Live sports camera system uses motion-control robotics

06 September 2018

Credit: Mark Robots Motion Control (MRMC)

MRMC, a Nikon Group company, the Polycam One: optimised 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 the product 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; meanwhile, 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 the devices 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 the camera makes it ideal for smaller and/or temporary venues that may not have the infrastructure to support automated tracking solutions, and also gives sports teams the ability to easily capture footage from multiple angles at training grounds.

The product is compatible with all of MRMC’s robotic heads, and this gives venues the flexibility to choose both large or small cameras to suit the sport being captured, the camera positions required, and of course the available budget.

Credit: Mark Robots Motion Control (MRMC)

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.

Assaff Rawner, managing director of MMRC, commented: “Polycam One is an ideal solution to adding more camera angles to what would normally be a single camera operation. 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.”

This year, MRMC has three stands at IBC that will showcase the latest in intelligent automated camera solutions and high-speed robotic camera technology, including of course the technology mentioned above.

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. For more information about the event, visit this link from MRMC.

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