Tracking is much more than a simple “Automated Followspot”.
Tracking gives the designer and the production the chance to know exactly where an actor or a tagged object is on stage at any given moment.
This position data may then be used to create shows that are otherwise impossible to do without tracking. Lighting, Sound, Media Servers, PTZ cameras, Kinetic Systems and so on may all be controlled by the system. Your show will be on an entirely new level…
Our main system is the radio based Zactrack system.
Comparatively simple to set up and run, it is both powerful and flexible enough to cope with demanding situations and complex shows.
Small tags are used as positional transmitters, whilst assignment and control of all system parameters is via ARTNet or sACN – usually from a standard lighting console.
With Zactrack, up to 40 objects or individuals can be accurately tracked simultaneously, depending on the unique application and setup, whilst the number of controlled devices is basically limitless, making it an excellent choice for complex productions.
In the past we have successfully used zactrack to control over 300 moving lights in one show.
Accuracy is around +/- 10cm, which is absolutely fine for most applications.
Zactrack can output sACN, ARTNet, OSC, MSC, PSN and other protocols and can thus integrate seamlessly with other software to control Lighting, Sound, Media Servers, Cameras, Kinetics and other devices.
Zactrack is 100% suitable for touring and has been used on countless national and international tours.
Its list of accomplishments in Germany includes tours with Florian Silbereisen, the Kelly Family, the Apassionata Equestrian show and many more.
It has also been used prominently in the 2023 Superbowl and the UAE National Days 2022.
Zactrack is very successfull in fixed installations like Musicals or Theaters, from Mama Mia! in London to The Lion King at Disney in Paris and Starlight Express in Bochum.
Sydney Harbour Opera – an in- depth article about the use of tracking for La Boheme in Sydney Reprint © CX Digital Media
Lion King – a very interesting and positive article about tracking for Disneys Lion King in Paris Reprint © Production Partner – 2020 EBNER MEDIA GROUP GmbH & Co. KG (in German)
FollowMe is our system for smaller applications to remote track up to 6 performers. Great for touring applications where it replaces mutiple followspots.
In this case tracking is done manually, with the help of a small 3D console setup backstage. This has the added benefit that one does not have to worry about the placement of a tag on the artist wardrobe.
For even more complex and demanding situation we use the Stage Precision System.
Stage Precision is the perfect solution for complex performer and object tracking workflows in live events and installations. Simply connect any industry standard tracking system (like our Zactrack System) and link it with lighting desks, real-time media engines or media-servers.
Stage Precision lets you use common interactive technologies like sensors, encoders, depth cameras, multi touch drivers or LiDAR scanners – without the need to use any code language.
Additionally, Stage Precision lets you interact with kinetic systems, realize performer-tracking, build powerful logics workflows for show control scenarios and visualize all system components in an intuitive 3D viewport. We used it extensivly to track cars in the PORSCHE project in Finland.