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Robotic Arm vs Studio Jib

Broadcasters use robotic arms to enhance their live broadcasts by benefiting from the arm’s space-saving design, automated movement, precision, and adaptability to virtual sets. Compared to traditional jibs, customers can leverage this advanced technology, and deliver visually engaging content with greater efficiency and ease.

Space-Saving Innovation

Broadcasters use robotic arms over traditional jibs for several reasons, primarily due to the advantages they offer in terms of flexibility, precision, and automation. Here’s how a robotic arm surpasses a jib in certain aspects:

Mechanism & Range of Motion

Articulated robotic arms with multiple motorized joints offer a wide range of motion, allowing for precise and versatile camera movements in multiple axes. They can pan, tilt, roll, and extend, providing more dynamic and complex camera shots.

Mechanical arms with a telescoping boom and a pivoting head offer horizontal and vertical movement. It has a limited range of motion but provides excellent sweeping arc movements and elevated shots.

Precision & Repeatability

Programmed to repeat precise camera movements and positions consistently, a robotic arm ensures shot accuracy and consistency for complex sequences or virtual set integration.

A jib requires manual operation and relies on the skill and experience of the camera operator for precise movements. While skilled operators can achieve accurate shots, the repeatability may vary, and it can be more challenging to recreate exact camera movements consistently.

Automation & Integration

Advanced robotics arms can integrate into automated workflows and synchronised with other production elements, such as virtual sets or graphics systems. They can be programmed for automated movements or synchronized with live events, offering seamless integration and enhanced production efficiency.

Meanwhile, a jib on manual operation, and automation or integration capabilities are limited. While jibs can be equipped with remote-controlled motorization for smoother movements, they typically require manual adjustments and are not as easily integrated into automated production workflows.

Portability & Setup Time

Generally larger and more complex systems, robotic arms often require more time for setup and calibration. They may need specialized rigging and mounting to ensure stability and safety.

Comparatively more portable and can be set up relatively quickly, jibs are often easier to transport and assemble, making them suitable for on-location shoots or situations where rapid setup is required.

Whatever your requirements – studio production, live events, or houses of worship – MRMC has a solution to fit your needs. Our flagship StudioBot XL is used by leading broadcasters, such as Al Jazeera and ESPN. while the new AJS-2 is fast becoming the go-to jib system due to its versatile operation.

If you have a project or want to learn more then contact our sales team today.

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