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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 studio content acquisition and workflows.
Headed by Technical Director, Bryn Balcombe, the LL team saw an opportunity to challenge traditional assumptions of the look and format of TV news and current affairs programmes.
The perception of local TV is low budget technology often resulting in a cheap and static look. London Live set out to innovate and challenge this notion and without the budget of National TV studios, opted for a different look using full frame sensor cameras. With developments in DSLR camera technology allowing for high-quality HD video functionality in addition to a cinematic shallow depth of field look, the team began looking for a supplier that could integrate this technology in a studio environment.
To download the full case study click here
Check out the video below for an overview of how MRMC robotics work within the London Live Studio.
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 motion is perfectly realised through the very latest in precision motors and high-resolution gearing, together with control interfaces carefully designed to maximise the operator’s creative direction.
The AFC’s IP-based architecture brings a wide range of benefits to today’s broadcast workflows. Whether extending operator control, target tracking or integrating with augmented reality graphics, the AFC fits seamlessly into networked production environments.
AFC-180: Speed & Performance
The AFC-180 head offers exceptional speed and performance from a compact head. With pan speeds of up to 180° per second, the AFC-180 is ideal for getting trackside and following fast moving targets. Brushless servos provide smooth and quiet axis motion whilst high-bandwidth slip rings offer unlimited pan rotation. Paired with MRMC’s LFP joystick controller, the AFC-180 makes high-speed close-up shots an intuitive, safe and highly creative solution.
AFC-100: A Range of Applications
The AFC-100 head is the ideal choice for a wide range of broadcast applications ranging from studio camera robotics to live events and sports production. Speeds of up to 100° per second can be achieved using powerful stepper motors. A high payload capacity offers supports for full studio build-up kits including compact cameras and Teleprompters.
High-Level of Integration
The AFC range offers a high level of integration features. Camera video, power and data are conveniently routed through the heads I/O panel providing simplified rigging and cable management. Using robust, weather-proofed connectors and sealed gaskets, the AFC heads are designed for the heavy demands that come with outside broadcast robotics.
Control: Live Event Robotic Cameras
For live televised sports and events having the right interface is essential for successfully combining remote control and natural looking motion. MRMC’s LFP joystick and pan bar control systems offer the best available translation of operator commands into smooth and precise camera shots. MRMC’s controllers employ complex background algorithms exclusively engineered for live action. Features such as ‘ZRS’ (zoom related scaling) and ‘EXP’ (exponential joystick sensitivity), automatically respond to the operator’s intentions and make difficult zoom and pan transitions possible as single continuous shots. The LFP’s simple and intuitive control surface empowers the operator to concentrate on the action, whilst powerful background software provides the level of immediacy and precision required for the most demanding shots.
MRMC’s studio control software provides an ideal framework for today’s integrated studio environments. Multiple camera positions can be easily controlled from a single operator and pre-programmed moves and positions executable via a simple touch-screen interface. MRMC’s studio software also supports integration with 3rd party virtual graphics and automation systems.
An open architecture design philosophy makes the AFC range attractive to system integrators who can employ or design their own control interface as part of a unified system (API available on request).
MRMC provide a wide range of accessories including studio build-up kits, tracks, lift columns, lens motors, encoders and tracking systems.
To see videos and other information about our robotic camera systems click here
We have recently created a series of straightforward quick start guides for numerous MRMC robotic systems. These technical equipment manuals are in the form of short illustrative booklets that will take you from ‘straight out of the box’ to ‘up and running’ in no time!
Bolt Quick Start Guide – download here
Talos Quick Start Guide – download here
SFH-30 Quick Start Guide – download here
SFH-50 Quick Start Guide – download here
AFC Quick Start Guide – download here
Monorail Quick Start Guide – download here
Joystick Controller Quick Start Guide – download here
MSA-20 Handwheels Quick Start Guide – download here
Mini MSA Quick Start Guide – download here
LFP Quick Start Guide – download here
Trigger Box Quick Start Guide – download here
Precision Track Quick Start Guide – download here
FLAIR Quick Start Guide – download here
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 from centre.
That's where we come in…
Marintek were looking for a robotic pan tilt head for a high speed camera with an automatic function so the camera would track the model independently with no camera operator during testing.
As you can see from the images, The AFC-100 controlled by Flair software provided an ideal solution.
Due to Flair’s support for real-time motion capture systems, MRMC’s robotic control provided a seamless integration with Marintek’s existing data tracking environment. Being a leading supplier of robotic systems for camera automation in sports, the MRMC solution also proved an ideal fit for this research and development application.
According to principle photographer, Siw Hermanstad, “The head performed flawlessly” for the initial project and will continue to be used for day to day operation in their 4-6 channel multi camera productions.
For more information or to see some video examples of The AFC – 100 click here
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 events.
The pilot is set to run over four events and be streamed live in January 2016 via Skysports.com and Webcastsport.com.
You can read more at Hawk-Eye Innovations News here.