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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 a very interesting video experience – so visit the stand to find out – and bring your mobile phones!
Joining Bolt on the stand is the multifunctional MRMC StudioBot – a complete studio automation robotic solution with up to nine axes of synchronised motion – offering broadcasters an efficient fully automated work flow.
Stand visitors can also ‘road test’ the AFC-100s PTZ, ideal for a multitude of broadcast studio applications
MRMC’s Robotic Pod™, the next generation remote capture unit, for sports, events and other live broadcasts, and The high speed, completely silent Whisper Head, a small compact unit with a diverse range of applications, such as live shows, corporate events, house of worship or for security and surveillance. These robotic solutions raise the bar in broadcast with an impressive array of advanced broadcast camera head features, automation and functionality.
These camera heads are controlled on the MRMC stand, through two software applications – Flair and MHC (multi head controller) – visit our stand for demonstrations of MHC controlling multiple robotic heads from a single console.
Get your pass for FREE if you register before August 18th, 2017 by clicking here – or if you miss the deadline, use our complimentary registration code 4927 to get a free ticket.
Visit our stand: Hall 12, F11.
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Robotic Pod at Cannes Film Festival Captures Incredible Photos
FOR THE SECOND YEAR RUNNING, AFP (ASSOCIATED FRENCH PRESS), HAS USED THE ROBOTIC POD TO CAPTURE STUNNING IMAGES FROM A LOCATION THAT IS COMPLETELY INACCESSIBLE TO PHOTOGRAPHERS DURING THE FESTIVAL.
Using the Robotic Pod, fitted with a modified Nikon D5 and 80-400mm lens, AFP could easily zoom in on the stars as they made their way down the red carpet and capture photos that would be virtually impossible to capture otherwise. The Robotic Pod has three axis of movement, which allowed AFP to frame each picture precisely, all from a remote location far away from the red carpet. Given the Pod’s ability to be controlled over IP, photographers can be located at any remote location and have complete control over the Robotic Pod. As an example, back in 2014, during the Sochi Winter Games, AFP controlled one robot (mounted high up on the mountains ski slopes), from their press centre over 50km away in real time.
A UNIQUE ANGLE IS IMPORTANT TO STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD, THE SHOT ABOVE SHOWS 100’S OF PHOTOGRAPHERS CAPTURING THE SAME IMAGE. THE ROBOTIC POD HOWEVER, ALLOWED AFP PHOTOGRAPHER ANTONIN THUILLIER TO CAPTURE THE ANGLE ABOVE THE RED CARPET.
The Robotic Pod’s ability to capture unique and incredible images was instantly demonstrated at the Cannes festival, when Rihanna used one of the images caught by the Robotic Pod, on her Instagram feed (with 53 million followers), to show her arriving at the event.
Using the Robotic Pod at red carpet events and other shows has a number of interesting benefits, not only in terms of capturing unique images, but also in terms of photographers’ time – with the robot installed in advance, photographers won’t need to stand around for hours waiting for the celebrities to arrive.
It’s also possible to pick elevated angles that will give a clean background – or in some of the photos you can see here, use other guests and photographers as the background. The Robotic Pod also offers an incredible level of repeatability, so the same shot of each and every celebrity can be easily captured.
For more information on the Robotic Pod click here
All photos courtesy of Associated French Press.
Traditional PTZ Cameras
Small, traditional PTZ’s are relatively compact, simple units with built-in cameras. They are slightly bland ‘eyeball’ looking things that are typically used for surveillance and security, or for basic broadcast functions like streaming in-house content or perhaps capturing a corporate event or live show. Where the user has minimal requirements of the camera, these units are a workable solution for simple image capture. The usual price point comes in at around £3,000 for the higher end models like JVC or Sony.
The PTZ camera becomes a little frailer if an operator requires more input than merely turning it on and letting it do its thing. Users who want more functionality are then faced with the conundrum of either going into the larger range of pan/tilt systems – often much more complex to setup and run, and obviously, costing a lot more too – or making do with the very limited functionality of a regular PTZ camera.
The High-Speed Whisper
The Whisper Head, MRMC’s latest sleek, high-speed unit considerably closes this gap between the two markets. It gives the best of both worlds, with full control over image capture from a compact portable unit that’s eerily silent and frighteningly fast. It’s noiseless and almost mesmeric movement is controlled through the usual panoply of external devices: broadcast panel, joystick or through a touchscreen device run by the control software, MHC.
The weather-proof Whisper Head is designed to seamlessly fit into a multitude of different environments that many of the traditional PTZs fit into – from live shows, corporate events, house of worship and the like, to security and outdoor surveillance situations as well as more traditional broadcast requirements.
Functionally and operationally, the Whisper Head is light-years beyond any typical small PTZ – from complete camera control to programmable, repeatable moves, to remote control capture through IP. It has many of the size benefits smaller PTZs have, but with the control, functionality and image quality found in larger pan/tilt systems.
Changeable Camera Option
The Whisper Head also has the capability of changing the camera. Traditional smaller PTZs have the cameras built in and therefore being stuck with the technology it came with. With the Whisper, operators can keep pace with the camera technology landscape while also having a greater creative choice with using the PTZ.
Working with the RovoCam 4k, or another similar spec. camera, you can get extremely high image quality that’s typically the reserve of much larger format cameras used on the high-end pan/tilt systems. Weighing in at a comfortable 6.5kg, the head is easy to carry and transport along with having a small physical footprint.
The Whisper Head is in the unique position of having a nice diverse range of usages, covering a wide spectrum of features and functionality that small PTZs have (silent, compact weatherproof and portable), with the added features and benefits of its larger pan/tilt cousin to capture more premium content like sports and other broadcast events – not to mention, its ballistically fast!
For more information on the Whisper Head visit www.mrmoco.com/whisper-head
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.
The London auction house needed to capture paintings, watercolors, prints, posters, photographs and other flat art on a DSLR camera, where the camera was restricted to only moving up and down vertically – similar to a a large copy stand…