The virtual-production studio network Vū has partnered with Motion Impossible, an English manufacturer of modular remote dolly systems and camera stabilizers, on the U.S. launch of Agito Magtrax, a magnetic strip-guided system for discreet tracked applications.
Magtrax and other Agito solutions are available through AbelCine, Motion Impossible’s exclusive North American partner for sales, training and technical support.
As part of the launch, Vū and Motion Impossible are co-creating film-production tools that blend physical and virtual elements using Motion Impossible’s camera-motion technology and Vū’s VP capabilities.
Magtrax enhances existing drive-ends by enabling customers to follow a magnetic strip laid on a surface, underneath a carpet or embedded within a set. The strip can be arranged in ways beyond what can be done with a regular track, including curves and the ability to move seamlessly from one strip to another. The Agito will autonomously follow each path while freeing up the control for camera movement.
Magtrax allows the same maneuverability as free roaming, with guaranteed repeatable movement and automatic speed control concerning straight or curved tracks. Speed is automatically adjusted depending on the arc of the magnetic strip, and magnetic markers offer collision detection and automatic e-stop. In addition, Magtrax offers a configurable front and rear lighting system that is easy for a single person to set up and modify.
Vū owns and operates VP soundstages in Nashville, Tampa, Orlando and Las Vegas.