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MRMC Round-up of BIRTV and IBC 2013 Preview

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BIRTV 2013 Entrance

MRMC partnered with Century Sage Scientific Group to introduce Polycam and the AFC-100 pan and tilt head to the Chinese market at BIRTV exhibition last month.

CSS Stand at BIRTV

CSS Stand at BIRTV

 

As a leading broadcast system integrator, CSS has the reputation, strong client base and technical expertise to showcase and introduce pioneering technology such as Polycam to the broadcast market in China.
A two-camera AFC-100 Polycam SOLO configuration was on display and numerous demonstrations were given to leading TV Stations and Broadcasters throughout the four day exhibit. The Polycam range of Solo, Velocity and Auto offers many benefits for sports and live productions, but the show also generated interest for studio applications. The high speed performance of the compact AFC-100 also attracted attention. With a new version capable of 180° per second, getting closer to high speed sports becomes a safer option without compromising the shots. 

Polyucam Set-up @ BIRTV

BIRTV Set-up

Looking forwards – MRMC will be at IBC 2013 where you will find us on stand IBC Hall: 11 Stand G35

You will be able to see Bolt High Speed Cinebot for the first time ever at IBC, along with the newest editions of the Polycam set-up. All are welcome to come see us and talk shop.

Bolt will be on Display @ IBC 2013

Bolt will be on Display @ IBC 2013

For more details about MRMC or our products please contact Mark Roberts Motion Control on: info@mrmoco.com +441342 838 000 or look us up on the web: www.mrmoco.com 

MRMC Polycam on display @ BIRTV 2013

MRMC will be exhibiting at BIRTV this year as guests of CSS Group. Come to Booth 8A02 and you will be able to see Polycam configuration with 2 AFC-100 Broadcast HeadsPolycam allows the AFC-100 heads to be controlled simultaneously by one joystick operator. As the master camera pans, tilts, zooms and focuses, the 2nd camera will follow the same point of interest from a different perspective.

Please see the below videos for an introduction to Polycam and it's capabilities: 

 

Also please see the AFC-100 Broadcast Head video below:

 

 

For more information please contact Mark Roberts Motion Control on:

T: +441342 838 000
E: info@mrmoco.com
W: www.mrmoco.com

 

 

MRMC expands its robotic product range to offer new opportunities for live sports

UK-based robotics manufacturer Mark Roberts Motion Control (MRMC) has expanded its range of Polycam tracking systems to include Solo, Velocity and Auto.

Launched at IBC last year, Polycam is a software controlled robotic system that allows multiple triangulated cameras and lenses to track a point (or numerous points) of interest, simultaneously and in real-time, using a single control interface.

With a 45 year history of manufacturing technology for the commercial TV and film industries, MRMC created Polycam to offer new editorial and commercial opportunities for live sport coverage. Producing fluid and precise repeat camera moves is a key requirement of motion control technology and this latest MRMC development builds on that tradition.

 

 

 “Although the principal of triangulated robotics is well understood,” commented Managing Director, Assaff Rawner, “producing systems that are easily configured, deliver consistent results, fit technically and economically in a live broadcast environment and offer real creative possibilities, are vital to realising the technology’s potential.”

MRMC has been developing Polycam with these challenges in mind, creating self-calibrating robotic heads, robust system architecture and simplified user interfaces. This process has now produced three Polycam variations which have been extensively tested and trialled on many sports including football, tennis, basketball, horse and dog racing.

‘Polycam Velocity’ is designed to simplify the control of multiple cameras at race tracks and other circuits where the path of the subject is known. The user need only adjust the speed of the cameras following the path. Real-time positioning data automatically adjusts focus relative to the moving target and slaved zooms maintain consistent framing. By offering consistent and repeatable camera moves Velocity allows features such as comparative race analysis possible.

Polycam Solo at Basketball

Polycam Solo at Basketball

‘Polycam Auto’ is designed to interface to 3rd party image analysis and tracking systems such as ChyronHego’s TRACAB and automatically control the point of interest of the camera. The operator simply selects an individual player (or group of players) to follow. With automatic and precise focus tracking, Polycam Auto is also ideal for supporting Ultra HD and high-speed camera technology.

Polycam Auto at Football

Polycam Auto at Football

‘Polycam Solo’ is the general system form that allows a single operator to manually and simultaneously control multiple perspectives and camera motion from a single controller.

 “By refining our Polycam features,” added Rawner, “we are aiming to offer a clear path to potential production benefits. Whether the driver is cost savings, unique camera perspectives, enhanced visual analysis or multi-camera web content creation, the new Polycam configurations are designed to add value on many levels.”

System examples and videos can be found on the MRMC website: http://www.mrmoco.com/wp/products/broadcast-solutions/polycam

MRMC makes history with a revolutionary new solution for photographers

View from Roof Mounted SFH-30 Head

View from Roof Mounted SFH-30 Head

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.

 

Andrew Murray GBR quarter final Centre Court Wimbledon Championships 2013 Ballboy Picture Bob Martin/AELTC

Andy Murray on Centre Court

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. 

Roof Mounted SFH-30 Head from MRMC

Roof Mounted SFH-30 Head from MRMC

View of Centre Court Roof from SFH-30 Mount

View of Centre Court Roof from SFH-30 Mount

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.”

Noval Djokovic SRB on Centre Court4th Round MatchThe Wimbledon Championships 2013The All England Lawn Tennis Club Picture by Bob Martin AELTC

Djokovic returns from baseline on Centre Court

Djokovic serves on Centre Court

Djokovic serves on Centre Court

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".

Andy Murray Wins Mens Title

Andy Murray Wins Mens Title

For more information please contact our Sales / Rentals Manager on +441342 838 000 or info@mrmoco.com. www.mrmoco.com

 

 

MRMC Release BOLT Hi-speed Cinebot in the UK

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.

For more information on Bolt High Speed Cinebot.
www.mrmocorentals.com
+441342 838 000
info@mrmoco.com

AFC-100 Broadcast Head New Video and Spec Sheet

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 aspplications.

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 aspedct of the manufacturing process allowiing for a high level of customised features and personalised finishes.

Click here to see the video or download the spec sheet. 

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For more information please contact the Broadcast Systems Specialists at
Mark Roberts Motion Control +441342 838 000 or email: info@mrmoco.com

 

Bolt – High Speed Motion Control Rig

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.

Spry Rig

Spry Rig

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.

T: +441342 838 000
info@mrmoco.com
www.mrmoco.com 

Annual Service Calls & After Sales Customer Service Survey

In line with our commitment to provide quality, reliable, and cutting edge technology supporting Motion Control solutions, for the creative industries and professionals working in the creative industries. Mark Roberts Motion Control provides 24hr support 365 days a year. Our Senior Service Engineer has over 20 years experience in assisting Producers, DOP's, Directors, Moco Operators, and Moco Providers with their equipment, providing training and on-site service requirements throughout the year, whenever it's required.

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MILO being serviced

A new edition to the servicing options available has just been released. We can install an inexpensive slipring in a Milo Rotate and Pan that will pass an HD SDi signal, without going to the vast expense of going Optical. We are using them in the new Broadcast Head we are making – the AFC-100, and the results are very good indeed.

The New AFC 100 with Broadcast camera Mounted

The New AFC 100 with Broadcast camera Mounted

The sliprings we have tested will do easy 1080P at 24 FPS for lower end work and monitoring, with specification up to 60 fps. We anticipate multiple way 4K may be available soon for those who need that and are not recording in camera. It also looks that on some Milos this will also become possible on the Roll slipring too. 

MILO in the Service bay @ MRMC

MILO in the Service bay @ MRMC

There are Service Engineers available to carry out this upgrade in the field for those who are interested, including replacement of one or two cable sets for the rest of the rig, and could include it as part of a service visit. We can also carry this out as a service here at MRMC for those who wish. just send an email to info@mrmoco.com or call the service line to book this upgrade.

After Sales Customer Sevice Update:

A new addition to the website is the After Sales Customer Service Survey, (shown above) and we would like to welcome anyone that has purchased a rig or head from us recently to please fill in this survey so we can learn and adapt our approach according to what you feel we are doing right or areas that we need to improve.

 For further details regarding Service Calls or to speak to a member of the After Sales Customer service team please contact Mark Roberts Motion Control directly: +441342 838 000 or info@mrmoco.com

MRMC Broadcast Solutions – Evolutionary AFC-100 Head

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.

 

Nikon Booth at BVE

Nikon Booth at BVE

Close-up of AFC-100

Close-up of AFC-100

AFC-100 On Location

AFC-100 On Location

 

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.

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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:

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FEATURES

  •  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."

>> SPECIFICATIONS

  •  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 info@mrmoco.com

The MRMC Titan MoCo Arm – On Set

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 info@mrmoco.com

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