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Cine Gear 2012

Mark Roberts Motion Control are attending Cine Gear Expo again in 2012.

Look out for an exciting display of small heads and accessories all available right now. Some of these heads (15 in fact) are being used in the upcoming international sporting spectacle taking place in London England.

Cine Gear will be taking place at Paramount Studios Hollywood, CA.

Entrance to Paramount Studios

SFH-30 Under-slung with Red Camera Mounted

We look forward to seeing you there. You can meet a representative from
Mark Roberts Motion Control at booth 60.

SFH-30 with RED Epic / Scarlet

At Mark Roberts Motion Control we do a small pan tilt head perfect for the Scarlet/Epic sized cameras, it is called the SFH-30. The SFH-30 can be controlled over Ethernet running from a joystick back to an AV room. One joystick can control several heads or you can have a dedicated joystick for each, depending on your requirements. We recently had a client using the head with an Epic in a concert hall. Here below is a photo of the SFH-30 with a RED Epic and a 400mm zoom. We can also control the zoom and focus of the lens.

SFH-30 with Red Camera and 400mm Zoom

For more details on the SFH-30 or any other Head please contact Mark Roberts Motion Control. T: 01342 838 000 or info@mrmoco.com

Sneak Peek — NAB 2012

MRMC Monorail at NAB


Development at Mark Roberts Motion Control has been feverish in the last 12 months, including developing underwater motion control equipment, ethernet controlled hardware, EPIC/Scarlet & Alexa control interfaces and many different new versions of DSLR rigs, including equipment that will be used at the Olympics. At NAB we will be showing the new counterbalanced version of the monorail for the SFH-30 Pan-Tilt head allowing the head to shoot or be mounted in any direction, horizontally, vertically or any angle. It can be used for timelapse or live action and best of all it can be controlled from our Academy award winning Flair software via ethernet from almost any laptop without any additional hardware.

Counterbalanced Monorail Slider at NAB

Counterbalanced Monorail Slider @ NAB

Come and discuss your motion control needs at NAB.
See us at stand C8234

Camera specific head modifications to Milo and Cyclops

With the recent shrinking of professional camera sizes used in film-making some of our clients have started modifying their rigs pan-tilt-roll heads to allow specific cameras to be fitted in a more compact and rigid manner. Often removing the standard baseplate that allows any camera to be fitted, and instead asking us to supply or manufacturing their own custom camera mounting for one specific camera. This allows the over head and camera size to be a little smaller and lighter as well as more rigid and therefore more stable. The reduced size also means it is easier to get into tight spaces. In most cases, some adjustment mechanism is included to allow the camera to be adjusted so it sits perfectly on the optical centre.

Below are some recent examples for the RED Epic and Arri Alexa.

RED Epic mounted directly onto Standard Pan-Tilt-Roll head at Syndicate Epic is mounted directly using the Matte Bars. www.syndicate.se


Arri Alexa mounting on Slimline Head at Camera Control Inc. www.cameracontrol.com Custom mounted directly on to head to keep it very compact.


EPIC Camera directly mounted on slimline head on Cyclops Rig @ Stiller Studios. (www.stillerstudios.se)

EPIC Camera directly mounted on Cyclops @ Stiller Studios (www.stillerstudios.se)

EPIC Camera directly mounted on slimline head on Cyclops Rig @ Stiller Studios (www.stillerstudios.se)

The RED Epic on the SFH-30 pan tilt head

The RED Epic on the SFH-30 pan tilt head



RED Epic on SFH-30 

The highly anticipated release of the RED Epic has begun rolling out with production versions now quickly making their way on to film sets and motion control rigs. We gave a new Epic, supplied by RED Europe based at Pinewood Studios, a test with one of the smallest of our products, the SFH-30 head.

It was like the head was designed with the Epic in mind. As you can see from the photo our SFH-30 pan tilt head fits the camera perfectly, right on the optical axis. With the SFH-30 weighing only 5kg combined with the Epic this is a very light weight package that can produce some amazing remote head and motion control shots.

The big question asked by operators is: “Can we sync to the RED Epic for motion control?” From our initial tests it seems everything hardware related is there and almost fully functioning for using the Epic for live-action, stop-frame, time-lapse, high-speed and even speed ramping. A few eagerly anticipated firmware adjustments by RED and the camera will interface perfectly to motion control for any type of special effect, something very few digital cameras have managed so far.

*** Precision Mini Pan/Tilt/Roll Head ***

*** Precision Mini Pan/Tilt/Roll Head *** 


The SFH-50 shown with the Arri Alexa and RED 

Click here to see footage of head on track at Interbee

The new roll option on the SFH-50 Pan Tilt head offers what MRMC believe to be the worlds most compact Pan Tilt Roll head capable of carrying a wide range of professional cameras including the Arri Alexa, Red One & Epic, Canon 5D & 7D. The SFH-50 head released last year is proving to be very popular and has already found its way into a variety of locations and applications, including being used in Antarctica for wild life filming, being used as a remote head for car mounted filming, filming a new 3D animated feature and a variety of standard motion control and remote head applications.

The SFH-50 head is slightly bigger than its counter-part the SFH-30 Pan Tilt head but is designed specifically to cater for slightly larger cameras and to allow the option of a 360 degree roll. It really is compact but superbly strong by any standard. We don’t believe there is any other head on the market that offers the range of motion or payload or high-precision in such a small size and additionally at such a low cost.

As you can see from the photos of it with the Alexa and the RED, it carries the large cameras with aplomb, and in the short video footage from the Interbee exhibition in Japan, it can also be used with track and does equally well with long ENG type cameras and zooms. (with some minor restriction).

The head is designed to adapt to different uses, whether on a crane as a remote head, on a tripod or track for timelapse footage, in studio or on location for motion control work, it will fulfill any task with ease. The controllers can include wireless PDAs, Handwheels, Joysticks, Pan-bars or full motion control software, and that includes any motion control software, be it our own Flair software (recommended), Kuper or Lynx.

If you would like to have more information please email info@mrmoco.com


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