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Ross SolidTrack tech specs

Ross SolidTrack is a groundbreaking, universal camera tracking system that can be used anytime, anywhere and on anything. It opens up a wide array of new opportunities for adding virtual and augmented reality to broadcast and live event productions. Based on a patented optical tracking technology, SolidTrack delivers accurate real-time tracking data for any camera, without the need for fixed markers or other complex or bulky infrastructure.

Track Anytime
While the underlying software employs complex, cutting edge algorithms, the SolidTrack hardware architecture is very straightforward. With just a compact sensor module mounted on the camera, some cabling, an interface module, and a computer, SolidTrack is very quick to install. Calibration is just as easy and can be completed in a matter of minutes, allowing you to be up and running in 15 minutes or less.

Track Anywhere
Since SolidTrack does not require the installation of any visible markers to use as fixed reference points, it can be used in just about any environment. This includes both indoor and outdoor venues, and large or small studios. And in more challenging environments where there are few visible features available to use as tracking references (on a green screen set, for example), invisible infrared LEDs can be used to enhance the accuracy and stability of the system.

Track Anything
SolidTrack’s compact sensor module, which includes both a video camera and a gyroscope, is small and light and can be easily mounted on any camera. This allows the system to be used in just about any application, whether the camera is on a steadicam, or handheld, jib or pedestal, manual or robotic head. It truly is a universal tracking system.

Features:
• The sensor module can be mounted anywhere on the camera rig, such that it can avoid being obstructed by other parts of the rig, such as teleprompters, clocks or tally lights
• The sensor module can also be mounted in any orientation, to ensure the highest quality and quantity of optical reference points. In some cases this may mean pointing at the ceiling, in others it may be facing the opposite direction to the video camera.
• Collects and integrates zoom and focus data from Canon or Fujinon encoded lenses
• Just a single cable connects camera to interface module, while all data, including the video stream, is transmitted back to the server over a single Cat6 Ethernet cable
• Sensor module and interface box feature Picatinny rails for solid, repeatable mounting.
• Includes mounting hardware for mounting the Sensor module to the camera

Specifications:

SolidTrack Input:
Any digital camera with HD-SDI output:
920/1080 HD SDI with time code
23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60 fps frame rates

SolidTrack Output
Communication protocol compatible with Free-D and plug-ins with major virtual sets
Includes camera position (X, Y, Z), orientation (pan, tilt angles) and lens zoom and focus.

Available Plug-ins:
Ross XPression
Autodesk Motion Builder 2014 & 2015
Autodesk Maya 2014
Unity 5
Unreal Engine 4 (soon)

Latency:
Less than 1 frame @ 60 fps

Tracking error/repeatability
Position (x, y, z) – Usually less than a centimeter, depends on set dimensions.
Orientation (pan, tilt angle) – Less than half a degree.

Dimensions
Sensor Module (L x W x H): 4.04” x 2.1” x 2.1” (103 mm x 52 mm x 52 mm)
Interface Module (L x W x H): 6.26” x ?? x 2.95” (159 mm x ?? x 75 mm)
SolidTrack Server (PC): 4 RU (??” / ?? mm)

Weight
Sensor Module: 375 g (0.83 lbs)
Interface Module:






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