Mark Roberts Motion Control rigs and heads can be programmed in a number of ways including using keyframes in our Flair software or pre-visualizing everything in 3D/CGI before hand. Sometimes though the best way is using hand controls, especially if one is trying to follow some slightly unpredictable action or event, or the director wants a more live-action or hand held look. There are many types of inputs that can be used some of which are not listed here but common ones available as options include:
Flair is the most advanced motion control software/hardware package available with the capability to control anything from a single motor to multi-axis studio and portable motion control rigs – up to 32 axes of motion in total. Using a simple interface, moves are entered using the most familiar method of move entry, a series of keyframes, each one stating a set of specific motor positions at a specific time. Moves can have only 2 keyframes, or 40 or more. With 18 years of constant development and use, Flair offers a wide array of features to make programming a move simple and quick. Visit the Flair page for more information.
The Handwheels allow a movement to be manually programmed. This offers the ability to frame any subject with ease. Any movement made with the handwheels is recorded and can be accurately played back. The MSA-20 Handwheels are for use with any of the Mark Roberts Remote Motion Control heads (Ulti-Head, SFH-50, SFH-30). The MSA-20 is a portable solution enabling the user to record and playback moves without the use of Flair. Visit the Handwheels/MSA-20 Handwheels page for more information.
The Pan Bars allow a movement to be manually programmed. This brings the ability to frame any subject with ease. Any movement made with the Pan Bars is recorded and can be accurately played back. Visit the Pan Bars page for more information.
Is a remote control unit using pushbutton keys and joysticks. The hand held box is configurable to the users requirements and allows control of the axes and software functions remotely from the Flair computer allowing the operator the freedom to move around the rig and studio whilst inputting moves. Visit the Hand Held Box page for more information.
Using a motor attached to the lens to drive it, the focus/iris controller gives you manual control to pull focus or adjust the aperture. Flair or the MSA-20 record any movements the motors have made using the focus/iris controller. Then when required can play back any recorded movement. Visit the Focus and/or Iris Controller page for more information
Using a motor attached to the lens to drive it, the zoom controller gives you manual control to zoom in our out. Flair or the MSA-20 record any movements the motor has made using the zoom controller. Then when required can play back any recorded movement. Visit the Zoom Controller page for more information.
Grip Sticks are metal bars that measure the amount of force exerted on them and move a motor accordingly. Grip-Sticks allow the movement of a motion control rig to be controlled in the same way as a traditional dolly or camera-crane – by pushing it. (For use with the Milo, Milo Long Arm and Mini Milo only). Visit the Grip Sticks page for more information.
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