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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.
We look forward to seeing you there. You can meet a representative from
Mark Roberts Motion Control at booth 60.
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.
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.
Come and discuss your motion control needs at NAB.
See us at stand C8234
There is an upcoming new Aeon iPhone interface, allowing our SFH-30 Pan Tilt heads to be controlled wirelessly from the ever popular iPhone. The head can already be used with a PDA, or a netbook for doing simple timelapse shots, but the iPhone interface will make it the world’s first and only commercial motion control timelapse system that works from iOS, the operating system on iPhones and iPads. The SFH-30 head is popular because it is lightweight and small but super precise and strong allowing to carry everything from DSLRs to REDs and Alexa’s. It can be battery powered from a couple of V-mount batteries, ideal for any location shooting.
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The RED Epic on the SFH-30 pan tilt head
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.
Aardman Animations add the SFH-30
to their arsenal of moco equipment.
Triple Oscar Winners Aardman Animations Ltd. have just acquired the SFH-30.
This compact, lightweight pan tilt head is designed specifically for Digital SLR, compact video, HD cameras or even the RED camera. The SFH-30 provides precision and accuracy not normally found with similar sized heads, making it suitable for a much wider range of applications. The head is precise enough to be completely pixel accurate with HD and super-HD cameras, lightweight (at 5kg) to be used on any location for that perfect timelapse shot and strong enough for a wide range of cameras and lenses.
Mr. Ian Fleming, Head of Production Technology at Aardman Animations Ltd. had the following to say, “we are pleased to add our first SFH-30 pan tilt head to our existing range of 11 Flair Systems, including 3 Milos. With much of our work now gearing towards DSLR cameras, the SFH-30 head is compact, accurate and ideal for our animation needs and I look forward to using many more of them in earnest.”
The RED Camera used on Mark Roberts Motion Control rigs
With the first RED cameras shipping at the end of 2007, we are now starting to see them being used in conjunction with precision motion control.
Dennis Henry, owner of MC2 used a RED camera on his Cyclops motion control rig and had the following to say, “The shoot was a Nip Tuck sponsorship for FX Channel. The shoot involved macro abstract to reveal different medical environments. The moves were pretty fast and shot in real time without any camera shake.
“The RED camera worked very well. It’s much more compact than standard HD cameras and has a really solid mounting plate like a 435. We shot at 4k res onto 8gb cards which were downloaded onto a MAC running RedCine software for grading and final output to digi tape.”
RED camera on the Cyclops. Courtesy of MC2
Meanwhile The VFX Co. recently also did a shoot with a RED camera on their Milo. The RED camera was supplied courtesy of Ross Media who will be at the Mark Roberts booth at the BSC Show.
RED camera on the VFX Co. Milo. Courtesy of Ross Media
RED camera on the Milo. Courtesy of the VFX Co.
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The BSC Show, 14th and 15th of March 2008
The largest British Society of Cinematographers event will be taking place at Elstree Studios this week on the 14th and 15th (Friday and Saturday). Mark Roberts Motion Control will be there exhibiting our Modula Rig, new SFH-30head and a wireless Ulti-Head. We’ll be giving demonstrations and tutorials on these and other products. A RED camera from Ross Media Ltd will be on Mark Roberts’ stand during the exhibition. Ross Media specialise in supplying RED cameras. Nick Shaw andPatrick Veale from Ross Media will be available to discuss RED with film professionals looking into integrate this new system into their part of the business.
Everyone is welcome to visit. Click here to register for your free tickets. We look forward to seeing you there to show you some of our latest equipment.
MRMC’s 40th Birthday Celebrations
This year sees the celebration of forty years of innovation from Mark Roberts Motion Control. The history of our company started with Mark Roberts, our founder and chairman, who was born in Western Australia in the early 30’s. After his education in civil engineering he moved to the UK where upon he had several careers including a stint as an engineer for an American based company Oxberry who produced animation stands and optical printers and a storeman at Lotus, during their pioneering days, where as you can see here he even took the wheel himself on several occasions.
In May 1966 Mark set up Mark Roberts Film Services.
Mark in his racing days.
The company ‘Mark Roberts Film Services’ had several contracts with companies in London to service their special effects equipment at night and weekends. Mark spent the rest of his time working on designing and manufacture. In 1972 he produced one of the firstRostrum cameras controlled by an analogue computer and 1975 saw the first digital computer version. Cameramen, including the great Ken Morse, found these systems enabled accurate work to be completed quickly. Ken still works continuously in his Soho studio, still with the Mark Roberts MRC animation stand, nearly thirty years on!
A couple of the early popular motion control computers
With the release of the film ‘Star Wars’ in 1977 there was a demand for motion control in the industry. The company therefore embarked upon the design and manufacture of innovative 3D machines. Having been asked to build a full motion control system to bring freedom of camera movement to the cameraman, to replace the simple up and down and table movement that was only available with the current systems. Mark Roberts Film Services floor mounted, overhead rigs and customised Panther dollies were to set new standards in performance especially in regard to smoothness of motion.
Mark inspecting gears and components.
In the early 1990’s the company was renamed ‘Mark Roberts Motion Control’ to reflect its current products. Special ‘one-offs’ led to a demand for a standard ‘off the shelf’ system so in 1993 Cyclops our studio based Motion control rig was born and before long customers were requesting a portable system of the same caliber. Enter the Milo in 1994. Not surprisingly Cyclops and Milo have sold extensively in London (the capital of outstanding special effects) and as far afield as Russia, Korea, Australia and Tokyo. There are now over 40 Milos worldwide – the best-selling motion control system.
One of the many ‘custom built’ overghead rigs and Cyclops the ultimate in motion control.
In 1999 we were enormously proud to be awarded a Scientific and Technical Academy Award for the design of the Milo and the motion control software Flair. The award recognises individuals whose contributions have greatly advanced the technological aspects of film-making.
The ‘Milo design team’ receiving their Academy Awards
Following the release of Juno in 2000, a smaller motion control system and the Ulti-head, our modular pan/tilt remote head in2004 and numerous other smaller products and software during this time. We are now looking forward to continuing to develop and manufacture innovative and market leading ideas in the motion control market and we have no doubt that the future will be equally as exciting. Of course we will be keeping you regularly informed with our Motion Control Update Newsletter