MRMC and Dimension take volumetric video capture on the road with Polymotion Stage Truck

Mark Roberts Motion Control (MRMC) and Dimension have launched the Polymotion Stage Truck, a mobile volumetric video capture unit.

The 3-in-1 expanding mobile studio on wheels was developed to support the time-sensitive content creation needs of broadcasters, sports personalities and creative agencies and is capable of shooting volumetric video, taking 3D stills and full avatar creation.

The volumetric technology that features in the truck was used by Sky Sports during coverage of The Open golf in July 2019 where digital replicas of some of the world’s top golfers, including Rory McIlroy, John Rahm and Dustin Johnson, were created in order to do swing analysis

Sky Sports, MRMC and Dimension demo volumetric capture technology at SVG Europe’s FutureSPORT conference in London in November 2019

The project picked up the SVG Europe Sports TV Award 2020 for Outstanding Production Achievement (Innovation).

MRMC has previously made the technology available within the Polymotion Stage Dome.

MRMC head of volumetric solutions Sara Gamble said: “We are extremely excited to be launching our Polymotion Stage Truck.

“With both the Stage Dome and Stage Truck available – we can now go to any location and capture talent, supporting the industry with delivering creative
content on site.”

According to MRMC, speed and accuracy of deployment are key features of the Polymotion Stage Truck.

“Innovative engineering solutions were required to accommodate a full-size capture studio within the truck,” it said.

“State-of-the-art hydraulic systems expand the trailer, effectively tripling its footprint to present a green screen capture room of 46m2 in size while automatic self-levelling hydraulics provide the stability that volumetric video capture demands. The full studio can be set-up and ready to capture in a short period of time enabling same-day shooting at any location at any time.

During the global pandemic, the Polymotion Stage Truck is operating under ‘safe-shoot’ conditions in accordance with Government and APA guidelines.

Protocols include consistent adherence to the social distancing rules, strict use of PPE and regular temperature checks.

Dimension develops advanced digital humans and XR production.

Simon Windsor, co-founder and joint managing director of Dimension, said “We’re thrilled to partner with MRMC and Nikon to launch Polymotion Stage. These revolutionary mobile capture studios will enable new forms of virtual entertainment and content across sport, music, fashion and more.”

MRMC is a camera robotics and automated broadcast solutions company owned by Nikon.

Watch the truck in action

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