World famous Christie’s auction house needed a bespoke automated photography solution to take photos of different pieces of flat art. We designed and built a vertical wall mounted robotic slider to solve their problem.
The London auction house needed to capture paintings, watercolors, prints, posters, photographs and other flat art on a DSLR camera, where the camera was restricted to only moving up and down vertically – similar to a a large copy stand…
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).
The Orbital rig is specifically designed to simplify and dramatically reduce the time taken to take product shots for e-commerce or museum archival projects. Designed to be very fast in moving from position to position, saving valuable time resources when there are thousands of products to shoot. Major online retailers typically have at least 10,000 products to shoot, each from multiple angles to get a good 3D spin, while many have over 100,000, while museums can have millions of artefacts. As an example, the British Natural History museum has over 61 million artefacts, most of which are never seen, but 360 photography and scanning could make all the artefacts available to researchers and the masses.
The Orbital rig comes in different sizes and is made specifically to quickly take photos from all angles of product and items for online retail and museum artefact archiving. Turntables can be any size. Precise, fast and quick to use with the precision found standardly in Mark Roberts Motion Control products. Watch the video below and for more information click here
Lights, Camera, Action – MRMC used by new 24/7 TV channel
London, UK, 25th February 2014 – Mark Roberts Motion Control (MRMC) today announces that London Live, the first 24 hour entertainment channel devoted to London, will be using MRMC broadcast robotic products in their new London-based studio.
Working with Mark Roberts Motion Control and Nikon, London Live has helped develop a new state-of-the-art robotic system, featuring a nine axis robotic arm at the heart of the automated studio. Additionally, 5 robotic heads, from MRMC, carrying cameras and tele-prompters, will work together to provide a complete automated studio environment. The channel will be broadcasting live using Nikon D800 and D4 series cameras for a full-frame 35mm cinematic effect.
Steve Boland, Broadcast Business Development Manager at MRMC says: “This exciting new solution combines the stunning image quality that Nikon is famed for, with the precision that comes from MRMC robotics to offer a state of the art automated work flow for London Live.
“By working with the 24/7 TV channel we’ve been able to develop a cost-effective solution that allows broadcasters to operate in niche demographic markets, catering for regional broadcast requirements.”
Bryn Balcombe, Technology Director, London Live says: “Building a television channel from scratch has given us an exciting opportunity to source the most innovative new technology and find less traditional and more cost-effective ways of doing things. Mark Roberts Motion Control’s broadcast robotics solution will be perfect for our new London-based studio, allowing us to provide fast-paced, 24 hour broadcasting without compromising the image quality for our viewers”.
London Live launches on 31st March 2014. More details about the innovative technology will be available following the launch of the channel.
Check out the robotic arm that has been developed for use by London Live at BVE show from 25th – 27th February 2014 at London’s Excel. For more information about the show visit http://www.bvexpo.com/
MRMC will be exhibiting at BIRTV this year as guests of CSS Group. Come to Booth 8A02 and you will be able to see Polycam configuration with 2 AFC-100 Broadcast Heads. Polycam allows the AFC-100 heads to be controlled simultaneously by one joystick operator. As the master camera pans, tilts, zooms and focuses, the 2nd camera will follow the same point of interest from a different perspective.
Please see the below videos for an introduction to Polycam and it's capabilities:
Also please see the AFC-100 Broadcast Head video below:
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UK-based robotics manufacturer Mark Roberts Motion Control (MRMC) has expanded its range of Polycam tracking systems to include Solo, Velocity and Auto.
Launched at IBC last year, Polycam is a software controlled robotic system that allows multiple triangulated cameras and lenses to track a point (or numerous points) of interest, simultaneously and in real-time, using a single control interface.
With a 45 year history of manufacturing technology for the commercial TV and film industries, MRMC created Polycam to offer new editorial and commercial opportunities for live sport coverage. Producing fluid and precise repeat camera moves is a key requirement of motion control technology and this latest MRMC development builds on that tradition. “Although the principal of triangulated robotics is well understood,” commented Managing Director, Assaff Rawner, “producing systems that are easily configured, deliver consistent results, fit technically and economically in a live broadcast environment and offer real creative possibilities, are vital to realising the technology’s potential.”
MRMC has been developing Polycam with these challenges in mind, creating self-calibrating robotic heads, robust system architecture and simplified user interfaces. This process has now produced three Polycam variations which have been extensively tested and trialled on many sports including football, tennis, basketball, horse and dog racing.
‘Polycam Velocity’ is designed to simplify the control of multiple cameras at race tracks and other circuits where the path of the subject is known. The user need only adjust the speed of the cameras following the path. Real-time positioning data automatically adjusts focus relative to the moving target and slaved zooms maintain consistent framing. By offering consistent and repeatable camera moves Velocity allows features such as comparative race analysis possible.
‘Polycam Auto’ is designed to interface to 3rd party image analysis and tracking systems such as ChyronHego’s TRACAB and automatically control the point of interest of the camera. The operator simply selects an individual player (or group of players) to follow. With automatic and precise focus tracking, Polycam Auto is also ideal for supporting Ultra HD and high-speed camera technology.
‘Polycam Solo’ is the general system form that allows a single operator to manually and simultaneously control multiple perspectives and camera motion from a single controller.
“By refining our Polycam features,” added Rawner, “we are aiming to offer a clear path to potential production benefits. Whether the driver is cost savings, unique camera perspectives, enhanced visual analysis or multi-camera web content creation, the new Polycam configurations are designed to add value on many levels.”
MRMC UK, 8th July 2013: Mark Roberts Motion Control (MRMC). takes a giant leap forward in photographic development, with the introduction of a revolutionary new robotics solution that allows professional photographers to achieve shots that were never before possible.
Bob Martin, legendary sports photographer, made history at Wimbledon 2013 as the first photographer to trial a new fast action robotics system; the product of a collaboration between Nikon and MRMC, the leading designer and manufacturer of quality motion control products.
Using Nikon’s award-winning D4 digital SLR cameras mounted on MRMC’s SFH-30 robotic heads located at the venue, Bob is able to quickly move and rotate any of the cameras and take shots from positions that would not normally be physically possible, allowing photographers to shoot difficult angles and in impossible locations.
Each camera is controlled and used to shoot images by a single photographer from a remote location. The impressive latency of this system of less than 0.1 seconds makes this robotics system an ideal solution for shooting fast action sporting events.
By attaching one of the robotic heads and camera to the roof above Centre Court, Bob was able to capture images from a location that had never before been attempted at the event.
James Banfield Professional Services and Business Solutions Manager at Nikon UK says: “Our robotics project has been in the making for some time; since the London Olympics we’ve been working with Bob Martin and leading photo agencies who needed more from existing robotics systems, listening to their feedback and requirements to refine and develop this system.
He adds: “Initially the robotics set up has been designed to support sports photographers, maximising the qualities of the D4 camera and allowing them to track fast moving subjects, however there is great scope to use it for other areas of photography – our customers will dictate where this solution is used next.”
Bob also made history during the first week of the oldest major tennis championship, shooting with a new MRMC Polycam configuration, with three separate robotic heads being used in synchronisation. As the master head was controlled by Bob, two other robotic heads overlooking Centre Court moved at the same time to track the same subject, allowing Bob to capture the action from three separate angles, using a remote, with every release of the shutter. Polycam allows any number of robotic heads to be working together intelligently to automatically all track the same point of interest but from multiple perspectives, allowing one photographer or cameraman to effectively and easily control multiple remotes.
Bob Martin, sports photographer, says: “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.
I had some images in mind at Wimbledon before we set everything up; I was constantly hoping for sun so that I could capture the players on the grass with stunning shadows. Eventually the sun came out, so I’ve now got new, different images to add to my portfolio and offer my clients.”
Nikon is working with Bob Martin to trial the setup. He used a Nikon D4 camera, 200-400mm and 80-400mm lenses with the robotic system and MRMC Polycam configuration set up with SFH-30 heads to control Pan, Tilt, Roll (landscape/portrait),Zoom and Focus control via ethernet. Three Nikon D4’s were also set up in various locations to record time-lapse images, with each taking one picture every minute and feeding it directly to the Wimbledon Ipad App giving viewers a unique Wimbledon experience in superior full-frame resolution.
Assaff Rawner, Managing Director at MRMC, says: “We’re pleased to be working with Nikon, to explore this new area for us creating solutions for photographers who are keen to take photography to a new level, with the help of our robotic and Polycam systems. Whilst the partnership has only been going since the start of the London Olympics, we’ve learnt so much and look forward to taking the systems further to support all photographers’ creative ideas and other specialist projects".
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On the 20th of June Mr Moco Rentals in collaboration with Love High Speed and Park Royal studios released the Bolt high speed cinebot in the UK. For those of you who couldn’t make it here is a taste of what you missed.
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The AFC-100 offers unparalleled performance for a compact robotic head and provides advanced features designed to excel at a wide range of TV production requirements. From high speed live action, precise time-lapse and silent studio operation, the AFC-100 is built to exceed the most demanding of creative aspplications.
With integrated I/O connectivity, network scalability, optional CCU control and high-bandwidth throughput, the AFC-100 fits seamlessly in current and emerging multi-camera workflows. MRMC controls every aspedct of the manufacturing process allowiing for a high level of customised features and personalised finishes.
Mark Roberts Motion Control, world leaders in customized motion control and robotic automation for the film and television industries, present the Bolt rig, for high-speed, shoot-friendly and broadcast applications.
Compatible with almost any high-speed camera, Bolt is a new MRMC innovation in High Speed Motion Control, and is fully controllable using FLAIR Motion Control software.
For more information, please contact Mark Roberts Motion Control.
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