Today ZEISS has announced that they acquired UK-based camera tracking pioneer Ncam Technologies Ltd. Ncam’s multi-award-winning hybrid camera tracking technology makes it possible to spatially track the camera indoors and outdoors by utilizing different tracking methods.
The acquired tracking data is used for virtual production and live compositing. Zeiss states that this technology is an excellent complement to ZEISS’ cinema product lineup, which includes Supreme Prime and Supreme Prime Radiance, Cinema Zoom and CP.3 lenses, and recently introduced lens data related services in the CinCraft ecosystem. Together, ZEISS and Ncam are aiming to deliver outstanding, easy-to-use tracking and VFX solutions for professional production workflows.
“We are happy to be combining Ncam’s unique tracking technology with ZEISS’ longstanding expertise in cinema lenses, lens data and the cinema market,” says Christophe Casenave, responsible for the cine portfolio at ZEISS, adding, “This enables us to think beyond current camera tracking capabilities to offer innovative solutions especially for visual effects, virtual production and other applications.”Christophe Casenave, Zeiss
Ncam was founded in 2012 and has locations in London and Los Angeles. Combining global resources of Ncam and ZEISS will lead to improved customer support and exciting innovations in the cine and broadcast markets and beyond.
ZEISS plans to ensure that every new feature and improvement brought to the technology will benefit existing Ncam users and offer a compelling upgrade program. A first product announcement will follow later this summer.