The all-new Proteân XMi Remote Head from BR Remote builds on 20 years' of experience in remote camera and head control. The Proteân has been designed from the base up to deliver very high precision moves and smooth operation suitable for today’s demanding applications. Whether for virtual reality, or high-speed sport this head will deliver and with its host of additional features it can also manage many of the tasks often requiring additional equipment. eg; Lens Drivers and CCU control.
The mechanical design of the Proteân XMi has significant advances over previous designs, making use of aluminium, advanced polymers and carbon fibre. These are machined, 3D printed, moulded and extruded to achieve the perfect blend of materials and techniques for the purpose.
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We felt it important to offer flexible sizing to accommodate more camera models and more applications. The compact (pictured) is the smallest configuration. A 50mm width extender is available and 100mm height extenders give a number of options. Fitting these changes the configuration to a full size unit for over-slinging and wider cameras. A second side support is also available for heavier loads. No longer does an operator have to compromise when choosing a head size - just add or remove extenders to configure the head for each job.
With numerous options for physical control, protocol control, lens control, camera CCU control and motion control the Proteân offers superb flexibility and can be used in any number of environments.
Positional feedback (metadata) is essential for both Virtual and Augmented Reality and any application under computer control. 24bit, real-time, metadata is output continuously in either Free D or Bradley M* format. This includes Pan, Tilt, Zoom and Focus positions. Other data can be included.
A major feature of the Proteân XMi is that it always does a Motion Controlled Profile Move to each pre-set position. The parameters of this move can be specified by the operator using our standard Multi Function Controller. All axes, Pan, Tilt, Zoom & Focus, will move in the same amount of time to the specified position. A default time is automatically stored, but can be adjusted at any time. Total Time, Ramp Up time, and Ramp Down time can be adjusted by the operator for each position independently.
The Proteân XMi has Move Tracing ability. The unit can record a move, manually performed by the operator. This move can then be replayed very accurately and the move time can be adjusted up or down. It can even play the move in reverse which is useful for performing an accurate zoom in. Record it as a zoom out and replay it in reverse.
Full positional motion control can be achieved by using any number of motion control software applications. The Proteân XMi uses our unique Predictive Motion Smoothing (PMS) algorithm to ensure that movement is not jerky yet remains accurate. Loss of data is tolerated because the firmware predicts future positions based on the previous move profile and fills in any gaps. This also enables operation with very low data rates and data drop-outs, with just the minimum of variance from the desired move profile.