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MRMC Expands Robotic Product Range with Live Sports Systems


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MRMC's new Velocity robotic remote camera system.
MRMC’s new Velocity robotic remote camera system.

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 in real-time, using a single control interface.

MRMC created Polycam to offer new editorial and commercial opportunities for live sport coverage.

“Although the principal of triangulated robotics is well understood, 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 realizing the technology’s potential,” explained MRMC managing director Assaff Rawner, “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 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 Auto is designed to interface to third-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 Solo is the general system form that allows a single operator to manually control multiple perspectives and camera motions from a single controller.

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