Deep-learning in service of human imagination

Virtual Production visualizes complex scenes or scenes that would be impossible to capture in real life using high-resolution LED walls. Using Unreal Engine, it becomes possible for filmmakers to shoot against any background they can imagine, without being bound by time, season, or place. This activation supports Nikon’s vision for society where people are connected in ways that transcend time and space with imaging production technologies.


SolutionAn interactive user experience

“The Unreal Ride” will take participants into an immersive virtual production experience, capturing a video of themselves moving through a virtual environment as if it were the real thing. Participants will ride in a vehicle against the backdrop of a giant LED screen. When captured through the lens it will appear as if they are riding through the virtual environment. The ride is captured by MRMC — A subsidiary of Nikon, using a BOLT X high-speed camera robot against an LED volume, with the video footage captured by the flagship full-frame mirrorless camera, the Z 9. This truly expresses the power of combining all these technologies. For CES 2024 the Unreal Ride environment will take place in a virtual jungle, where participants will get to experience the thrill of riding through it in a futuristic jeep.

Employing a three-dimensional video background, filming can take place regardless of the weather at an actual location or time, and without requiring construction of large film sets, thus greatly reducing costs. It can also contribute to the reduction of CO2 as energy is conserved by eliminating the need to travel to actual filming locations. As any image can be used for the 3D background, not only does it become an effective alternative to location filming, but also we can look forward to video creators unleashing their full creative imagination to achieve unprecedented images.
Absen is utilized for the LED panel, realizing a wide color gamut and undistorted color even when viewed over a wide range of angles. It is also energy efficient with low heat generation.
As for the BOLT X, its features and attractions are outlined below.

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  • BOLT X

    The BOLT X has the longest arm reach of our high-speed equipment. With a reach of 3.2 meters, The BOLT X allows for greater flexibility in capturing shots at high speed in the studio and at location settings.
    【Extending your creativity】 The BOLT X provides a much larger operating envelope giving operators a greater freedom for creativity. Extremely useful for shooting live action subjects, the BOLT X is perfect for music videos, commercials, film & TV.
    【The BOLT X reaches new heights】 The BOLT X horizontal arm reach extends 3.2 meters from the rotate center and has a vertical travel of nearly 5 meters, starting from its lowest position to the maximum height of 4.3 meters. This incredible range of movement and flexibility will give directors and DOPs new opportunities to flex their creative muscles, capturing diverse and enhanced high-speed action.


    To add another dimension of movement to the BOLT X, you can run the high-speed camera robot on a track. Follow any object, person, or landscape to give much more flexibility in terms of visual creativity. Capable of speeds of up to 4.2 meters per second, it realizes execution of any number of complex camera movements with pinpoint accuracy for new levels of dynamic high-speed tracking shots.

  • Industry standard software

    FLAIR is MRMC’s premier motion control software
    Designed to give exceptional command over camera movement, FLAIR precisely controls up to 500 axes of motion and interfaces seamlessly with CGI packages. FLAIR is the tool that makes your vision reality.



    Synchronised motion with external triggers, model movers for extreme precision timing.


    Portable, lightweight, designed to be set-up and ready for shooting in under an hour.


    Timecode based DMX lighting control.


    Create incredible timelapse with dynamic movement and feel.


    Every camera move under complete control. Precisely, repeatable.


    Define location of your object in space, to simplify any complex move.


    Precise control of zoom, iris & focus with the fastest & most powerful motors in the world.

  • MAYA

    Take moves from Maya and feed them into the Bolt – or interface to AR/VR in real-time.

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Case ExampleA concept movie for the Company Profile by Nikon Creates Corporation

This movie is based on a unique artistic vision. A multitude of ideas and innovative technologies are behind the captivating scenes. The BOLT motion control system is one of these technologies.
In a space adorned with stripes of light and shadow, the depiction of a woman standing within, casting her gaze around, involves intricate and advanced camera work. The camera seamlessly weaves through vertical and horizontal axes, achieved by rapid control of zoom, focus, and aperture. This results in a visually complex and sophisticated presentation that surpasses the capability of human imitation.

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VoicesUnleashing the UNREAL RIDE: An experience made possible through the fusion of cutting-edge technologies


We are hugely excited to be back at CES 2024, with our parent company Nikon. The Unreal Ride experience we have crafted with VU Studios showcases how our BOLT X & FLAIR motion control technology, coupled with VU Studio’s Virtual Production LED Volumes, will create a hugely exhilarating and unique video production for visitors to the show. We first showcased this at NAB show 2022 and it proved to be a huge hit with the delegates at the show!

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