Ross Acquires Robotics Company
IROQUOIS, ON.: Ross Video has acquired FX-Motion, a robotic
camera systems company based in Brussels. Belgium. FX-Motion is now Ross Robotics
a new product line in Ross Video’s portfolio. Terms of the deal, which closed
in December, were not disclosed.
Furio used in a live virtual studio on Belgium state broadcaster RTBF.
is best known for brining film-style motion control technology to television
remote control and robotics systems. The FX-Motion Furio system has been
used to control cameras and provide compelling visuals on the Eurovision Song
Contest, “So You Think You Can Dance” and in augmented reality productions like
the VGA awards as well as in news studio production environments. The company
was founded by Stijn Vanorbeek, an electrical engineer and former Hollywood
cinematographer. Vanorbeek is now president of the Ross Robotics division.
Furio is available in 2 variants – Furio Robo (Full
Robotics System) and Furio RC (Remote Control System). Furio’s unique
absolute positioning system and rail based tracking makes it ideally suited to
virtual set and augmented reality applications, (virtual sets sans
Furio Robo is designed for live television production
studio use in which typically a single operator controls multiple cameras with
pre-set shot and motion path recalls. The system consists of a
Pan-Tilt-Zoom Head (PTZ), Rail Based Dolly System with Elevator and a
sophisticated IP based control system. The system scales from a
simple PTZ head on a fixed tripod to a full multi-camera rail system.
RC (Remote Control) is designed for applications in which an operator controls
the camera system remotely using a local (encoded) fluid head and foot pedals
to move the camera side to side and up and down. Furio RC translates the
camera operators every move to the remote camera. Highly responsive,
Furio RC is perfect for live stage productions. This system allows one camera
operator to rapidly move a camera from one end of the stage to the other and
get shots simply not possible with a roaming camera person.
“We are super excited about adding robotics to our product portfolio,” said
David Ross, CEO Ross Video. “There is a very close link between the
OverDrive Automated Production Control System, Production Switchers, XPression
Graphics and now our Furio Robotic Camera Systems. We are able to offer
some great integrated production solutions to our clients and really push the
state of live production technology.“
says he is excited about the prospect of using Furio to introduce augmented
reality to news sets, offering the ability to create graphics that appear out
of thin air. “In augmented reality, you’re taking a CG and merging the virtual
world with the real world, keying the two together and keeping them fully
aligned while doing the camera motion around the curved track, which is quite
amazing,” he said, adding that the Furio system is unique in offering this
system to broadcasters. “What’s the difference between a CG key and augmented reality?
The difference is the camera motion.”
customers include the BBC, which is installing a Furio system in its new W1
news studios, TV5 in France, Al Jazeera and Belgium state broadcaster VRT. Ross
customer Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano Texas is a Furio customer and KCET,
the community television station based in Los Angeles is installing an
Overdrive with the Furio system as well.