May 5, 2013

Get Automatic Panning While Sliding with the New Kessler Parallax

While one person will never replace a crew of people, plenty of gear is making it easier to get great looking shots on your own. Kessler has been at the forefront of this change, and they are now introducing a piece of gear that will make it easier to do repeatable slider movements while panning at the same time -- without any additional motors. Click through to check out the introduction video for the Kessler Parallax auto-panning device:

Here is the description from the Vimeo page:

The Kessler Parallax™ system provides automatic panning and fixed-point shooting capabilities to the Kessler line of sliders. Previously only capable with motorized panning devices, Kessler Parallax™ accomplishes inward and outward panning shots, providing users a second axis to their linear movements. The Kessler Parallax’s™ non-intrusive design allows users to choose between automatic panning or standard linear sliding without removing the Parallax bar.

Kessler Parallax™ does not require specific measurement calibration and does not have a fixed subject distance requirement to accomplish 2 axis panning and fixed-point linear sliding shots. Capable of manual or motorized control.

Compatible with traveler and standard length Pocket Dolly v2.0 BASIC, Pocket Dolly v2.0, Stealth & Philip Bloom Pocket Dolly as well as the traveler, 3' & 5' CineSlider.

The Kessler Parallax is going to run $400 and should be available during the summer sometime. For those who already own Kessler gear, this looks like a really easy way to get repeatable and smooth movements, and it should be an easy bolt-on.While there are definitely advantages to having a completely motorized system, there is certainly less chance for something to go wrong if everything is 100% mechanical.

Link: Kessler

Disclosure: Kessler is a No Film School advertiser.

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18 Comments

Omg. It's a game changer.

May 5, 2013 at 5:53PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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It has begun!

;)

May 6, 2013 at 3:39AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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hansd

For anyone who's interested, here are some kind-of sort-of similar products:

-- Edelkrone Target Module (not out yet): http://www.newsshooter.com/2013/04/10/nab-2013-the-innovative-edelkrone-...
-- Redrock Micro curved slider, mentioned at NFS: http://nofilmschool.com/2013/04/redrock-micros-curving-slider-aims-one/

If you want to do a curved move around a subject, here are some budget solutions:
-- SnapTrack Cinerails, mentioned at NFS: http://nofilmschool.com/2013/02/snaptrack-cinerails-light-portable-curve...
-- CineSkates (if you angle the wheels the right way, it smoothly rolls around a fixed point): http://store.cinetics.com/cineskates/

Bit expensive, and can also be a bit bumpy since it doesn't have tracks:
-- Digital Juice Orbit Dolly: http://www.digitaljuice.com/products/products.asp?pid=1277

Truly budget:
-- Universal dolly: http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Universal-Folding-Aluminum-Camera-Tripod-Dolly-NEW-/300538747265

May 6, 2013 at 3:50AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Nicely done, thanks for contributing!

May 6, 2013 at 11:01AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Robert Thorpe

Will the slider continue to fly back and forth without help? Or is it just one pass with the kit they are using?

May 5, 2013 at 6:19PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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ben prater

Please cost less than my arm and my leg. Please.

May 5, 2013 at 7:41PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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$400 please

May 5, 2013 at 8:07PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Billy_Dee_Williams

In the video he said it can be used with a drive for looping in an interview so that would mean it goes back and forth automatically. Im very excited about that as it will allow a set and forget angle for live performances that also provides cinematic movement.

May 5, 2013 at 8:40PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Peter

@peter: the video says you can loop the movement but at the moment the Oracle doesn't do it automatically. Which means that either you would have to record before the beginning of an interview 30mins of back and forth carriage movement (which would be a huge loss of time) or you record one back and forth and hit the red button to repeat the movement each time the camera is back which doesn't allow you to forget about that additional axis you have set it.

I asked Kessler if they could add an automatic looping / repeat function that would relaunch the recorded movement a certain number of times (or indefinitely). It doesn't seem to me like it should be a complicated function to add, but it would make a huge difference to use Parallax. Maybe if many of us ask for that function, they will realize they need to do it.

So send an email to Joel Graves to tell him you want that function!

May 10, 2013 at 1:27PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Attach it to the Movi!

May 5, 2013 at 11:16PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Anthony Marino

May 6, 2013 at 2:50AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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rob calico

which now looks quite odd as the angle is fixed - kessler solution is smarter, versatile and practical, I like it a lot.

May 6, 2013 at 3:41AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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hansd

For interviews, the One Man Crew is much better: faster setup, you know exactly the results will be in focus and the person anchored in the frame), and silent so it can be used with "talkie interviews" ha. Good discussion and comparison here:

http://crewofone.com/2013/the-real-deal-on-redrocks-one-man-crew/

May 9, 2013 at 3:45PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Douglas J.

very nice....

May 6, 2013 at 3:24AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Sergey

After Edelkrone's announcement (although not yet available) this doesn't feel like a new thing anymore... it is just another option where to choose from. Personally I'd go with Edelkrone due to the advantage of having the actual slider in smaller size cause that's the thing that annoys me most in my current slider... the size!

May 6, 2013 at 10:39AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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ts

Agree.

Liking the edlekrone more myself because the shorter track makes towards and away moves possible that the Kessler doesn't. Much better.

May 6, 2013 at 12:59PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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james

Slight disadvantage over the Redrock Micro is that highly focus-sensitive shots might not work with this Kessler one as the focus must shift ever so slightly. But that disadvantage is negated by the fact that you can do straight slides, push+pull and landscape (outward) pans with this Kessler one.

Great product, if I owned a Kessler slider, I'd definitely get this.

May 8, 2013 at 3:59AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Will this work if the slider is at an angle?

May 8, 2013 at 8:09PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Stevie t