 70 feet away

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RoscoVIEW Camera Filter Rotator - LCU (Local Control Unit)

Description:

  • Local Control Unit (LCU)
  • Controls and powers the RoscoVIEW rotator
  • Connections for the Rotator, Network and remote switch
  • When used with a POE (power over Ethernet) switch, the LCU will supply power to the Rotator - no external power connection required
  • Onboard rocker switch for local control of the Rotator
  • Remote switch connection can use a hand held switch up to 70 feet away

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Rosco Remote Switch

Description:

The Rosco Remote Switch controls the RoscoView Rotator up to 75 feet away from the LCU or the RCU. It connects with a thin telephone like cable and employs a spring loaded switch for controlling rotation in either direction.

Rotator Control Configurations

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Basic Package - Rotator, LCU, Remote Switch

Description:

This package represents the basic configuration required for a RoscoVIEW Rotator system. The Rotator itself (filter included) and the LCU (Local Control Unit) are the minimum components required to operate the system. The Remote Switch which is standard with all packages permits extended control of the Rotator up to 10 feet away with the included cable from the LCU, or up to 70 feet using an optional cable. The system is powered using the included AC adaptor.

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Remote Package - Rotator, LCU, RCU, Remote Switch

Description:

This package is identical to the Basic package but adds the RCU (Remote Control Unit). The RCU enables full remote control of the Rotator across local Networks and over the Internet using IP control. The LCU and RCU have fully configurable IP and Subnet Mask settings allowing any IT department to set up the system. The Control Units are connected to a router or switch using standard CAT5/6 cable through the Data Port on each unit. If a POE (Power over Ethernet) switch is used, no local power is required for either of the Control Units or Rotator.

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Remote with GUI Package - Rotator, LCU, GUI, Remote Switch

Description:

The Remote with GUI is the same as the Basic package but rather than using an RCU for remote control, a GUI (Graphical User Interface) is used. The GUI is a Windows based program which permits control of up to 8 different Rotators when connected over a network or the Web. Each Rotators IP address can be entered in any of the 8 controls on the GUI. All cameras can be operated individually or locked together for simultaneous operation.

Other System Accessories

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Air Channel

Description:

The RoscoView Air Channel is a modified aluminum channel that is placed at the bottom of a RoscoView Panel window installation. It permits the necessary air flow behind the panel to reduce heat buildup and condensation. The vented section (with holes) is set against the window sill with the RoscoView Panel fitting into the top slot. Another section may be placed on the top most panel where it meets the ceiling or window top sill. There should either be an opening or an Air Channel at the top to allow air movement.

Air channels should not be considered structural members particularly across large spans. Panels need vertical support with L Brackets at a minimum and horizontal Air Channels may need to be affixed to the sill for longer lengths.

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RoscoVIEW H Channel

Description:

H Channel is typically used as a seaming joint when 2 panels must be used to cover a window higher than a single panel can cover alone. The H channel is not a structural element, more a decorative one to keep the Polarization effect smooth at the joint. It prevents uncontrolled exterior light from coming through the joint crack. When panels deflect (bow) they move in a uniform way rather than apart. It cannot be expected to support multiple panels across a large area.

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RoscoGUARD - Protective TAC Film

Description:

Rosco's Protective Film is a 3 mil thick low tack film used to protect the surface of RoscoView panels during transportation. It will not leave a residue on the panels and can be pulled off and re-applied if care is used. The Protective Film is good for protecting the panel from dust, dirt, fingerprints and mild abrasions but should not be considered sufficient to protect a panel from more vigorous treatment.

Available in 60" x 40'.

RoscoVIEW Datasheet

RoscoVIEW Booklet

Case Study: Captivating RoscoVIEWs From Around The World

Case Study: Enhancing ITV’s Morning VIEW

RoscoVIEW Rotator LCU-RCU Configuration Manual

RoscoVIEW Rotator LCU-RCU Operations Manual

RoscoVIEW GUI Manual

Rosco Window Control Systems Video

Rosco VIEW at the Shuttle Launch Video

RoscoVIEW List of Projects