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MRMC Polycam on display @ BIRTV 2013

MRMC will be exhibiting at BIRTV this year as guests of CSS Group. Come to Booth 8A02 and you will be able to see Polycam configuration with 2 AFC-100 Broadcast HeadsPolycam allows the AFC-100 heads to be controlled simultaneously by one joystick operator. As the master camera pans, tilts, zooms and focuses, the 2nd camera will follow the same point of interest from a different perspective.

Please see the below videos for an introduction to Polycam and it's capabilities: 

 

Also please see the AFC-100 Broadcast Head video below:

 

 

For more information please contact Mark Roberts Motion Control on:

T: +441342 838 000
E: info@mrmoco.com
W: www.mrmoco.com

 

 

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

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 real-time, using a single control interface.

With a 45 year history of manufacturing technology for the commercial TV and film industries, MRMC created Polycam to offer new editorial and commercial opportunities for live sport coverage. Producing fluid and precise repeat camera moves is a key requirement of motion control technology and this latest MRMC development builds on that tradition.

 

 

 “Although the principal of triangulated robotics is well understood,” commented Managing Director, Assaff Rawner, “producing systems that are easily configured, deliver consistent results, fit technically and economically in a live broadcast environment and offer real creative possibilities, are vital to realising the technology’s potential.”

MRMC has been developing Polycam with these challenges in mind, creating self-calibrating robotic heads, robust system architecture and simplified user interfaces. This process has now produced three Polycam variations which have been extensively tested and trialled on many sports including football, tennis, basketball, horse and dog racing.

‘Polycam Velocity’ is designed to simplify the control of multiple cameras at race tracks and other circuits where the path of the subject is known. The user need only adjust the speed of the cameras following the path. Real-time positioning data automatically adjusts focus relative to the moving target and slaved zooms maintain consistent framing. By offering consistent and repeatable camera moves Velocity allows features such as comparative race analysis possible.

Polycam Solo at Basketball

Polycam Solo at Basketball

‘Polycam Auto’ is designed to interface to 3rd party image analysis and tracking systems such as ChyronHego’s TRACAB and automatically control the point of interest of the camera. The operator simply selects an individual player (or group of players) to follow. With automatic and precise focus tracking, Polycam Auto is also ideal for supporting Ultra HD and high-speed camera technology.

Polycam Auto at Football

Polycam Auto at Football

‘Polycam Solo’ is the general system form that allows a single operator to manually and simultaneously control multiple perspectives and camera motion from a single controller.

 “By refining our Polycam features,” added Rawner, “we are aiming to offer a clear path to potential production benefits. Whether the driver is cost savings, unique camera perspectives, enhanced visual analysis or multi-camera web content creation, the new Polycam configurations are designed to add value on many levels.”

System examples and videos can be found on the MRMC website: http://www.mrmoco.com/wp/products/broadcast-solutions/polycam

MRMC makes history with a revolutionary new solution for photographers

View from Roof Mounted SFH-30 Head

View from Roof Mounted SFH-30 Head

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 a new fast action robotics system; the product of a collaboration between Nikon and MRMC, the leading designer and manufacturer of quality motion control products.

Using Nikon’s award-winning D4 digital SLR cameras mounted on MRMC’s SFH-30 robotic heads located at the venue, Bob is able to quickly move and rotate any of the cameras and take shots from positions that would not normally be physically possible, allowing photographers to shoot difficult angles and in impossible locations.

 

Andrew Murray GBR quarter final Centre Court Wimbledon Championships 2013 Ballboy Picture Bob Martin/AELTC

Andy Murray on Centre Court

Each camera is controlled and used to shoot images by a single photographer from a remote location. The impressive latency of this system of less than 0.1 seconds makes this robotics system an ideal solution for shooting fast action sporting events. 

By attaching one of the robotic heads and camera to the roof above Centre Court, Bob was able to capture images from a location that had never before been attempted at the event. 

Roof Mounted SFH-30 Head from MRMC

Roof Mounted SFH-30 Head from MRMC

View of Centre Court Roof from SFH-30 Mount

View of Centre Court Roof from SFH-30 Mount

James Banfield Professional Services and Business Solutions Manager at Nikon UK says: “Our robotics project has been in the making for some time; since the London Olympics we’ve been working with Bob Martin and leading photo agencies who needed more from existing robotics systems, listening to their feedback and requirements to refine and develop this system.

He adds: “Initially the robotics set up has been designed to support sports photographers, maximising the qualities of the D4 camera and allowing them to track fast moving subjects, however there is great scope to use it for other areas of photography – our customers will dictate where this solution is used next.”

Bob also made history during the first week of the oldest major tennis championship, shooting with a new MRMC Polycam configuration, with three separate robotic heads being used in synchronisation. As the master head was controlled by Bob, two other robotic heads overlooking Centre Court moved at the same time to track the same subject, allowing Bob to capture the action from three separate angles, using a remote, with every release of the shutter. Polycam allows any number of robotic heads to be working together intelligently to automatically all track the same point of interest but from multiple perspectives, allowing one photographer or cameraman to effectively and easily control multiple remotes.

Bob Martin, sports photographer, says: “The demand for new images at big sporting events is what encourages me to push the limits of photography. Using this set up, it’s proved that capturing the impossible is now possible, which is very exciting for the future of photography.

I had some images in mind at Wimbledon before we set everything up; I was constantly hoping for sun so that I could capture the players on the grass with stunning shadows. Eventually the sun came out, so I’ve now got new, different images to add to my portfolio and offer my clients.”

Noval Djokovic SRB on Centre Court4th Round MatchThe Wimbledon Championships 2013The All England Lawn Tennis Club Picture by Bob Martin AELTC

Djokovic returns from baseline on Centre Court

Djokovic serves on Centre Court

Djokovic serves on Centre Court

Nikon is working with Bob Martin to trial the setup. He used a Nikon D4 camera, 200-400mm and 80-400mm lenses with the robotic system and MRMC Polycam configuration set up with SFH-30 heads to control Pan, Tilt, Roll (landscape/portrait),Zoom and Focus control via ethernet. Three Nikon D4’s were also set up in various locations to record time-lapse images, with each taking one picture every minute and feeding it directly to the Wimbledon Ipad App giving viewers a unique Wimbledon experience in superior full-frame resolution.

Assaff Rawner, Managing Director at MRMC, says: “We’re pleased to be working with Nikon, to explore this new area for us creating solutions for photographers who are keen to take photography to a new level, with the help of our robotic and Polycam systems. Whilst the partnership has only been going since the start of the London Olympics, we’ve learnt so much and look forward to taking the systems further to support all photographers’ creative ideas and other specialist projects".

Andy Murray Wins Mens Title

Andy Murray Wins Mens Title

For more information please contact our Sales / Rentals Manager on +441342 838 000 or info@mrmoco.com. www.mrmoco.com

 

 

Online Mark Roberts Motion Control Shop Now OPEN FOR BUSINESS

 

Some users may have noticed a new addition to our website last month. www.mrmoco.com/shop is our new online shop. Its only a small taster of what’s to come, but we thought we’d start by putting on some of our popular smaller products online, for users to buy directly from the website. It includes the more standard configurations of our small pan-tilt heads and sliders for motion control and time-lapse, including various controllers. It’s only a tiny portion of what we do, and buyers are always welcome to ask about customizations for their specific applications. It also calculates UPS shipping costs although for large orders it is best to get a direct quotation for shipping. More content will be added shortly, but you will find some interesting items on there.

**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 as full Ethernet control.
The new head has evolved from the success of the company’s range of versatile robotics including the Robo Head, SFH-30, SFH-50 and Ulti Head.

The AFC100 Broadcast Head

The AFC100 Broadcast Head

Offered with next generation slip rings, near silent operation and precision servos, the new head is aimed at servicing a wide range of demanding creative applications. A bespoke version of the AFC100 has already been commissioned for a medical facility, employing nine networked MRMC heads and a 3G HD workflow.

Managing Director, Assaff Rawner, commented, “This new head is testament to our focus on delivering high-end technology that meets new TV production standards, whilst ensuring we continue to provide a tailored and personalised service for our customers.”

View full specifications PDF for AFC100 

MRMC products and staff will be at BVE London (Stand K20 – Nikon) and NAB 2013.

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 moves and store them in its memory for later playback. The joystick is a 3-axis joystick allowing 3 axes to be controlled and additional inputs exist should the user wish to control more than 3 motors. The Joystick controller is compact and lightweight for easy transportation and can be battery powered just like the heads. It only requires a single small data lead to the head as well as power so cabling between the controller and the head is very simple

Please click on the picture below to see the Video.

For more information please contact Mark Roberts Motion Control:

+441342 838 000
info@mrmoco.com
www.mrmoco.com

**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 controlled from remote locations, even via 3G.
• Built-in Web-server, means time-lapse can be done from any Web-browser, i.e. iPhone/iPad, Android phone/tablet, laptop, PC, Mac, Linux etc.
• Built-in controller, so once programmed, head can be disconnected from user interface and run on its own, i.e. your laptop or phone does not need to be permanently connected.
• Fully encoded servo-motors for repeatable shots even at different frame rates.
• 12V Battery or mains powered and can provide power to camera too.
• Interface to Flair, our industry standard motion control software, for more advanced shoots.
• Ports for additional lens motors such as Zoom or Focus (new compact lens motors are also being designed as part of this).
• And of course, lots of track/dolly options as always.

The Robo head with built in web-browser software for timelapse and simple moves is £3,499, Focus/Iris/Zoom motor £600 and optional Flair Software, for advanced motion control £800.

Pre order now as part of the first batch of 100 orders and receive the head for only £2,999 and one focus/Iris/Zoom motor completely free. That is almost a 30% discount. If you want to use the advanced motion control features, simply include Flair as part of the package at the discounted price of £600. The Pre-order offer is limited and will not be repeated, so I would suggest placing your order now along with a £1,000 deposit to secure this offer.

For more information please click this link to the Robo Head and contact Mark Roberts Motion Control by phone: +44 1342 838 000 or by email: info@mrmoco.com

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 a small laptop or netbook. This means it is also an extremely light option for transport purposes.

Aeon can create simple two point moves with gradual ramps (S-curves) or constant speed curves. Aeon can control up to 4 axes of motion. Please see below video:

 

http://www.mrmoco.com/wp/products/software/aeon/

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.

Part 1 of a series of mini Tutorials

http://www.mrmoco.com/wp/products/heads/SFH-30/
http://www.mrmoco.com/wp/products/broadcast-solutions/broadcast-robotic-heads/

 

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 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 controlled from remote locations, even via 3G.
• Built-in Web-server, means time-lapse can be done from any Web-browser, i.e. iPhone/iPad, Android phone/tablet, laptop, PC, Mac, Linux etc.
• Built-in controller, so once programmed, head can be disconnected from user interface and run on its own, i.e. your laptop or phone does not need to be permanently connected.
• Fully encoded servo-motors for repeatable shots even at different frame rates.
• 12V Battery or mains powered and can provide power to camera too.
• Interface to Flair, our industry standard motion control software, for more advanced shoots.
• Ports for additional lens motors such as Zoom or Focus (new compact lens motors are also being designed as part of this).
• And of course, lots of track/dolly options as always.

The head is still being finalized, but we wanted to make sure you know about this up-coming option, when you make your next purchasing decision. We are taking the first 100 pre-orders now so let us know as quickly as possible to register your interest and be part of the first batch.

For more information please contact:
Mark Roberts Motion Control
T: +44 (0) 1342 838 000
E: info@mrmoco.com

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