Camera Motion and Lens Control

Our client KFX originally developed the Aurora motion control (moco) system specifically for use on location in the Arctic and Antarctic during the filming of David Attenborough's Frozen Planet series, and approached DC Allen to provide the electronics and software system design, based on our experience in motor control in the medical and other fields.

The project was challenging on a number of levels. The development timeframe was extremely short and on delivery the first systems were shipped straight to the shoot locations, where they had to perform over the course of a year in the sub-zero Arctic and Antarctic climates.

The system is capable of controlling a remote camera (the "head") in 3 axes (pan, tilt and roll). In addition, a 3-channel lens controller allows the focus puller to control the lens focus, iris and zoom at the remote head.

During development, particular attention was paid to achieving a responsive dynamic feel that has received much praise from camera operators.

We have gone on to develop a range of camera control products for KFX, as well as other clients, reinforcing camera control for the film industry as one of our core competencies.