Mark III Wireless Headcam System

The gold-standard for head-mounted facial capture

The Ideal Headcam for the Performer and the Operator.
Engineered on set for the realities of performance capture.
Compatible with all major motion capture technologies.
For use in Realtime and recorded facial capture workflows.

Worflow for Mark III

Manufactured for Facial Capture

Faceware has been building professional head-mounted cameras for facial motion capture for over 10 years.

For Realtime or recorded performance capture workflows.

Explore the main features for the Mark III.

Realtime transmission with less than 1 millisecond delay.

On set you can’t afford any downtime due to data recording concerns. We transmit all data off the actors’ body to an operator's station to ensure with 100% certainty that your performances were captured.

Realtime transmission with less than 1 millisecond delay.

Glass Optic Lenses.

You never know who you’re going to capture. For that reason, we’ve included 3 lenses that run the gamut and provide you options as an operator to get any face framed and in focus.

Glass Optic Lenses.

Custom Fitting for all head-sizes.

Each Mark III System includes a small, medium, and large helmet with three interchangeable thicknesses of padding configurable in 4 different zones (front, top, back). This custom fit provides a stable video image, and provides a comfortable fit for prolonged use.

Custom Fitting for all head-sizes.

Add-on Velcro for marker placement.

The surface on our helmet designs allow for stable applications of Velcro for consistent marker placement. Additionally, many audio engineers choose to mount lav mics from the helmet.

Add-on Velcro for marker placement.

Flexible Frame Rate and Resolution.

The Mark III System can capture in nearly all popular frame rates and resolutions including 23.976, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60 at 720 and 1080 resolutions. For a full list of resolutions and framerates.

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Flexible Frame Rate and Resolution.

Color 3G-SDI Video.

Our technology utilizes the color information within the images the Mark III captures, essential to the maximum quality of performance capture possible. Additionally, by using a standard broadcast video signal, its easy to plan your production and post-production workflows.

Color 3G-SDI Video.

Manageable Data.

Stereo and quad-capture are capable of capturing extremely high-resolution data, but at what cost? Four video cameras means four times the data for every take. We believe that you must evaluate the entire performance capture workflow and data management is a massive concern. All videos that are recorded with the Mark III system are ready-to-edit right away, no need for video conversion or compression.

Manageable Data.

Responsive engineering and support.

We are passionate about performance capture—our dedicated performance capture team will work hard to ensure you have the best possible experience on-set with the Mark III systems. We also have a ticketing system for custom engineering or troubleshooting requests.

Responsive engineering and support.

Works with all Mocap Systems

Our systems work with every major body motion capture technology with ease.

No Distortion Glass Lens Optics

Our 4.3mm camera lens was specifically selected for facial capture to minimize distortion and provide Animation reference you can actually use.

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Wireless Capture:
Trust what you record or stream.

Bolt 500 Series Transmitter with realtime transmission. Wireless range of up to 300 ft (90m). < 1 ms delay Full resolution, full framerate monitoring

Silent Operation

Want to capture with audio?
Our system was designed to have 100% completely silent operation, no fans, no PCs to wear, simply wireless video capture that can be streamed or recorded in realtime.

Integrating with X-Sens or Perception Neuron?
Magnetically shielded Cables to prevent data destruction.

Hassle Free

End-To-End Extendable Warranty:
Never Pay For Repairs.

All Mark III camera systems include a one-year extendable end-to-end warranty. This warranty covers all repairs or replacements at no added cost to the user.

Additionally, when you extend your warranty, each year we include a free Care Package which includes our most common “wear” items: batteries, lenses, velcro straps, tools, screws, and nuts.

Balanced Design

The wrong design may lead to “weighted” head movements and cause actor strain and fatigue. Our balanced design ensures stable yet comfortable capture for the rigors of production

Technology to assist operators

As an operator you already have enough stress and anxiety to make sure the data you capture is consistent and quality. The Mark III Complete Facial Capture System includes a QC Monitor that has many beneficial integrated technologies to assist on-set operators.

The focus assist is a must-- the more red you see in the image, the more in-focus your performer is. Some operators prefer to even leave the focus assist on during performance capture to ensure consistency from shot to shot.

Additionally, the monitor includes an on-screen grid for consistent camera placement shot to shot and day to day.Lastly, use the embedded feature to load in a “screen grabbed” image from day one and overlay it at 50% opacity for day two, etc.

Two is not a crowd

All Mark III Camera systems enable limitless cameras to be run simultaneously, however this is a limit on wireless video bandwidth which restrict the number of wireless units on set to 4-5. Shepherd can be run to trigger multiple systems concurrently, including using our Lync feature to trigger your facial system with a master source such as Vicon Shogun or Blade or Optitrack Motive software.

The only way to do Realtime.

Our 60 fps wireless operation ensures the responsiveness necessary for Realtime lip sync and performance. Fast frame-rate allows the speech of your characters to be read, and wireless capability reduces stress and obstruction for your performers. The combination of high frame rate and wireless capability increases the fidelity of your performance that is transferred to your characters instantly, thus creating a more engaging and interactive experience!

Body mocap triggering via Shepherd.

Shepherd automates Faceware’s Mark III headcam recording functions and integrates with body motion capture systems, like Vicon and Optitrack, to synchronise facial and body mocap recordings on PCs and Windows tablets.

In a typical motion capture recording session, operators work with one software package for body mocap, and another for facial mocap. Shepherd syncs a studio’s face and body mocap pipelines to make the capture process less complex and more efficient, and automates certain tasks to ease the workload.

What system do I need?

Explore recommended configurations.

Mark III Wireless Headcam System
Mark III Wireless Complete Facial Capture System
Mark III Realtime Wireless Complete Facial Capture System
Mark III Creation Suite Wireless Complete Facial Capture System
Mark III Ultimate Wireless Complete Facial Capture System
1x Mark III Wireless Headcam System
1x Aja Digital Video Recorder
1x QC monitor with Focus Assist
1x HD/SDI to USB 3.0 Converter
1x Live 2.5
1x Analyzer 3 Studio Plus
1x Retargeter 5 Studio Plus
1x Shepherd 1
1 Year Extandable Full-Coverage Warranty
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Technical Specs

Helmets:

Helmets:
  • Fiberglass (3 helmets):
  • Provides excellent camera rigidity.
  • 3 helmet sizes (small, medium, and large).
  • Designed specifically for head mounted capture.
  • Embedded steel plates in side walls mounting.
  • Interchangeable, machine washable helmet padding in 1/8”, ¼”, and ½” thicknesses.
  • Proven on dozens of sets Worldwide.
  • Place optical markers or sensors anywhere on the helmet for use with rubix.
  • Silent operation, you can put microphones anywhere.

Cameras:

Cameras:
  • HD Microcamera.
  • 1/3″ Panasonic CMOS chip.
  • Progressive Scan.
  • 720p/1080p 59.94 HD-SDI output (24, 30, 60, 25, or 50 available on request).
  • Camera head with lights and bar mounts weigh ~3oz.
  • 3mm standard, 4mm standard, and 4.3mm near zero distortion high resolution glass lenses.
  • Extremely light weight- no neck strain design.
  • Single cable bundle.
  • Manual focus.
  • On Screen Display Joystick on camera body.
  • 12v DC ± 10%.

Camera Bars:

Camera Bars:
  • ¼” anodized 6061 aluminum tubing
  • Six actor-friendly camera mounting bars
  • Left mount drop-design 7“ (17.78 cm) (wide-angle)
  • Left mount drop-design 10“ (25.4 cm) (standard)
  • Right mount drop-design 7“ (17.78 cm) (wide-angle)
  • Right mount drop-design 10“ (25.4 cm) (standard)
  • Hoop dual-side mount 7“ (17.78 cm) (wide-angle)
  • Hoop dual-side mount 10“ (25.4 cm) (standard)

Mount and Lights:

Mount and Lights:
  • Seven-axis angle adjustment for rapid framing
  • Two-piece light weight, high strength, laser sintered nylon camera mount with integrated lighting box
  • M3 black steel hardware
  • 3 SMD LED panel
  • Wide throw beam, virtually no heat
  • 3200K color temperature
  • 10v to 30v DC operating range
  • LEDs in mini-softbox with permanent diffusion panel
  • Mini 4 pin xlr power plugs
  • Two-piece light weight, high strength, laser sintered nylon camera mount with integrated lighting box
  • Rotary dimmer built into light switch

Belts:

Belts:
  • Constructed from 2” heavy nylon web grip belt
  • Velcro lined inside and out (for easy mocap suit placement)
  • Adjustable from 22” (55.88cm) to 49” (124.46cm)
  • Straps and rivet points included to mount battery plate, and optional wireless transmitter

Power System:

Power System:
  • Locking battery plates
  • 12v DC output
  • All components run off one rechargeable battery
  • Uses standard Sony L Series batteries, Sony branded or generic, available with 2, 4, or 6 cells
  • 2 batteries included
  • Long running time; 4 cell batteries run 8 hours without wireless, 4 hours with wireless
  • Dual battery charger included

Cables:

Cables:
  • 2’, 15’, and 50’ Canare HD-SDI cables

Accessories:

Accessories:
  • Tool kit for mounting plates and camera adjustments

Mark III Wireless Video System:

Mark III Wireless Video System:
  • Teradek Bolt 500 LT 3G-SDI Transmitter:
  • HD-SDI, resolution up to 1080p 60 fps
  • Wireless range: up to 500 ft (150m)
  • Realtime transmission (delay less than 1 millisecond)
  • Color Sampling: YCbCr 4:2:2, 8-bit
  • Low power ~7.3W
  • Milled aluminum chassis
  • Multiple mounting options with M3 and 1/4” holes
  • Custom Faceware Mark III Headcam mounting plate and Power Harness
  • Weight: 8oz (226g)
  • Size: 0.95" x 2.6" x 4.47" (24mm x 66mm x 101.5mm)
  • Can co-exist with Wifi and 5 GHz cordless phones
  • Non-DFS Frequencies:
  • US: 5.19 ~ 5.23 GHz and 5.755 ~ 5.795 GHz
  • EU & JP: 5.19 ~ 5.23 GHz
  • DFS Frequencies:
  • US: 5.27 ~ 5.55 GHz and 5.67 GHz
  • EU & JP: 5.27 ~ 5.67 GHz

Mark III Wireless Video System (Receiver):

Mark III Wireless Video System (Receiver):
  • 3G-SDI Output
  • Resolutions up to 1080p 60 fps
  • Low power ~9W
  • 1/4” Through-hole for easy mounting
  • Size: 1.0"x3.4"x4.5"(25.0x85.5x114.0mm)
  • Includes universal clamp mount
  • 3G-SDI to USB 3.0 adapter

AJA U-TAP:

AJA U-TAP:
  • Compact and Portable
  • 3G-SDI, SMPTE-259/292/424 Looping Input
  • USB 3.0 connection to desktop or laptop
  • Host Interface: USB 3.0/USB 2.0 UVC/UAC compliant
  • Size (w x d x h): 4.1" x 2.4" x 1.0" (104.14 x 60.96 x 25.4 mm)
  • Weight: 0.3 lb (0.2 kg)
  • Power: 5V USB bus powered; 4W max

Custom Laser cut foam hardcases:

Custom Laser cut foam hardcases:
  • SKB I-Series or Pelican Air cases for all systems

FAQs

Commonly asked questions about the Mark III
As a new user, it may take 10 to 15 minutes to properly fit an actor's helmet, build the headcam, and frame and focus the actor's face. Once you've mastered this process, it'll get much faster. It takes roughly 5 to 7 minutes per actor for Headcam operators to do this process.
No calibration process is necessary for our Mark III Headcam to be used in the field unless you plan to use Live Server (Faceware's realtime software). Live Server has a 1 second calibration process.
If the Mark III System is running in wireless mode, then a single battery will last approximately 3 hours. If the Mark III System is wired, then a single battery will last 12 hours.
This is entirely up to the person who will track the footage in Analyzer, our technology does not require markers, although about 1/2 our user-base prefers to apply marks on the face. Markers drawn on the actor's faces can help with consistent landmark placement but does not directly impact how the software ingests the data.
Everyone's face is a different size and, depending on the motion, a shorter bar and wider lens are required to capture the best data. Be conscious of the actor's performance and the size of their face. Pick the best combination of bar and lens to capture data that clearly shows an actor's full face and head. By default, we recommend using the long hoop and 4.3mm lens.

This is dependant on the project itself. Are you making a game? Is your project for television? Our cameras currently capture at the following resolutions and framerates...

  • 720p 60fps
  • 720p 59.94fps
  • 720p 50fps
  • 1080p 60fps
  • 1080p 59.94fps
  • 1080p 50fps
  • 1080p 30fps
  • 1080p 29.97fps
  • 1080p 25fps
  • 1080p 24fps
  • 1080p 23.98fps

If you are unsure, we recommend 720p 60 or 59.94 fps as our general best practice.

Our Mark III headcams do not come with a built-in microphone, but audio can be embedded in the face video by connecting an audio feed from an engineer's sound mixer to the audio input on the back of the AJA Ki Pro, Ki Pro Rack, or Ki Prol Ultra Plus. Ask you sound engineer for a line-level, mono mix feed via an XLR cable. Most audio engineers prefer to attach microphones to the helmet itself or on the boom arm that holds our camera.
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You can capture up to 5 actors wirelessly. For wired setups, there's no limit unless you are limited by the number of digital video recorders that you own.
Yes, all of them. Integrating the systems is simply a matter of attaching markers or sensors to an actor's helmet and positioning the performance capture belt in a place it doesn't occlude or interfere with the body data. For further integration, have you tried Shepherd?
Yes. Markers can be placed anywhere on the helmet, but it's best to put them in places where they don't move. For example, it isn't wise to place markers on the ratchet strap on the back of the helmet because it is tightened and loosened throughout the day.
Yes, our system includes a one year end-to-end warranty that covers every single part and component. The warranty ensures that any part or component will replace or be repaired at no additional cost, including roundtrip shipping from our Austin repair facility. Rush shipping charges may be extra.
Depending on our order queue most systems ship within 7-10 business days, in many instances the ship time is far less. As soon as your order is placed, our operations manager will be in touch with shipping timelines.

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