Overview

StypeKit is a bolt-on, mechanical camera tracking system for various industry-standard camera crane brands. It can currently track the following crane brands: Stanton Jimmy Jib, Cammate, MovieBird, Technocrane, Technojib, JitaCam, Egripment, Scorpio, Strada Crane, Remote Concept and our own stYpe HumanCrane.
The StypeKit consists of sensors which are mounted on the crane itself, and no external sensors, markers or reference points are needed in the environment.

StypeKit is designed in such a way that no physical modifications are needed to the crane. The system simply bolts onto some key points of cranes. This means fast setup times and also makes the StypeKit suitable for tracking rented cranes. As it is bolt-on, you can use it on different cranes within the same day. StypeKit is very portable and all the components fit in a carry-on plane luggage!

Top-level broadcasters such as the BBC, Fox Sports, MTV, and many others are using StypeKit on a daily basis to achieve Virtual, Augmented, Mixed and Extended Reality effects in their shows.

StypeKit works with all rendering engines currently available on the market, including Vizrt, Avid, ZeroDensity, Pixotope, Wasp3D, RT software, BrainStorm, XPression, Chyron Hego, Pixotope, Disguise, Notch, Aximmetry and others.
All stYpe camera tracking solutions (StypeKit, RedSpy, Spyder) take advantage of the powerful, proprietary lens calibration approach that set a new standard of quality and precision, letting clients focus on the creative aspects of their project, knowing the technical side is handled by our systems. The lens calibration is done within the StypeKit console.

An additional interesting feature of the StypeKit is the automatic aiming and focusing (targeting) feature which allows the crane operator to let go off the joystick and just swing the crane arm, while the StypeKit will be automatically controlling the crane head.
All these features make StypeKit a robust camera tracking solution: it’s easy to set up and gives highest level camera tracking results, which is why it’s trusted by the top broadcasters around the world.

Download and read the StypeKit brochure here.

Why StypeKit?

The StypeKit integrates into your production pipeline intuitively and fast as the learning curve is easy. The goal behind all stYpe systems is to take the stress away from the client and give you more time to work on the creative process and other elements of your job. Let’s go through the advantages of using the StypeKit:

  • Works with around 20 different crane brands including Stanton Jimmy, CamMate, Technocrane, Moviebird, Scorpio and many others
  • Bolt on system – no need for physical modifications to the crane
  • Works with any render engine (e.g. Vizrt, Pixotope, Disguise, Notch, ZeroDensity, Avid, Wasp3D, RT software, BrainStorm, XPression, Chyron Hego…)
  • Supports tracking of cranes on rails
  • Has a feature that enables automatic aiming and focusing – targeting
  • Standalone system – doesn’t need external sensors or markers
  • No need for special floor surfaces
  • No need for a free line of sight (interfering objects etc.)
  • Works indoors and outdoors
  • Easy to setup (half an hour for initial installation and ~15 minutes for initial calibration*)
  • Integrated lens calibration feature
  • Portable
  • Cost effective

*If a crane is on rails, additional time is needed to level the rails properly

Simplified Configuration Scheme

We encode the camera crane movement by placing StypeKit’s sensors on all pivot points of the crane. Sensors collect X, Y and Z movement along with Pan, Tilt, Roll, Zoom, Focus and Travel on Dolly. This positional data is then processed and sent to the render engine for compositing the real footage with virtual graphics – in real time. Stype kit configuration scheme

Technical specifications at a glance

For detailed technical specifications please refer to the Stype kit’s datasheet ›› Download Datasheet

Encoder input: 8 channels
Pan, Tilt, Roll/External Encoder, Zoom, Focus, Dolly
Canon lenses digital protocol
Yes
Fujion lenses digital protocol
Yes
Re-calibration time after power up
Under 30 sec (If the camera crane was moved to another location then under 5 minutes)
Kit weight
Under 12 kg
Head max payload
22,6kg
Dolly
Travel on tracks (rail)
Camera tilt angle
360 degrees
Camera pan angle
360 degrees
Zoom encoder resolution
~7,000 pulses
Head max speed
90 degrees/sec
Ramping modes
Exponential, averaging, acceleration limit
Auto aiming
Yes
Auto focusing
Yes

Global recognition

Fox Sports, the BBC, MTV and many others recognise the StypeKit for its precision and stability. Find out who else is using the StypeKit through StypeKit global community page.