Shots impossible for a human being – very easy for a robot. This is the future of cinematography, which is now available thanks to Motorized Precision
In the future, robots will replace people in many positions. It seems that film operators may also be at risk. Motorized Precision Kira is an example of a specialized robot that can take shots that are beyond the reach of human skills. There is a saying – "no photographer only takes photos" and it also applies to film art. But what will happen when the human place in this system will be taken by another machine? What effects can we achieve when creating films by replacing a human with a robot? Someone has already decided to answer this question and created a real robot for special tasks.
Hold my robot camera
Kira will help you make the perfect video , the level of precision that is based on computer special effects. Such solutions are not science ficions, but something available now – of course, if we have enough cash. Motorized Precision is an American company that for many years has been supplying advanced video cameras for the needs of cinematography. They are technically advanced, precise arms, similar to those used on production lines. The use of this solution in cinematography allowed for the creation of amazing shots, impossible or extremely difficult to do by man. A great example of what these devices can do is the following Chevrolet Camaro advertisement.
It's not CGI – it's a robot
Some of the shots used in this advertisement seem almost unrealistic. It's all the merit of a robot named Kira, who will never shake his arm during the recording . An incredibly smooth transition from one frame to another, which would require levitation from a human being, is a normal thing for this robot. Just set him key shots, and the robot will adjust all settings so that the movement is smooth and the picture is sharp and clear. We can control the robot using an ordinary Xbox One controller , so capturing amazing shots is literally as easy as playing the console. The operation of both of them was perfectly presented on the MKBHD channel, where during the visit at the Motorized Precision headquarters, it was shown how these wonders of automation work.
It will not be cheap
The Motorized Precision range currently has two robots. The already mentioned Kira is the flagship model of this company . Its maximum height is over 3 meters, and the arm has a range of more than 2 meters. It moves at a maximum speed of 3 meters per second, which may not sound impressive, but believe me – it's infernally fast. The other one is called Mia and is slightly smaller than its predecessor, although its capabilities are equally impressive.At the moment, such solutions are definitely beyond the reach of ordinary people, because even the cheaper of the two Mia costs $ 150,000 , while Kira is not even available for sale, but only for renting over $ 4,000 per day. So it is not cheap, and besides, the devices are not available from stock.
It's cheaper and easier – but it's the art of compromise
If you want to try to record video using image stabilization, and you do not have free hundreds of thousands of dollars in your sleeve – nothing is lost. We can buy, for example, in the last year reviewed by us gimbal for a reflex camera or mirrorless Feiyu Tech a2000. Unless you prefer to use a smartphone, then choose something like Gudsen Meuse Mini-MI.Gimbal even from the top shelf is much cheaper than the aforementioned robots and has one big advantage – it is mobile. Although we are still forced to record in person, without the help of a robot, but even a simple gimbal provides such image stabilization that allows you to make really great looking shots. Recording with the help of gimbal is not a complicated art, as shown in our guide. Despite everything, remember – it's not just the equipment that counts, but above all the willingness and creativity .