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Pre-Sales Have Begun for the Kessler CineDrive, an All-In-One Motion Control System

If you’ve ever wondered how moving timelapse, complicated visual effects, and stop motion animation are executed, more often than not the filmmakers are using a motion control system of some kind. Usually these systems have been prohibitively expensive at the higher-end, but we’re now starting to get more affordable options that are just as fully featured. Kessler, who is well-known for their sliders, has now moved up to a fully electronic motion control head called the CineDrive. Check out the walk-through video below.

Here are some photos of the CineDrive software for Windows and iOS:

Pre-sales in the U.S. were just launched but have sold out immediately (since they were limited to 25 units). There will be another batch of units available in 1-3 months. Here’s what’s included with the system for a starting price of $6,000:

  • (1) CineDrive Brain with AC (Wall) Power Cord
  • (1) Pan & Tilt Head Kit
  • (1) Slider Motor
  • (1) Slider Motor Control Module
  • Appropriate Cables and Hardware
  • Native kOS software for Windows 7 and 8 OS (iOS version of kOS software available soon, with Android and MacOS versions available in the near future)

The system is just the control head, and does not include the slider, so if you didn’t already own one, you would need to purchase that as well — though the added cost is much, much cheaper than if you purchased the system separately.

If you have no use for a system like this, it will obviously look very expensive, but for those who do visual effects or complicated stop motion, it’s at the lower end for this sort of setup.

What do you guys think?

Link:   Kessler CineDrive Pre-Release: Phase 1 (3-Axis)


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  • It’s really nice but right now it’s out of my price range. That being said though I’m very interested if there would be a use for these to execute pre-programed moves for live broadcast of a concert or similar event.

    • Once availability improves, though, think about what this should do to rental pricing. Renting a motion control head just became a lot cheaper. Very few people are going to personally own one, but for companies, studios, and rental houses…

      • Very true, and I will for sure be considering renting one when available. And honestly I could defiantly see the benefit in investing in purchasing one when the time comes, have to finish with my college studies first though!

  • I have not used a motorized slider. I wonder how quickly it could complete the same move. It would be very useful for slow motion shots if it can make precise repeatable fast movements.

  • This looks excellent. Motion control for 6-10k? Fantatstic.
    Wouldn’t own, would rent.

  • Artemis Jaen on 09.6.12 @ 1:17AM

    Anyone know what the camera weight limit is?

  • Little bit noisy for studio use :(

  • This is GREAT. I’ve been working on a similar project for myself. I think they got it almost right. However, for $7,000, I can buy this:

  • Most motion control requires it to be open source. This system limits you to buying only Kessler motors and gear. You want an open system that outputs step and direction so that you can interface it to any drive system you have or may get or make in the future. has a much better interface and is coming out with a realtime system for under $2000.