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Smooth operator: Ross Video to unveil Furio SkyDolly at IBC

New for IBC 2019 is Ross Video’s Furio SkyDolly, a ceiling-mounted camera motion system that opens up new creative possibilities in the studio, as well as setting new standards for safety, smoothness and ease of operation. 

Furio SkyDolly has been designed with safety as a priority – the fully captive dolly cannot be derailed and comes with safety tethers for the payload and head. Its sturdy three-wheel design, enlarged wheelbase (60% wider and 40% longer than other Furio solutions), and raised centre of mass ensure shake-free operation, even at high speeds, giving you rock solid stability for dramatic overhead moving shots. Custom cable management reduces drag and moves quietly, with minimal impact on overall footprint. SkyDolly also features a payload capacity that is high enough to support a full-size prompter, ensuring that SkyDolly can be used for much more than just beauty shots. In addition to the European debut of SkyDolly, Ross is also pleased to pre-announce the launch of version 5 of the SmartShell robotics control system, updated for IBC 2019 to include a new MotionDirector algorithm for all Furio robotics products. SmartShell is an intuitive control system that combines a touchscreen interface with an ergonomic joystick control panel, enabling customers to operate their Ross robotic systems through a single control platform using a centralized Ethernet-based architecture. The latest version 5 of SmartShell contains a MotionDirector firmware update for all Furio robotic products. MotionDirector is a new motion control algorithm that provides superior smoothness and more precise control, helping Furio deliver the most natural-looking camera movements, even in demanding dynamic environments. As well as improving the look and feel of moving shots by always ensuring smooth start and stop dolly movements, MotionDirector offers even greater flexibility by providing the ability to make manual camera adjustments and/or duration changes (“time dilation”) via the joystick panel while the dolly is in motion.