The accessory and engineering company gets ultra innovative for NAB 2016.
Edelkrone introduced four highly inventive new products this morning in Las Vegas to kick off their NAB 2016 showcase. They've announced The FocusONE follow focus, the JibPLUS jib add on, the RigONE rig solution, and a one of a kind new tripod they call the StandPLUS.
The FocusONE plays successor to the popular FocusONE PRO follow focus system which Edelkrone discontinued. Edelkrone’s updated version is similarly based on a proprietary marker-free setup where the marking disk faces the operator. This has proven a more convenient set up for whomever's behind the camera, giving them further precision when pulling focus.
The FocusONE remains a single rod based unit that mounts the marking disk between the hand wheel and the drive gear. The design allows users to turn the hand wheel without causing any shake to your shot. You can pull focus from above or below the camera comfortably without the need for a focus whip.
This simplified version will be much cheaper than its predecessor at just $199 and is slated for release in May. Here are some of it's specifications:
- Size: (L x W x H) 4.8 x 3.7 x 2.9 in
- Weight: 0.8 lbs
- Optimized for: .8 mod lenses
- Rod clamp: 15 mm industry standard
- Materials: CNC machined aluminum with delrin components and stainless steel screws
The new Edelkrone JibPLUS is a nice new jib add-on for mini jibs. It automates target-following and automatically keeps the target you choose in focus. Here are a few of it's other key features:
- Can learn to 3 separate targets at a time.
- Allows auto focusing with any lens.
- Contains a sensor module, a 2-axis head and a controller.
- Optimized for light weight cameras and DSLRs.
Though not the most technologically advanced new product from it's 2016 slate, the StandPLUS may be Edelkrone's flashiest. Which is strange, since it's essentially a tripod. They took to redesigning the classic tripod into a more compact, versatile form. What they ended up with is a completely unique new model which makes adjusting your camera's height and position quick and smooth. There are no buttons or knobs to tighten or adjust, just pop it up and you're ready to go. When you're done, it takes less than five seconds to fold down and it's ultra compact design makes it very easy to pack away.
The RigONE is a all-in-one rig solution for professional video production using DSLR and light weight cameras. The new product allows users to attach numerous accessories around a camera, use it in hand, on a tripod, or like a monopod from the waist, with its built-in belt groove. When not in use the RigONE folds to fit in a backpack to carry anywhere. Here's some specs:
- Folded Size: (L x W x H) 8.8 x 8.5 x 3.4 in. (22.3 x 21.5 x 8.6 cm)
- Weight: 3.08 lbs
- Carrying Capacity: Up to 6.6 lb
- Mounting Options: Mounts on 1/4" 20 screws
- Support Arm Length: 27.5 in
- Accessory Ports: Cold shoe, 1/4" 20 female
- Materials: CNC machined aluminum & stainless steel components
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Maaan what the ef is this? The only thing that seems mildly intriguing is the jib. But who knows if it's actually worth anything. The video for it is animated and offers no real footage of the product or how it performs.
Are tripods really that difficult to use? No. Especially with DSLRs. The StandPLUS would be a halfway decent idea if it was made for heavier cameras. It's ridiculous and unnecessary for DSLR use.
The RigOne I can't even wrap my head around. What a scam / gimmick.
April 18, 2016 at 11:58AM, Edited April 18, 11:58AM
I hate to be critical... and Edelkrone make some great-looking gadgets...
But, yes, I 'still believe in tripods'. I also believe in a £20 lighting stand and ball head for a lightweight tripod alternative.
April 18, 2016 at 12:03PM, Edited April 18, 12:07PM
go go gadget RIGTRIONEJIBDOLL P PLUS!!!
April 18, 2016 at 12:16PM
The StandPLUS and the RigONE look.... Pretty useless. And the follow focus just looks like a solid, affordable follow focus. Nothing groundbreaking. But holy CRAP does the JibPLUS look amazing! With the demo video being all CG, it makes me wonder how far out the product actually is and if it will be able to deliver. But if it does and it's halfway affordable that thing will absolutely kick ass.
What do you guys think the JibPLUS will end up costing? Somewhere in the $2,500 range? Less? More?
April 18, 2016 at 1:11PM, Edited April 18, 1:14PM
Uuum, shouldn't we see footage taken on the thing=)
April 18, 2016 at 1:36PM, Edited April 18, 1:36PM
Newshooter has footage of it working. Still prototype stage.
April 18, 2016 at 2:30PM
The stand plus looks so bad, it can't even level on uneven ground.
April 18, 2016 at 2:11PM, Edited April 18, 2:11PM
Agree! It seems like it would only be useful in a studio setting. But even then it looks like there's no way to lock the wheels down so the whole thing doesn't move out of position. Hmmm, a tripod doesn't have a problem with that. And you can level a tripod.
April 18, 2016 at 2:40PM, Edited April 18, 2:40PM
If I showed up to a gig with this thing I'd get a kick in the sak...
April 18, 2016 at 4:18PM
It seems as if they haven't been concentrating on their stuff lately. The jib system is pretty good, I'll give them that. While I understand that some people might be in need of that, I can't stop thinking the fact that drones are actually object tracking around these days ''digitally''. Locking onto fixed spots in 3D space is not so wow or ''innovative''. A huge plus for turning your boring jib into something useful, but who works with fixed subjects or points all the time around these days?
April 18, 2016 at 11:54PM, Edited April 18, 11:59PM
I always have to chuckle when I think of people trying to convince clients to let them fly a drone around inside their offices during work days, or event spaces during live meetings, or hover the camera right next to the window while shooting the interior of a $60,000 car. Not every shot is Julie Andrews singing "the hills are alive..." while standing out in an empty field.
April 19, 2016 at 12:59PM
Please try to pay attention to the point. I am not against using a jib, yet I am comparing a blind locked tracking system to an actual object tracking technology there. Otherwise, I've been pretty much happy with my Ronin indoors so far.
April 19, 2016 at 2:14PM, Edited April 19, 2:16PM
Unlike seemingly all the other posters here, I could actually see myself using the stand plus. I shoot a lot of corporate/business videos. They are 95% indoors on level ground. (I'm sure this device would allow me to level my camera....?) I am usually shooting by myself. Where I could see this being quite useful is actually in capturing b-roll shots. I often prefer to go handheld because it is so much quicker. I'm capturing around 40 b-roll shots in 30 minutes or so... Raising and lowing a tripod to get various shots becomes quite tedious.
April 19, 2016 at 6:26AM
I agree I thought the stand plus could even be useful as abasic dolly, plus the problem with unlevel ground is easily solve with a tripod head
April 19, 2016 at 6:55AM
I like the all-in-one Rig One but $400 is absolutely ridiculous!!
Does anyone have any recommendations for something similar that's around $50?
April 19, 2016 at 7:02AM
You could buy a $50 trash can to throw the RigOne into. Honestly, you can get the same effect from a monopod. You can grab one ranging from $25-$250. You can also find a camera mounted LED light for around $50. You can also buy a cheap cage for a DSLR for around $60.
April 19, 2016 at 8:27AM, Edited April 19, 8:59AM
Hi, I'm interested into the RigONE because I could mount over it everything I need: Camera, Monitor, Microphone and a "frontal" FollowFocus with a minimum of marker ring. But RigONE + FocusOne is a lot of money for me too. So, could anyone tell a cheap solution that matches the same needs? Thx.
May 23, 2016 at 6:10PM