This seminar paper deals with highspeed-videography that is thanks to robotics now able to follow movements. A robotic arm called "Spike" from the German company "The Marmalade" brings about this change. The aim of the video shoot, carried out for the seminar work, is to find out if and which emotions can be aroused by this technique. Furthermore, perfomance and operation are analysed in this work. First, an insight into the functionality of Spike is given and an accurate construction and application analysis is created. In a second step, the difference between slowmotion cameras and a Spike mounted camera is investigated. It is essential to find out which differences in the image composition are facilitated by the movement. Finally, an interview with the responsible Spike operator is used to create a qualitative analysis of the newly acquired perspectives and emotions by Spike. Based on this data and information, a comparison is then made with virtually created 3D animations and it is explained why the Spike`s footage cannot be replaced by 3D renderings. The emotions shown in films are not the same the viewer feels. The difference is that the viewer feels an emotion, but is not affected by it. That is important because this way you have to generate strong emotions to actually see an effect on the observer. Therefore, there is a difference in emotions between video footage created with Spike and 3D renderings. If the results of both productions are similar, the shots made with Spike are more emotional attached to the filmed object, than with 3D renderings.

Our Inspiration

The commercials from The Marmalade have inspired us to choose the topic High Speed Motion Control.

Our Team

Portrait Paul Schumann

Paul Schumann


Research, Writer, Cameraoperator, Organizer

Paul Schumann is an austrian informationdesign student and self-employed in the commercial and video business.

Portrait Vinzent Trenkler

Vinzent Trenkler


Research, Writer, Cameraoperator, Organizer

Vinzent Trenkler is an austrian informationdesign student and self-employed as a photographer.