Lens manufacturer ZEISS has acquired UK camera tracking pioneer Ncam Technologies.

Zeiss and Ncam say the combined companies will be better placed to offer “exciting innovations in the cine and broadcast markets and beyond.”

“We are happy to be combining Ncam’s unique tracking technology with ZEISS’ longstanding expertise in cinema lenses, lens data and the cinema market,” said Christophe Casenave, responsible for the cine portfolio at ZEISS. “This enables us to think beyond current camera tracking capabilities to offer innovative solutions especially for visual effects, virtual production and other applications.”

Ncam MD, Hee Kyung Byun and CTO and co-founder, Brice Michoud, said: “Our multi-award-winning hybrid camera tracking technology is an excellent complement to ZEISS’ lineup of cinema lenses and lens data related services. Together, we are aiming to deliver outstanding, easy to use tracking and VFX solutions for professional production workflows.

“For more than 175 years, ZEISS has been standing for highest technical knowhow and unsurpassed expert status in optics and through their established global footprint, they can offer excellent service in every region. Ncam on the other hand brings recognised expertise in camera tracking, visual effects, virtual production and more. We are convinced that combining our global resources will lead to improved customer support and exciting innovations in the cine and broadcast markets and beyond.

“ZEISS will introduce the first product out of this cooperation later this summer and is committed to support all Ncam users and customers. A compelling upgrade program will ensure that every new feature and improvement brought to the technology will also benefit existing Ncam users.”

Jon Creamer

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