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
Just moments ahead of this year’s NAB, Edelkrone has announced a bunch of new products that will become available this summer. One of their new achievements that immediately sticks out is the Edelkrone Jib Plus. Edelkrone claims this new kind of motion control device is capable of tracking up to three targets during manual operation of the jib arm itself. Basically, the Edelkrone Jib Plus is a set of 4 individual modules. A fresh approach Edelkrone is well known for fresh thinking and for developing neat solutions for filmmakers. And it seems the Jib Plus fits that description as well. Although little is known regarding specifications or pricing as of yet, this set of modules seems like a very cool approach to pull off killer jib moves. There is currently a promotional video out there showing off the Jib Plus’ capabilities, although there’s no explanation of how this thing works in detail. It seems that the device is capable of storing up to three ‘targets’, which are marked by manually pointing the beginning and end of a given move. Then, the controller module stores all the values and calculates the points in between as a curve. Even the focus axis is tracked along the path. How does all this work internally, you ask? I honestly have no idea yet. We will have to wait until Edelkrone shows a working Jib Plus at NAB. Semi motion control All the motion control systems I know, namely the Mark Roberts Motion Control for big rigs and the DitoGear for smaller ones, work like this: Each and every axis of the rig is motorized and computer controlled. One of the many modes of operation would be to store start and end points, and the system will go ahead and calculate all the values in between as a smooth curve. Done. For the Edelkrone Jib Plus, this mode of operation won’t work, seeing as the filmmaker will operate the rig manually. Only the two-axis head and the focus gear will be controlled by the system. So I’m quite curious to see how the folks at Edelkrone managed to pull this off. Please note that the Jib Plus is not a jib arm. It’s just a set of modules aiming to upgrade your existing rig. You’ll need to have a decent jib arm, a tripod and some form of monitoring solution to get a working setup. Well, a camera would be a good idea, too. We will definitely dive deeper into this one and keep you posted about our findings, both in terms of pricing and modes of operation. There is more Edelkrone didn’t only announce the Jib Plus, but a bunch of other new products, as well: The Stand Plus seems to be an unconventional interpretation of a tripod, and the new Focus One looks like a revamped version of the Focus One Pro. Edelkrone Focus One Here is a short introduction video for the Stand Plus ‘tripod’ (no pricing available yet): Check out all the details: JibPlus | FocusOne | StandPlusRead more
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