April 5, 2015

Redrock Micro's Updated 'One Man Crew' Motorized Slider is Even Better Than Before

Redrock Micro One Man Crew Director Motorized Slider
Redrock Micro's "One Man Crew" motorized curved slider just got a few major upgrades that should make it even better for solo operators and large production teams alike.

Two years ago, Redrock Micro released the One Man Crew to much fanfare. Not only was it one of the first fully automated sliders that could capture smooth live action shots without an operator, but it had the advantage of a slightly curved track, which added a unique aesthetic touch that is difficult to capture with other sliders. Two years later, Redrock has taken feedback from users to give the One Man Crew a much needed upgrade.

Here are the launch videos for the latest version, called the One Man Crew: Director:

The biggest complaints about the original One Man Crew were the motor noise (not great for interviewing) and the fact that it wasn't particularly easy or intuitive to use. Redrock has solved those issues by completely redesigning the One Man Crew: Director to be insanely quiet — lower than ambient and camera fan noise in many cases — and by building a brand new app to control the slider wirelessly through a bluetooth connection. Not only is the app capable of the basics (starting/stopping motion and controlling speed), but it can also be used to start and stop recording on your camera, and the "gestures" mode lets you modulate the speed and direction of the One Man Crew in real time while keeping your eyes on the interviewee.

Here's a demo of the new app:

And here are a few situations where the One Man Crew: Director can be extremely helpful in documentary and corporate work:

You can learn a little bit more about the One Man Crew: Director over at the Redrock Micro website. No word on pricing or availability yet, but we'll keep you updated as that information comes in (likely during NAB).      

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The track noise is killer. I used the OMC on a doc shoot and I thought the sound guy was going to throttle me. At anything above its slowest setting the noise is completely intolerable for serious interview work.

April 5, 2015 at 5:05PM, Edited April 5, 5:05PM

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Joshua Bowen
Editor
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They announced this product and have the price well over a month ago guys :(
$2500… a full thousand more than the original.

April 5, 2015 at 8:02PM, Edited April 5, 8:02PM

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Just love those film burns!

April 5, 2015 at 9:08PM

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matt
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It looks great, I've used the first OMC once and as stated by others, any speed other than the slowest will produce noise and yes it was really great to use mostly because I wasn't recording audio at the time, just testing it out.

But with those $2,500 dollars I'd rather go buy a Kessler CineSlider and Parallax Bar that with the same 3' will provide me with far more movements, yes it will add up beyond the cost of the OMC once you throw in the CineDrive controls but also remember you can do whatever you want with it.

One Man Crew still and always be a "one trick pony"

April 6, 2015 at 2:24AM

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Isaac Alonzo
Photographer / Cinematographer
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For the price, this feels a couple of years behind. If you look at the Kessler Second Shooter, you have 3 axis movement, quiet operation and more modularity for a few hundred less.

April 6, 2015 at 11:06AM

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George Loch
Director
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Exactly my point, why waste money in something that can only go so far when with kessler you can have the very same thing for almost equal amount of money. Unless you will ONLY do interviews and that's it.

April 7, 2015 at 2:40AM

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Isaac Alonzo
Photographer / Cinematographer
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that looks badass

April 7, 2015 at 2:28AM, Edited April 7, 2:28AM

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Minh Hang
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