by Olaf von Voss | 1st December 2016
The folks over at Edelkrone are well-known for surprising us with an ever-growing armada of innovative camera accessories. The freshly announced Motion Module for their SliderONE is no exeption. It brings motion control of the tiny slider right to your fingertips – with the help of an iOS device. The Edelkrone Motion Module When the SliderONE hit market about a year ago (read all about it here), it was by far the smallest slider to date, or at least the smallest one able to support some serious indie cameras of up to 20lbs (9kg) in weight. But Edelkrone didn’t stop innovating there. If you want to upgrade your existing SliderONE, there is now a new toy to play with in town: the Motion Module. The Motion Module screws right under the SliderONE, making it a complete and seamless unit. The drive unit attaches to the SliderOne directly, so from the moment you connect it, the whole thing is controlled by the motor, which in turn is controlled by your iPhone via Bluetooth. A single LP-E6 battery provides juice for the module for up to 20 hours of live video sliding or 96 hours in time-lapse mode. The unit doesn’t have a single button, screen or other user interface, which might seem like a downside, but in the end is what makes the Motion Module look and feel like one solid brick. The only I/O port on the unit is a camera trigger for the time-lapse and stop motion modes. Now that your SliderOne is controlled through your iPhone (iOS only for now, with Android coming soon), let’s dive into the different modes. Slide Mode and Macro Slide In slide mode you can control diferent parameters such as duration (or speed) of the resulting move and the damping. In and out points can be set as well as idle phases at the beginning or end in which the slider won’t move. A move can be performed from A to B, vice versa or even as a loop. The slider is capable of moving as slow as 10 μm/sec. That’s 1/100 of a millimeter per second! That should be enough for some serious macro work. Personally, I haven’t tested it, and since macro movements are always a bit tricky in terms of vibrations, I’m not sure if it will hold up to my expectations. But if this tiny Motion Module is really capable of doing a good job, that would be really facinating! Time-Lapse and Stop Motion Mode When you’re happy with the move you created, you can hit ‘Convert to Time-Lapse‘ at any time and the app will do the math. The resulting move will look exactly like the one you’ve just programmed, even if the time-lapse lasts for 2 days straight. With this it becomes really easy to achieve motion-controlled time lapses. The features are limited, of course, and there are more sophisticated tools out there, but I think this is a quick and very cool way to pull off decent results. Remember, the whole unit fits in your pocket… Well, almost. status screen while performing a time-lapse Same goes for ‘Convert to Stop Motion‘. The resulting move will be exactly the one that you’ve created: idle times, acceleration, distance, deceleration… it’s all there. The software only splits the move into frames so you can tweak the scene to your likings before moving to the next one. Pricing and Availability This unit promises to be a very versatile upgrade for the original SliderOne. I really hope that it meets expectations, because if it does and if it performs smoothly in all modes mentioned above, we are talking about a pretty mighty tool that almost fits in your pocket! The Edelkrone Motion Module for SliderOne will be available in a few weeks and will retail for € 339.99 ex VAT (about $370). After an introductory period that price will rise to € 359.99 ex VAT (about $390). source: Edelkrone websiteRead more
by Tim Fok | 3rd December 2015
Edelkrone has announced what they’re billing as the world’s most compact camera slider. Like many previous innovative Edelkrone products the SliderONE is ultra compact (almost pocket size) sleek and affordable. The SliderONE offers just 6″ (15cm) of camera travel and supports camera setups up to 20 lbs (9kg). On the underside it has a friction dial on one end, and a lock on the other. You’d be forgiven for any apprehension as to whether 6 inches is long enough (steady), but in many shooting situations as the promo video above has proved this length will do just fine. The key is using parallax, layering your shot with a fore, middle and background will create the illusion that the camera is moving much further than it is; a technique you should be using regardless of your slider length. At 9″ in physical length the SliderONE is tiny, it’s incredibly compact and lightweight weighing only 1.2lbs (just over half a kg), for these reasons I can see this making it’s way into many travelling filmmakers kit bags. Both the sledge and underside of the SliderONE feature a single 3/8″ thread for mounting to tripod legs and heads. I’d personally prefer more, a couple of threads on the bottom and a cheese plate array on the top would ensure accessories mate securely without risk of spinning loose. This I feel would help contribute further to classifying the SliderONE as a professional tool. However most entry level support adheres to single thread mounting so I can appreciate the lack of these features. The SliderONE will retail for €239 ex VAT (just over $250).Read more
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