A couple of days ago I tried to figure out the inner workings of the newly announced Edelkrone Jib Plus. Now, at NAB 2016, Seb met with Edelkrone’s CEO Kadir Köymen to find out how (and if) it actually works – and it does indeed! How the Edelkrone Jib Plus works As Kadir walks us through the inner workings of the different modules of the Jib Plus, it becomes very clear that first and foremost a lot of programming went into this device. The real magic happens inside the sensor module with sits between the tripod and your jib arm of choice. The module senses the movement of your given jib whether it is panning or tilting (or both, of course) and feeds the computer within to do its calculations. The system needs to see the target of choice from at least two different perspectives manually, then it triangulates the information and calculates a smooth curve for each and every in-between point in space. Some serious reverse kinematic calculations are going on! With only two points in space, the system will learn to point the camera at the given target no matter where you swing the jib manually. The best thing is that you can put the system on any jib, it will do all the tracking and focusing for you. You just need to operate the jib as you like and the camera will follow your target and holds it in frame. Focus probably will need more than two points; you teach the system as you go to refocus manually via the controller module. The resulting focus curve is being used for all stored targets shot with that same lens. So basically, we’re talking about an automatic target tracking system for jibs. According to Kadir, it is long going project—and it is almost finished. Please note, it’s still in a pretty advanced prototype state, but it will be ready in three months from now. Pricing of the Jib Plus The pricing has not been decided as of yet, but it definitely won’t be under $1,000 (or $2,000, even) as Kadir only smiles and says “I don’t know.” We have to wait a little longer, I assume. It’s really nice to see how a company can be so innovative and fresh like Edelkrone. Kadir tells us this is because they think differently: We don’t concentrate on the products, we just concentrate on the problems. All-in-all it sounds like a neat approach to come up with fresh and innovative products. Chapeau! Learn all about the new Jib Plus in our previous article and on the Edelkrone website.Read more
Kessler’s sliders, cranes and motion control equipment has become very popular over the past few years among indie producers and production companies alike – proven by Kessler’s recent expansion into bigger manufacturing facilities in North Carolina. Judging from the rental enquiries I receive for my own Kessler equipment, I think this it’s no exaggeration to say that their gear has taken the indie filmmaking world by storm. With success comes responsibility, and so far it hasn’t always been easy to get Kessler gear repaired in Europe without actually sending it back over the big pond to the mothership in the US – which is tough in this day and age when scheduling shoots and relying for equipment to be ready to shoot when you are. In comes AF Marcotec, one of the largest pro camera retailers in Europe, who have just been officially named “Authorized Kessler Repair Center” for Europe. Sending equipment to Germany from any place in Europe is pretty easy and inexpensive, and the turn-around times for repairs should greatly improve by this move, mainly because of the fact that there is no need in dealing with customs or long shipping times any more. Click here to head over to AF Marcotec’s website. Here’s the official announcement by Kessler from their education website KesslerU: PRESS RELEASE 6-18-14 Marcotec Designated International Certified Repair Center AF Marcotec, based in Griesheim, Germany and founded in 1984 has been a Kessler retail partner since 2009 and is now officially certified as an Authorized Kessler Repair Center. As an Authorized Kessler Repair Center, AF Marcotec has been trained to Kessler standards to repair warranty and/or non-warranty related product issues* for Kessler products sold direct from Kessler or any of Kessler’s authorized retail partners. This certification allows Kessler to provide advanced product support in Europe, decreasing response times and reducing costs for European customers when seeking product repairs by eliminating transatlantic shipping to the United States. Our commitment to building great products as well as providing outstanding customer support for those products has been enhanced with AF Marotec’s new status as an Authorized Kessler Repair Center. For more information about AF Marcotec, please visit them at http://www.marcotec-shop.de/en/index.htm. Disclaimer: Both Kessler and AF Marcotec are cinema5D affiliate partners. We choose our affiliate partners carefully and only accept partners whose products and services we love to use ourselves.Read more
The Pocket Jib Traveler was introduced by Kessler a few months ago – and ever since I saw it at NAB 2013, I couldn’t wait to try it myself. One big downside of jibs and cranes is their size – they are often bulky and difficult to transport, and the setup usually takes a while. The Pocket Jib Traveler does away with this – it’s the smallest and most portable jib I have ever encountered. The good stuff: you can put it onto your normal tripod. In my test, I simply used my Sachtler FSB8 (a 75mm bowl head) with the Pocket Jib Traveler, so it wasn’t a heavy duty tripod – and it worked just fine. Also, the jib is extremely easy to set up – as you can see in the review video, it’s very simple to pull out the joint to twist it into its “jib state”.Read more
Tomorrow at 1pm ET, Kessler release their next batch of CineDrive systems. CineDrive is Kessler’s latest line in motor controlled motion camera systems. It’s a digitally driven system, enabling integration between computers and smart devices (via a dedicated app). Kessler’s previous flagship line was the Oracle, an analogue based system. The CineDrive system offers a much more user-friendly digital interface. It uses keyframes and bezier curves to depict programmed camera moves, which pose familiarities with post effects programs and non-linear editing platforms.Read more
Kessler Crane just released some new and very cool products. Among the most intriguing new devices is the Shuttlepod Mini, which is a miniaturized version of their original Shuttlepod, a unique completely smooth and silent slider that can be run at any angle, even upside down and has many upgrade options such as a motor system.Read more
cinema5D member TimFok has recently created this very nice review of the DSLR Device Jib. A small, lightweight and affordable jib by a company based in Great Britain. From TimFok’s blog: One addition I’d like to add that I didn’t include in the video, is a comment on the brake unit. This is connected using the two supplied bolts and wing nuts. When tightened up it does it great job, holds the full weight of my 5D, lens and 701 effortlessly. What I wasn’t such a fan of was when it was not in use. Due to the length of the bolts, it was difficult to find a position where the brake wasn’t retaining any tension, but wasn’t so lose that it was in danger of falling off completely. A simple solution would be to have slightly longer bolts, meaning you could put the brake in a safe ‘off’ position without risking the nuts falling off. The DSLR Devices Jib is £235 ($369) and can be ordered here: LINKRead more
Jibs are your friend if you’re a one man show kind of production but still want pro looking camera movement. Lucky you: The HDSLR revolution brought tons of new gear into the market. While I must admit a lot of the gear we see is trash there are also very nice and cool things out there now. Like ultra affordable, lightweight and foldable Jib’s. Here are three units I found nice:Read more
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