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An interview from the 2017 Cine Gear Expo at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles with Brian Valente of Redrock Micro. Redrock Micro designs and sells a line of high quality cinema accessories for independent filmmakers, film educators and students, and budget-conscious moviemakers. In this interview Brian talks with us about the Eclipse System, which consists of an Atlas Smart Motor, Navigator Command Module, Halo Explorer Rangefinder, Satellite Gimbal Thumb Controller and the Orbit Monitor Positioning System & Sensor.

Eclipse is an entirely new family of camera, lens, and rig controls that propel camera production into the future. Eclipse products work together to make shooting faster, easier and smarter than ever, especially for solo-operators and small crews. Eclipse products connect and communicate with each other, share resources like power, show real-time status and alerts, and have configurable controls rather than hard-coded features. Now all your camera, lens, and rig controls are unified and under your complete control, whether you are next to the camera or a thousand feet away. Eclipse supports and translates between the most important protocols including WiFi, RF, Bluetooth, S.bus, and CAN.

The Satellite Gimbal Thumb Controller gives you unprecedented control over your Freefly MoVI, MoVI Pro or DJI Ronin gimbals. As a solo operator, all the controls you want are right at your fingertip. Satellite is the only gimbal joystick controller with built-in support for camera record start and stop. The built-in tally light gives you visual confirmation for confidence knowing when the camera is rolling.

The world’s first Monitor Positioning System (MPS) ensures your monitor is always facing you while operating at any angle. Whether you are shooting at ground level or high overhead, Orbit guarantees you can frame the shot accurately. You can manually adjust monitor position for simple shots, but the real magic is the Follow Me Sensor that automatically and continuously repositions your monitor in real time.

SLS is the lightest professional lens control motor available an engineering feat in itself and without concessions on size and performance. Whatever rig or shot you are working with, SLS can be used with the relevant Redrock controller for solo operation or wireless remote control. A motor this small is also ideal for rigs where space is a premium: particularly underwater housings, drones, gimbals. It?s even a great match for ultra-compact and mirrorless cameras. Use one motor for focus, or three for full FIZ control. SLS is also a great upgrade for microRemote owners who want increased performance and smaller size.

The Navigator 7-in-1 Command Module is the ultimate camera and lens controller, bringing command of every aspect of your rig right to your fingertips. Featuring the world’s first mini FIZ (focus, iris and zoom), Navigator also delivers full gimbal control, camera control, and control of other Eclipse products. Navigator works in both solo operator mode and as a wireless remote control, including native support for Freefly MoVI Pro. And as part of the Eclipse System, Navigator delivers next-level features including Mission Control real-time monitor overlay and MetaTouch lens discovery and automatic configuration.

Designed from the ground up, Atlas delivers professional performance, precision, and reliability packed into a single housing, and packs next-level features you won’t find anywhere else including MissionControl and MetaTouch. Advancing production one leap at a time. Compared to the Torque motor, Atlas delivers 200% increase in resolution, and 300% increase in torque. This opens up Atlas users to a much wider range of lenses, including the stiffest cinema lenses, and keeps those focus pulls amazingly smooth. For professionals needing a professional FIZ system, Atlas has everything you need at an attractive price. Entry level packages keep the total rig cost low by offering options for DSLR battery power, and a free mobile app for wireless control. Any Atlas motor can be expanded any of our controllers (solo op and remote), adding additional motors for iris and zoom just by daisy-chaining, and integrating into systems like drones and gimbals with an additional cable.

Halo is the first affordable, accurate, intuitive system that can automatically track and keep your subject in focus using your existing lens and camera. When you operate alone, Halo automatically keeps your subject in focus so you can concentrate on framing. For focus pullers, Halo Explorer gives you fexible focusing assistants while you stay in complete control. Advanced technology, compact size and weight, and a ordability mean Halo is great for enthusiasts, owner/operators, and production professionals alike.

When combined with Atlas smart motors, Halo transforms into a powerful focus tracking system that keeps your subject automatically in focus at all times. As the subject moves, Halo measures the distance in sub-inch accuracy and the lens motor adjusts focus to keep your subject razor sharp. Halo updates continuously and in real-time so it’s also great for wide open lenses and long focal lengths. Halo is ideal for tricky shots that combine camera movement (like dollying) with subject movement.

For more information please visit: www.RedrockMicro.com

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