Mo-Sys StarTracker goes to the movies at Cine Gear Expo 2016

Date: 16/05/2016
Mo-Sys StarTracker goes to the movies at Cine Gear Expo 2016

Mo-Sys Engineering will present their pioneering camera tracking system, StarTracker, made available for VFX workflows, at Cine Gear Expo 2016.

 

Mo-Sys Engineering, known for manufacturing robotics for high-end movie productions - Gravity used Mo-Sys remote heads for the entire production - will showcase hand-held camera tracking for the first time at Cine Gear Expo. Their versatile StarTracker studio camera tracking system uses a single optical sensor per camera, and retro-reflective stickers or stars on the studio ceiling, making it an inexpensive and robust system already used by the likes of ESPN and the BBC.

In a studio environment, StarTracker places no restrictions on where the camera can go and what it can do, since it does not interfere with the set or lighting. The camera can do 360 degree pans, and move to anywhere in the studio as long as enough stars remain in sight of the tracking camera.

StarTracker offers an inexpensive solution for large tracking spaces, with ceilings up to 15m, as only one upwards-looking tracking camera is required and the tracking map can easily be extended by adding stars to the ceiling. Over the last two years it has proven to be the most robust tracking system for broadcast because of the simple setup procedure and the unintrusive nature of the tracking system, with no daily calibration or operator. It is independent of what happens in front of the camera, like set changes, light changes, shiny floors, water surfaces, objects and actors obstructing the camera. As long as the StarTracker camera sees enough stars, accurate tracking data is provided. StarTracker is versatile and can be mounted to any camera support or used on hand-held. All these are qualities appreciated on film sets with a fast shooting pace. 

So it was a natural progression that Mo-Sys opened their StarTracker interface to VFX tools used by the film industry (e.g. MotionBuilder, QTake, Film Engine). The broadcast-proven system offers a light-weight solution for previz and on-set visualization for greenscreen filming and augmented CG elements. StarTracker allows filmmakers to visualise set extensions, framing shots with CG elements, providing eyelines for actors and generally giving a more immediate and immersive filming experience. The captured tracking data can be used for post-production, eliminating up to 70% of post-tracking and matchmoving, a laborious and time-consuming process. StarTracker data can be easily integrated into existing VFX workflows.

See Mo-Sys on their booth #80 at Cine Gear Expo 2016.

Mo-Sys is a media robotics provider servicing the high-end film and the global broadcast industry with remote heads, ceiling and floor-based camera rail systems as well as mechanical, inertial and optical camera tracking for virtual and augmented reality.

Mo-Sys has a strong focus on innovation and collaboration with its key clients including HP, GE, RedBull, ESPN and BBC.

Mo-Sys robotic products have been used in many acclaimed movies including Life of Pi, Birdman, Spectre and Gravity

www.mo-sys.com



Tags: Cine Gear | Expo | Mo-Sys | StarTracker | camera tracking | VFX workflows | robotics | Gravity | VFX Tools | MotionBuilder | QTake | Film Engine | Virtual Reality | augmented reality
Submitted by Mel Noonan, StylusMC (Stylus Media Consultants)
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