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The unconventional versatility of camera robotics

In this feature, Assaff Rawner, CEO, talks through how the versatile nature of camera robotics is causing widespread adoption across a diverse range of industries.

MRMC Company Showreel 2022

It is that time of year where we round up a collection of high-speed work to showcase just a snippet of the incredible Bolt™ action from around the world. As usual, customers are producing brilliant high-speed action content, and we are spoilt for choice to show just a small selection of the incredible work being produced.

2021 in the rear view mirror

It has been an unusual year. While the pandemic has continued to make its effects felt around the world, the industry returned to almost full production once more and, as a result, it’s been a successful one for us.

The Largest Gathering of MoCo Users & Robotics to Date

On the 24th of July 2021, many of our East Coast community of owners and operators came together for an event hosted by MRMC in partnership with Steve Giralt Visual Engineering and the team at The Garage in New York.

Steve Giralt Talks On Why He Uses MRMC Robotics For His Work

Visual Engineer Steve Giralt talks about why he chose MRMC robotics for his studio and the benefits they bring to his creative work.

World's First: Live-Action Capture with Bolt X at the Brit Awards

The MrMoco Rentals team were super excited to have joined forces with creative studio Tawbox to create the world’s first live-recorded motion control capture music video with Bolt X at the recent Brit Awards.

What is the Cost of a Bolt Robot?

For those looking to take their first steps in motion control, it might surprise you to learn the cost of a Bolt or other motion control robotic system is cheaper than you might think.

Bolt Jr+ With New Smaller Track Base

We are excited to reveal the new Bolt Jr+ with its newly designed, lightweight smaller track base which now has a one-connection umbilical - allowing for much easier transport and faster setup times.

MRMC puts cameras where photographers aren't allowed to go

How do you cover an event where photographers aren't allowed? Last month saw the inauguration of Joe Biden as president of the United States, an occasion which would normally see huge crowds of people, from officials, politicians and members of the public, to representatives of t

MRMC Team up With Globally Renowned PR Agency Bubble

We are excited to team up with global PR, marketing and events specialist agency Bubble, who specialise in the media and entertainment technology and services sectors.

Welcome to the World of MRMC Showreel

We are excited to release this new MRMC company showreel highlighting a range of different robotic solutions.

Why Experts Choose MRMC Robotics

We are extremely excited to share this collection of customer testimonials from a handful of experts using our robotic rigs.

High-Speed Robotics Showreel

We are excited to share this recent collection of high-speed robotics work, highlighting just a snippet of the incredible work created by our many talented customers and showcasing the infinite creative possibilities of using our robotic systems.

Motion Control In Practice With Robotface

The incredibly talented Robotface team over in Melbourne, Australia who specialises in motion control camera work for film and television, recently created a great visual explainer of the world of motion control...


We are thrilled to announce that at last night's 2nd annual ‘NAB SHOW 2020 Product of the Year’ awards, we picked up not one… but TWO awards!

Red Sox Hit a Home Run with Nikon Robotics

Nikon Inc. recently partnered with Major League Baseball team the Boston Red Sox to install a state-of-the-art Robotic Pod camera system throughout iconic Fenway Park to capture action-packed still images and full-HD video.

World's First Bolt Cinebot Range Technical Showreel

The wait is over. For the first time ever, watch the world's fastest Cinebots in action side by side, executing a series of moves that highlight each rig's operating envelope.

Exploring New, Extreme Angles with MRMC Robotics

One of the biggest challenges facing professional photographers today is capturing images from new perspectives, images that stand out and push through the noise of our image-saturated world.

How to Capture Iconic Tabletop Food Commercial Shots

Motion Control Operator and Cinematographer, Brendan Isaac (Instagram: @brendanisaac), gives an informative breakdown on how to capture some of the iconic tabletop shots you see in high-end commercials.

Polymotion Stage wins SVG Europe TVAward 2020

We are thrilled to announce that alongside our partners Sky Creative Agency, SkySports and Dimension Studio we have won the SVG Europe TVAward 2020 for Outstanding Production Achievement (Innovation). The award was for our work with Polymotion Stage.

MILO Captures 2.5 Minutes in a Single Shot

The Gift, Kaufland’s Mother’s Day commercial | The creative team over at visual distractions created a 2.5-minute continuous camera move with the Milo to tell the story of a woman’s life starting in the mid-60s from childhood to adult, covering the various stages of her life, ultimately portraying the declaration of love and gratitude for […]

All Hail the Precision of the Milo

New Milo Showreel Collection | The Milo is the original motion control system that set the precedence for repeat pass MoCo systems with its unrivalled precision and stability. The rig won the prestigious Academy Award for Scientific & Engineering Achievement and today, the system still maintains the most all-around pin-point precision and stability. Whilst the […]

Milo Showreel from Expert Operator Heiko Matting

A Collection of Motion Control Work | Heiko Matting is an expert motion control operator in Berlin who has worked in the Film & TV industry for over 15 years, collaborating and lending his expertise to hundreds of commercial projects. The new showreel below includes a collection of some of his most exciting work from the past few years, […]

Samurai Sword Fights With Cinebot rig

WELCOME TO SOI DOGS | Thailand based creative tabletop production studio Chopstick Films created an epic sword-fighting scene using the Bolt High-Speed Cinebot rig. The brilliantly choreographed short, dubbed Soi Dogs, was conceived by the team to test the dynamic ability of the Bolt and how it captures high-speed action from many different angles. The […]

New Beats by Dre Studio³ Camo Collection Shot with Bolt Jr.

Global creative agency Stink Studios commissioned Decatur Dan to capture NBA All-star James Harden and rapper A$AP Fergus for the new Beats by Dre Studio³ Camo Collection using the Bolt Jr., helping create dynamic camera movements for the spot. | The launch campaign, produced by creative agency Stink Studios and photographer/director Decatur Dan, highlights the […]

An R&D First: In-Camera Speed Ramping Synchronised to Audio & Milo

MUSIC VIDEO WITH THE MILO RIG & RAMPING & PROJECTION MAPPING A complex process of in-camera techniques using the Milo rig tells the story of the band Aggregat being taken over by their alter egos who arrive through a bend in time and space. Technically a first, the in-camera ramping of camera speeds synchronized to […]

Bolt X Available On Track

The Longest Reaching High Speed Cinebot rig | The latest edition to our high-speed robotics family, Bolt X, is now available on track. With its already incredible reach of 3.1m and 5m of vertical travel, you can now add yet another axis of movement giving creatives an unparalleled range of creativity. Watch the short demo […]

Join Us @ IBC Show 2019

At this year’s IBC Show we’ll be showcasing our range of automated solutions and high speed robotics. Split between two locations, hall 10, stand D.26 will feature a range of innovative multi-camera automated systems, including Polymotion Stage, Polymotion Chat and Polymotion Player, as well as the Nikon Z series camera range. Whilst in hall 12, […]

The 148th Open: Sky Sports introduces ground-breaking technology

Polymotion Stage | In partnership with Sky Sports, Polymotion Stage launched during the 148th Open at Royal Portrush, with many of the world’s top golfers being amongst the first to be filmed. The players are in and out of the Polymotion Stage within minutes, enabling Sky Sports to use their digital duplicate during broadcast for […]

How to Shoot a Commercial with Robots

Steve Giralt in Action with the Bolt Cinebot rig | Photographer, Director and Visual Engineer Steve Giralt gives a tour of his studio and talks about the incredible robotics he uses to create his work. His New York studio is like Iron Man’s workshop, equipped with a range of robotics (including Bolt), Steve creates various […]


BOLT HIGH SPEED CINEBOT IN ACTION! | Enjoy this collection of high speed work from a variety of production companies and cinematographers from around the world. Whether shooting high speed table-top work, film, TV or commercials, the Bolt High Speed Cinebot rig is the industry choice for professionals. | Credits: – Dianli – Shooting Gallery Asia […]


Article from |  THE ART OF REPLICATION | Soon to begin its sixth season, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC regularly features long takes. One such shot occurred in Season 2’s “S.O.S. Part 2” episode, when the character Daisy (Chloe Bennet) takes on the Inhuman Alisha (Alicia Vela-Bailey), who replicates herself into multiple ‘twinned’ versions. […]

Virtual production: motion control and real-time preview at Stiller Studios

Post courtesy of Unrealengine | Located in Sweden, Stiller Studios is one of the most technically advanced VFX studios in the world. It can offer its clients advanced motion control and motion capture equipment, housed within a huge pre-lit green-screen space, all tied together with live real-time preview on set, courtesy of Unreal Engine. What makes this […]

Brighton FC adds automated robotic cameras for in-depth analysis

Post courtesy of Broadcastnow | The robotic cameras are automatically controlled by ChyronHego Tracab data Brighton and Hove Albion FC has installed a series of high-quality robotic cameras at Falmer Stadium that automatically film wide-angle footage of matches for post-game video analysis. The cameras use real-time tracking data from ChyronHego’s Tracab to accurately follow the […]

Viva Las Vegas – Join Us for Our Biggest Show yet at NAB 2019

Today we are proud to reveal our exciting plans for what is shaping up to be our biggest ever exhibition at NAB Show, in Las Vegas. Across both our camera robotics and broadcast solutions we will be co-exhibiting with Nikon in the central hall on stand C6019, whilst in the central lobby we are back to […]

For The Ride – Thruxton, Rocket…and a Milo?

Blog post courtesy of Harniman Photography | Milo Rig Shoots Beautiful Triumph. If you follow any of our social channels, you may have seen the behind-the-scenes of us working with the Milo arm . . .this project was conceived as an interactive web experience for the viewer to get up-close & personal with the new […]

First Look: Flair 7 Sneak Peak

Here is a sneak peak of the upcoming Flair 7. Users will enjoy an entirely new experience operating the industry leading camera robotics software solution. With over 50 years of engineering knowledge already existing in Flair, the new UI now makes it entirely user friendly, giving operators easier ways to create and control any type of […]

The Rise Of The Robotic Camera

Article: The Rise Of The Robotic Camera | from The Broadcast Bridge | By Adrian Pennington The rise of the PTZ camera, discussed in a previous post, fits into the wider trends for remote operation, robotic cameras, and automated content production. We spoke with Mark Roberts Motion Control (Nikon-owned since 2016), one of the pioneers in […]

NEW Polymotion One – Single Operator, Multi Camera Workflow

  Multi-camera Control Designed for live sports capture, Polymotion Player is an innovative, portable, multi-camera workflow solution that gives a single operator the ability to record a match from multiple camera positions simultaneously. Polymotion Player maps out the playing area and the locations of up to 12 robotic cameras. The camera operator follows the action […]

Andy Murray on High Speed 360 Rig for Jaguar Sponsored Wimbledon Spot

MRMC’s High Speed 360 rig was used to capture dynamic footage of Andy Murray for a new Jaguar commercial. To allow Andy the freedom to move and strike the ball for the required shots, a specially designed larger platform was built that allowed him to perform safely. Creative agency Wing London turned to MRMC’s Rentals […]

Using Robotics To See The Unseen

Capturing precise, dynamic action in high-speed with camera movement requires extensive levels of automation. Leaders in visual engineering, RiTE Media Group specialise in combining high-speed filmmaking with ground-breaking robotics, such as MRMC’s Bolt Cinebot rig, to create breathtaking visuals. Collaborating with Director and Visual Engineer Steve Giralt, RiTE produced this beautiful short film – ‘Shoemaker’ […]

World’s First 24 Hour Gigapixel Time-lapse Panorama Created with Robotic Head & Nikon D850

Latest MRMC Technology at IBC Show

Join Us for the Latest MRMC Technology at IBC Show After a huge show at NAB earlier this year occupying the largest stand we’ve ever had, we now plan for IBC 2018. Partnering with Nikon B.V., this year we’ll have multiple stands, demonstrating the latest MRMC technology at IBC, including a highly exciting interactive Bolt display! Sharing the […]

MRMC Team up with Nikon Inc. for Our Busiest NAB Show Ever!

We had a fantastic time at the NAB Show this year – It was by far our busiest show to date! Teaming up with Nikon Inc., we had the opportunity to have a much larger stand and therefore demonstrate a wider range of robotic solutions. We also launched two new broadcast solutions – Polycam Chat and […]

MrMoco Rentals & The Visual Effects Company Merge to Become the World’s Largest Motion Control Robotics Rental Company

Mark Roberts Motion Control (MRMC) and The Visual Effects Company (VFX) are merging their Motion Control rental operations to become the world’s largest, one-stop MOCO shop. The new look MRMC/VFX plans to offer a far greater selection of motion control rigs, from standard MOCO fronted by brand new, academy award winning Milos through to integrated […]

The Bolt Captures Incredible Cardistry Skill of the Virts

The incredibly talented Virtuoso – The Virts team was captured in slow motion by the Bolt high-speed cinebot rig, by the equally brilliant Shooting Gallery Asia. The video demonstrates in slow motion the extreme skill of these talented Cardistry artists. A note from The Virts about the project and the video “RISE”: If there’s one thing we’ve learned […]

Duke of Gloucester Presents Queen’s Award to Surrey Robotics Company

Royalty Visits MRMC HQ The Duke of Gloucester representing Her Majesty the Queen, visited robotics company, Mark Roberts Motion Control Ltd (MRMC), to officially present The Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade. Awarded annually, The Queen’s Award for Enterprise is the most prestigious business accolade in the UK in recognition of a company’s continued achievements […]

Robotic Pod at the FINA World Swimming Championships

Robotic Pod Capturing the Impossible The Robotic Pod is the latest in a wide range of powerful MRMC image acquisition units for sports stadiums, events and live concerts. The completely weatherproof Robotic Pod (housing a Nikon DSLR D5 or D850), can be positioned in places around a venue typically not accessible, to capture unique angles […]

Robotics Take Centre Stage on the Nikon Booth at CES

This year’s CES show in Las Vegas saw the latest technology from around the world – with all the big brands demonstrating their latest products and solutions. But the big theme for CES seemed very much in the realm of robotics! We were the central feature for the Nikon stand, who were releasing the AF-S Nikkor 180-400mm f/4E […]

General Elektrik's Quirky New Music Video Created with Motion Control

General Elektriks new music video Different Blue directed by Arno Salters, demonstrates some excellent examples of Motion Control; the quirky new music video sees the band being cloned progressively more and more throughout the video. This kind of precision repeat pass work can only be accurately achieved through the use of motion control. The shoot, filmed in Berlin was […]


 END OF YEAR MESSAGE FROM THE CEO I would like to take a moment at the end of the year to thank customers, colleagues and suppliers for your loyalty and support over the past twelve months. I recognise we wouldn’t be where we are without the contributions made by each and every one of you, […]

Rite Media Group Shoots Coke Zero Spot With Bolt

The team over at Rite Media Group in Atlanta were recently created a Coke Zero spot. Mikey Cosentino, CTO talks about the project: When an established brand announces a new product, it’s a challenge, but any challenge is an opportunity. That’s why we brought an inventive approach to accomplish a shot that’s never been seen before, […]

Where it is Greater Agency Shoots Nike Spot with Jr. Bolt

The Los Angeles based creative agency, Where It’s Greater (WIG), has teamed up with Nike and Dick’s Sporting Goods to produce a campaign video for the new shoes Nike REACT Flyknit Hyperdunk 2017. A brand new style, the REACT Flyknit Hyperdunk 2017 was first introduced at this year’s NBA Finals by Dremond Green of the […]

Bolt’s Unique Tracking Moves Help Create New Music Video

In this short behind the scenes video, freelance motion control operator Jerry Andrews, along with co-director Jared Raab, talk about The Bolt high-speed cinebot rig and how it was instrumental in capturing July Talk’s music video which was shot on location at William F. White Centre in Toronto in association with Part & Parcel! You can […]

Acclaimed DoP Talks About His Love Affair with Motion Control

I was hooked when I first saw the Rutger Hauer ‘Guinness’ commercial in the early 1990s done at ‘Telecine Cell’, when I was starting out as a runner at Central Television, in Birmingham. Anyone who remembers the charm and genius of that spot may feel the same way – but it simply blew me away […]

First 3D Animation Made Entirely From Water Droplets

What happens when you take half a ton of suspended water, 2,048 nozzle switches (that are millisecond accurate), a motion control rig, motion capture and large flash bulbs? The first 3D animation made entirely from water droplets! The video was directed by Cole Paviour and produced by Unit 9 for Gatorade’s new ‘Active Water’ commercial. […]

Bolt & Mobile Phone Combination for Best Ever IBC Show!

IBC SHOW 2017 HIGHLIGHTS IBC Show is now over and we wanted to thank everyone who attended our booth. By far this was the busiest IBC event for us to date, and it was a pleasure meeting everyone there. We had visitors queuing up to put their mobile phones onto the Bolt High-Speed Cinebot rig, […]

MRMC Announces Camerobot Systems GmbH Amalgamation

THE MRMC AND CAMEROBOT STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP HERALDS A NEW ERA IN BROADCAST ROBOTICS AND STUDIO MOTION CONTROL Experts in camera robotics, Mark Roberts Motion Control Ltd [MRMC] has consolidated the highly respected German Camerobot robotic high-speed systems into the MRMC product portfolio of motion control and high-speed camera robotics. MRMC is now the worldwide ‘one-stop-shop’ […]

Broadcast Director Steve Boland Q&A: Trends in Automation & Robotics


IBC Show 2017 Stand Focus

This year we will have a range of high tech robotics on the IBC stand, We have expanded our booth size, so we can include more robotics for you to test and have live demonstrations. Due to popular demand, the Bolt High-Speed CineBot on track returns to IBC, and we will be offering IBC visitors […]

Meet Us at IBC Show to See The Latest Automated Robotics

JOIN US AT IBC SHOW IBC Show is next month, and we wanted to give a quick preview of the latest technology we’ll have at the show. Come along to our stand Hall 12, F11 where will be demonstrating our latest revolutionary broadcast solutions – incorporating next generation automated robotic tracking technologies that maximize the creative […]

Camera automation for Sky Sports’ PDC Darts Championships coverage

CASE STUDY: PDC WORLD DARTS CHAMPIONSHIP WITH MHC MRMC has been providing robotic systems for Sky Sports coverage of the PDC darts championships for 3 years. Between the 2013-2016 seasons, the robotic systems were used in elevated positions where operators cannot access directly. Control of camera moves is extended to a backstage position where the […]

Cannes Film Festival 2017 Robotic Pod Installation for AFP


The Bolt Helps VFX Get Strange In Marvel's New Universe

Behind the Scenes with Bolt on Marvel’s Dr Strange Last year we had the pleasure of working on some of the coolest VFX shots on a feature that was Oscar nominated for its visual effects. The Hollywood blockbuster, Doctor Strange, tells the story of a lesser known but extremely powerful character in the Marvel Universe. Benedict Cumberbatch […]

See the World's Largest Telescopic Motion Control Arm at CineGear Expo

We’ll be at Cinegear Expo in LA on the 2nd and 3rd of June where will be teaming up with our friends Camera Control Inc. We will have the Titan on display – the largest telescopic motion control arm in the world! (8.7m arm reach). The Titan has been used for Hollywood features such as […]

NAB Show 2017 Post Show Highlights & Video

This year’s NAB Show was likely one of our busiest and we had a tremendous amount of interest in MHC (Multi-Head Controller) software, and its ability to have tailored skins. Another key focal point was in IP connected technology; many visitors were interested in the ability of remote production through IP,  using MHC tailored skins with […]

Mark Roberts Motion Control Wins The Queen’s Award!

Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade We’ve had the great honour of being awarded the highly prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2017. Here’s what our CEO had to say about the award: “This is Britain’s highest business award and it is a great honour to receive. Our company is among the lucky few businesses […]

NEW: Next Generation UI at NAB Show 2017

New Product Release at the Show NAB Show is only a few weeks away and we will be showcasing some incredible new tech developments along with numerous cutting edge robotic solutions. Our new Multi-Head Controller software (MHC) will make its debut at the show. MHC is a new software platform designed for complete user simplicity. […]

Learn Flair Basics in Hours – Tutorials Set

With over 20 years of industry experience, Peter Rush, our Senior Service Engineer delivers a series of 12 informative training videos, which covers the ‘must know’ basics of Flair – taking someone from novice to user in only a few hours! These videos are also bitesize in length, ranging from 5 to 16 minutes long. […]

Case Study: Christie's Auction House Automated Photography Solution

Wall Slider for Automated Image Capture 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. CASE STUDY The London auction house needed to capture paintings, watercolors, prints, posters, photographs and […]

Motion Control Getting into Tight Spaces – Modula Rig Behind the Scenes

This behind the scenes video gives a great look at the Modula Rig in action, and how in a very small set, it helped shoot this well-crafted spooky short film, Turning Point. The plot line sees a young woman waking up alone in an abandoned house and exposed to a deadly disease, she must survive […]

Bolt High Speed CineBot rig Helps Shoot First VR Rock Music Video

During the summer, MrMoco and the Bolt High-Speed Cinebot rig made their way to Sofia, Bulgaria to shoot a 360 video for Samsung and the release of their Gear VR headset. The Video was produced by Resistance Films and directed by Ross Cairns. VR Rock Music Video with Biffy Clyro Samsung created the first VR rock music experience […]

Season’s Greetings from the CEO

It has been a fantastic and exciting year for MRMC. As the holidays are only days away, I wanted to write a few words about the present and the future. 2016 saw exponential growth for us, not only in terms of sales, but also in our R&D. We have always developed groundbreaking tech –– our […]

Large Photography Turntable Helps New Film Studio Expand their Creative Portfolio

Diyar Najed, a Saudi Arabian company who recently set up a studio a short distance outside the capital, Riyadh, just added a large Photography Turntable and Motion Base to their motion control robotics collection. The new studio intends to be a full-service studio that can shoot films, TV commercials, corporate/promotional videos and other branded entertainment; […]

Robo-Trumble Featuring StudioBot Wins Best Advertising Award

A great video made a few years back by Nikon Ambassador John Wright for Nikon featuring the StudioBot with a Nikon D810 recently won Best Advertising Award at the 2016 BAFTA Qualifying. The video features the StudioBot and ex Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt performing a kind of ‘dance off’ together. The production was shot entirely […]

MRMC 'Team Commandos' Conquer!

A small elite unit was sent out to represent the MRMC team, to conquer The Commando Series – a grueling 12km obstacle course that includes replicas of the Royal Marines Endurance, Assault and Tarzan courses. The team, inventively codenamed ‘MRMC’, included Laddi, Rob, Mark, Billy, Lidia and Sam – a crack squad of freakishly fit […]

Bolt on Track Captures that 'One Moment'

Our LA sister company, Camera Control Inc., recently filmed the most technically difficult job ever undertaken. The shoot was for OK GO’s ‘One Moment’ music video. The group, famous for their painstakingly rehearsed choreography, pushed the limits of motion control that resulted in a visually stunning single high-speed shot. The entire video lasts a total of 4.20 seconds! However, once slowed down […]

New Compact Pan-Tilt Systems at Government Video Expo Washington

Exhibiting PTZ Systems @ Government Video Expo MRMC are thrilled to be exhibiting its range of new compact pan-tilt systems for the first time at the Government Video Expo in Washington on 7th and 8th December. As a global leader in the manufacture of Motion Control and Robotic Camera Technology, MRMC will showcase some of […]

The Milo Motion Control Rig Made Entirely of Lego!

We thought this was just brilliant and had to post it up. The video below shows the Milo Motion Control Rig created completely out of Lego. Created by Yoursimo – a designer of all things made out of Lego. Incredibly it has full movement, running on a track with the ability to rotate, lift, arm […]

Entertaining Cinematography used in this New Tiger Beer Commercial Shot with the Bolt

The Bolt High-Speed CineBot rig is again in action, this time in Taiwan helping shoot a new Tiger Beer commercial. The cinematography used to create the commercial has resulted in a fun, high-octane commercial. Taiwan-based rental company Lee Rong Film & TV Equipment Co. recently came over to MRMC HQ for some training on the new […]

MRMC Are Proud to Announce New Partner, RiTE Media Group

Highly talented movie-making agency, RiTE Media Group, acquire a Bolt High Speed CineBot rig to further help them create visually stunning productions. Mark Roberts Motion Control, industry leaders in motion control robotics have partnered up with Rite Media group, a full service production studio headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Dan Brown, Mark Roberts Motion Control’s VP […]

Whisper Head: Compact, Silent & Extremely Fast Robotic 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 […]

Underwater Robotic Cameras Photographing The Magic At The Rio Games!

Rise of the Underwater Robotic Camera System This year's Games have seen the exponential rise of robotic cameras and the crucial part they now play in capturing magical live action moments! Advances in technology have provided a platform for automated robotic photography, which, in a nutshell, means cameras can be placed and controlled in virtually any […]

Automated Product Photography Rig at Photokina

Automated Photography at Photokina Photokina is just around the corner! At the show we will be demonstrating our Orbital Automated Product Photography Rig along with our photography turntables. Get hands-on demonstrations and see how using our equipment you could rapidly speed up any photo production line! The boom of the digital age has driven up the demand for […]

Automated Product Photography: Case Study – 10 Million Photos!

Slovakian production company, Studio 727, were given an automated product photography project which involved taking over 10 million photos! The objective was to photograph and catalogue Slovakian museum artefacts that were located in 55 locations throughout the country, for the purpose of giving on-line viewers the ability to see these relics in full 360-degree panoramic […]

MRMC Pan-tilt Heads serve another Wimbledon Tennis Championship

Pan-Tilt Heads at Wimbledon Tennis Championship Once again MRMC’s pan-tilt heads were operating at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships. It’s been four years since the heads were implemented at the tournament in partnership with Nikon. In 2013, renowned sports photographer Bob Martin wanted to bring a whole new dynamic to the photography at Wimbledon and therefore […]

Latest Moco Training Course at HQ

Flair and Motion Control Training We recently held one of our 3-day moco training courses in our HQ studio. The course was attended by students from around the world and covered all vital aspects of Flair and Motion Control, along with valuable insight and insider knowledge into the TV and film industry from our instructor […]

New Technology to be Revealed at IBC This Year!

This year at IBC we will be showcasing some exciting new MRMC developments using complementary IP-based technologies to offer a greater than ever range of robotic camera control options. These controls options range from: interfacing with ‘smart stadiums’ and venues producing real-time tracking data and enabling intelligent use of MRMC robotic camera automation. Long distance […]

Why Product Photography for your Website?

E-COMMERCE, PHOTOGRAPHY & THE PIXEL CULTURE Photos and video define the communication culture we live in today. Nearly every social media platform has the means to record, send, receive and view media. This movement has defined the pixel hungry populace, and the exponential rise of cheaper technology and accessible giant bandwidth means that everyone doesn’t just […]

Bolt from the Blue – Hindu Newspaper Article about the Bolt High-Speed Cinebot rig…

A great article was recently published in the Hindu Newspaper about the Bolt High-Speed Cinebot rig. An excerpt from the article: The Bolt High-Speed Cinebot rig is a camera rig that helps makes most of your favourite movie sequences come alive. You have probably watched a gun being fired and the bullet hurtling towards the […]

Macro Film Making – See the inside workings of a watch in HD!

John Redfern of Redfern Animation specialises in a unique combination of antique timepieces and film-making, to produce some of the most mesmerizing and beautiful footage of watches and clocks you have ever seen. With a client base ranging from museums to collectors and watch manufacturers, John has honed his skills for over 40 years to […]

Visit us @ Broadcast Asia: Stand 4D5 – 22

  What we are showcasing at Broadcast Asia! This year we will be demonstrating a combination of our Aimtrack technology along with our AFC pan-tilt head. This combination of tech gives a full proof solution for any studio or live environment, allowing real-time tracking of any person, object or anything you wish to track. Our AimTrack technology is […]

NAB Post Show Highlights and Video

NAB SHOW 2016 REVIEW NAB this year was definitely one of the most enjoyable shows we’ve ever had! The team had such fun using the Bolt and shooting many of the stand visitors. Theatrics including dances, jumps, celebrations and other creative displays were all caught in super slow motion! This year we also received a nomination for Best […]

Believe in Blue – New Police Commercial shot with Talos and Titan

PROJECT OVERVIEW Brain Candy Films were tasked by creative agency Tinker Taylor to create an epic film for the police to be shown in cinemas nationwide. The filmmakers decided to put the viewer right in the heart of the action, giving them a first hand insight into the demanding and diverse role of modern-day policing. […]

MRMC Celebrates its 50th Anniversary!

This year MRMC celebrates its 50th anniversary, and its rate of developing world-class revolutionary products shows no sign of abating. MRMC had its humble beginnings 50 years ago, in 1966, when Australian-born engineer, inventor and part-time racing driver Mark Roberts decided to set up a company to service and upgrade old animation rostrum tables. These […]

London Live & MRMC Robotic Camera Systems

London Live in is a local TV channel based in London, England. The channel transmits local news, current affairs, sports, arts, events and entertainment and was launched on the 31st March 2014. In September 2013, MRMC and London Live began discussions around ways to employ motion control robotics to realise a radically different approach to broadcast […]

Royal Coverage @ CABSAT!

MRMC once again teamed up with Hitachi at CABSAT 2016. MRMC’s AFC-100s robotic pan and tilt took to the telescopic mast of the Hitachi’s newly built 4K-capable OB-van. Designed as a multi-functional production vehicle with DSNG capabilities, the AFC system fits perfectly with the rapid deployment concept of the vehicle. Showcased with MRMC’s AimTrack object […]

Robotic Camera Systems for Broadcast

The AFC pan and tilt head has established itself in the broadcast sector as a versatile performer offering new possibilities for sports and studio content producers. With a small footprint and high payload capacity, the AFC head is the perfect choice for getting close to the action without compromising picture quality.  The art of fluid […]

Stella Artois – Reassuringly Motion Control

MRMC’s Milo motion control rig was recently used to shoot a visually stunning and clever Stella Artois commercial in Spain. Produced by London’s 1st Ave Machine and locals Palma Pictures, the project entitled ‘Stella Artois – Learn how water leaves a mark’ entailed shooting nearly 400 glass chalices rotating on a modern version of a […]

Get on the Red Carpet at NAB Show!

We have a great show this year at NAB! To show off our high-speed Bolt Cinebot rig 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 […]

New Product Photography Case Study: 10 million photos later!

Studio 727 are a Slovakian post-production company who have been using MRMC robotics for some years now. They have recently completed a nationwide digitalisation project, in which they had to take over 10 million photos! Using over 10 different MRMC robotic rigs, they worked through 55 museums to capture the countries historical artefacts! Read more about our […]

New MrMoco Training Course Dates

  We are delivering training for a range of Mark Roberts Motion Control robotics. Join our in-house training, and get hands on tuition and experience using our latest technologies. We deliver beginner, intermediate and advanced robotic courses. Training dates for 2016 are: Date Beginners Intermediate Advanced March    Tuesday 1st Wednesday 2nd Thursday 3rd June Tuesday […]

Red Carpet Event for Bolt (AKA E!’s Glambot) at Golden Globes

The Showbolt is no stranger to hanging out with famous actors, but this is usually on a dark set in a studio somewhere. This time it was front row under the bright lights of the Golden Globes red carpet event where the Bolt, AKA “E!’s Glambot” captured the stars as they rolled up for the show. The Bolt/Glambot, […]

Marintek buy AFC and Flair System for Marine R&D

Marintek run an ocean basin laboratory in Norway where they test marine vessels and offshore structures in big wave conditions. They had a project for high speed filming of an oil rig floating in the pool, attached and secured in an anchor system to the bottom. However, during heavy wave testing, the structure would move […]

Asics Purchases two MrMoco Orbital Rigs for their Product Photography Line

  Asics the multi-national, athletic equipment company, had a problem that needed solving and they came to MRMC to do so. Japanese footwear company, Asics, have a team of professional photographers to capture stock images of each and every style and colour shoe to upload on to their website. However, being the perfectionists they are, they […]

AFC Pan-tilt Heads at The British Basketball Championship

MRMC had some of its AFC pan-tilt heads at The British Basketball Championships earlier this month, where the London Lions played the Leicester Riders at The Copper Box Stadium in London. The AFC heads are used by Hawk-Eye Innovations, the same company known for their ball tracking technology used at all the major international Tennis […]

Hollywood Blockbuster 'Antman' uses the Bolt High Speed Cinebot rig!

MrMoco is no stranger to Hollywood productions; with countless credits in many of the top blockbuster movies, including Avengers: Age of Ultron; Jupiter Ascending; Skyfall and Maleficent to name just a few. Now MrMoco’s ever popular Bolt High Speed CineBot finds itself involved in Marvel’s latest production Ant-Man. High speed motion control photography was needed […]

All-women grip team “Rocket Girls” at InterBee Japan!

Rocket Inc. are making waves in the Far East with their latest showing at InterBee in the Makuhari Messe exhibition centre near Tokyo, Japan. The film & TV rental company had on display the Bolt High Speed CineBot, which generated a lot of interest at the show. The high-speed rig was setup on a track […]

Robots on the Catwalk at Milan Fashion Week

        Last month our rental department headed to Italy for Milan Fashion Week, the third stop of the fashion month marathon. The office was left completely bare with all the motion control rigs on the catwalk for designer Philipp Plein’s unveiling of his women’s Spring/Summer 2016 collection. The attendees showed up in […]

Bolt & Cyclops in New VFX Course

  A new course created by the guys at fxphd covers Motion Control, Nuke & Deep Compositing. A free video preview of the first class reveals some great behind the scenes footage as well as explaining some methods and techniques used to make the slow motion video. Both the Bolt and the Cyclops were used […]

MRMC Welcomes Dan Brown – New VP of Sales & Marketing USA

  MRMC warmly welcomes Dan Brown, our new VP of Sales & Marketing for the USA. Heading up our US office, Dan will further expand our reach into both existing and new fields of broadcast, product photography and other areas of motion control robotics. Smartly located in the Cincinnati area, the US office will provide […]

Bolt on Track is a Guitar Hero for Latest Video Game

Guitar Hero Freestyle Games has created the latest instalment of the music video game, Guitar Hero. The upcoming game dubbed Guitar Hero Live reboots the franchise since its first inception back in 2010. The game simulates a real-world concert setting from the perspective of the guitarist. Its soundtrack spans across a diverse range, and includes […]

Urban Sports Shoot with Bolt on Track

Our latest behind the scenes video is an urban sports video short, showcasing the Bolt on track. Shooting both street basketball & football using Love High Speed's Phantom 4K Flex, the film directed by Nick Sawyer demonstrates the versatility and creative potential of the Bolt on Track. There were two shoots, one for Basketball and one […]

Creating stereoscopic & stop-motion effects with the S3 Stepper

For Mikael Ohlson, a stop-motion animator, creating stereoscopic 3D and stop-motion is something he has always loved to do. His recent project titled Wolfie’s two magic words is a fine example of his work, and you can watch the videos below. He used MRMC’s S3 stepper rig to create the video and commented “it is […]

Sky Sports Commercial with the Milo rig & Thierry Henry

The MrMoco team found themselves for a second time shooting at Espanyol Stadium in Barcelona – this time for Sky’s latest Premier League advertising campaign. Produced by Outsider and directed by Scott Lyon, the commercial features Thierry Henry going back in time to prove that the Premier League really is the best league in the […]

Bolt helps Honda capture that 'Feeling'

The MrMoco team took the Bolt rig to Madrid earlier in the year for Honda’s latest Civic Commercial. Produced by RSA films and directed by Johnny Hardstaff the commercial showed Honda’s attention to detail to create that perfect feeling when driving. Shooting a mixture of frame rates on a Phantom flex it appears as though the car is suspended in its surroundings allowing Honda’s engineers to manipulate the environment to […]

Bolt on Track!

Another dimension of movement for the already highly versatile Bolt, you can now run the Cinebot rig on a track. The operator has the ability to run the Bolt along a track and follow any object, person or landscape, giving much more flexibility in terms of visual creativity. With rapid acceleration, the Bolt on Track […]


We wanted to let you know we will be exhibiting at Cinegear in LA next month. This will be the first show we've ever demonstrated Bolt on track! With speeds of up to 6 metres per second at the camera, it is the only technology of its kind — so you won’t want to miss it!


Watch this fascinating behind the scenes video for a Honda commercial. It was a challenging advert to create, requiring some clever ingenuity. Our Titan arm provided a great solution to help create the visually captivating video!

MRMC Expansion

We wanted to bring you up to speed on some good news here at MRMC. In the last three years we’ve had some incredible expansion and opened up great new markets. From 2013, year on year we’ve had an increase of 60% in sales and production. In turn this has given rise to manning up […]


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 […]

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 […]

Top Robotics make a Splash

What you can see at 1,000 frames per second… What would you do if you had a couple of days with the Bolt High Speed Cinebot rig and a Phantom Flex 4K camera capable of shooting at 1,000 Frames per second? The creative geniuses at Forsberg and Stiller tried everything they could think of and we think the results […]

MRMC to show Automated Studio with presenter tracking at BVE 2015

Mark Roberts Motion Control press announcement For immediate release MARK ROBERTS MOTION CONTROL TO SHOW AUTOMATED STUDIO WITH PRESENTER TRACKING AT BVE2015 See Mark Roberts Motion Control on the Nikon stand J06 at London BVE 2015 Expo at London Excel 24th – 26th February London 20th February 2015: Mark Roberts Motion Control will show an […]

Projection Mapping & Motion Control – the partnership grows.

Projection mapping and augmented reality are still in their infancy but as techniques and technology improve, they will make their way further into productions. Projection mapping when combined with motion control can achieve phenomenal effects and, as camera technology changes to include depth information, it offers the opportunity to not only achieve effects without greenscreens […]

London’s first fully 4K Studio

The AFC-100 Robotic Pan-Tilt heads complete Celebro Studios, London’s first fully 4K Studio.   In the centre of London, metres from Oxford Circus, sits Celebro Studios (, a brand new state of the art, purpose-built studio that offers huge potential in capturing and delivering 4K media. The 2000 square foot TV and film studio boasts a […]

High Speed BOLT arrives on the Track

The fastest and the best has an upgrade! We got bored of people asking when are we going to put the Bolt on track, so we did it.  With 4m per second track speed, 6m per second achievable at camera and phenomenal acceleration, to get up to speed quickly, this Bolt doesn’t hang about. Portable […]

Motion Control in World-wide Features

What's the latest in Special Effects In the world of modern features it can be hard to tell what is real and what is CGI. In fact, most assume that if a special effect can't be real, then it must be digital, but many special effects still rely heavily on motion control to film in […]

Curry's/PC World Motion Control Commercial – Making of with the Titan

MrMoco Rentals and the Titan travelled to Prague with Partizan to shoot the latest Currys/PC World commercial. Using a mixture of motion control and computer timing systems to perfectly manoeuvre the products with mechanical pulleys, wires and pneumatic rams, the commercial shows how, with the store’s 10,000 plus products, it can still help you get to the product that’s right for you. Commercial directed by […]

SKY Sports score with MRMC robotics

Darts Captured with Precision MRMC are proud to complete a year of extensive darts coverage with Sky Sports. Travelling to 20 separate venues around the UK, Ireland and Germany, Sky Sports darts coverage includes the World Darts Championship, Premier League Darts, World Cup of Darts, World Grand Prix Darts & Grand Slam of Darts. Using […]

Orbital Rig for 360 Degree Spin Photography

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 […]

Studiobot for New London Live 24/7 TV Channel

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 […]

Live Transatlantic Ethernet Broadcast Robotics – PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – PRESS RELEASE 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 […]

MRMC Round-up of BIRTV and IBC 2013 Preview

MRMC partnered with Century Sage Scientific Group to introduce Polycam and the AFC-100 pan and tilt head to the Chinese market at BIRTV exhibition last month.   As a leading broadcast system integrator, CSS has the reputation, strong client base and technical expertise to showcase and introduce pioneering technology such as Polycam to the broadcast […]

MRMC expands its robotic product range to offer new opportunities for live sports

Visit: 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 […]

MRMC makes history with a revolutionary new solution for photographers

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 […]

MRMC Release BOLT Hi-speed Cinebot rig in the UK

On the 20th of June Mr Moco Rentals in collaboration with Love High Speed and Park Royal studios released the Bolt high speed cinebot rig in the UK. For those of you who couldn’t make it here is a taste of what you missed. [vimeo clip_id=”69887138″] For more information on Bolt High Speed Cinebot rig. […]

AFC-100 Broadcast Head New Video and Spec Sheet

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 […]

Bolt – High Speed Motion Control Rig

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, […]

Annual Service Calls & After Sales Customer Service Survey

In line with our commitment to provide quality, reliable, and cutting edge technology supporting Motion Control solutions, for the creative industries and professionals working in the creative industries. Mark Roberts Motion Control provides 24hr support 365 days a year. Our Senior Service Engineer has over 20 years experience in assisting Producers, DOP’s, Directors, Moco Operators, and Moco Providers with their […]

MRMC Broadcast Solutions – Evolutionary AFC-100 Head

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 […]

The MRMC Titan MoCo Arm – On Set

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 […]

Upcoming Exhibitions – BVE & NAB 2013

MRMC will be exhibiting the revolutionary patented Polycam system ( at BVE in London, 26-28th February ( as well as showing new developments in pan & tilt heads. The BVE expo is the essential broadcast and production technology event in London and features over 300 exhibitors. MRMC will be found with their products on the […]

MRMC creates bespoke High speed rotate Rig

We often get asked to go around a subject at high speed. This month we were asked to create a high speed rig for a client wanting to go at over 5m/s (16’/sec) around a subject while filming with a high speed Olympus i-Speed camera. Additionally they wanted to be able to go around and […]

**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 […]

Motion Control Explained (MSA-20) Joystick Controller

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 […]

**NEW** Robo Head – Don’t miss out Register Today

Mark Roberts Motion Control New “Robo Head” has a special pre-order price of just £2999. Don’t miss out on your chance to Pre-order at this special price. Register Today! The Robo-head has the following advantages: LOW-COST high-end, quality, pan tilt head. Light-weight aluminium construction with a 4kg/9lb payload. Ethernet controlled, which can include wi-fi or […]

Motion Control Explained – AEON Software Applications

Aeon is our motion control software designed specifically for timelapse or very simple stop frame animation. The user interface is very simple to use and its low cost means it is the most cost effective way to control one of our timelapse or animation heads. Aeon can run wirelessly from a PDA or wired from […]

High Speed Motion Control

Mark Roberts Motion Control have supplied industrial robots running from user and film-industry-friendly software for high speed shooting for many years. These have become very popular recently. These robots can be used for different applications but they are excellent for high speed table top shoots with cameras like Phantoms or as model movers. Some of the advantges […]

Motion Control Explained – SFH30 Flair & Timelapse

The SFH-30 is one of our most popular heads. This versatile head can be used for many applications such as live-action, sports, Time-lapse, Stop-Frame animation, or High-speed shooting. This video offers a simple introduction to this popular Motion Control Pan-Tilt-Roll Head.  

NEW DSLR Pan Tilt head – ROBO-HEAD – Pre-Order NOW.

Mark Roberts Motion Control are pleased to announce the imminent arrival of our latest DSLR pan tilt head, the Robo-head, to complement our best-in-class small heads, including the SFH-30. The Robo-head will provide the high specifications not normally only found in MRMC products but at a fraction of the cost. The Robo-head has the following […]

Secrets released and demonstrated at IBC 2012

Imagine setting up 10 cameras to broadcast a football game, or music concert, and then having only one operator controlling them simultaneously. Or imagine, having a full complement of camera positions and camera operators and then adding some additional automated camera positions for generating additional second-screen views and revenue, without having to increase man-power. These […]

Lighting up the V&A for the 2012 London Design Festival

Mark Roberts Motion Control was recently involved with Cinimod studios and their interactive lighting design project “Walk the Light”. Commissioned as part of London Design Festival 2012 the entrance walkway to the V&A Museum was bathed in colour that reacted to the movements of the people walking through the tunnel of light. The whole effect relied […]

Upcoming Flair Motion Control Software & Milo Training days

The next planned training dates for our Flair software, including basic Milo motion control rig training will be on the 20th-22nd November. The days are for Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced, in that order. If you would like to register or get more information please contact us. Please call +44-(0)1342 838 000 or email to […]

IBC 2012 & The Olympics Fully Covered

MRMC AT IBC, Amsterdam 7-11 September MRMC will be exhibiting again this year at IBC. Come and see us at stand 11.G35 and our technology will also be on display at the Nikon Europe stand (9.B14) on display and available for demo will be our ‘Polycam’ system. Polycam is an IP-based robotic camera system that […]

Olympics AFP Robotic (Making of) Video Featuring SFH-30

For 6 Months AFP worked with camera manufacturer – the default camera for most of the Agency’s photographers – and us, to adapt the devices to be used in London. SFH-30 custom remote robotic pan, tilt, zoom and roll heads The Heads are a variant of the MRMC standard SFH-30 Pan Tilt Head, but by working with […]

Motion Control Tutorial

Motion Control Tutorial from Mark Roberts Motion Control on Vimeo. This motion control tutorial is the most comprehensive, simple to understand explanation of what motion control is and how it is used in the TV and film industry. Over 25 mins you will be introduced to the Milo Motion Control rig, the most widely known […]

(Sneak Peek) SFH-30 with Car Mount

Sneak Peek SFH-30 with Car Mount The Mark Roberts Motion Control Pan/Tilt Head SFH-30 recently was mounted on a car. Here below is a sneak peek of what that looked like. The SFH-30 is precise enough to be completely pixel accurate with HD cameras yet compact and lightweight for ease of use and transportation to any […]

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CineGear Expo 2012 Round-up

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 […]

Cine Gear 2012

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 […]

SFH-30 with RED Epic / Scarlet

At Mark Roberts Motion Control we do a small pan tilt head perfect for the Scarlet/Epic sized cameras, it is called the SFH-30. The SFH-30 can be controlled over Ethernet running from a joystick back to an AV room. One joystick can control several heads or you can have a dedicated joystick for each, depending […]

Mark Roberts Tributes

Tributes have been pouring in for Mark Roberts who founded Mark Roberts Film Services in 1966, this later became Mark Roberts Motion Control ltd as it is today. Mark’s Family would like to say a heartfelt thank-you for the hundreds of messages received. Here follows a small sample of them: “Please accept my sincere condolences […]

Mark Roberts – In Memorandum

Cine-Gear 2012 – Last Day Free Registration

  LAST DAY – FREE ONLINE REGISTRATION UNTIL MAY 26 ? 10:00am PDT   Register Now   * * * * * * * * * * * Exhibits  Friday, June 1     3:00pm – 9:00pm Saturday, June 2  10:00am – 5:00pm  See the Mark Roberts Motion Control Representative at Stand 60

MRMC – Flair via Ethernet & Product Developments

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 […]

Annecy 2012 – Mark Roberts Motion Control

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 […]

Nikon and Mark Roberts Motion Control

This Year MRMC have been working with Nikon and have appeared together at various expos, and exhibitions. 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 […]

MRMC Underwater Heads

MRMC Underwater Heads Here you can see a photo of the Motion Control Pan-Tilt unit tested at Pinewood studios water tank at 6 metres depth. or alternatively click on the link below to see a video of it working in a swimming pool. The Underwater head is one area of major developments that MRMC have been […]

MRMC for Space Exploration

MRMC for Space Exploration Mark Roberts Motion Control equipment used in the exploration of Space? Yes! MRMC are proud to have provided equipment used for the development of space craft being developed by two separate companies developing the next generation of craft to replace the retired space shuttle. The companies involved are developing the different […]

Titan Telescopic Arm

Titan Telescopic Arm  Worlds largest telescopic motion control arm successfully used in productions. Called the Titan Arm and with an extended length of 9 metres (30 feet), it allows numerous shots to be created with motion control that would normally be impossible.   DON’T FORGET THE MOCO FORUM Remember everyone is welcome to become a member […]

Sneak Peek — NAB 2012

MRMC Monorail at NAB   Development at Mark Roberts Motion Control has been feverish in the last 12 months, including developing underwater motion control equipment, ethernet controlled hardware, EPIC/Scarlet & Alexa control interfaces and many different new versions of DSLR rigs, including equipment that will be used at the Olympics. At NAB we will be […]

Underwater Motion Control & Remote Pan Tilt Head for DSLRs

As part of our ongoing development of equipment being used in this year’s Olympics, here is a sneak peak of the early underwater prototype, designed to go in the swimming and diving pools. It will also work in the sea for underwater filming or time-lapse. Not shown on this model is the underwater focus control.

Camera specific head modifications to Milo and Cyclops

With the recent shrinking of professional camera sizes used in film-making some of our clients have started modifying their rigs pan-tilt-roll heads to allow specific cameras to be fitted in a more compact and rigid manner. Often removing the standard baseplate that allows any camera to be fitted, and instead asking us to supply or […]

The 7 Uses of Motion Control

The 7 Uses of Motion Control (This is the full article previously published in parts) Did we say 7 uses? – Well that’s not quite true. There are in fact countless. To many to list in a newsletter in detail, but there are generally 7 main reasons for using motion control.  These categories are listed below and we will be covering […]

SFH-30: The Creative's Mini-Head

SFH-30: The Creative’s Mini-Head The SFH-30 pan tilt head has been designed to provide precision, accuracy and versatility not found in similar sized heads, making it suitable for a wide range of applications including live action, events, sports broadcasting, stop-frame animation and time-lapse photography. click here to view the new flier. SFH-30_handout_LR

Holiday Season 2011

  Best Wishes for the Holiday Season 2011, and a prosperous New Year From all of us at Mark Roberts Motion Control Ltd

Mark Roberts Motion Control

Mark Roberts Motion Control was founded 40 years ago by Mark Roberts. Realizing that Motion Control was inadequate to the needs of animators, he decided to produce a more stable and reliable camera rig that would produce consistent and accurate control of the camera. Mark Roberts Motion Control website –  Our goal is to […]

Aeon for iPhone

There is an upcoming new Aeon iPhone interface, allowing our SFH-30 Pan Tilt heads to be controlled wirelessly from the ever popular iPhone. The head can already be used with a PDA, or a netbook for doing simple timelapse shots, but the iPhone interface will make it the world’s first and only commercial motion control […]

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 […]

First ever Milo Motion Control Rig on display at BIRTV

First ever Milo Motion Control Rig on display at BIRTV When: August 24th – 27th 2011 Where: China International Exhibition Center, Beijing, China Come and visit Mark Roberts Motion Control at this year’s BIRTV Exhibition in Beijing where for the first time ever we will have on display the Milo Motion Control Rig. We look […]

The RED Epic on the SFH-30 pan tilt head

The RED Epic on the SFH-30 pan tilt head The highly anticipated release of the RED Epic has begun rolling out with production versions now quickly making their way on to film sets and motion control rigs. We gave a new Epic, supplied by RED Europe based at Pinewood Studios, a test with one of […]

Mark Roberts Motion Control launch new website

Mark Roberts Motion Control launch new website:         Mark Roberts Motion Control are proud to announce the launch of our new website. Loaded with information on all of our rigs, heads and our full range of products including many on set shots and behind the scenes footage of our equipment in action. Take a look […]

New features added to the MSA-20 Handwheels

New features added to the MSA-20 Handwheels The features built into the MSA-20 Handwheels have been recently expanded with the addition of time-lapse shooting, to play back a recorded move one frame at a time or at very slow speeds. We have also incorporated a complete Preston lens control interface enabling the Preston unit to be used […]

Milo shoots “splashing” 3D Stereoscopic Spot for Fuji

Milo shoots “splashing” 3D Stereoscopic Spot for Fuji When Fuji wanted a commercial that really communicated the 3D Stereoscopic capabilities of their new camera, they turned to director Tim Stoffel to bring across the message about their Fuji Finepix Real 3dw3. The camera takes pictures in perfect stereo and even shoots 720p HD video in stereoscopic. With […]

MRMC at Cine Gear Expo, Los Angeles

MRMC at Cine Gear Expo, Los Angeles   3-4 June 2011, Los Angeles Register today MRMC will be exhibiting again this year at Cine Gear, Paramount Pictures Studio Lot. On display and available for demo will be some of our smaller rigs, the Ulti-Head and SFH-50. Follow the link above to register for free before […]

The release of the Animoko Rig

The release of the Animoko Rig Mark Roberts Motion Control is pleased to announce the completion and delivery of the first Animoko rig to La Cambre, the Belgian School of Visual Arts, for their Animation Department. (click here to visit the La Cambre website) The Animoko rig was named by Kommer Kleijn, the VFX Cinematographer who came to us […]

The Talos visits the Middle East

The Talos visits the Middle East The Talos is definitely clocking up it’s frequent flyer miles. As you have heard in previous newsletters, since the release of the rig it has been in use right across Europe. This past month saw the Talos make a trip to the sandy deserts of Egypt where it was used on […]

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 […]

The Modula' Rig – The transformer of motion control rigs

The Modula’ Rig – The transformer of motion control rigs This month saw the debut of the latest addition to the Modula’ Rig, its new jib arm, at the British Society of Cinematographers (BSC) Show in London. The Modula Rig’ is now on its way to Poland, where the new owners, TPS, are eagerly awaiting its […]

The latest addition to the Mark Roberts Motion Control Range – The SFH-30

The latest addition to the Mark Roberts Motion Control Range – The SFH-30  Mark Roberts Motion Control are pleased to announce the latest addition to the range of animation and timelapse equipment on offer, the new SFH30 Stopframe and Timelapse motion control head. This compact and lightweight head is designed specifically for Digital SLR and compact […]

Oscar Winning Techniques for the Golden Compass

Oscar Winning Techniques for the Golden Compass In the last newsletter we told you about the success of The Golden Compass with its Oscar winning special effects. As part of creating Iorek the polar bear, Framestore CFC commissioned Ian Menzies from Motion Control Cameras to build a mechanical structure which would move with similar motion to a walking or galloping bear when mounted […]

*** Dulux Let’s Colour Project ***

Dulux Let’s Colour Project Working with Stink UK and Director Adam Berg (well known in the moco world as the Director of “Carousel” for Phillips, shot using the Milo by the VFX Co.) Let’s Colour was shot over five weeks and took us to four continents. The shoot started in Lapa, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and ended in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India with a couple of […]

*** S4 Stereoscopic 3D Stepper with Convergence ***

 *** S4 Stereoscopic 3D Stepper with Convergence *** Shown here in a left frame and right frame position with a change of convergence Mark Roberts Motion Control have taken the ever popular 3D Stereoscopic stepper to new heights and are pleased to offer the new S4. The S4 is an ideal unit for anyone shooting […]

*** Precision Mini Pan/Tilt/Roll Head ***

*** Precision Mini Pan/Tilt/Roll Head ***  The SFH-50 shown with the Arri Alexa and RED  Click here to see footage of head on track at Interbee The new roll option on the SFH-50 Pan Tilt head offers what MRMC believe to be the worlds most compact Pan Tilt Roll head capable of carrying a wide range […]

Animoko making of, Sandman and the Lost Sand of Dreams

Animoko making of, Sandman and the Lost Sand of Dreams Julian Hermannsen from Visual Distractions Ltd. worked as the Motion Control and Visual Effects Supervisor on the recently released German stop-motion feature, The Sandman and the Lost Sand of Dreams produced by Scopas Medien. From the outset it was clear that the five-month principal photography was going to be […]

Upcoming Shows: BIRTV, IBC, Cinec

Upcoming Shows: BIRTV, IBC, Cinec MRMC will be exhibiting at the following shows with the Modula Rig, the Talos, S3  3D Stereoscopic Stepper, Animoko Rig and for the first time the SFH-50 Pan Tilt Head with Roll axis. Please let us know if you will be attending. We look forward to seeing you there! Note: Today […]

Talos at Vis a Vis Film Germany

Talos at Vis a Vis Film Germany The below commercial for the VW Golf was shot in Berlin, Germany with the Talos motion control rig based at Vis a Vis Film. For the interiors the Vis a Vis Film crew used the SFH-30 pan tilt head with the RED One on it. The SFH-30 was chosen due to […]

S3 3D Stereoscopic Animation Unit

S3 3D Stereoscopic Animation Unit It is now 12 months since the S3 3D Stereoscopic Stepper/Slider unit was released and in that time it has gone from strength to strength being used in everything from commercials, to feature films and TV series and in all corners of the globe. Being compatible with MACs and PCs and all […]

Syndicate Milo – just add water

Syndicate Milo – just add water  Syndicate Entertainment AB – a VFX/moco facility based in Stockholm, Sweden – recently produced a promotional film for the release of Autodesk REVIT, a new architectural software. The production was driven from an animatic that was done in collaboration with the creative team from the agency. The challenge was to […]

Cheryl Cole, Three Words Music Video

Cheryl Cole, Three Words Music Video Cheryl Cole’s “Three Words” music video had the concept of one camera move for the duration of the video with a second camera breaking off to film an alternative camera path then rejoining the existing camera.  It would have been extremely hard to achieve this programming a motion control […]

Samsung 3D TV commercial, A New Dimension

Samsung 3D TV commercial, A New Dimension Rogue Films approached Ian Menzies with the project of shooting a commercial for Samsung’s first LED 3D TV. The aim was to create a 3D feel to a 2D image. The Director, Sam Brown and DP, Damien Morisot wanted to have a handheld look to all of the camera moves shot with the motion control […]

New Mexico State University Acquire the MRMC Modula Rig

*** New Mexico State University Acquire the MRMC Modula Rig *** New Mexico State University’s Creative Media Institute (CMI) is the first University in the USA to have acquired a Mark Roberts Motion Control Rig. Derek Fisher, the program’s Director of Animation and Visual Effects was appointed to head the effort to develop and equip CMI’s Motion Lab and […]

The Milos Wow at the Paris Fashion Show

The Milos Wow at the Paris Fashion Show Never thought a Milo would be walking down the catwalk at a fashion show?! Think again. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, someone comes up with another idea for motion control. This time Gainsbury & Whiting who were producing the Alexander McQueen Spring Summer 2010 collection […]

Stop frame commercial – Minimalism, making of

Stop frame commercial – Minimalism, making of  Weirdoughmationfilms, a Stop-Motion-Animation-Studio based in Germany (Rhein-Main Area near Frankfurt) recently handled the production of all Stop-Frame footage as well as all Motion-Control-Shots for the production of Minimalism, a web Viral / online spot produced by Living Room Pictures for MINI /BMW. Agency: Webguerillias, directed by Jochen Hirschfeld. Having worked with a Locomoco- and Kuper-systems […]

BIRTV 2009, see the first Milo in China

  *** BIRTV 2009, see the first Milo in China ***  Venue: China International Exhibition Center, Beijing China Exhibition Dates: 26th – 29th of August 2009 Visit MRMC at the Beijing International Radio, TV & Film Equipment Exhibition where we will be demonstrating the first Milo Motion Control Rig in China! For more information or to let us know […]

Introducing the Motion Controlled Ladder Dolly

Introducing the Motion Controlled Ladder Dolly A couple of SFH-30 Pan-Tilt head owners have asked about using their Ladder dolly in combination with the SFH-30. A ladder dolly is a very lightweight dolly that uses ladders as rails for the dolly. The advantages for location work are numerous, one can easily buy or borrow a […]

Shotbox welcome the arrival of their Modula Rig in Prague

Shotbox welcome the arrival of their Modula Rig in Prague Shotbox are now the proud owners of a new Modula Rig. Located in Prague, Shotbox are a tabletop and SFX Studio who pride themselves on making innovative footage of food, beverage and other products. With the use of motion control and the Modula Rig they […]

The BSC Show, 13th and 14th of March

 The BSC Show, 13th and 14th of March    MRMC will be exhibiting at the British Society of Cinematographers in March at Elstree Film & TV Studios in London. Everyone is welcome to visit.  The Talos Motion Control Rig, Modula Rig system and the SFH-30 pan tilt head will be on show and available for demo. […]

The Talos – one year on

The Talos – one year on   The Talos has been doing a lot of travelling in the last year, with 2008 marking its first year in full service. The start was in Italy on the new action feature film of Tom Tykwer “The International”, to be released this year, but since then it showed up in […]

SFH-30, from stop motion animation to live action sports

SFH-30, from stop motion animation to live action sports The SFH-30 pan tilt head is getting around. This past month we received photos from customers who are now using the head: In Slovenia, AAtlanta, who just acquired the SFH-30 in December have put it to use on the set of “The Kiddo – Slingshot”, a stop […]

Milo on the set of Max Payne

Milo on the set of Max Payne In our May 2008 newsletter we mentioned Operator Jerry Andrews and Technician Craig Perrin from Kinetic Camera in Toronto had been working with a Milo on the feature film Max Payne. At the time we couldn’t say or show a whole lot. With the film now released here are some photos and details of how the […]

The extremely versatile SFH-30

The extremely versatile SFH-30  From basketball and football broadcast events, stop frame animation, remote head camera work for commercials to crowd timelapse photography, the SFH-30 seems to be everywhere making that perfect shot attainable. Due to its small light-weight build, low cost, high precision and its ability to handle the RED and other small HD cameras, the […]

Losito International Films welcome the arrival of their Milo

Losito International Films welcome the arrival of their Milo Based in Italy, Losito International Films, one of the leaders in the film and TV industry High speed and Table-top/special effects are now the proud owners of their very own Milo Motion Control Rig. Now combining Motion Control with High speed special effects, the Losito crew are […]

Welcome to Motion Control 3D!

Welcome to Motion Control 3D! Note – this product is now released and available to order. See S3 Stereosopic Stepper Unit  The Academy Award winning team at Mark Roberts Motion Control are pleased to announce the up-coming release of a vital tool for any stop-frame animators looking to produce in 3D Stereoscopic. The field of 3D […]

Ulti Head on track shoot, Gordon Ramsay: Cook Along Live

Ulti Head on track shoot, Gordon Ramsay: Cook Along Live Freelance Operator Ian Menzies recently did a shoot in conjunction with Kontrol Freax and MRMC for a Channel 4 commercial, Gordon Ramsay: Cookalong Live. Using the Ulti-Head on track and a Genesis camera the first day was spent shooting Gordon. Mimic pan bars were used to control the pan and tilt […]

BIRTV Exhibition, Beijing China, 5 – 8 November

BIRTV Exhibition, Beijing China, 5 – 8 November MRMC will be in Beijing, China for the annual BIRTV exhibition at the China International Exhibition Centre where we will have our equipment on show and available for demos. The exhibition starts on the 5th of November and runs until the 8th of November. You can visit […]

Milo Shoot, Natasha Bedingfield, “Angel”

Milo Shoot, Natasha Bedingfield, “Angel”   Camera Control Inc recently operated the Milo on Natasha Bendingfield’s “Angel” music video. The Milo motion control rig was used to achieve multiple passes of Natasha in the various sets and in a variety of costumes. Flair motion control software was used to program the panning off speed, then matched to the panning on […]

The first Milo in Lebanon

The first Milo in Lebanon          Third Eye FX is now the hub of motion control in Lebanon and surrounding regions having just bought their very own Milo Motion Control Rig!  This is the first Milo to be placed and operated in the Middle East.  As well as offering rental of the Milo in all regions of the Middle […]

MRMC Motion Control and Flair Training

MRMC Motion Control and Flair Training This past month we completed another successful training programme. Five people attended the three day course gaining basic and advanced skills in using Flair and operating the Milo. The course was run by Assaff Rawner and attendees came from the North of England and as far away as Italy, […]

Cambotics Broadcast Robotics Reseller

Cambotics Broadcast Robotics Reseller While Mark Roberts Motion Control equipment is most known in the realms of film, commercials and music videos, we have also supplied the TV industry on countless occasions. In order to offer an even greater range of broadcast equipment for the TV industry, MRMC are working in collaboration with Cine-TV Broadcast Systems and Cambotics […]

A 3rd Axis for the Ulti-Head

A 3rd Axis for the Ulti-Head  Mark Roberts Motion Control are proud to announce their latest new option for the high precision pan-tilt Ulti-Head, the MRMC manufactured full roll or 3rd axis. This option was also released at this year’s IBC and was shown on the Talos rig. The 3rd axis can take a wide range of cameras, […]

Interesting US locations

Interesting US locations Here are some shots from Camera Control Inc. shooting on location in the US: The Modula Rig in the Imperial Dunes shooting time-lapes with two Nikon D3 cameras. The day before the shoot, 50 foot of track was laid on a steel deck in the dunes. Have you done something cool with motion control? […]

Recent Credits

Recent Credits Here are a few of the recent Feature Films that Mark Roberts Motion Control equipment has been used on:              James Bond: Quantum of Solace You Don’t Mess with the Zohan Avatar Max Payne The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

The SFH-30 demonstration video

The SFH-30 demonstration video With floods of enquires and requests for different controllers for different applications, the Mark Roberts Motion Control design team have created systems for all users. For broadcast applications and small HD video cameras there are pan bars, hand wheels or a joystick console. For stop frame animation there is our Flair computer […]

IBC 2008

IBC 2008, Sept 12th-16th – BOOK YOUR TICKETS NOW   IBC 2008 Yes, its that time of the year again. Time to get onto your favourite travel website and book your tickets for Amsterdam! Mark Roberts Motion Control will be at this year’s IBC exhibiting our latest motion control technology. On display and available for demo will be […]

What do Motion Control Operators get up to in their spare time?

What do Motion Control Operators get up to in their spare time? See the below youtube video from Motion Control Supervisor Nigel Rowe from Turner Studios.  He was recently in South America and made some interesting discoveries. The below video is the last thing we heard from Nigel and the Motion Control crew at Turner Studios…

Another CONTROL for complete Motion Control

Another CONTROL for complete Motion Control For broadcast television and general simple pan, tilt, zoom control applications, SFH-30 or Ulti-Head users may be pleased to know there is a simple joystick controller. This has the same record and playback facilities like the MSA-20 Handwheels but with a very simple 3-axis joystick controller. Additional motions like […]

Bond no Match For Motion Control

Bond no Match For Motion Control Motion Control Operator Ben Goldschmied from Motion Control Cameras Ltd. recently did a MILO shoot with James Bond (Daniel Craig) that tested him to his limits. Here’s what he had to say about it: THE MILO ON SET “Motion Control Cameras were approached to film this commercial with a short brief […]

Modula Motion Control Rig Specs – now available in Chinese

Modula Motion Control Rig Specs – now available in Chinese The Modula Motion Control Rig specs have now been translated and are available in Chinese. Please contact us to request these. We are now working on subtitling our Motion Control Tutorial in Chinese. Contact us to place an advance order for your copy.

Famous Second User Milo for Sale

Famous Second User Milo for Sale MRMC have available for sale a second user Milo, which has worked on such well known movies as Superman Returns, The Matrix Trilogy, Babe, Pitch Black, Ghost Ship and many others. It includes many extras, even a full set of curved rails, and a Slimline pan-tilt-roll head. Second user […]

Aardman Animations add the SFH-30 to their arsenal of moco equipment.

Aardman Animations add the SFH-30 to their arsenal of moco equipment.  Triple Oscar Winners Aardman Animations Ltd. have just acquired the SFH-30. This compact, lightweight pan tilt head is designed specifically for Digital SLR, compact video, HD cameras or even the RED camera. The SFH-30 provides precision and accuracy not normally found with similar sized heads, making it suitable for a […]

Milo on set for the feature film Max Payne

Milo on set for the feature film Max Payne Kinetic Camera in Toronto recently completed shots for the feature film Max Payne, due to be released in October this year. We can’t give you any images at this time, but we can tell you that one of the scenes was an establishing shot of Max, played […]

The Ulti-Head – Head to head with a Gorilla

The Ulti-Head – Head to head with a Gorilla Camera Control Inc. in Santa Monica have over the past several months shot several commercials using their Ulti-Head including this one below for AMP. The Ulti-Head was used on numerous shots allowing the stunt sequences of a gorilla crashing through a glass window to be combined with extras and actors […]

Mark Roberts Motion Control at Cine Gear Expo – June 20th 2008

Mark Roberts Motion Control at Cine Gear Expo – June 20th 2008     Next month Mark Roberts Motion Control will be showing the new Talos motion control rig at Cinegear. This will be the first appearance of the hugely popular Talos in North America since its debut at IBC, Amsterdam, in September last year. […]

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 […]

Flair Demonstration Video

Flair Demonstration Video We get asked many questions about Flair, our powerful motion control software and for years have allowed people to freely download the software from our website together with a manual. Now to make trying out Flair even simpler, we have made a short video tutorial to guide you through the first steps […]

Curved Rail

Curved Rail Ever needed motion control on curved rails? Then contact us, we have the solution for you! If you missed the Ulti-Head running on curved rails at the BSC show but want more information, then let us know. Contact

SFH-30 Head Spec Sheet

 SFH-30 Head Spec Sheet Due to the huge demand for more information we have received after the release of the SFH-30, we have put together a spec sheet on this new head. Click here to download the SFH-30 spec sheet.

What has the Talos been up to since its release?

What has the Talos been up to since its release? At last year’s IBC you saw the release of the Talos. So what has it been up to since? The Talos has been in use right across Europe. It is extremely popular due to it’s light weight, simplicity and speed of set up and it’s […]

Motion Control helps The Golden Compass to the Best Visual Effects Academy Award this year

Motion Control helps The Golden Compass to the Best Visual Effects Academy Award this year It was good news for The Golden Compass at the Academy Awards when they beat off stiff competition from Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End and Transformers to take Hollywood’s highest accolade in best visual effects. Framestore CFC, who were honoured in Hollywood last week, provided key […]

The RED Camera used on Mark Roberts Motion Control rigs

The RED Camera used on Mark Roberts Motion Control rigs With the first RED cameras shipping at the end of 2007, we are now starting to see them being used in conjunction with precision motion control. Dennis Henry, owner of MC2 used a RED camera on his Cyclops motion control rig and had the following to say, “The shoot […]

Motion Control in Colleges and Universities

Motion Control in Colleges and Universities An increasing number of media, film and computer graphics degree courses are including motion control as a major part of their curriculum. While motion control has been a standard part of filming and special FX for many years, it has rarely been given as much importance at higher education […]

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 […]

CCI on set with Milos and Ulti-heads

CCI on set with Milos and Ulti-heads Camera Control Inc. (CCI), the largest resource of Mark Roberts Motion Control systems on the West Coast of America recently sent us some great shots of some of their equipment on location. CCI have a large inventory including Milos, Milo Long Arm, Slimline Heads, Ulti-heads, Guinness Head, Panther Systems, a […]

SIGGRAPH 2007 Best of Show Award for ARK

SIGGRAPH 2007 Best of Show Award for ARK The new short animated film “Ark” by Grzegorz ‘Greg’ Jonkajtys (director, producer) and Marcin Kobylecki (producer), has received a number of awards this year including the Best of Show award at SIGGRAPH 07. Shot using the Milo from Platige Image mounted (as you can see in the […]

Track & Lift Column on Modula' Rig

Track & Lift Column on Modula’ Rig Mark Roberts Motion Control recently delivered the first Modula’ Rig lift column to TPS in Poland, . This system is designed to be a lot more portable than our larger systems and works directly with the popular Ulti-head. We made a brief web-movie of the system which you can view […]

Exhibitions, Expos & Conventions – BSC, Cinegear, BIR-TV, IBC

Exhibitions, Expos & Conventions – BSC, Cinegear, BIR-TV, IBC Mark Roberts Motion Control have exhibited newly developed equipment at a number of shows recently and there are some more major exhibitions in the coming weeks. First this year was the British Society of Cinematographers exhibition which was the first public outing for the new Modula’ […]

CGI Virtual Camera Handwheels – The Motion Box – MOBO

CGI Virtual Camera Handwheels – The Motion Box – MOBO The use of handwheels (or Panbars) combined with a virtual camera in a CGI world has been growing in leaps and bounds. Initially used on purely CG Animation projects like “Polar Express”, a number of live-action feature films and projects have since been using the handwheels […]

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 […]

The Biggest Rig Ever?

The Biggest Rig Ever? MRMC upgrade The VFX Co’s Cyclops with a 9m Long Arm Is this the biggest motion control rig on the planet? Mark Roberts Motion Control were proud to deliver this month an upgrade to the VFX Co’s Cyclops motion control system to allow it to carry their 9 metre long Carbon Fibre Arm – almost doubling […]

Makina Creative Post premiers Milo in Turkey

Makina Creative Post premiers Milo in Turkey Turkish company Makina Creative Post started their motion control journey with an extraordinary shoot.  Having taken delivery of a brand new Milo they were challenged with shooting “Dream in Efes” which was the first big budget international commercial for Efes, a leading Turkish beer brand.  The commercial illustrates the taste of Efes in […]

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 […]


MOTION CONTROL CAMERAS Ian Menzies of Motion Control Cameras speaks to us about how his close association with our team here at Mark Roberts Motion Control has enabled them to be pioneers in the field of Motion Control filming. Ian, a highly experienced motion control operator and in the business for the last 15 years, was the very first operator to […]

MRMC success at Cine Gear Expo

MRMC success at Cine Gear Expo We had a successful Cinegear Expo 2006 in LA last month.  Located on the Panther Dollies and Cranes booth – our collaboration partners for many years – we displayed two of our Pan/Tilt Ulti-heads.  One Ulti-head was running as a motion control system together with a Track axis (pictured above left) and a […]

Rig Model in Flair and V5 development

Rig Model in Flair and V5 development Several major new developments have recently been added to Flair with more planned for the rest of the year. The first is the implementation of a 3D graphical model of the Milo within Flair. This allows the user to program in moves and view on-screen how the rig will perform […]

MRMC Maquette System

MRMC Maquette System A few months ago MRMC delivered an interface to the VFX Co to provide them with a 6-degrees of freedom model-mover system for special effects. The motion base platform is capable of moving a 1-ton load in any direction or rotation and is currently being used for a feature film to simulate […]

BSC Show Success

BSC Show Success The new Ulti-head track system and 360 degree roll shown at the British Society of Cinematographers show last month proved very popular. Working with industry standard rails and using MRMC racking or toothed belt (on request), the system provides an invaluable additional axis of motion to the Ulti-Head. Able to achieve speeds in excess […]

MRMC’s 40th Birthday Celebrations

MRMC’s 40th Birthday Celebrations This year sees the celebration of forty years of innovation from Mark Roberts Motion Control. The history of our company started with Mark Roberts, our founder and chairman, who was born in Western Australia in the early 30’s.  After his education in civil engineering he moved to the UK where upon he had several careers including a […]

Announcing ‘Talos’ the latest motion control rig from Mark Roberts Motion Control

Announcing ‘Talos’ the latest motion control rig from Mark Roberts Motion Control The Talos, to be released later this year, will be our latest compact, lightweight, portable, live-action rig designed for Motion Control. This latest design incorporates all the unique concepts, knowledge and skills from the same Academy Award winning design teamgiving you the best performance possible in […]

Motion Control Training Courses

Motion Control training courses We would like to hear from you if you are interested in attending our Motion Control Training Courses. Following several requests we run a series of training courses for Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced operators. These courses are tutored using a Milo motion control rig and teach the setting up of a Milo, […]


New MSA-20 STAND ALONE SYSTEM We are proud to announce the that the Ulti-head as well being offered as a full motion control head now has an option which allows it to be purchased as a stand alone remote repeat head, without the Flair software. Connecting the Ulti-head to the newly developed MSA-20 handwheels, allows the head to […]


ULTI-HEADS SHOW OFF THEIR NEW OWNERS Camera Control Inc based in Los Angeles took delivery of two Ulti-heads from Mark Roberts Motion Control in December last year adding to their two Milos and  Panther dolly.   Operators Chris Toth and Jan Beran both seriously contemplating just how good the Ultihead is! Manager, Jason Rau had this to say “After many years of lugging around […]


OSCAR SUCCESS FOR AARDMAN Nick Park and Steve Box win The Oscar for ‘Best Animated Feature’   Aardman were delighted last night when they picked up an Oscar for the Best Animated Feature. Commenting on this fantastic news Nick Park said “Both Steve Box and myself are just overjoyed and feel very privileged to have won this Oscar. The crew at Aardman deserve this […]

Developments at MRMC

Developments at MRMC Looking back over 2005 we’ve had an astonishing year. It saw the development of new handwheels, an Ulti-head track system, a motion base interface, new panbars, a broadcast touchscreen interface, new lens control motors, a high definition interface and numerous new software features in Flair. We hosted a number of well attended demonstration days all […]

Ikea in a spin

Ikea in a spin Having taken delivery of their Milo this summer, Syndicate Technologies based in Sweden immediately got their Milo into action filming the most quintessentially of Swedish exports…IKEA This was Ikea’s first web only commercial. The campaign is called “Dreamkitchens for everyone” and shows six kitchens in a time slice format which turn […]

Prestigious BAFTA Award for Dupe

Prestigious BAFTA Award for Dupe We are very proud to announce that Dupe (featured in our October motion control Blog,) was awarded Best Short Film at the BAFTA Scotland Awards 2005 earlier this month. For those of you overseas or unawares, BAFTA or British Academy of Film & Television Arts Awards are kind of our equivalent to the […]

Aardman Animates Another Hit!

Aardman Animates Another Hit! The cheese-loving Wallace and his ever faithful dog Gromit—the much-loved duo from Aardman’s Oscar®-winning clay-animated “Wallace & Gromit” shorts—star in an all new comedy adventure, ‘Wallace & Gromit – The Curse of the Were-Rabbit’. The acclaimed latest feature from the award winning team was shot extensively with motion control equipment (twenty […]

Koreans visit MRMC

Koreans visit MRMC Last month saw the factory at Sussex be host to a whole variety of visitors including a special delegation from Korea who came to receive some additional training in the use of their Milo. The two companies involved, ETRI and Daesang, received in-depth training from Peter Rush, our chief service engineer, as well […]

Greetings from IBC

Greetings from IBC We would like to thank all the visitors who came to see us last month at IBC 2005 in Amsterdam. This was a very successful, ever growing event, and we hope you liked what you saw, including a prototype for the new 360-degree roll for the Ulti-Head. As usual the DVD showreel was […]

Motion Magic for Paheli – Courtesy of Asia Image Magazine

Motion Magic for Paheli – Courtesy of Asia Image Magazine Paheli, the latest Indian blockbuster by acclaimed director Amol Palekar and producer-actor Shah Rukh Khan, shows how motion control can solve the most difficult of visual effects shots. Romance, drama, betrayal. The dilemma of lovers, a symphony emotions, an encounter with the supernatural. A mix of […]

Cloning Around – by Chris Waitt

Cloning Around – by Chris Waitt  The challenge of the movie Dupe was that the script called for several identical people. Award-Winning Director Chris Waitt describes how motion control was the answer. Dupe is a short film, funded by the UK Film Council as part of their Digital Shorts scheme. It tells the story of […]


  NETZERO Shoot at CCI In a recent commercial for Net Zero, an Internet provider, production company Patriot Pictures and Riot used Camera Control Inc with their Milo long arm and Slimline Fries camera to shoot a series of pre-visualised moves of a Net Zero customer enjoying his Hyper Fast Internet experience. The concept called […]

British Airways Shoot for “Knucklehead”

British Airways Shoot for “Knucklehead” The latest BA commercial, directed by award winner Daniel Barber from Knucklehead , used extensive motion control techniques supplied by the Visual Effects Company based in London. The commercial begins outside the window of a flat looking at a man inside. With the hero character staying centre frame, the camera […]

We've moved at IBC

We’ve moved at IBC Unbelievably it’s that time of year again! IBC is less than 5 weeks away.  We’ll be there but please note we will be in a different hall to the previous 5 years – now in Hall 11 along with all other camera equipment, look out for us on Booth 705.  This […]

MRMC Announcement

MRMC Announcement We are pleased to announce the recent promotion of James Biggs to General Manager at Mark Roberts Motion Control.  In this role he will be responsible for the day to day running of the company.  James started at MRMC 9 years ago as a mechanical fitter following a long career in the Navy.  […]

IBC2005 Already?

IBC2005 Already? You might think IBC2005 is still a long way away but it is never too early to register. Registering early not only saves you time but also gives FREE entry into the exhibition hall saving you 55.- Euros. Here’s your chance to register FREE for IBC2005 and registering is easy! Visit Simply follow […]

Ulti-Head Package Pricing From £34,900!

Ulti-Head Package Pricing From £34,900! Do you know you how low-cost Motion Control can be?   Many people do not realise that getting a simple motion control system need not be expensive. In fact, with pricing for an Ulti-Head package starting at £34,900, it costs less than many remote pan and tilt heads which have no motion […]

The Life Aquatic For Milo

The Life Aquatic For Milo A recent Disney Picture starring Bill Murray and Cate Blanchett featured several shots created with a couple of Milo motion control systems, supplied and operated by Motion Control Cameras, UK. The Life Aquatic is Wes Anderson’s (The Royal Tannenbaums, Rushmore) latest creation.  The film which was shot in Italy in […]

Point Tracking Demo at ARRI Media

Point Tracking Demo at ARRI Media Many of you may have seen the new Mark Roberts Motion Control Ulti-head being exhibited at various shows.  It’s an extremely accurate pan/tilt head specifically designed for motion control and runs from Flair software. When the Ulti-head is mounted on an encoded Technocrane it can perform a feature called ‘point […]

Jerry Andrews is Calling North America…

Jerry Andrews is Calling North America… There are currently three MRMC Milo cranes based in the Eastern half of North America. Two of these are in Canada and the other is based in Atlanta, Georgia. While this large region is fertile ground for creative visual effects in feature films, broadcast television and music videos, recent economic […]

Bolex Camera Video Assist

Bolex Camera Video Assist Mark Roberts Motion Control is nearing completion of its new Bolex 16mm camera video assist. The colour video assist allows the camera, which is very popular with 16mm animation companies as well as other applications, to be used without having to look through the viewfinder or more importantly to be used […]

Ulti-Head at Panavision

Ulti-Head at Panavision At the request of freelance motion control operator/director Jay Mallet we took the Ulti-Head to Panavision UK to try it out with Panavision cameras and lenses and run a few tests. Here are a couple photos showing the afternoon which proved a good success with everyone who saw it.

New Product – Integrated Capping Shutter

New Product – Integrated Capping Shutter Mark Roberts Motion Control is proud to announce the release of our latest product, the Integrated Capping Shutter (ICS) for Fries Mitchell cameras. Together with the Mitchell S35 these cameras are used daily all over the world for special effect shooting and for animation purposes because they provide superior […]

TeleG Talks About Rostrum

TeleG Talks About Rostrum Michael Bayley-Hughes owner of Welsh production company TeleG Ltd, talks about the acquisition a year ago of a motion control rostrum system.  “It has revolutionized our work and given it a distinctive ‘look’.  Credits include Acme TV’s forthcoming Bob Marley documentary for S4C, the Welsh television company. The software and hardware enables motion […]

MILO and Polar Express

Polar Express Equipment The Polar Express animated movie is not a film one would normally associate with Simon Wakley, motion control operator for Camera Control Inc, but it is true, Here’s the story of why: The Polar Express is the latest creation of director Robert Zemeckis, the same man who directed “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?”. It […]

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