At NAB we showed countless demonstrations and met many fantastic people. For us the show is a great opportunity to make new friends, meet old acquaintances and of course showcase all the latest developments we’ve been working on here at Mark Roberts.

In case you missed us there, or perhaps just didn’t get a chance to get out to the event, we’ve put together a final overview of what went down. To get a glimpse of the technology behind our newest camera tracking technology check out the photos below and watch the short video above with our Managing Director Assaff Rawner. The video was generously created by IABM (International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers).

Automated StudioBot on rails with presenter sensor tracking.

Automated StudioBot on rails with presenter sensor tracking.

Remote pan bar system controlling AFC-100 broadcast head

Remote pan bar system controlling AFC-100 broadcast head.

AFC-180 head setup with LFP (Large Format Panel).

AFC-180 head setup with LFP (Large Format Panel).

Flair running Polycam controlling SFH-50 head.

Flair running Polycam controlling SFH-50 head.

New Developments at MRMC

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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Automated demo at BVE



**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.

New Products Success – A Sneak Peek

New Products Success – A Sneak Peek 



IBC Exhibition, Amsterdam, this month saw the release of a number of exciting new products by Mark Roberts Motion Control. If you weren’t there you’ll be finding out more about these products in the coming newsletters and website updates, but it suffices to say that some of these are designed to revolutionize the way motion control and broadcast robotics are used – and this is a sneak peek at a couple of the products we have been busy with.

Many of our products are being switched over to use Ethernet, allowing heads and rigs to be controlled via Ethernet and all the features such a facility instantly includes, like long cable runs, wireless connections, remote control over internet and even as shown at IBC wireless control using an iPad with our new app designed specifically for controlling multiple cameras much like a standard studio PTZ Joystick controller, only wirelessly.





The MOCO Forum

*** Don’t Forget the Moco Forum *** 

Remember everyone is welcome to become a free member of the online motion control forum. It’s a great place to ask questions about motion control and how to get things done on set or off. We want to see this service get used as much as possible so join today.

Do you know anyone else who should be getting regularly informed about the industry? Let us know; we would be happy to send them our newsletters or DVD Showreel – The 2006 Motion Control Explained DVD. Email to request one.If you would like to have more information about CGI, remote heads, cranes, dollies, accessories or any other filming equipment please let us know at

Mark Roberts Motion Control Ltd.
Tel: +44-1342-838 000
Fax:+44-1342-838 001

The Wireless MSA-20 and Ulti-Head

The Wireless MSA-20 and Ulti-Head

The MSA-20 Handwheels and the Ulti-Head make a powerful pair, giving users a very versatile, easy-to-use, fully repeatable and motion control remote head.

Now the pair have been improved even further by creating the world’s first WIRELESS remote and motion control head.

With an indoor range of up to 250 feet the wireless option adds even more freedom for the Director or DofP.

All the functions of running the Ulti-Head from the MSA-20 remain the same whether one runs in wireless or wired mode, making the system a perfect unit for remote head or repeating moves, including full control of focus and zoom functions.

For more information about the MSA-20 and Ulti-Head specifications, click here or contact us on

Need Rental Advice on Motion Control Equipment?

Need Rental Advice on Motion Control Equipment?

In a recent survey conducted by Mark Roberts Motion Control we found that one of the services you wanted from us was advice and options of what to rent and where to rent motion control equipment from. We are more than happy to offer this service and answer any questions relating to rentals.

You can always call us on +44 (0) 1342 838 000 or email

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.

Wireless and Tilt Options for the Ulti-head

Wireless and Tilt Options for the Ulti-head 

New and exciting options are continously being developed for the Ulti-head. At IBC we showed an Ulti-head with the new Pan slip-rings to allow for unlimited rotation.
Now we have the secondary tilt support option which adds more rigidity to the L-shaped Ulti-head by easily turning it into a U-shaped head and also allows for much greater payloads than the standard 35kg. The secondary tilt support easily adjusts to allow for a variety of camera heights and widths as well as different size roll rings or dutch rolls.

Additionally we have also started work on a Wireless option for the Ulti-head when used as a remote head. This will allow it to become a fully remote head with no control cables.

Ulti-head with secondary tilt support

Ulti-head with secondary tilt support


Award winning Milo at IBC

Award winning Milo at IBC 

IBC Honors Award recipient – Aardman Animations – showing Milo at IBC

Yet again Aardman Animations are scooping awards, this time, the IBC International Honour For Excellence has been awarded to the world famous four times Oscar winning company.

So to celebrate this and in association with Aardman we will be exhibiting one of their many
Milo motion control rigs at our booth at IBC Hall 11:705.

Acknowledged worldwide for their animated characters, the jury recognised the unique nature of their work which skilfully integrates real world imagery of model making, claymation and miniatures with technology intense CGI, motion control and digital finishing.

This award is judged by the IBC Council, an advisory group drawn from the world’s top broadcasters and technology suppliers.  When commenting on their choice they stated “The IBC recognises excellence of innovation and furtherance or application of media technology.  Not only are Aardman a worthy recipient, it’s also pleasing to note that the unique Aardman features, commercials and shorts utilise technologies seen on the IBC show floor.”   Aardman join a list of distinguished past winners that includes Sam Chisholm, Ted Turner, James Cameron and Ray Dolby.
Come and visit our stand to view demonstrations of the Milo plus the newly developed MSA-20 handwheels and the latest  track axis system for the Ulti-head.  The MSA-20 handwheels are a control system for the Ulti-head to be used purely as a stand alone remote head.  It is a totally intuitive system that can be operated by anyone with no more than a few minutes of training.  Visit us on the stand to try this out for yourself and pick up one of our free Motion Control Explained DVDs whilst you’re there.

Remember visit us in Hall 11 stand 705. Click here to register free for IBC and avoid the queues!!

      New Ulti-head track system and the MSA-20 handwheels


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