August 23, 2017

Edelkrone SurfaceONE Offers Affordable Dual Axis Motion Control

Popular Slider Maker Edelkrone has released the SurfaceONE, a tabletop dual axis motion control rig allowing for some mind blowing shots.

Motion control—the ability to program a camera to do a specific move repeatedly and/or more slowly than a human can—has been around for a long time, but is generally outside the budget of most indie filmmakers. Even the opening shot of the Godfather involved a motion control system to make the smooth dolly back up slower than a human could. However, the biggest expense in motion control is the full three-dimensional move, and by sticking to a dual axis system, Edelkrone has managed to create an affordable motion control unit for the masses.

With just a smooth surface to operate on, you can pre-program side to side or arcing moves, centered around a single object, with minimal programming. While the demonstration video focuses heavily on timelapse and product work, there is a key shot that should indicate a huge use case for most filmmakers: the moving interview. If you are doing any type of documentary or corporate work, and you're out there as a one mule team, it's been traditional to set up a second camera getting a wide shot just to have two views on the interview. Putting that second camera on a SurfaceONE, just drifting back and forth, while you operate the closer shot, creates a much more dynamic interview for relatively low cost.

Credit: Edelkrone

The unit is designed to slide easily into a backpack, and runs off the same LP-E6 batteries that power Canon DSLRS and countless other film accessories. It also has a built in laser pointer for precise targeting when you are lining up the initial shot, which is a helpful feature to ensure that you are centering your arc properly and your focus won't drift throughout the move. Below are some shots from Edelkrone of the product in use:

Credit: Edelkrone

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Available now from Edelkrone for $698.

Tech Specs:

  • (L x W x H) 7.2 x 6.69 x 2.44 in (184 x 170 x 62 mm)
  • 4.56 lb (2.07 kg)
  • Cameras up to 
  • 15 lb (6.8 kg) or less.
  • .2mm/sec to 220 mm/second speed range
  • Coreless DC motor with high res encoder
  • Canon LP-E6 battery power
  • CNC Machined Aluminum
  • Bluetooth connectivity for App control

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"Even the opening shot of the Godfather involved a motion control system to make the smooth dolly back up slower than a human could."

The opening shot was a zoom (with controller) not a dolly.

August 23, 2017 at 1:52PM

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Ok this is really cool. I own a bunch of E-Gear and for the most part, their stuff is pretty solid. Motor noise is an issue for some of their products (their website has a video addressing this for the SurfaceONE, so they are aware!) The flex tilt head is a never leave home without it tool. But hold crap.... $689.... le sigh

August 23, 2017 at 5:19PM

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Wow. 15lb capacity. I can't imagine putting the Ursa Mini on that, but if so very cool.

August 23, 2017 at 5:43PM

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Was thinking the same about an Epic.

August 24, 2017 at 6:29PM

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Charles C.
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So, I wouldn't push it with this line of products because of the flex tilt head, but I will say that I own their small SliderPlus and even though it's rated for 17lbs, I put my full size Ursa on there and didn't have any problems. Plus the staff and support at Edelkrone is great.

August 24, 2017 at 9:58PM

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Matthew Balthrop
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Great news.

August 25, 2017 at 4:14PM, Edited August 25, 4:14PM

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My favourite part of this site is seeing the word "affordable" in article titles and playing the fun game of guessing how many kidneys that means you need to sell

August 24, 2017 at 4:42AM

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Matt Robinson
Film Educator & Cinematographer
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Come on man. This is motion control. If NFS did an article on an affordable car, how much would you like that to cost?

August 24, 2017 at 7:21AM

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Steve Uhr
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Well for starters this is hardly a motion control system, it's a glorified remote control car with a lift on it. Secondly I was making a general statement about the use of the word affordable on the site, not about this article.

August 24, 2017 at 9:18AM

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Matt Robinson
Film Educator & Cinematographer
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What if there is no smooth surface around?
95% of ordinary tables f.i. won't work with this. DON'T forget that. :-)

August 24, 2017 at 1:03PM

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How do you know that? ... have you tested it ... no doubt the smoother the better, but ...

August 25, 2017 at 6:53PM

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> 95% of ordinary tables f.i. won't work with this. DON'T forget that. :-)

Not sure where you live, but 95% of ordinary tables will totally work with this.

Maybe not some cut-it-from-raw-wood-myself-unpolished table in a rural Idaho cabin, but otherwise...

August 27, 2017 at 3:35PM

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Really promising stuff.
Looks really promising.

August 28, 2017 at 4:21AM, Edited August 28, 4:21AM

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Sameir Ali
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"Putting that second camera on a SurfaceONE, just drifting back and forth, while you operate the closer shot, creates a much more dynamic interview for relatively low cost."

For what it's worth, I've contacted Edelkrone, and the SuraceONE doesn't yet have this capability. It can't back-and-forth between points A and B while doing horizontal slides.

About the issue of smooth surfaces, I've seen guys talking on other forums about bringing their own smooth surface. Eg: carrying a small sheet of plexiglass in backpack.

August 29, 2017 at 7:38PM, Edited August 29, 7:45PM

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Adrian Tan
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