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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.
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.
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.”
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".
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On the 20th of June Mr Moco Rentals in collaboration with Love High Speed and Park Royal studios released the Bolt high speed cinebot in the UK. For those of you who couldn’t make it here is a taste of what you missed.
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Mark Roberts Motion Control, world leaders in customized motion control and robotic automation for the film and television industries, present the Bolt rig, for high-speed, shoot-friendly and broadcast applications.
Compatible with almost any high-speed camera, Bolt is a new MRMC innovation in High Speed Motion Control, and is fully controllable using FLAIR Motion Control software.
For more information, please contact Mark Roberts Motion Control.
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Cutting Edge Motion Control solutions that push the envelope and keep the industry moving forwards has been the stock-in-trade for UK based company Mark Roberts Motion Control Ltd since it's inception nearly 50 years ago. So it was with a hint of nonchalance, but extreme pride, that the AFC-100 Broadcast Motion Control Head was released at the BVE Expo in London recently.
The AFC-100 offers unparalleled performance for a compact robotic head and provides advanced features designed to excel at a wide range of TV production requirements.From high speed live action, precise time-lapse and silent studio operation, the AFC-100 is built to exceed the most demanding of creative applications.
With integrated I/O connectivity, network scalability, optional CCU control and high-bandwidth throughput, the AFC-100 fits seamlessly in current and emerging multi-camera workflows.
MRMC controls every aspect of the manufacturing process allowing for a high level of customised features and personalised finishes.
The reponse to the Head has been nothing short of exceptional,and it is expected that news will soon be following of aplications with results and footage. See below for a short summary of features and specificsations:
- Accurate, fast and compact
- High bandwidth pan slip rings with support for up to 3G HD video
- Available with brushless servo or stepper motors
- Networkable and easily scalable for multi-camera operation
- Ethernet control of pan, tilt, zoom and focus (further options include RS232, RS422 & wireless)
- Integrated control of Canon and Fujinon broadcast servo lenses
- External fibre interfaces for extended operating distances available
- Control options include Joystick console, Pan Bars, Handwheels and Flair software
- High quality personalised logo engraving available
Please see the below video of this head:
MRMC continue to deliver groundbreaking solutions that flex the creative minds and muscles of this advanced age. Offered with next generation slip rings, near silent operation and precision servos which enable unlimited panning and gives the AFC-100 a distinct advantage when considering tactical and challenging locations. The new head is aimed at servicing a wide range of demanding creative applications. The head itself is based on the SFH-30 model already available from MRMC but has been considerably modified to render this new and exciting piece of Broadcast Moco kit.
The desire to make this technology available to the broadcast market has grown out of the long standing precision engineering and technological prowess renowned throughout the Movie and TV production industries by the Technical Academy Award Winning MILO Motion Control Crane and Flair Software.
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."
- Weight 5kg
- Camera Payload up to 14kg
- Max Speed up to 100°/sec
- Acceleration 100°/sec2
- Dimensions 250x256x139mm
- Power 24 VDC / 110-240 VAC
- Resolution <0.0001°
A bespoke version of the AFC-100 has already been commissioned for a medical facility, employing nine newtorked MRMC heads and a 3G HD workflow. For a more in depth insight, please contact Mark Roberts Motion Control directly on: +441342 838 000 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The longest and only telescopic moco arm in the world designed and created by Mark Roberts Motion Control was unveiled in 2012. The Titan is the first precision telescopic motion control arm. Fitted to a Milo or Cyclops the reach and maximum height is more than any other motion control rig available anywhere. We have had it out and about around London, shooting at a pool side at a lido, in the field at an allotment and in and out of a few studios too. For the latest Channel 4seven ident we set the rig up on a 1.5m high platform on 36m of track. Below is a time-lapse of the shoot and also the completed ident. Because of the precise nature of the move required to enable the fold effect, the camera moves were prevized in Maya, then imported to the rig. The behind the scenes moving time-lapse shots were taken using our DSLR moco head, the SFH-30.
The Titan was also used on this Virgin Media commercial where we shot multi passes of David Tennant fighting himself. The extend of the Titan, with its close to 7m of travel was the only axis used in this pull back. Using the Titan meant we did not need to lay track in frame that would have to be taken out in post later or have the track interfere with the actors movement.
For more information on the Titan, or any other Motion Control Rig / Head available from Mark Roberts Motion control, please contact: 44 1342 838 000 or email@example.com
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.
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.
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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.
Imagine setting up 10 cameras to broadcast a football game, or music concert, and then having only one operator controlling them simultaneously. Or imagine, having a full complement of camera positions and camera operators and then adding some additional automated camera positions for generating additional second-screen views and revenue, without having to increase man-power. These are just some of the benefits and applications of MRMC’s new patent pending Polycam system, released this year at IBC.
Developed by our clever boffins, using our precision mechanical technology developed for the film special effects industry, our IP-networked electronics (for LAN and internet remote control) and some funky mathematics, Polycam is the way for future multi-camera productions. Its application is not just for main camera views, but also for slave cameras carrying cameras with alternative formats or resolutions, or for the rapidly growing second screen views, allowing users to choose different points of view and on mobile or smart TVs.
Additionally Polycam could be integrated with leading real-time image analysis software to automatically follow the player or other point of interest. The interest generated at IBC has been very welcome and more and more applications for Polycam are continuously being raised.
And of course because the system is IP-based, control can be achieved not just locally but from a remote control room anywhere in the world, allowing for suitable bandwidth.
Polycam has developed out of the precision technology Mark Roberts Motion Control is industry renowned for and offers broadcasters the reliability and consistency of shots that have made the most demanding of motion control composite sequences possible for many blockbuster movies.
Here is a YouTube video that demonstrates the principles of the system and how to control it.
Polycam is just one of the Broadcast Solutions newly available from Mark Roberts Motion Control, click on the link here to go to the brand new broadcast solution pages on our website. Please contact Steve Boland to request more information.
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Mark Roberts Motion Control was recently involved with Cinimod studios and their interactive lighting design project “Walk the Light”. Commissioned as part of London Design Festival 2012 the entrance walkway to the V&A Museum was bathed in colour that reacted to the movements of the people walking through the tunnel of light. The whole effect relied heavily on a modified version of the MRMC Monorail Slider with 9 metres of rail hanging from the ceiling. Travelling at up to 5 feet per second and using heat sensors, the monorail carriage carrying lights, would follow the public walking through the tunnel and interact to their changes in speed and direction.
When asked about his design by London Design Festival Dominic Harris said, “THIS IS THE FIRST TIME WE ARE PHYSICALLY MOVING LIGHT FIXTURES BY THERMAL CAMERA CONTROL AND IT’S EXCITING TO SEE HOW THE V&A VISITORS WILL REACT TO BEING SO PIVOTAL WITHIN THIS LIGHTING EXPERIMENT” Dominic Harris, Cinimod Studio
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