About RT Motion
RT Motion is a fast growing, young London based company that is advancing rapidly in the Remote Lens Control market. Along with leading steadicam partners MK-V, RT Motion is really creating a storm with the new MK3.1 which is gaining praise for its lightweight yet robust design and new super powerful wireless technology. Perfect for steadicam work and people who need to keep light and mobile.
As one of the first to use brushless motor technology, RT Motion gives unparalleled smoothness at slower speeds, reduced noise and four-times increased service life than normal servo motors. The modern smart-motor form factor has enabled the smallest Receiver on the market, with 3-axis control as standard.
Keep an eye on the site for new products like rocker and force-zoom controllers, and wooden handle grips with integrated electronics (direct-connect to a motor) later in 2014. Also planned is axial motors for underwater housings, cinetape support, support for driving internal-servo fujinon and canon lenses and motion control software, to name a few.
The origins of RT-Motion began in 2007, when collaborators Kris Bird (director of photography & electrical engineer) and Jamie Glover (jib/steadicam op & machinist engineer) wanted to remote focus for the duration of a 6-week shoot. The budget for a traditional 2-axis remote would only stretch to a week, so there was the perfect excuse to improvise a solution. Two weeks of electronics work and manual metal-machining later- the hard-wired device was basic, but enabled shots that wouldn't have otherwise been possible.
By early 2009, there were still very limited options on the market for multi-axis control. Kris and Jamie decided to invest the time and money in developing the world's first affordable multi-axis remote lens control solution- the RT Motion MK1 was released a year later.
2010/11 saw rapid refinement and expansion for the company, including investment in high-end CNC machining facilities to reduce out-sourcing costs and improve production precision to aerospace levels. This enabled the company to develop and tune its first true 'vertical slim motor', the MK3.
The company has now been shipping professional solutions for over 4 years and is on the 5th revision of its lens control system. User feedback and rapid in-house development has resulted in a rapidly maturing professional solution.
2013/2014 sees the expansion of the product range, particularly in areas which take advantage of the completely unique MK3 brushless (intelligent) motor with integrated drive electronics. It also sees rapid expansion to cater for demand and worldwide distribution and servicing with partners, MK-V.