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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’ for film, broadcast and studio motion control, automation and robotic products and applications.
MRMC is now the worldwide ‘one-stop-shop’ for film, broadcast and studio motion control, automation and robotic products and applications.
MRMC will work closely with Camerobot application software partners, Robotic Technology Leaders GmbH (rtLeaders), who will be providing service and support to all existing Camerobot customers, as well as developing exciting application software for motion control broadcast robotics with MRMC. Henceforth, MRMC will take control and responsibility for Camerobot customer sales, technical and aftersales support for all new systems.
In recent years Camerobot and MRMC have both successfully installed camera robotic solutions based on Stäubli industrial robots. MRMC and Camerobot have extensive understanding and experience working with large broadcast companies such as Globo, Sky, NDR, SMG (to name but a few). The amalgamation of MRMC and Camerobot technology, products, application software, experience and technical knowledge heralds exciting prospects for the broadcast, studio and television sectors.
Assaff Rawner, CEO at MRMC comments:
“MRMC from a business and growth perspective are celebrating the integration of respected Camerobot products and applications into the MRMC catalogue, but more importantly we are delighted for the broadcast industry who will benefit significantly from the integration of two great names in studio and broadcast motion control.”
“MRMC has experienced year-on-year growth across our product catalogue, offering studio and broadcast solutions from simple pan tilt head units to large scale robotic arms, all with full VR/AR custom made with studio automation options.”
Mark Roberts Motion Control Ltd (MRMC) based in Surrey (UK), is the world leader in high-end camera robotics, automation, motion control camera hardware and application software for film, video, broadcasting and product photography for over 50 years. In 2016, MRMC was acquired by Nikon Corporation.
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.
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