We had the pleasure of supporting a fantastic new project to create the World’s First 24-hour Gigapixel panorama of the London skyline.
The contact lens provider, Lenstore, teamed up with VR & 360 production company Visualise, who, using the incredible Nikon D850 and our motion control robotic Ulti-head, captured the amazing timelapse from the top of Canary Wharf!
The technical aspects of this project were immense. Pinpoint accuracy was required to stitch the thousands of detailed photos together; without the absolute precision of the repeat passes, the images wouldn’t have seamlessly blended together – which is why the robotic Ulti-Head was ideal for the task!
Similarly, Nikon’s D850 was needed to ensure the highest degree of image sharpness, and its whopping 45.7 megapixels means that you can zoom into any part of the photo and pick up details nearly 5 miles away!
Each Panorama is made up of 260 individual photos and is 155 degrees wide (183,944 x 40,060 pixels) – which equates to the capturing of over 7 billion pixels per hour!
The results are incredible – the World’s First 24 Hour Gigalapse panorama!
The project was shot by Henry Stuart from Visualise, he had the following to say:
“Shooting gigapixel photos is hard – we have been shooting them for the Olympics, the World Cup, for events and places all around the globe. Each panorama is so large it needs specially built computers to process it. In this case we had to build a special server system and network all of the work stations in our studio to the content so that we could stitch five of the photos at a time. Lucky it was the winter as the heat generated was keeping our whole block warm.
So what makes this different is really its ambition – you would never think that this many gigapixels could be shot at this resolution in one day. On any other panoramic head you would not have the same alignment of pixels, they would all have some give or movement in one direction or another.
There was a team of two of us, taking shifts through the day/night. It was incredibly cold and windy. Each hour we made the trip to the corner of the roof, checked the light, adjusted our settings and set off the camera remotely. Then rushed back inside to warm up again. We were in a building control room, sandwiched between all their electrics and air conditioning controls.
To capture a photo like this you need a really capable camera – we used the Nikon D850. It has this beautiful big sensor and captures a huge range of light and dark (large dynamic range). This is so important when shooting panoramas where one part of the image is bright, such as towards the sun, and another is dark such as over the Thames. We shot everything on the camera’s ‘RAW’ setting, which keeps loads of extra information in the shots that you would usually lose.
The robotic head we used to take the images is from the world of film production, it’s technically a custom modified Mark Roberts Motion Control – Ulti-Head. This head was programmed to take the 260 photos of each photo to pixel precision, meaning each time the panorama is created, even 24 hrs later, the pixels have not moved and everything lines up.”
The longest and only telescopic moco arm in the world designed and created by Mark Roberts Motion Control was unveiled in 2012. The Titan is the first precision telescopic motion control arm. Fitted to a Milo or Cyclops the reach and maximum height is more than any other motion control rig available anywhere. We have had it out and about around London, shooting at a pool side at a lido, in the field at an allotment and in and out of a few studios too. For the latest Channel 4seven ident we set the rig up on a 1.5m high platform on 36m of track. Below is a time-lapse of the shoot and also the completed ident. Because of the precise nature of the move required to enable the fold effect, the camera moves were prevized in Maya, then imported to the rig. The behind the scenes moving time-lapse shots were taken using our DSLR moco head, the SFH-30.
The Titan was also used on this Virgin Media commercial where we shot multi passes of David Tennant fighting himself. The extend of the Titan, with its close to 7m of travel was the only axis used in this pull back. Using the Titan meant we did not need to lay track in frame that would have to be taken out in post later or have the track interfere with the actors movement.
For more information on the Titan, or any other Motion Control Rig / Head available from Mark Roberts Motion control, please contact: 44 1342 838 000 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.”
MRMC products and staff will be at BVE London (Stand K20 – Nikon) and NAB 2013.
The next installment of our series of mini-tutorials has just been uploaded to the Mark Roberts Motion Control YouTube site, this time the video features a tutorial on the joystick controller or (MSA-20).
The Joystick controller allows our heads to be directly controlled as a remote or repeat head. The Joystick console can record multiple moves and store them in its memory for later playback. The joystick is a 3-axis joystick allowing 3 axes to be controlled and additional inputs exist should the user wish to control more than 3 motors. The Joystick controller is compact and lightweight for easy transportation and can be battery powered just like the heads. It only requires a single small data lead to the head as well as power so cabling between the controller and the head is very simple
Please click on the picture below to see the Video.
For more information please contact Mark Roberts Motion Control:
+441342 838 000
Mark Roberts Motion Control were in LA once more for the recent CineGear Expo at Paramount Studios.
If you came to the Expo we would like to say thank-you for visiting us on the MRMC / Camera Control inc stand and speaking with our representative from Mark Roberts Motion Control Ltd. We trust you found the show interesting and informative.
On display on our booth were some of our smaller product line heads and track systems including the SFH-50 Pan-Tilt head with MSA-20 Handwheels control, the SFH-50 with Roll via Joystick control, and an SFH 30 with Monorail track capable of diagonal, vertical or horizontal motion. All of these systems are ideal for smaller HD cameras such as the RED One and Epics, the Alexa or DSLRs for live action motion control, remote camera work, time lapse and many other applications.
If you require additional information or a quote for any of our motion control rigs, heads or other equipment or would like a copy of our show-reel, please let us know.
50% of our work is custom built to bespoke requirements, and to that end please do not hesitate to get in touch should you have any further questions about the equipment you saw at the expo or any of our other products.
Contact: Mark Roberts Motion Control
T: 01342 838 000
Mark Roberts Motion Control are attending Cine Gear Expo again in 2012.
Look out for an exciting display of small heads and accessories all available right now. Some of these heads (15 in fact) are being used in the upcoming international sporting spectacle taking place in London England.
Cine Gear will be taking place at Paramount Studios Hollywood, CA.
We look forward to seeing you there. You can meet a representative from
Mark Roberts Motion Control at booth 60.
Mark Roberts Motion Control are leaders in the world of Motion Control Products, and have been supplying cutting edge Rigs and equipment to the industry for nearly 50 years*. Mark Roberts Motion Control rigs are now the defacto systems used around the world for feature films, music videos and commercials, with Broadcast solutions and other related industries now also selecting MRMC Rigs and Heads as their first choice.
We are proud to be the official UK supplier
of Robotic Equipment to Nikon at the Olympics.
Famously our Rigs and Heads have been used by Aardman in their feature films and TV Hit Wallace & Grommit, as well as more recent productions such as “Pirates, in an adventure with Scientists”.
Our goal is to broaden the horizons of Film and Television production by supplying Motion Control equipment which enables creative moves to be entered quickly and easily, and greatly increasing creative potentials and realizations.
To that end we are constantly seeking out and working with companies that push the envelope and are playing a major part in the shaping of Motion Control and Motion Control Techniques.
Stop Motion Pro worked very closeley with us in developing the interfacing of the S4 and with their input the MRMC S4 stereoscopic stepper is now fully compatible with Stop Motion Pro.
Flair,The Ultimate Camera Control Software was developed in house and has been used for many years by MOCO Operators and professionals.
“Unlike most other Motion Control Software, Flair is written for film-making and is a winner from a film-makers point of view. Camera Moves are easily programmable and highly adjustable, with a variety of options to change the move’s parameters. the front end software is clear and the graphic displays are very helpful”
— Oliver Kunz, Studio Chief, Brains and Pictures, Vienna
The perfect partner to our Pan/Tilt Heads and Rigs has just been released fully enabled for Ethernet control. Thus making it more accessible to such environments as TV Broadcast and both studio based or outside filming.
Tim Richardson, a key member of the original line-up that released Flair and newly returned to our development team, recently announced:
“These days we sell Flair software ready to install on a laptop plus the head itself. It really is as simple as plug-and-play”.
*in 1966 originally the company was called mark Roberts Film Services.
Mark Roberts Motion Control will be returning to the annual showcase and celebration of professionalism and dedication to the world of
Stop-motion animation, Annecy 2012.
We attended for the first time only a couple of years ago, and are very proud and delighted to announce we will be returning again this year.
The Animoko Rig, will once again be making an appearance as will the S4 Stereoscopic Stepper. Both have proved to be extremely popular in the production of feature length Movies, and recently in terms of the Animoko for still life fashion shoots.
We will also be bringing the Pan/Tilt Head SFH-30 with Monorail slider to the show, which has been extremely popular this year, with many heads being used on the worldwide stage in perhaps the greatest sporting event in the calendar this year being hosted by London in 2012.
You will find us together with Stop Motion Pro at the Annecy Festival 6th to 8th June. We look forward to seeing you there.
Please do get in touch if you have any questions or would like to book a demonstration at the Mark Roberts Motion Control Studios.
We attended the Broadcast Video Expo in London Earls Court earlier this year. If we saw you there we appreciated the chance to meet with you and show some of our products including the SFH-30 pan tilt head with joystick and pan bar controller.
We also showcased the SFH-30 Head with Joystick Console and
Pan-Bars at the Focus on Imaging Exhibition in Birmingham where the Nikon Booth was simply packed out as seen in this shot below:
More recently we were with Nikon at the Counter Terror Expo in London.
The equipment we had on display at the expo was the SFH-30 Pan-Tilt remote head carrying a D4 with a 400mm zoom for surveillance type applications, it is also available in a silent or “stealth” version. We hope you found that this was an interesting item to be displayed and showed some potential for you in acquiring one.
50% of our work is custom built to bespoke requirements, and to that end please do not hesitate to get in touch should you have any further questions about the equipment you may have seen if you were at any of these Exhibitions, or any of our other products.