WHAT IS MOTION CONTROL?

Motion Control means motion that is very accurately, computer controlled, using electrical motors. This has come to be a field of filming where the camera movement is controlled by a computer so that the motion of the camera, in the studio or on location, can be repeated again and again, for the generation of special effects. It is essentially a camera robot, but in the industry these technical pieces of machinery are referred to using the more creative sounding term “motion control rigs”.

 

IS THE BOLT PORTABLE?

Yes! The BOLT is fully mobile and is transported in our truck.

 
WHAT ARE THE BOLT'S POWER REQUIREMENTS?

For Bolt on pedestal the required power is three-phase 208V power. Our Bolt connect via Cam-Loc or Nema connectors.

 
HOW BIG IS THE BOLT AND HOW MUCH DOES IT WEIGH?

The Bolt can fit through a doorway. It can also extend to 11’ 6” high and can go below the ground level. Bolt on pedestal weights 1000 lbs. and has and addition 1200 lbs. of weights on the base to hold it in place for high speed moves.

 

WHAT CAMERAS CAN BE MOUNTED ON THE BOLT?

The Bolt will handle most camera systems weighing up to 40lbs. So ARRI, RED, SONY and Phantom cameras work well. It is even possible to put lights or other items on the Bolt and us it as a model mover or product mover.

 
CAN I SHOOT REPEATABLE CAMERA MOVES?

Yes, every camera move is precisely repeatable and perfectly frame accurate.

 
WHAT SOFTWARE DOES THE BOLT USE?

The Bolt use a software call Flair developed by the company Mark Roberts Motion Control.


CAN YOU OUTPUT FBX DATA FOR POST PRODUCTION?

Yes. For every move programmed we can output an FBX file with the Bolt’s camera and motion data to go directly into programs like MAYA, Lightwave or 3D Studio Max. Your 3D artist will love this!

 
DOES THE BOLT CONTROL THE FOCUS THE CAMERA?

The software, Flair will program the Bolt and synchronizes the robots motion with external triggers to control turntables, pneumatics, other robots, DMX lights, music, computers and more all with frame accurate precision.

 

CAN THE BOLT CONTROL A TURNTABLE AND OTHER MECHANICAL ITEMS?

The software, Flair will program the Bolt and synchronies the robots motion with external triggers to control turntables, pneumatics, other robots, DMX lights, music, computers and more all with frame accurate precision.

 
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO PROGRAM IN A MOVE?

This really depends on the complexity of the move, but storing the positions is easy and the camera will then go through and running the basic move in a matter of minutes. Then adjusting it slightly and getting the exact move desired may depend on the lighting, composition nuances, subject matter, and even the director.

 
WHAT IS THE BENEFIT OF USING MOTION CONTROL WHEN IT COMES TO THE POST-PRODUCTION?

Post production relies heavily on having good original takes. Motion Control is often the unsung hero of effects, enabling scenes from the real world to be seamlessly multi-layered and combined with computer graphics and digital effects. Being more of a production tool, many people see the glitz and praise given to powerful post production graphics packages, and miss the vital concept that without the motion control footage, these high end effects could not exist.


Additionally, because the camera trajectory and perspective is very easily exported from the rig to the post-production tools, CGI backgrounds and fore-ground elements can be very easily and accurately added.


HOW ACCURATE IS MOTION CONTROL?

Using electronic devices known as optical encoders on all the motors, the movement of every axis of the motion control rig is measured down to micron level, far below movement visible to the eye or film This is so small, that you are more likely to have errors due to the metal of the rig expanding and contracting under bright lights, due to heat, than because of motor position measurement.

 
HOW CAN I BEST INCORPORATE MOTION CONTROL WITH CGI?

There are several tools available for transferring data between Motion control rigs and CGI programs. We currently have tools available to interface to Maya, Softimage/Xsi, Alias Power Animator, Lightwave and Flame. Tools are built into Mark Roberts Motion Control to import and export data, and to aid in alignment of CGI to live footage.


WHAT IS TARGET TRACKING?

Target Tracking is a feature developed by Mark Roberts Motion Control, over 20 years ago, that allows the camera to move along an exact path through space and follow a target, stationary or moving, perfectly, regardless of the complexity of the rig. This make it very easy for director and rig users to get the camera to follow the exact path they desire without having to work out what each axis (motor) has to do to achieve the path, or stay focused on the target. 


WHAT IS SCALING?

Scaling is a feature, exclusively found in Mark Roberts Motion Control rigs that allows any camera movement to be automatically scaled up or down, moved or rotated. This allows such special effects as mixing miniature models or backgrounds, with live action talent making the 2 appear the same size, or rotating move to make it appear gravity is acting in numerous directions and people are simultaneously walking on the floor, walls and ceiling.

 
WHAT IS FLAIR? WHY USE FLAIR INSTEAD OF OTHER SOFTWARE?

Flair is the software and electronic hardware developed by Mark Roberts Motion Control for motion control use.


Mark Roberts Motion Control is the only company in the world that develops both the rigs and the software, so the two are very closely integrated, giving greater versatility that cannot be offered by any other software for motion control. It contains features that have evolved from the company’s involvement in the industry for over 20 years Once “convert” to the software, many wonder how they would manage without it.