MRMC Will Be Unveiling New Motion Tracking Technology at NAB 2018

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Mark Roberts Motion Control (MRMC) is at the forefront of imaging innovation and is an industry leader in manufacturing and designing cutting-edge robotic rigs, pan-tilt and multi-axis robotic heads and tracking software. MRMC's software and technology are used by film studios, sports broadcasters and professional sports leagues the world over. Their technology is so impressive that they were acquired by Nikon in 2016. 

With NAB just around the corner, MRMC and Nikon just announced a plethora of new automated image capture solutions that are cost-effective and offer new angles and more creative control on image capture at sports venues like:

  • Polycam Chat 
  • Polycam Player
  • Multiviewer Skin
  • Color Control Panel 
  • Live Skin


Polycam Chat uses AI to help simplify small studio environments for broadcast in-stadium. It automates the camera operation for up to four presenters and guests by tracking talking heads. 


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The Polycam Player, on the other hand, is a robotic capture system that is like having an extra cameraman in the room. Instead of just taking a super wide image and having the software zoom and crop in on other shots, MRMC uses ChronHego's TRACAB player tracking solution to physically move a camera, adjusting the zoom and focus to keep everyone in the frame. The beauty of this is you can place a camera where a human couldn't stand, way up high on a wall or in a small space. You also don't need to worry about a remote operator. This is the kind of technology that if it was cheap enough could be really useful in the real world too. Think of all the YouTube creators out there trying to break into the industry. What if you had a software that could control your DSLRs and track the people in your shot? You could replicate a talk show on the cheap. I think this is one of those items that start as a solution for a very specific need but trickles down to the masses and could have a much broader use than originally intended. 
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(MRMC's Polycam player)


The Multiview Skin is a software update to MRMC's Multi-Head Controller (MHC). It will be available to Broadcasters and organizations that want the ability to control up to 12 cameras from a single multiviewer touch interface. 


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The Color Control Panel and Live skin are also software updates to the MHC. The Color Control Panel will allow for the first time the mixing of a DSLR with a broadcast camera in a broadcast allowing you to remotely adjust the camera's color and white balance. Live Skin is a brand new full-screen touch control system that allows someone to physically move a robot into position remotely through the interface. 

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(MRMC's Live Skin)

Granted the majority of these updates are for a very specific market, but with the way automation is going, I don't think it will be long until you can download a program like a Polycam chat and multiview skin for a group of drones and control them all at once without crashing them. Then it's just one software update away from Skynet. 


Check out MRMC's full press release below for more information:


NEW CAMERA ANGLES GIVE TEAMS THE COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE: MRMC DEBUTS NEW RANGE OF TRACKING TECHNOLOGY AND SOLUTIONS AHEAD OF NAB 2018 

World Leader in Motion Control Debuts New Tools for Broadcasters and Sports Clubs  

MELVILLE, NY(March 28, 2018) - Experts in camera robotics, MRMC, a Nikon company, announced today a variety of automated image capture solutions that will debut at the NAB 2018 tradeshow. These new offerings provide more angles and creative control of image and video capture at sports venues, providing cost effective and reliable solutions.   

Nowhere else is the cutting edge of capture technology on display more than solutions for live sports. Broadcasters and sports clubs need high-speed precision, flawless control and unquestionable reliability. MRMC has therefore created solutions that can deliver on the increasing demands for alternate multi-view perspectives and analysis systems.

"MRMC has a strong history of making bespoke solutions for major broadcasters and many other types of productions,͟ said Assaff Rawner, Managing Director at MRMC." Together with Nikon, we have the resources to introduce new innovative technologies to the wider sports and traditional broadcasting market, effectively giving creative people the creative control.͟

For broadcast in-stadium, MRMC's new Polycam Chat solution simplifies and augments the small-scale studio environment with AI, while minimizing footprint and production costs. The system uses face detection in combination with limb recognition for unrivaled accuracy and stability. The Polycam Chat automates the camera operation for up to four presenters and guests in one studio and can easily track a talking head with maximum stability within the frame. The simple interface makes it easy for operators to use, while the flexible platform means it can be used with a number of different broadcast camera solutions including Nikon DSLR cameras.  

Clubs, leagues and venues know that an automated, high-mounted and wide-angle video analysis solution gives the advantage at game time. The Polycam Player is a robotic video capture system that offers an unbeatable level of automation, flexibility and low-light image quality. Using ChyronHego's TRACAB player tracking solution, Polycam Player physically moves the camera and adjusts the zoom and focus to automatically keep the team or the player in the frame. Unlike other systems which pan and scan footage from very wide-angle camera arrays, the Polycam Player mimics the natural movement of a camera operator from locations which would be impossible to physically put a human. This technology gives clubs the ability to analyze opponents, monitor players and strategize with unprecedented information, all while providing broadcasters with additional low-cost camera angles to enhance content. Four camera positions are available at launch; two high end zone cameras (high behinds), a high center-line camera (tactical) and a player tracking camera. The individual player-tracking solution also offers live composition control. This technology feature lets the operator tightly frame the player, yet dynamically adjust the framing while continuing to automatically follow the player, resulting in higher quality editorial style output.    

To give broadcasters complete control of their content, MRMC is releasing new software updates to MHC (Multi Head Controller). The Multiviewer Skin is a new feature in MHC, and will be available to clubs and broadcasters who want the ability to remotely control up to 12 multiple cameras straight from a single multiviewer touch interface. Additionally, MRMC will be offering the first ever remotely controlled full-live color adjustment for the Nikon D5 DSLR camera. The new Color Control Panel will give MHC users true customization on-the-fly. For the first time, integration of a DSLR into a mixed broadcast camera production is easy with a wide range of remote functions and adjustments including color, white balance and other image setting parameters. Also announced, Live Skin is a new full-screen touch control solution which allows a remote operator to physically move the robot into position using the interface. Live Skin is designed to be user-friendly, letting operators physically engage with the live image stream while maintaining their focus on the subject. 

For more information on these and other MRMC automated capture solutions, please visit: https://www.mrmoco.com/NAB2018. 

About MRMC 
Mark Roberts Motion Control (MRMC) is a Nikon Group company. MRMC is on the front line of imaging innovation and is the leading manufacturer of cutting-edge solutions for motion control, automation, broadcast robotics and remote image capture. They design, manufacture and assemble robotic rigs, pan-tilt and multi-axis robotic heads and tracking technologies. MRMC's robotic and software solutions are used all over the world by film studios, sports broadcasters, football leagues and more. Class-leading technical and engineering achievements have earned MRMC several industry awards in the past 50 years. For more information, visit www.mrmoco.com. In 2016, MRMC was acquired by Nikon Corporation. 

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