The Studio

The Robot

• Our robot package consists of kuka hardware controlled through motorized precision software. 
• Full motion control over 6 axis arm and 16ft track, traveling up to 3 m/s.
• Our robot is always set up, ready to shoot, start programming in 5 minutes.

• MP Studio - Our specialty software that allows us to control the robot
• 3d model of our robot, allowing us to program moves and make adjustments virtually
• Visualize your moves, find out what shots are possible.

• The robot is equipped with a preset RED 5k Gemini camera package.
• The camera weight is pre calibrated and sensor offsets are pre measured to optimize efficiency and time.
• Contact us for different camera configurations.

• We have a large variety of lenses available from cinema primes and zooms to specialty macro, pre calibrated for focus and weight distribution.
• Our prefered lenses are lightweight, sharp, and fast.  
• Customers can request use of custom lenses & diopters. Lenses must weigh less than 3lbs. Lens & diopter setup fees apply.

Designing Shots

X Box
• Live control of the robot and track at safe speeds
• Mockup robot position, create keyframes.
• Get to the right positions quickly, refine moves in software.

Controller Layout

• MP Studio - shots are built through a series of keyframes that control camera position, focus, zoom, targets and turntable over time.
• Refinement - adjust pathways, add timing curves, or time remap.
• Save, duplicate, or copy and paste single keyframes or entire sequences.

Post Production & VFX

• Full motion control - run moves infinite times
• Plates - for compositing & motion tracking
• Time Remapping - adjust timing of moves for overcranking/undercranking
• Keying - paint, fabric and seamless available in blue & green
• Lens data - available on select lenses

•Plugin - provided to qualified clients
• Import/Export - previsualize moves from Maya to MP Studio and vice versa.
• Robot & Track - 3d model of robot system for programming in Maya

FAQ

Do you guys edit?
We offload you footate to drives at the end of the day. The rest of the post process is up to you.
Can you bring the robot to a location?
Unfortunately we do not move our robot outside of the studio. Moving the robot to location is rare, and considered by each case. Contact us for special requests.
Can I bring my own camera and lenses?
Our cameras and lenses are calibrated specifically to our software. Adding new cameras or lenses takes more time, and would require setup. Contact us for special requests.
What if I need equipment you don’t have?
You can use anything on our equipment list. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, you can rent or bring any additional equipment for use in our studio
How long does it take to program shots?
It ranges from 5 minutes to a few hours. On average most product shoot budgets about 1 shot per hour. About 10 shots a day.
How long does it take to program shots?
It ranges from 5 minutes to a few hours. On average most product shoot budgets about 1 shot per hour. About 10 shots a day.
How long does it take to make small adjustments?
-Small adjustments like position, orientation, keyframe interpolation and time remapping can be adjusted quickly. 
-Adjustments involving speed, target tracking, orbit and organic movement take longer.
Can music be synced to the robot?
Yes send us the file as an MP3. But we don't shoot music videos because they are too crazy.
Can DMX lighting be synced?
Yes however you need to bring your own board OP. We can start a trigger with a 5 pin or 3 pin as a 0 or 100.
How do I get my footage?
Our media is captured to RED Digital Cinema SSD cards. We have USB readers if you prefer to transfer your own footage. Or just bring a drive and we’ll do it for you.
Can the robot be rented without an operator
At the very least there must be one qualified operator that is running the system.
How precise is the robot?
Exactly .02 mm repeatable precision.
Vibrations?
Vibrations or “shake” is a common occurrence for almost all robots. The weight, the reach and speed are all important factors to consider. Our robot and camera have been pre-calibrated and assembled to minimize vibrations. In the event of visible shake, we can troubleshoot, and re-optimize the shot.
Can you physically move the robot & track around the studio?
Yes, we have to power down the robot and raise the legs before moving. it takes about 30 minutes in total.
How many moves to be stored?
10 moves per timeline. Which can be quickly run back to back and as many project files as you need.
How many keyframes can be used for one move?
In theory 14,400 keyframes can be used in one move. In practice I would keep keyframes per move below 25.
Is there a time limit for the length of a move?
Yes 10 minutes for a normally running move. Timelase an be run as long as the card and camera have storage.

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