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Upcoming Exhibitions – BVE & NAB 2013

MRMC will be exhibiting the revolutionary patented Polycam system (http://www.mrmoco.com/wp/products/broadcast-solutions/polycam/) at BVE in London, 26-28th February (http://www.bvexpo.com/) as well as showing new developments in pan & tilt heads. The BVE expo is the essential broadcast and production technology event in London and features over 300 exhibitors. MRMC will be found with their products on the Nikon booth.
We will also be exhibiting a range of solutions, large and small at NAB, in Las Vegas this April.

BVE 2013 Stand K20 (Nikon)

BVE 2013 Stand K20 (Nikon)

Call +44 (0)1342 838 000 or email info@mrmoco.com for more information

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

**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:



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



IBC 2012 & The Olympics Fully Covered

Picture taken with an SFH-30 robotic camera shows a general view of the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games on July 27, 2012 at the Olympic Stadium in London.

MRMC AT IBC, Amsterdam 7-11 September

MRMC will be exhibiting again this year at IBC. Come and see us at stand 11.G35 and our technology will also be on display at the Nikon Europe stand (9.B14) on display and available for demo will be our ‘Polycam’ system.

Polycam is an IP-based robotic camera system that enables a primary point of interest to be tracked from multiple perspectives.

Designed to support multi-camera productions, Polycam can be controlled by a single operator or in conjunction with image analysis or statistical data systems.

System Benefits:

  • Enables automated, constant and fluid tracking of a point of interest through multiple perspectives.
  • Allows a single operator to offer a simultaneous multi-camera viewpoint.
  • IP-based architecture allowing for unrestricted operating distance and scalable configurations.
  • Potential to expand points of interest through integration with statistical and image analysis systems
  • Simplifies multi-camera set up
  • Reduced Production costs and overheads

For IBC Polycam will be displayed with Broadcast camera channels, broadcast lenses with digital servos, MRMC SFH-30 heads and control demonstrated via IP interfacing. MRMC staff will be on hand to discuss Polycam applications and any other motion control requirements.

Everyone is welcome to visit. We look forward to seeing you there.


Mark Roberts Motion Control were very proud to have been closely involved in the recent Olympic games in London, having been selected 8 months ago to be Nikon’s official robotic system supplier for the event. Together with Nikon UK and with additional requirements specified by Nikon’s professional press clients as well as LOCOG’s (London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games) press liaison and renowned award-winning sports photographer Bob Martin, MRMC set about manufacturing all the required robotic heads to capture the action for the various press agencies, including AFP – Associated French Press and Sports Illustrated.

MRMC used adapted SFH-30 Pan Tilt heads all running via ethernet, to provide units that only required one power cable and one ethernet cable to control all functions and power all facilities, including on each head, powering up to two Nikon D4 cameras, as well as video feeds and encoders, panning, tilting, zooming, rolling (to change from landscape to portrait shots), focus control, shutter trigger and internal camera functions. All with minimal latency or delays.

Overall, MRMC produced 17 heads for Nikon and it’s clients to use, including an underwater robotic head capable of carrying a D4 DSLR camera and lens, giving underwater control of the pan, tilt and zoom. The underwater head was produced with advice from renowned BBC Natural History Unit producer and film maker Neil Lucas whose work on David Attenborough’s wildlife series included many underwater features including timelapse filming of starfish moving under ice sheets.

With the exception of the underwater unit, the heads were mounted in the roofs of the various Olympic venues, or above the roof in the case of the main stadium. Then controlled remotely via ethernet, the heads allowed the press agencies to get fantastic shots from locations where it was not possible, for security or safety reasons, to have photographers.

The adapted SFH-30 heads worked continuously for over 2 weeks taking literally thousands of shots. As the shots were being taken by the photographers, they were almost instantly being uploaded to image sites such as Getty Images to be used by the press. The success of robotic heads at the Olympics was evidenced by the fact that 30-40% of the “Shots of the Day” chosen by the press as the best shots each day were taken by robotic heads. The interest in these motion control robotic heads for sports has been phenomenal for both stills and video. This was shown by the YouTube video Francios Xavier Marit, one of AFP’s award-winning photographers, created when he came to visit MRMC during construction of the heads. The video showing the staff at MRMC manufacturing and testing the units got 50,000 views within the first week alone. MRMC recently also produced a video showing one of the heads, a double unit carrying 2 cameras and lenses including a 200-400mm Nikkor lens, prior to installation, as well as some of the shots achieved with the robotic pan tilt units. The videos can seen here:


Remember everyone is welcome to become a member of the online motion control forum. It’s a great place to ask questions about motion control and how to get things done on set or off. We want to see this service get used as much as possible so join today: www.mocoforum.com

T: 01342 838 000

CineGear Expo 2012 Round-up

Mark Roberts Motion Control were in LA once more for the recent CineGear Expo at Paramount Studios.

If you came to the Expo we would like to say thank-you for visiting us on the MRMC / Camera Control inc stand and speaking with our representative from Mark Roberts Motion Control Ltd. We trust you found the show interesting and informative.

The MRMC Booth at CineGear 2012

On display on our booth were some of our smaller product line heads and track systems including the SFH-50 Pan-Tilt head with MSA-20 Handwheels control, the SFH-50 with Roll via Joystick control, and an SFH 30 with Monorail track capable of diagonal, vertical or horizontal motion. All of these systems are ideal for smaller HD cameras such as the RED One and Epics, the Alexa or DSLRs for live action motion control, remote camera work, time lapse and many other applications.

If you require additional information or a quote for any of our motion control rigs, heads or other equipment or would like a copy of our show-reel, please let us know.

 50% of our work is custom built to bespoke requirements, and to that end please do not hesitate to get in touch should you have any further questions about the equipment you saw at the expo or any of our other products.

Contact: Mark Roberts Motion Control
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E: info@mrmoco.com


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