Motion Control means a lot of things to a lot of industries. In this context, we're talking about high precision, repeatable, customizable camera moves that make high value special effects a creative possibility on any shoot. Camera moves can be scaled for high or low framerates, allowing slow motion and fast motion to be seamlessly cut together.
Damned easy. Throw your clips into the timeline on separate tracks, match them to the "bloop" light at the beginning or end of each clip, and the hard part is over. Most of the tests on this blog were done in FCP7, and post took about 15 minutes each. Woot.
Every motor is equipped with an encoder that actively monitors position and velocity to 1/20th of a degree, and corrects for errors in real time. In addition, in the event of a loss of communication due to something like a power failure, the machine can be restored to a Zero position in about 10 minutes.
Genlock lets the MoCo rig communicate with the camera to coordinate the start of a move such that the opening and closing of each exposure takes place at the same moment in time during the move. In practical terms, without Genlock enabled, camera moves will differ by as much as one half of a frame from one another. Not every camera can deal with Genlock. DSLRs and consumer video cameras don't speak that language. Talk to your friendly local camera guy, or ask the manual.
The slider is 6' long, the whole rig can fit in the back of my Pontiac Vibe, so it ain't so big. Not every camera can deal with Genlock. DSLRs and consumer video cameras don't speak that language. Talk to your friendly local camera guy, or ask the manual.