KUKA robots in "Transformers 4"
“Transformers: Age of Extinction”, the fourth installment of the “Transformers” series, hit German theaters on 27 June this year. The 165-minute film stars Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz (“The Legend of Aang”) and Jack Reynor (“What Richard Did”). Directed by Michael Bay, the film was shot in the USA and China, starting in June 2013 and completed about five and a half months later.
A KUKA lightweight robot also played a role in filming as an integral part of a development from the Austrian company Wunderwerk. CMOCOS (Camera Motion Control System) is a high-quality film and digital camera motion control system based on KUKA’s lightweight robot. What makes this innovation unique is that the robot’s seven axes are able to perform complex camera movements and tracking shots from a single static point.
In addition, the system is so lightweight and compact that it is easy to take along to the film set. Without this innovation, certain shots in “Transformers 4” would not have been possible, for example multi-direction tracking shots taken from the car interior during a stunt. The camera moves past actor Mark Wahlberg to the car exterior and then re-enters the vehicle from above through the roof. Shots of this kind could only have been achieved otherwise using lots of tricks and cutting open the cars, explains Andreas Margreiter, CEO of Wunderwerk.