Mo-Sys receives Blackmagic Design Innovation Award

Mo-Sys Engineering has been recognized and receives the first Blackmagic Design Innovation Award during IBC2022 for its significant and continued contribution to advancing Virtual Production technologies.

Innovation lies at very heart of Mo-Sys Engineering. From its HQ in Greenwich, London the company has pioneered Virtual Production technology for decades. Mo-Sys created the first easy to use, marker-based camera tracking solution StarTracker, which is recognized as the industry’s leading camera tracking product for its accuracy, reliability and robustness. StarTracker is used extensively by leading broadcasters, major film studios, high-end drama and corporate clients around the world.

The company has also developed an unrivalled level of on-set experience through its direct support of content producers like Netflix, BBC and ITV, where Mo-Sys’ Virtual Production technology has brought prestigious projects like Strictly Come Dancing, Limitless and Macy’s Day Parade to life. This on-set knowledge and experience is utilized to drive continuous innovation and product development.

Mo-Sys has also made a significant commitment to education. It was the first company to establish a Virtual Production training Academy, and offers a range of unique hands-on courses based around practical, small group learning geared to build students confidence and provide valuable experience. Mo-Sys’ Academy offers courses for all levels, providing students with an introduction to Virtual Production, as well as upskilling industry professionals and collaborating directly with universities to transfer knowledge, teach-the-teacher and shape curriculums.

Coinciding with the Blackmagic Design Innovation Award, Mo-Sys unveiled a raft of new products at IBC. Customers were treated to their first look at StarTracker Max, the next generation of professional inside-out camera tracking. The programmable and motorized rail system for PTZ and ENG cameras, MoRail was demonstrated for news and sports broadcast and bMR, Mo-Sys’ new solution which combines an LED content server with MOS/NRCS data driven on-air graphics was also announced.

The Blackmagic Design Innovation Award is a brand new annual award recognising an organisation that is pushing the boundaries of science and technology using Blackmagic Design products. This special award has been created to identify and recognize unique and creative implementations of Blackmagic Design technology in both product and solution design for solving technical and financial barriers to customer challenges.

“Mo-Sys is one of the great rising stars of the Virtual Production industry, and their approach redefines the boundaries of cost-effective virtual creativity,” said Tim Siddons, Director of Sales, Blackmagic Design EMEA. “Their approach to designing and delivering the StarTracker virtual studio system, based around URSA Mini, ATEM and HyperdDeck, provides a complete solution that removes the complexity of virtual studio configuration and calibration, enabling customers to focus on the creative aspects of delivering their visions.”

“There is a strong alignment between Blackmagic Design and Mo-Sys. Both companies are pushing boundaries and making technology more accessible to a wider market. Mo-Sys developed the first optical tracking system 25 years ago and has continued to move Virtual Production forward VP through innovation”, said Michael Geissler, CEO of Mo-Sys Engineering. “It is great honour that our contribution has been recognized with this award and I’d like to thank the Tim and the team at Blackmagic Design.”

A Successful Summer VP Meetup 

Mo-Sys rounded off August with a Virtual Production Summer Meetup, offering people from the world of Virtual Production an opportunity to get together. We were delighted to welcome over 100 people to the event, hosted by Mo-Sys Academy, at Mo-Sys’ London HQ.

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Mo-Sys Virtual Production Summer BBQ

Visitors were treated to a tour of the Academy with an overview of the training courses on offer, and were able to take part in several interactive technology demonstrations, share ideas and network with like-minded VP technicians and industry experts.

ETC lighting delivered an exciting presentation with a demo which showed the difference between standard LED lights and the ground-breaking 8-color fos/4 LED lighting technology. Attendees were able to see the remarkable contrast for themselves during the presentation which illustrated how this new technology can be deployed to effectively control and enhance colours in the set and talent, making them come alive.

Introduction to LED Virtual Production

Mo-Sys’ Florian Gallier was on hand to offer and an introduction to LED VP and we had an e-Crane with G30 on it to view, plus there was a sneak preview of the new MoRail 3m curved motorized camera rail news broadcast – if you missed our Summer Meetup, join our mailing list to learn about future events and if you’re travelling to IBC, please come and see us in Hall 8, Stand A49.

Mo-Sys launches MoRail its high-performance motorized camera rail at IBC 2022  

Mo-Sys Engineering announces the launch of its new high-performance motorized rail, MoRail, which enables cost-effective creative pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) and ENG camera movement within newsroom environments.

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Primarily designed for use in newsrooms, which may include traditional studios, greenscreen, LED volume-based broadcast applications and corporate presentations, MoRail supports all major PTZ and ENG camera systems weighing up to 15kg, transforming regular static shots into repeatable creative shots with controlled parallax movement. The perspective change achieved dramatically improves on the existing static only movement of PTZ cameras, allowing producers to achieve accurate movements during a show that immerse viewers into the studio, without the need to invest in expensive and complex track-based dolly systems.

“With the introduction of MoRail we are opening the doors to a new level of creativity with PTZ cameras that has not been possible before,” said Michael Geissler, CEO of Mo-Sys. “Production teams can now benefit from accurate and repeatable PTZ movement, and beautifully smooth and immersive parallax movement, that helps even small news operations to create more immersive and engaging content.”

Included in the MoRail package is a powerful Mo-Sys controller that allows rail height and camera position to be set in addition to pan, tilt, zoom, focus and iris.

For a demonstration of MoRail, visit Mo-Sys at IBC2022 on stand 8.A49. MoRail will also be on view at the AOTO (7.C09) and Canon (11.C45) stands.

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Mo-Sys VP Training Captivates Students at Rise Up Summer School

Mo-Sys is proud to have taken part in the first ever Rise Up Academy Summer School. From the Global Academy in Hayes, Middlesex, UK the Rise Up Summer School offered young students aged between 10 to 18 years a unique opportunity to meet industry experts and participate in interactive hands-on workshops.

Mo-Sys Rise-up Summer School

Guaranteeing valuable insight into the career paths available, the sessions were curated to help students explore virtual production and broadcast engineering, discover how to build a TV studio and also included an access-all-areas visit to an outside broadcast truck.

The free to attend Summer School was perfect for students curious to learn how productions can add eye catching graphics or shoot in unreal worlds through the power of Virtual Production, and those considering a career in media. Mo-Sys’ Academy team guided students through the creation of their own virtual production. The unmissable event ensured that everyone left with an understanding of VP and how major events such as the FA Cup Final is broadcast and why so many cameras are needed at an event like Glastonbury.

Supporting the event alongside sponsors BT Sport, ITV, Discovery and Sky, Mo-Sys’ Academy delivered practical Virtual Production workshops which gave students the opportunity to get hands-on experience using bleeding edge VP technology. The sessions explored ‘What is Virtual Production’ and introduced students to camera tracking, Unreal Engine, green screen and real time graphics all within a simulated professional TV set.

Read more about the inaugural event here. >

Mo-Sys Rise-up Summer School

Juliette Thymi, Mo-Sys Academy Manager commented “There is a strong synergy between Rise Up Summer School and Mo-Sys’ commitment to sharing knowledge and providing meaningful training opportunities for the next generation. All of the students who attended our 90-minute sessions were very engaged and wanted to learn more about Virtual Production, which is great to see! It was an amazing idea to host the Summer School and expose young students to the industry and our technologies. Regular secondary education doesn’t do that very well. We have had a great time, and we would love to support future events.”

Mo-Sys Academy provides the only industry recognised hands-on, small group practical virtual production training. Courses are delivered by Mo-Sys’ experienced Virtual Production Technicians, who have worked on projects for the likes of Netflix, ITV and BBC. Training supports students through small group activities designed to transfer knowledge and give practical virtual production experience. Mo-Sys Academy recently announced new course dates at its London HQ and Los Angeles refinery.

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Mo-Sys demonstrates Cinematic XR Focus with PRG

Recently, Mo-Sys joined forces with PRG for an exclusive evening mixer at their newly renovated Virtual Production Studio in Los Angeles.

As a partner of the event, Mo-Sys brought some of its Virtual Production toolset for a VP demonstration geared toward a DP audience. Executive Vice President – Sales & Operations – Americas, Tom Shelburne demonstrated Mo-Sys’ Cinematic XR Focus and NearTime re-rendering in the LED volume along with the Mo-Sys U50 heavy-duty remote head.

  • Cinematic XR Focus allows for the seamless focus pull from real foreground objects to virtual assets placed deep within the scene – that would appear to be positioned behind the LED wall. This is achieved using the same wireless lens control system already in use today.
  • NearTime is Mo-Sys’ patent-pending and HPA Engineering award-winning solution for solving real-time VFX virtual production image quality.

PRG selected partners for the event that integrated well with the existing technology in their studio. Mo-Sys’ Virtual Production solutions are designed specifically for final pixel XR shooting and pair perfectly with PRG’s Enhanced Environments.

See the demonstration below: