ZEISS: Acquisition of camera tracking pioneer Ncam Technologies

July 18, 2023. ZEISS has acquired the British camera tracking pioneer Ncam Technologies Ltd. With this acquisition, ZEISS is expanding its technology portfolio, particularly for the cinema, broadcast and visual effects industries. Ncam’s multiple award-winning hybrid camera tracking technology enables the camera to be spatially located on set using different tracking methods, both for studio and field shots. The tracking data obtained is essential for virtual production and live compositing, and also adds great value in post-production. This technology is an excellent addition to the ZEISS cinema product range.

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ZEISS acquires Ncam Technologies. Photo: ZEISS

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This includes Supreme Prime and Supreme Prime Radiance, Cinema Zoom and CP.3 lenses, as well as the recently introduced lens data-related services in the CinCraft ecosystem. Together, ZEISS and Ncam aim to provide outstanding, easy-to-use tracking and VFX solutions for professional production workflows.

“We are pleased to combine Ncam’s unique tracking technology with ZEISS’ long-standing expertise in Cinema lenses, lens data and the Cinema market,” said Christophe Casenave, responsible for Cinematography Products at ZEISS. “This allows us to think beyond current camera tracking capabilities to provide innovative solutions specifically for visual effects, virtual production and other applications.”

Brice Michoud, Head of Research and Development at Ncam adds, “The team is looking forward to working with our new colleagues at ZEISS on the next stage of camera tracking technology and making it available to even more users than ever before.”

Ncam was founded in 2012 and has offices in London and Los Angeles. Combining the global resources of Ncam and ZEISS will result in improved customer support and exciting innovations in the cine and broadcast markets and beyond.

ZEISS will ensure that every new feature and enhancement for the technology will benefit existing Ncam users and offer a compelling upgrade program. An initial product announcement will follow later this summer.

ZEISS is a global technology leader in the optical and optoelectronic industries. In its four divisions Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology, Industrial Quality & Research, Medical Technology and Consumer Markets, the ZEISS Group most recently generated annual sales of EUR 8.8 billion (as of September 30, 2022).

ZEISS develops, manufactures and markets highly innovative solutions for industrial metrology and quality assurance, microscopy solutions for life sciences and materials research, and medical technology solutions for diagnostics and therapy in ophthalmology and microsurgery for its customers. ZEISS also stands for the world’s leading lithography optics, which are used by the chip industry to manufacture semiconductor devices. ZEISS branded products such as ophthalmic lenses, photographic lenses and binoculars are sought-after and trendsetters worldwide.

With this portfolio, which is geared towards growth fields of the future such as digitalization, health and Industry 4.0, and a strong brand, ZEISS is helping to shape technological progress and is advancing the world of optics and related fields with its solutions. The basis for the success and further continuous expansion of ZEISS’ technology and market leadership is the sustained high level of expenditure on research and development. ZEISS invests 13% of its revenue in research and development work – this high level of expenditure has a long tradition at ZEISS and is equally an investment in the future.

With more than 40,000 employees, ZEISS is active in almost 50 countries with around 30 production sites, 60 sales and service locations and 27 research and development sites worldwide (as of March 31, 2023). The main location of the company, which was founded in Jena in 1846, is Oberkochen, Germany. The sole owner of the parent company, Carl Zeiss AG, is the Carl Zeiss Foundation, one of Germany’s largest foundations for the advancement of science.

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