The Peloton indoor bike, the hottest technology product transforming fitness, is a must-have item for millennials, their older siblings and their parents. “Not that exercise bike sitting in the corner of your basement,” according to Fast Company, the Peloton bike powers a state-of-the-industry fitness studio that live streams 14 classes daily, all acquired with Panasonic AW-HE130 pan/tilt/zoom cameras.
The New York City-based company boasts a user base of 180,000 who can access thousands of on-demand classes from the comfort of their homes. Content can be viewed either on the bike’s 22” screen or via the Peloton iOS App.
The Peloton indoor bike combines sleek construction, an easy-to-use interactive touchscreen and compact footprint that allow the bike to fit effortlessly in any home. The bike came to market in 2014 (there are now 20 storefronts nationwide), the same year that the marquee studio opened on W. 23rd St. in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood. Live video streaming and 24/7 class access were intrinsic to these launches, and to support the company’s rapid growth, there was a realization that video quality and low light camera performance could be made even better with the install of HE130s.
“We believe we have the best bike and the best content, but we knew the ‘Peloton Experience’ would greatly benefit from cameras with enhanced low-light performance; we also know that both onsite and at-home participants expect classes to be minimally lit,” said Nicholas Gismondi, Peloton Manager of Production Operations.
“Our assignment was to work with the legacy studio equipment and improve the overall image handling,” explained Richie Murray, President of systems integration company Bridge Digital Inc. (Goodlettsville, TN). “After a shoot-out with competitive camera options, the HE130 quickly emerged as the best choice for low-light performance and 1080p image production.”
Four HE130s were installed in the 8,000 sq.ft. boutique studio, one on a Telemetrics rolling camera trolley. The PTZs connect over SDI to a TriCaster 460 four-camera video production system in the nearby control room. Peloton utilizes an Elemental Live video encoder and Akamai content delivery network (CDN).
“After close to a year in operation, the HE130s have proved ideal for our demanding operations and have allowed us to produce more dynamic broadcasts,” said Gismondi. “They are supporting our move into more diversified content creation with the introduction of weight and yoga classes.”
About the AW-HE130
The AW-HE130 P/T/Z incorporates new high-sensitivity; low-noise 1/3″ 3-MOS imagers that produce stunning pictures, even in low light conditions. Features include Power over Ethernet+(POE+) for easier integration; and multi-stream transmission of H.264 HD video and audio (up to 1080/60p at 25Mbps.). For more information about Panasonic professional video products, visit www.panasonic.com/broadcast.