Traditional PTZ Cameras
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!
For more information on the Whisper Head visit www.mrmoco.com/whisper-head
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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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).
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/
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The future of broadcast took a giant leap last recently with successful tests of live-action control of robotic cameras, from Kent, England, to Sao Paolo, Brazil, over the internet.
Mark Roberts Motion Control (MRMC), world leaders in robotics and motion control for the TV and film industry, were pleased to have the opportunity to use one their new high-speed pan tilt heads, the AFC-180S, at a major sporting event in Brazil on the 24th of November, while controlling the head remotely from a broadcast control centre in Kent – over ethernet with less than a fifth of a second delay.
MRMC have years of experience of designing and building state-of-the-art robotics, for everything from the latest blockbusters, like the current Oscar favourite “Gravity” (Sandra Bullock floated in space with the help of MRMC), to capturing the action and glory at the Olympics and Wimbledon.
The AFC-180S is their new, extremely compact pan tilt head with speeds of 180 degrees per second, and full HD slip-rings, capable of carrying 15kg payloads. Ideal for sports broadcasts. It controls the lens and powers the camera. On this occasion it was fitted with the newest Grass Valley LDX camera and a standard broadcast zoom lens, all controlled remotely via a single ethernet connection, with the operator sitting at a joystick control in England. Images were streamed back to the operator using a high speed internet link while feeding back the control signals to the head. The delays were minimal and allowed the operator to very easily control the camera without having to compensate heavily for lag.
Assaff Rawner, Managing Director at MRMC said, “The future of outside broadcasting is rapidly heading towards a new model, where heads are setup just prior to events, or permanently installed at venues, and cameramen and operators can control their equipment, in any location in the world, without leaving the country, or even their office or armchair. Our robotics is key to making this possible, as well as the rapidly growing field of ethernet enabled cameras and the rapid spread of high speed internet. Together the field of OB will continue its rapid change in 2014”
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:
For more information please contact Mark Roberts Motion Control on:
T: +441342 838 000
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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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.
Cutting Edge Motion Control solutions that push the envelope and keep the industry moving forwards has been the stock-in-trade for UK based company Mark Roberts Motion Control Ltd since it's inception nearly 50 years ago. So it was with a hint of nonchalance, but extreme pride, that the AFC-100 Broadcast Motion Control Head was released at the BVE Expo in London recently.
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 applications.
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 aspect of the manufacturing process allowing for a high level of customised features and personalised finishes.
The reponse to the Head has been nothing short of exceptional,and it is expected that news will soon be following of aplications with results and footage. See below for a short summary of features and specificsations:
- Accurate, fast and compact
- High bandwidth pan slip rings with support for up to 3G HD video
- Available with brushless servo or stepper motors
- Networkable and easily scalable for multi-camera operation
- Ethernet control of pan, tilt, zoom and focus (further options include RS232, RS422 & wireless)
- Integrated control of Canon and Fujinon broadcast servo lenses
- External fibre interfaces for extended operating distances available
- Control options include Joystick console, Pan Bars, Handwheels and Flair software
- High quality personalised logo engraving available
Please see the below video of this head:
MRMC continue to deliver groundbreaking solutions that flex the creative minds and muscles of this advanced age. Offered with next generation slip rings, near silent operation and precision servos which enable unlimited panning and gives the AFC-100 a distinct advantage when considering tactical and challenging locations. The new head is aimed at servicing a wide range of demanding creative applications. The head itself is based on the SFH-30 model already available from MRMC but has been considerably modified to render this new and exciting piece of Broadcast Moco kit.
The desire to make this technology available to the broadcast market has grown out of the long standing precision engineering and technological prowess renowned throughout the Movie and TV production industries by the Technical Academy Award Winning MILO Motion Control Crane and Flair Software.
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."
- Weight 5kg
- Camera Payload up to 14kg
- Max Speed up to 100°/sec
- Acceleration 100°/sec2
- Dimensions 250x256x139mm
- Power 24 VDC / 110-240 VAC
- Resolution <0.0001°
A bespoke version of the AFC-100 has already been commissioned for a medical facility, employing nine newtorked MRMC heads and a 3G HD workflow. For a more in depth insight, please contact Mark Roberts Motion Control directly on: +441342 838 000 or firstname.lastname@example.org