Small, traditional PTZ’s are relatively compact, simple units with built-in cameras. They are slightly bland ‘eyeball’ looking things that are typically used for surveillance and security, or for basic broadcast functions like streaming in-house content or perhaps capturing a corporate event or live show. Where the user has minimal requirements of the camera, these units are a workable solution for simple image capture. The usual price point comes in at around £3,000 for the higher end models like JVC or Sony.
The PTZ camera becomes a little frailer if an operator requires more input than merely turning it on and letting it do its thing. Users who want more functionality are then faced with the conundrum of either going into the larger range of pan/tilt systems – often much more complex to setup and run, and obviously, costing a lot more too – or making do with the very limited functionality of a regular PTZ camera.
The High-Speed Whisper
The Whisper Head, MRMC’s latest sleek, high-speed unit considerably closes this gap between the two markets. It gives the best of both worlds, with full control over image capture from a compact portable unit that’s eerily silent and frighteningly fast. It’s noiseless and almost mesmeric movement is controlled through the usual panoply of external devices: broadcast panel, joystick or through a touchscreen device run by the control software, MHC.
The weather-proof Whisper Head is designed to seamlessly fit into a multitude of different environments that many of the traditional PTZs fit into – from live shows, corporate events, house of worship and the like, to security and outdoor surveillance situations as well as more traditional broadcast requirements.
Functionally and operationally, the Whisper Head is light-years beyond any typical small PTZ – from complete camera control to programmable, repeatable moves, to remote control capture through IP. It has many of the size benefits smaller PTZs have, but with the control, functionality and image quality found in larger pan/tilt systems.
Changeable Camera Option
The Whisper Head also has the capability of changing the camera. Traditional smaller PTZs have the cameras built in and therefore being stuck with the technology it came with. With the Whisper, operators can keep pace with the camera technology landscape while also having a greater creative choice with using the PTZ.
Working with the RovoCam 4k, or another similar spec. camera, you can get extremely high image quality that’s typically the reserve of much larger format cameras used on the high-end pan/tilt systems. Weighing in at a comfortable 6.5kg, the head is easy to carry and transport along with having a small physical footprint.
The Whisper Head is in the unique position of having a nice diverse range of usages, covering a wide spectrum of features and functionality that small PTZs have (silent, compact weatherproof and portable), with the added features and benefits of its larger pan/tilt cousin to capture more premium content like sports and other broadcast events – not to mention, its ballistically fast!
This year’s NAB Show was likely one of our busiest and we had a tremendous amount of interest in MHC (Multi-Head Controller) software, and its ability to have tailored skins. Another key focal point was in IP connected technology; many visitors were interested in the ability of remote production through IP, using MHC tailored skins with our robotic heads.
ROBOTICS ON THE STAND
Our range of robotic solutions on display included a Robotic Pod, an AFC-100, the Whisper Head and a StudioBot Lite arm – all controlled by MHC.
See the short video below from IABM, who visited our stand, and conducted a short interview, that covers this great new technology of MHC.
For more information on any of the above robotics or MHC software, click on the hyperlinks above, or get it touch
We’ve had the great honour of being awarded the highly prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2017.
Here’s what our CEO had to say about the award:
“This is Britain’s highest business award and it is a great honour to receive. Our company is among the lucky few businesses to achieve the UK’s highest trade accolade.
Last year we celebrated our 50th anniversary, so the timing of this award seems somewhat serendipitous. We’ve been creating robotics for over 50 years, and as a company have always striven to break new ground with our technology. Our engineering has taken us to the forefront of our industry, with international trade making up a large portion of our revenue. I feel this award is definitely a testament to that.”
Mark Roberts Motion Control has won numerous awards for its company’s achievements and engineering skill, including an Academy Award. It now has the honour of the Queen’s Award.
Miami-based film production company, Robot Studios who specialize in high-end visuals recently worked on a project that involved shooting a very complex shot for NASA. Brian Karr, President of Rockledge Design Group, Inc. and former Lead Engineer of NASA’s Advanced Imaging Lab during the Space Shuttle Program, called Robot Studios with a unique requirement:
To read the full case stduy, view it on-line by clicking on the image below. For more information about the Milo Motion Control Rig click here
NAB Show is only a few weeks away and we will be showcasing some incredible new tech developments along with numerous cutting edge robotic solutions.
Our new Multi-Head Controller software (MHC) will make its debut at the show. MHC is a new software platform designed for complete user simplicity. As the name suggests, it controls robotic heads at the touch of a button from a single workstation.
Demonstrations will include key features such as its ‘store and display’ capability – where users can save camera moves or presets and then load them into UI ‘buttons’ that anyone
can then use.
Next Generation UI Technology
However, the keynote feature of MHC is its ability to be UI tailored to virtually any broadcast requirement. This means any environment can be mirrored into MHCs UI functionality, giving users instantly recognisable buttons, graphics, moves etc.
Whether you want an interface skin for events such as tennis, darts etc., or for a studio, stadium or other live event, MHC can be tailored to the user’s specific requirements for complete speed, control and functionality.
Cutting Edge Broadcast Robotics
We will also be demonstrating a great range of robotic solutions, including The POD, AFC-100, the Whisper Head and a StudioBot Lite arm – all of which will be controlled by MHC.
Visitors will be the among the first to try out these cutting edge robotic solutions through the new MHC software, and you’ll be blown away at how simple and user-friendly it is to control some of the most advanced robotics in the broadcast market today.
Where are we at NAB?
You will find us in: Central Hall | Stand C5646 | Find us on the NAB Show Floor Plan
If you have any questions or would like any further information on any of our products please don’t hesitate to contact us: email@example.com
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