September 5, 2018

New Products, New Stands & A New Robotics Dance Routine: MRMC Gear Up for Their Biggest IBC Ever!

World leader in motion control robotics debuts innovative new product designed for live sports capture at IBC 2018.

London, UK – MRMC, a Nikon Group company, is proud to announce the introduction of their latest automated multi-camera system - the Polycam One. Designed for live sports capture, the Polycam One is an innovative, portable, multi-camera workflow solution that gives a single operator the ability to record a match from multiple camera positions simultaneously.

Polycam One maps out the playing area and the locations of up to 12 robotic cameras. The camera operator follows the action with the ‘main’ camera, while Polycam One controls the additional robotic cameras, following the focus of the ‘main’ camera. MRMC’s Algorithmic Camera Control lets the operator concentrate on covering the action while the Polycam One system provides complimentary shots, such as a wide or high tactical view, which can be used for highlights, replays or adjudication.

The robotic cameras are IP connected, allowing the operator, or an additional remote operator, to adjust and control them in real time, providing a more dynamic visual experience.

Easily deployed and configured by a single operator, Polycam One is perfect for use in multiple locations and can be set up in venues where conventional camera positions are not available. The portable nature of Polycam One makes it ideal for smaller or temporary venues that may not have the infrastructure to support automated tracking solutions and gives sports teams the ability to easily capture footage from multiple angles at training grounds.

Polycam One is compatible with all of MRMC’s robotic heads, giving venues the flexibility to choose large or smaller cameras to suit the sport being captured, the camera positions required and the available budget.

MRMC’s continued innovation and development of automated robotic solutions is giving broadcasters and venues increased flexibility and opportunity to provide high quality content to audiences around the world.

“Polycam One is an ideal solution to adding more camera angles to what a single camera operation would normally be,” says MRMC Managing Director Assaff Rawner. “Its innovative design means it can easily be deployed, configured and operated by one person and, with our robotic heads providing up to 12 additional cameras, gives you more options for capturing the action.”

MRMC at IBC 2018
This year, MRMC has three stands at IBC showcasing the latest in intelligent automated camera solutions & high-speed robotic camera technology. Their primary location in Hall 10, stand D.26, which MRMC is sharing with Nikon B.V., will feature a range of small footprint, multi-camera robotic solutions. There will be hands-on demonstrations of the Polycam Chat, a solution that simplifies and augments small-scale studio environments with AI, and the Polycam Player, a real-time player tracking solution for stadium environments, both of which were unveiled at NAB earlier this year. Used in conjunction with the IP-controlled Robotic Pod, which features a Nikon D5 full-frame DSLR at its heart, and the AFC 100 pan-tilt head, visitors will be able to experience first-hand the power of both fully automated and user-augmented touchscreen motion control.

In addition, MRMC’s Studiobot (a 7-axis alternative to traditional robotic pedestals and dollies for TV and news studios), the high payload UltiHead and the lightweight, silent Whisper Head will all be on display demonstrating their capabilities.

The Bolt Jr. will be making its IBC debut at our second location in Hall 12, stand F.11. A smaller and lighter-weight alternative to the world’s fastest cinebot, the Bolt, the Bolt Jr. is a compact 6-axis camera robot arm ideal for smaller studios, film sets or on-location.

Last, but certainly not least, Hall 14 will play host to our famous Bolt dancing robot. Hugely popular at NAB earlier in the year, IBC attendees will get to see the Bolt show off its moves in what is certain to be a highlight of the show. Delegates will be given the chance to dance along and upload a video to their Facebook page! 

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.

About Nikon
Nikon Inc. is a world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo and video capture technologies; globally recognized for setting new standards in product design and performance for an award-winning array of equipment that enable visual storytelling and content creation. Nikon Inc. distributes consumer and professional digital SLR cameras, NIKKOR optics, Speedlights and system accessories, Nikon COOLPIX® compact digital cameras and Nikon software products, as well as the revolutionary Nikon Z series of mirrorless cameras and NIKKOR Z lenses, which achieve a new dimension in optical performance. In 2016, Nikon Corporation, the parent company of Nikon Inc., announced the production of 100 million NIKKOR lenses, creating a new milestone in Nikon’s heritage of superior optics. For more information, dial (800) NIKON-US or visit www.nikonusa.com, which links all levels of photographers and visual storytellers to the Web's most comprehensive learning and sharing communities. Connect with Nikon on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Vimeo, Flickr and Snapchat (@NikonUSASnap).

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