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MILO Crane . Precision Portable Motion Control

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Precision Portable Motion Control

Developed by Mark Roberts Motion Control, Milo is for those who require the quality that studio systems can offer in a portable system. Milo is the worlds best portable system because of its rigidity and being fast enough for live action shooting. It can be ready to shoot within 35 minutes of arrival on the set. It has a huge range of options including different length arms and different types of track rail.

Some of the advantages of using a Milo include:

    1. The incredibly rigid structure and design of the rig means it can just as easily do macro work as large live-action moves.
    2. the structure also means it is very stable when starting and stopping quickly or suddenly so imported complex moves from CGI are more likely to run at higher speeds.
    3. The outer arm on the Milo means that the standard arm of the Milo can take the camera from well below the ground to 4m in height in one motion even though the arm is much smaller. Great for getting shots over objects, cars or actors with ease.


  1. The whole unit runs from single phase power so using the unit on any location does not require complex mains supplies or three phase generators
  2. The build quality of the Milo is second to none, easily observable by the fact that Milo’s built 15 years ago still work and do high end commercial and feature work daily. No Milo has ever retired!
  3. The Milo has high precision gearboxes and very high quality servo motors which means the speeds and accelerations it can achieve are higher than any other system of its size. This in turn means it can be used for more shots than other systems that require the same reach.
  4. The Milo motion control rig uses zero-backlash gearboxes and precision ground gears which means there is no need to “correct shots in post” saving lots of time and money in post production, just by doing it right in the first place.
  5. Using Flair to control the Milo allows complex shots to be programmed very easily within minutes. Programming a simple move really is childs play.



Milo provides axes for Track, Rotate, Lift, Arm Extension, Head Angle (Outer Arm), Pan, Tilt, Roll, Camera, Zoom, Focus, and Iris, while the overall system can control many more axes for model movers and the like.


Milos are used daily in locations all over the world, for feature films, commercials and music promos. The rig is designed to be easy to move around a location or studio space with its intergrated floor wheels. It can be transported whole when travelling by road. For longer trips it is designed to be easily taken apart into 7 main pieces (excluding rails) by just 3 people. Re-assembly from flight cases is a very fast and simple process and once trained can be done by 3 people in well under an hour, to be ready with the first shot.


CGI Interface

The Milo uses our Flair motion control software for all its functionality and Flair integrates with various 3D and CGI packages using a variety of file formats and methods. Exporting moves from the Milo to a CGI platform can often be done directly or using our MC Tools software or an FBX file format very simply and without fuss. Alternatively complex moves designed in CGI software such as Maya can be previzualized in our special CGI interface – IKTRIX – during pre-production or by the SFX/Post-production house and then be transfered directly to the Milo to execute on set or at a later date.

Optimised System Geometry


Although the arm of the Milo swings in an arc about the centre of the rig, straight line moves are achievable vertically, horizontally or in any direction, through the use of the “Target Tracking” feature in the computer software. For example, during a vertical straight line move, the track automatically compensates as the arm swings up to produce a perfectly straight lift.

The Milo’s geometry allows it to perform moves from ground level (or below) to a maximum height of 4.1 meters (13.5 ft.) with a minimum of image shake. The extending arm enables the system to be shortened for delicate close ups or lengthened for greater reach.

Note that the Milo Long Arm now gives a lens height of over 6 metres!

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