Mark Roberts Motion Control launches Cinebot Mini camera robot

Mark Roberts Motion Control has launched a new camera robot, the Mark Roberts Motion Control Cinebot Mini. Let’s take a look at what this robot has to offer videographers.

Who is Mark Roberts Motion Control?

Mark Roberts Motion Control (MRMC) is based in Surrey in the United Kingdom. The company began in 1966 designing rigs for animation and now produces a range of robotic motion control camera systems. MRMC is also a Nikon Group Company since Nikon took a stake in the company in 2016.

Mark Roberts Motion Control Cinebot Mini

Cinebot Mini is a compact motion control robot for high-end live-action shooting. It has been designed to be portable so you can use it on set, on location or in a studio. Cinebot Mini can also support cameras up to 22 pounds (10 kg) in weight. This means you can use it with a wide range of professional cameras and equipment. In addition, the arm of Cinebot Mini has a reach of over 4 feet (1.3 meters). You can mount Cinebot Mini on an adjustable pedestal or use it on a track for an additional axis of movement.

Controlling Cinebot Mini

Cinebot Mini has been designed to have a user-friendly control system. You can program the movement of Cinebot Mini simply by moving the camera into various positions with your hand. The robotic arm will record these movements so that they can be played back in sequence. You can also push the Cinebot Mini along its track like a standard dolly, and this movement is recorded and played back. In addition, you can record or input moves directly from a mobile phone with the MRMC Tracker App.

Other features

For added flexibility, you can power the Mark Roberts Motion Control Cinebot Mini with a battery option that lasts up to eight hours. Cinebot Mini also has precise control of your camera’s zoom, iris and focus. MRMC says that the system has “the fastest & most powerful motors in the world.” In addition, Cinebot Mini weighs around 74 pounds (33.5 kg).

What we think

Cinebot Mini is going to make complex camera moves much easier to produce. The compact size and portability of the system means you can use it out on location as easily as on set or in a studio. The ability to program Cinebot Mini by simply moving your camera also makes it much more accessible. Cinebot Mini is a professional system and will no doubt have a price to match. However, for independent productions, renting a Cinebot Mini could be an ideal solution.

Pricing and availability

The Mark Roberts Motion Control Cinebot Mini is available now. You can contact MRCM to register your interest and find out details of pricing.

Pete Tomkies
Pete Tomkies
Pete Tomkies is a freelance cinematographer and camera operator from Manchester, UK. He also produces and directs short films as Duck66 Films. Pete's latest short Once Bitten... won 15 awards and was selected for 105 film festivals around the world.

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