DitoGear OmniSlider: First Look and Basic Features

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I'd like to welcome planetRic (Ric Kasnoff) to the planet5D team – and this is his first post (part one of three parts)


DitoGear OmniSlider Servo Review

Part 1 of 3

First look and basic feature tests

After owning and using a lower cost motion control system I was looking to upgrade to a one that had a greater degree of control-ability, repeatability and accuracy while not requiring a degree in computer science or physics to understand and operate it.

For the last few weeks I’ve had a chance to play with (err test) the newest addition to the DitoGear line of motion control sliders, the “OmniSlider Servo”.

I first learned about DitoGear and the OmniSlider as I checked the credits after watching the incredible “The Chapel” and “Steel Life” and found that Patryk Kyzny and Robert Paluch, the creators of those movies were also the founders and driving force behind DitoGear. ‘nuff said…I had to check this out.

One of the first things you notice when you see the DitoGear Omnislider is it’s sleek elegance and high degree of fit and finish. From its brushed aluminum extruded rail to it’s stylishly designed accessory pieces it seems like something that could have come from the design shop at Apple.

And much like the toys from Cupertino, that sleek design houses an easy to use, versatile and surprisingly powerful creativity tool.

Demo Video

Read the rest:

read part 1 of the review here – Ric has put a lot into the review – the first part is LONG – so I'm eager to see the rest.

(cover photo credit: snap from the video)


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Comments

  1. Trevor

    As a small independent operator I need to know, first of all, the cost of the items I am viewing. If it is simply not in my ‘ball park’ then, as much as I might salivate over the video presentation, I don’t want to spend the lengthy amount of time on it. Perhaps stating the approximate cost of the item at the outset would save time for those of us who are not in a position to purchase. Just a thought.

  2. Author
    planetRic

    Thanks Trevor…I guess calling it a “mid-range” offering might have been a bit vague…

    But the main reason I didn’t include the pricing info is that it’s subject to so many variables like length, motor choice and accessories…

    If I had included the fact that it currently sells for between $1,600 and $3,000 dollars US would that have been helpful of more confusing?

    Either way you’ll probably end up at the DitoGear store to find pricing/configuration options that work for you.

    FYI: My unit, the 1.5m servo w/ the feet and double camera mount lists right at $2,800.00 USD plus shipping

    HTH…Ric

  3. Pascal Depuhl

    DittoGear is selling on a brand new slider in the US for a 20% discount. A client of mine bought it and replaced it because of some cosmetic defect that happened in shipping. It’s brand spanking new – contact me by posting in this thread.

  4. Author
    planetRic

    Great tip Pascal…Thanks

    which model? Servo? Length? Full kit with batt/controller/cables or just the rail/motor?

  5. Pascal Depuhl

    I know this is NOT the stepper.
    I know this is the shorter 1m.
    I know it does NOT include the all terrain feet.

    I can find out more information from my client. Or you can contact dittogear directly – they’re advertising this deal on twitter.

  6. sabrams

    Ric, you know that sinking feeling you get in the pit of your stomach, when you think you’ve made a really bad financial decision? I’ve got that.
    Because of the whole “Buy America” thing, I purchased a very well-known (and expensive) American-made moco system, instead of DitoGear.
    And here’s what I DON’T have…
    -precision and accuracy down-to-the-millimeter
    -jitter-free, real-time dollies on close-ups and macro
    -a belt drive and track system that’s free of slack and jiggle
    -keyframe-based editing with DragonFrame integration
    -Apple-like attention to detail and ergonomics
    -a customer service department that cares

  7. Author
    planetRic

    I think we’ve all been there and I wouldn’t beat yourself up by calling it a really bad decision…

    You bought what you thought you needed and would meet your needs then found out you needed more/different…I usually hope for about 6 months before that happens…but it does happen

    big ticket buying decisions can be tough as fast as tech is moving…

    at this point I’d probably just bite the bullet, sell what doesn’t work for you and get what does…then chalk up the difference as part of the learning process…

    I seem to do that a few times a year

    ;-p

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