Ncam launches Mk2 Connection Box for real-time camera tracking
New from Ncam is the Mk2 Connection Box, a lightweight and silent production device that enables filmmakers, broadcasters and more to link Ncam’s advanced camera tracking bar to any compatible server, locally or remotely.
By eliminating the need to attach a server directly to the camera, the Mk2 Connection Box makes the Ncam setup significantly lighter – just 400g.
“No one wants to be tied down when they are getting their shot; with the Mk2 Connection Box, you don’t have to be,” said Nic Hatch, CEO of Ncam. “You just put the Connection Box on your camera or belt, link it to your server with a lead tether, Ethernet or fibre, and your capture space is basically unlimited. There’s nothing else like it.”
Seamlessly integrated with Unreal Engine, the Ncam Reality system includes the Mk2 Camera Bar, Mk2 Server and Ncam Reality software, which work together to blend live action and CG content in any indoor or outdoor environment, regardless of camera, lens or rig.
Armed with the Intel Atom chipset, the new Mk2 Connection Box has the onboard processing power to support third-party hardware, including smart lens and follow focus systems, ensuring Ncam sensor data, camera and lens metadata integrity.
In addition, since the Mk2 Connection Box works with any Ncam-compatible server, users no longer have to buy the Mk2 Server option, unlocking a more accessible way to take advantage of Ncam’s advanced camera tracking technology.
The new device enables plug-and-play compatibility with smart lenses and follow focus devices from Zeiss, Arri, cmotion, Teradek and Tilta.