The Bolt High-Speed CineBot is again in action, this time in Taiwan helping shoot a new Tiger Beer commercial. The cinematography used to create the commercial has resulted in a fun, high-octane commercial.
Taiwan-based rental company Lee Rong Film & TV Equipment Co. recently came over to MRMC HQ for some training on the new Bolt High-Speed CineBot they recently acquired. After their training, they headed back East to test out their new toy, and for one of the first productions shot a new Tiger Beer Commercial.
You can see the results of using the Bolt in the videos below. The first of the three show how they did the storyboard, while the second sees the bolt in action on some of the shots. The final video is the commercial itself.
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The High-Speed, Silent PTZ
MRMC’s latest fast robotic head, aptly called the Whisper Head, is a robust, compact, lightweight unit specifically designed for silent, high-speed movement. The head integrates with lightweight cameras such as AJA RovoCam™ 4k camera, making it perfect for stadium applications, live events, corporate shows, or any other environment that requires fast, noiseless operation with high-resolution footage.
Given the relatively small size of the head, it fits nicely into most spaces, or can be easily mounted into corners, or other out of the way places. Ethernet controlled, the user has access to all camera functions such as zoom and focus.
For more information about the Whisper Head click here
We have a great show this year at NAB! To show off our high-speed Bolt Cinebot we will give visitors their own 'red carpet' experience with the Bolt on Track shooting in slow motion! We will then put together a short video compilation at the end of the show and post it up on our company blog. Keep an eye as you may be famous on the red carpet!
Check out what E-Magazine did with the Bolt (AKA Glambot) at the Golden Globes (link below). This could be you, so do come visit us at stand C10108. To see where we are at NAB click here. For the video and article on E-Magazine, Click here
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MrMoco is no stranger to Hollywood productions; with countless credits in many of the top blockbuster movies, including Avengers: Age of Ultron; Jupiter Ascending; Skyfall and Maleficent to name just a few. Now MrMoco’s ever popular Bolt High Speed CineBot finds itself involved in Marvel’s latest production Ant-Man.
High speed motion control photography was needed to shoot some exciting explosions and fires at high speed but down at the scale of an Ant! Using small lenses to get the camera close to the model sets, the Bolt High Speed CineBot was the ideal tool for these shots – combining its high speed with accuracy, precision and synchronised triggers for firing miniature explosions and fires.
These actions are all tied together through MRMC’s Flair software, which can be used to control the entire move and programmed to fire the triggers at precise points, ensuring reliable, accurate and repeatable movement.
The Bolt worked on several scenes near the climax of the movie, including one clip inside a full size helicopter with the Bolt reaching in through the side and executing the exact move required at high speed with only millimetres to spare!
Another shot involved tracking alongside an architectural model where a CG Antman would be running while triggering numerous explosions to simulate bullets being fired at Antman. Multiple passes of the same move were done to maximise the number of explosions and craters created for Antman to dodge, and to pepper the buildings with pockmarks and fire. Multiple passes with different focuses on some of the sets also allowed CG artists to build up an infinite depth of field to blend in with the explosion passes.
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Rocket Inc. are making waves in the Far East with their latest showing at InterBee in the Makuhari Messe exhibition centre near Tokyo, Japan. The film & TV rental company had on display the Bolt High Speed CineBot, which generated a lot of interest at the show. The high-speed rig was setup on a track giving viewers a full demonstration of its speed and accuracy up and down the track. Fascinatingly, Rocket Inc., claim they are the only company in the world who have a team of grips made up entirely of women! Sounds like a great team!! www.rocketjapan.com
See a few photos of the Bolt and some of the Rocket Inc. team below:
Freestyle Games has created the latest instalment of the music video game, Guitar Hero. The upcoming game dubbed Guitar Hero Live reboots the franchise since its first inception back in 2010. The game simulates a real-world concert setting from the perspective of the guitarist. Its soundtrack spans across a diverse range, and includes music from The Black Keys, Blitz Kids, Ed Sheeran, Fall Out Boy, Green Day and many more.
Member of the Band – Bolt on Track
Using live action video from real rock band performers in front of live crowds proved a challenging task, and in this style was something that had never been done before. Using the Bolt to capture live footage, our high-speed CineBot weaved its way around the stage as the bands performed and caught all the necessary actions of the performance. As one performer comments, ‘you just have to act as if its your band member!’.
Due to obvious logistical reasons, it was impossible to replicate a 100,000 strong crowd, so the Oscar-winning VFX house Framestore who'd previously done work on Gravity, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Edge of Tomorrow were brought in to help create the full festival effect.
Check out pictures and a behind the scenes video below.
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Our latest behind the scenes video is an urban sports video short, showcasing the Bolt on track. Shooting both street basketball & football using Love High Speed's Phantom 4K Flex, the film directed by Nick Sawyer demonstrates the versatility and creative potential of the Bolt on Track.
There were two shoots, one for Basketball and one for Football. Nick Sawyer, a seasoned director, wanted to challenge the Bolt on Track. Each shoot was designed to provide a unique challenge and test the Bolt's capabilities for speed, movement and to precisely catch specific moments. The Bolt running on track aced these challenges, and you can see some of the behind the scenes photos below, along with the full behind the scenes video.
Stills from the Basketball
Stills from the Football
Watch the full behind the scenes video below:
Another dimension of movement for the already highly versatile Bolt, you can now run the Cinebot on a track. The operator has the ability to run the Bolt along a track and follow any object, person or landscape, giving much more flexibility in terms of visual creativity. With rapid acceleration, the Bolt on Track can reach its top speed of over 4 metres per second in… one second! Additionally, through MRMCs Flair software, you have programmable acceleration profiles so you can repeatably reach or maintain the desired speeds with pinpoint accuracy. For more information download the spec. sheet here: Bolt on Track Spec Sheet
Watch the short video here:
At MRMC we are proud of our major new product releases and concentrate so hard on them we often forget the significance of our many incremental feature additions and product upgrades that occur on a daily basis but may not be headline news or create a flurry of press releases. Recently we’ve been looking through our work over the past months and realised those small changes amounted to a lot, so we thought we’d list some. If you want more info on any of them just let us know:
- Developments and tests to make the Bolt High Speed rig 20% faster than before.
- Developing and Testing the new Version 6.0 of our Academy award winning motion control software.
- Turntable range increased from small to large, and most with speeds in excess of 100 degrees per second.
- Flair multi-controller created, allowing multiple motion control rigs to be controlled from a central source.
- Orbital XL rig created for super-sized e-commerce photography.
- Head and Flair Ethernet API created allowing any of our products to be controlled directly from 3rd party software.
- Improved or implemented interfacing to a number of 3rd party products, including DMX lighting controls, Dragonframe, 6-degrees-of-freedom joysticks, and various 3D tracking systems.
- Interfacing to Oculus Rift.
- Broadcast vertical columns for on-air moves.
- Etc. etc.
The list is long and lengthy, this is just a snapshot. With 6 full-time developers and several support engineers and freelancers, the development is rapid and ever-changing – so if you don’t immediately see what you need just ask.
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What you can see at 1,000 frames per second…
What would you do if you had a couple of days with the Bolt High Speed Cinebot and a Phantom Flex 4K camera capable of shooting at 1,000 Frames per second? The creative geniuses at Forsberg and Stiller tried everything they could think of and we think the results are rather spectacular. Flames, water, smoke, and champagne – Covering all aspects of shooting, from action & adventure, to fashion, sports and gourmet, lots of different things were shot – and kicked, dropped, cracked, burned, exploded, cut, cooked, hit, splashed and all with great hilarity.
You can also view last year's general Bolt showreel here