MRMC to show Automated Studio with presenter tracking at BVE 2015

Mark Roberts Motion Control press announcement
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See Mark Roberts Motion Control on the Nikon stand J06 at London BVE 2015 Expo at London Excel 24th – 26th February

London 20th February 2015: Mark Roberts Motion Control will show an example of its automated studio system with live presenter tracking at BVE2015. A collaboration with Nikon, it will be located on the Nikon stand J06, and will consist of a StudioBot running on rails and three automated remote heads all mounted with Nikon DSLR cameras with teleprompters and other studio equipment in an automated studio setup.

As a further enhancement to the system live presenter tracking will be demonstrated where the cameras will automatically track multiple presenters walking around the studio area.
This could apply particularly in the case of the studio being used for low cost productions. This would allow, for example, a presenter or a couple of presenters sitting in front of cameras, to select for themselves who the cameras should follow, or they could press a button for the cameras to go to a preset position. The presenters could be standing or walking.

The system offers several control options using touch screens including simple iPhone or iPad apps, as well as full joystick panels. This type of operation also offers additional creativity again on lower budget productions of bringing additional cameras into use not normally within that budget level.

London Live

Mark Roberts Motion Control has supplied robotics for a number of Nikon projects including the studio automation at London Live, which has now been runnign for over a year, 24/7.

Bryn Balcombe, Technology Director at London Live said "We wanted to design a studio utilising advances in technology now available to allow high quality programme production at a lower cost and overhead than ever before. The automated camera systems from Mark Roberts Motion Control have been integral in this. The system has been in use 24/7 now for a year and is a key element of our success. We have laid the foundations today for a fully autonomous and reactive studio environment of the future.”

“Our motion control software is tracking agnostic, so it can be interfaced to many tracking systems” said Assaff Rawner, managing director of Mark Roberts Motion Control. “ For example we have interfaced with various sports tracking systems including football, horse racing and tennis, as well as studio based tracking systems like the one shown at BVE.

The Nikons used at London Live are D4S DSLRs. These are large format sensor cameras that produce a shallow depth of field to give a more cinematic look. Zoom and focus are all computer controlled and fully integrated with the rest of the robotic system.

Here is a link to a London Live promotional video which includes shots of the studio and equipment:

Don’t miss the live demonstrations of Mark Roberts Motion Control on the Nikon stand J06 at BVE Expo 2015, London Excel, 24th – 26th February.

Mark Roberts Motion Control is an award-winning UK company, well established in the design and manufacture of robotic systems, supplying products all over the world from their HQ in Sussex. Most of the design and production team have been with the company for years and are experts in their fields. Their motion control rigs have become the established standard for the Motion Picture industry worldwide. The credits list includes just about every blockbuster to come out of Hollywood, and just about every other major film studio. The Motion Picture industry accepts nothing less than total reliability, and their rigs keep on performing perfectly, day, after day, after day.

In 1999 the Academy for Motion Pictures made a special award to Mark Roberts Motion Control recognising that their rigs have become the de facto standard for film production.


**New Product Launch** – AFC100 Broadcast Motion Control Head

PRESS RELEASE – AFC100 Head – Accurate, Fast, Compact 3G HD Broadcast head released

As part of its expansion of broadcast-related products and services, Mark Roberts Motion Control are releasing the AFC100 compact robotic head. The world’s first broadcast head with the option for full 3G HD-SDI capable slip-rings allowing unlimited, cable-free panning, as well as full Ethernet control.
The new head has evolved from the success of the company’s range of versatile robotics including the Robo Head, SFH-30, SFH-50 and Ulti Head.

The AFC100 Broadcast Head

The AFC100 Broadcast Head

Offered with next generation slip rings, near silent operation and precision servos, the new head is aimed at servicing a wide range of demanding creative applications. A bespoke version of the AFC100 has already been commissioned for a medical facility, employing nine networked MRMC heads and a 3G HD workflow.

Managing Director, Assaff Rawner, commented, “This new head is testament to our focus on delivering high-end technology that meets new TV production standards, whilst ensuring we continue to provide a tailored and personalised service for our customers.”

View full specifications PDF for AFC100 

MRMC products and staff will be at BVE London (Stand K20 – Nikon) and NAB 2013.

Aeon for iPhone

There is an upcoming new Aeon iPhone interface, allowing our SFH-30 Pan Tilt heads to be controlled wirelessly from the ever popular iPhone. The head can already be used with a PDA, or a netbook for doing simple timelapse shots, but the iPhone interface will make it the world’s first and only commercial motion control timelapse system that works from iOS, the operating system on iPhones and iPads. The SFH-30 head is popular because it is lightweight and small but super precise and strong allowing to carry everything from DSLRs to REDs and Alexa’s. It can be battery powered from a couple of V-mount batteries, ideal for any location shooting.

The BSC Show, 14th and 15th of March

The BSC Show, 14th and 15th of March 2008

The largest British Society of Cinematographers event will be taking place at Elstree Studios this week on the 14th and 15th (Friday and Saturday). Mark Roberts Motion Control will be there exhibiting our Modula Rig, new SFH-30head and a wireless Ulti-Head. We’ll be giving demonstrations and tutorials on these and other products. A RED camera from Ross Media Ltd will be on Mark Roberts’ stand during the exhibition. Ross Media specialise in supplying RED cameras. Nick Shaw andPatrick Veale from Ross Media will be available to discuss RED with film professionals looking into integrate this new system into their part of the business.

Everyone is welcome to visit. Click here to register for your free tickets. We look forward to seeing you there to show you some of our latest equipment.

Developments at MRMC

Developments at MRMC

Looking back over 2005 we’ve had an astonishing year. It saw the development of new handwheels, an Ulti-head track system, a motion base interface, new panbars, a broadcast touchscreen interface, new lens control motors, a high definition interface and numerous new software features in Flair. We hosted a number of well attended demonstration days all over the world, collaborated with a host of international companies and designers.  Finally shipping record numbers of Ulti-heads in the last month.  We have no doubt 2006 will be equally an expanding and exciting year, with some impressive new developments soon to emerge from our R&D departments. Of course we will be keeping you reguarly informed with our Motion Control Update Newsletter.

And for those of you practicing the art of Motion Control, we’d love to hear what you are up to and what you would like to see developed from us here at Mark Roberts Motion Control.


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