This year's Games have seen the exponential rise of robotic cameras and the crucial part they now play in capturing magical live action moments! Advances in technology have provided a platform for automated robotic photography, which, in a nutshell, means cameras can be placed and controlled in virtually any environment or location on the planet.
In the underwater world these remotely controlled robotic cameras can capture moments previously unseen. From synchronised swimming, high diving and everything in between – there’s plenty of excitement to be photographed in the aquatic sporting arena. Previously, much of the action was lost underwater; with dives, twists, turns and plenty of kicking legs, some of the most captivating moments were never caught on camera – until now.
MRMC Robotics Help Photographers Capture the Action
Mark Roberts Motion Control supplied multiple robotic underwater heads to help capture these lost moments. Remotely controlled from a master server and client, photographers have full control of pan, tilt, roll, zoom and focus – along with the cameras aperture, exposure and a number of other settings. Photos are transferred over FTP straight from the camera, which gives you the ability to have the photos immediately viewable from anywhere around world.
The ability to be in a live action environment catching incredible unseen stills footage will be a must for any sports photographer or agency. Together with the MHC client software, photographers now have the ability to control multiple, moving cameras. Advances in IP technology means a photographer can control these robotic heads remotely, from any location in the world.
For more information on our underwater heads email us at firstname.lastname@example.org You can also see a demo video clip of the robotic camera heads below.
Photokina is just around the corner! At the show we will be demonstrating our Orbital Automated Product Photography Rig along with our photography turntables. Get hands-on demonstrations and see how using our equipment you could rapidly speed up any photo production line!
The boom of the digital age has driven up the demand for product photography, but more specifically, the need for automated production workflows that can streamline the high volume of product shots needed by many on-line retailers. That’s why our Orbital Rig is the perfect answer – with simple programmable moves you can literally set up and shoot hundreds of photos in very little time. Austin Langley, photographer for Asics comments on using the Orbital Rig:
By having the ability to load a setting and get moving into the shoot using my presets, it totally changes the game. I’m able to shoot so quickly with it that I am able to burn through shoots in an hour that would have usually taken me a whole day to shoot.
Join us at Photokina from 20th to 25th Sept, in Cologne, Germany. Hall 4 | Level 1 | Isle K | Stand 018
For more information on the Orbital or Turntables click here
Slovenian production company, Studio 727, were given an automated product photography project which involved taking over 10 million photos!
The objective was to photograph and catalogue Slovakian museum artefacts that were located in 55 locations throughout the country, for the purpose of giving on-line viewers the ability to see these relics in full 360-degree panoramic view.
PHOTO LOGISTICS – SHOOTING AND MOVING
The scope of the project posted a logistical nightmare. Not only were there 55 locations that all needed visiting, there was also the entire gamut of museum artefacts, which came in all shapes and sizes. Then there were the museum buildings themselves, and all the issues of getting inside with the equipment and then actually setting up the shoots (lighting, backgrounds, equipment etc.).
The project also required that each artefact was photographed 144 times (4 elevations, with each level taking 36 photos), so that if needed they could be turned into 3D objects. With the task of taking 72,000 photos of each artefact 144 times, this meant Studio 727 had to come up with a solution to take 10 million photos!
Time was also a major factor. The project was funded by a government grant and the EU, and it had stringent time considerations attached. Factor in a time limit to an already complex and challenging undertaking, this compounded the vital importance of needing highly automated and sophisticated equipment to complete the project.
Once again MRMC’s pan-tilt heads were operating at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships. It’s been four years since the heads were implemented at the tournament in partnership with Nikon. In 2013, renowned sports photographer Bob Martin wanted to bring a whole new dynamic to the photography at Wimbledon and therefore trialled MRMC heads mounted with Nikon D4s.
To date, there’s around 20 MRMC robotic heads covering the action from centre court to many of the outer ones that traditionally received little coverage.
Bob Martin, sports photographer, said at the time:
“The demand for new images at big sporting events is what encourages me to push the limits of photography. Using this set up, it’s proved that capturing the impossible is now possible, which is very exciting for the future of photography”.
MRMCs heads are not only used for photography at Wimbledon, they are also used by Hawk-Eye Innovations. They use the heads with their own SMART Production technology to capture footage that gets aired through the red button and BBC iPlayer app as well as other international broadcasters.
Due to the extremely smooth and quiet functionality of the AFC pan-tilt head, along with full lens control and its IP architecture that allows seamless integration into any system, MRMC heads are fast becoming a de-facto choice for many live sports productions & photography agencies.
We recently held one of our 3-day moco training courses in our HQ studio. The course was attended by students from around the world and covered all vital aspects of Flair and Motion Control, along with valuable insight and insider knowledge into the TV and film industry from our instructor Peter Rush who has well over 20 years of industry experience.
Here are a few comments from the students:
‘25 years of experience shines through Peter's delivery of this operators course. Not a question posed went unanswered. Informative while enjoyable, he converted an expert's knowledge into a layman's real world applications.’
K. C. Freelance Assistant Operator
'I was able to satisfy all the reasons I took the course [and] getting to see a Milo up close and personal was great! All of the staff that I interacted with were great.'
J. Shupe. Freelance automation/Moco operator
'I had a blast at the training. I decided to go on and start training myself with this technology because it's a solution you cannot ignore and have to be aware of whether it is for cinematographic vfx or video productions… I can tell you it was worth every penny.'
F. Gagliardi, Vandone Film