The camera heads - called Tiger 2 and Tiger 3 - are controlled by a touch-screen panel and rotate on either two or three axes, so complex and precise movements can be programmed. Output files can be fed direct to post-production or to camera.
Artem will use the camera - described by managing director Mike Kelt as 'pretty revolutionary' - for the first time next month on the new Bond movie. The firm also plans to manufacture the camera, which has been in development with the aid of a government grant for the past two-and-a-half years, for sale to third parties.
Meanwhile, Artem has also been working on a way to combine motion-capture information from both its magnetic (Ascension) and optical (Vicon) systems. Currently there is a trade-off between accuracy and immediacy with the two systems, with the magnetic system better for real-time animation, but not as good for accuracy of movement. Kelt said the firm was currently writing software to enable both systems to 'talk' to each other in order to combine the benefits of the two systems.