Introducing DitoGear™ OmniHead & Lens Drive

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DitoGear™ is pleased to announce the release of DitoGearOmniHead and DitoGearLensDrive. Both new products address the expectations of the most demanding cinematographers working with film, digital cinema, timelapse or stop motion needing a compact, precise and fully featured motion control tools.

Both products are available on preorder now at DitoGear Store. Shipping starts on March, 1st.

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DitoGearOmniHead

DitoGearOmniHead is a precise and versatile motorized pan & tilt head for digital cinema, DSLR and timelapse cinematography. High-end build, ultimate precision and motion control features make it another must have in your kit.

Features:

  1. 360° rotation in each of axes
  2. High precision, backlash-free performance
  3. High speed range
  4. Noiseless performance
  5. Real time operation
  6. Timelapse and stop-motion operation
  7. Motion control features
  8. Full repeatability for VFX
  9. DragonFrame compatibility
  10. DitoGearmoco software compatibility
  11. Compact build
  12. Easy to balance
  13. Minimized cabling
  14. Weather-proof enclosure
  15. Upside down operation

(6, 7, 8 ) with DitoGearOmniSlider Controllers
(9, 10 ) Available in 2012

360° rotation in each of axes
With its innovative design, the DitoGearOmniHead allows for full 360° x 360° rotation in each of axes. No more limitations.

High precision
Thanks to high precision double bearings on each of axes and power-efficient servo motors the DitoGearOmniHead is probably the most precise piece of gear in a sub-10K price range. Backlash-free operation contributes additionally to perfect motion repeatability for VFX.

High speed range
Thanks to servo motors and a proprietary technology by DitoGear™ to control them, the OmniHead delivers unmatched speed range on a single motors setup. With the speed ranging from 45°/s (360° in 8s) to 360° in 450 days, you don’t need to worry about swapping the motors when you switch from timelapse to realtime filming.

Noiseless performance
Thanks to unique design and motor choice, the DitoGearOmniHead performs with the lowest noise level possible to allow for use in most demanding situations.

Realtime, timelapse and stop-motion operation
Either use the 3-axis ultra-precise joystick for realtime movements or unleash the power of motion control thanks to DitoGearOmniSlider Controllers and upcoming Dragonframe and DitoGearmoco software integration.

Be as creative as you like with realtime or timelapse operation. Record sophisticated sequences, play them back in real time or in timelapse to design most difficult speed matching shots combining time-lapse and real-time footage into one composite shot. Take an advantage of motion control for your stop-motion animations or motion-controlled macro shots.

Full repeatability for VFX
DitoGearOmniSlider is a benchmark product in terms of motion repeatability in compact motion control systems range. Basing on our established tradition, the DitoGearOmniHead won’t disappoint you in this matter allowing for fully repeatable movement.

DragonFrame compatibility
Unleash the power of motion control for stop motion work with the upcoming DragonFrame motion control software integration. Now it is a pleasure to reveal complicated scene details by smoothly adjusting the focus. So many new possibilities! (coming in 2012)

DitoGearmoco software compatibility
With the upcoming multi-axis keyframe-based motion control software this unit will be another block contributing to enormous creative possibilities of your multiaxis DitoGear™ motion control rig. (coming in 2012)

Compact build
We understand you usually have too much to carry around. With a compact and lightweight build, the DitoGearOmniHead will fit into your luggage easily.

Easy to balance
Thanks to a one-key design approach you’ll easily mount the head on the tripod or DitoGearOmniSlider and balance the camera.

Minimized cabling
DitoGearOmniHead comes with minimized cabling. Signal and power has been combined within a single RJ-type connector. No more hassle.

Water resistant enclosure
Continuing the tradition of great build of DitoGear™ products, the OmniHead comes with a high-end machined, sealed and weather-proof enclosure.

Upside down operation
Finally, if you’d like to hang it upside down – yes, that’s also possible.

Specifications:

  1. Payload: 6kg (13lbs) to 10kg (22lbs)*
  2. Angular positioning precision: 0.0225°
  3. Max real time operation speed: 45°/s (360°/8s)
  4. Current draw: 0.4A – 1A @ 12V
  5. Dimensions: 350mm x 215mm x 75.5mm (13.7″ x 8.4″ x 3″)
  6. Weight: 2750g (6 lbs)
  7. Operating temperatures range: -25°C to 50°C

* recommended max payload is 6kg (13lbs), however, if balanced properly, may work with payloads up to 10kg (22lbs).



DitoGearLensdrive

DitoGearLensDrive is a precise and lightweight motorized lens drive system for demanding cinematographers and timelapse shooters. High-end build, ultimate precision and motion control features make it a great addition to your gear set.

Features:

  1. Serves as focus or zoom drive
  2. Ultimate precision
  3. High speed range
  4. Noiseless performance
  5. High-end durable build
  6. Realtime operation
  7. Timelapse, stop-motion operation
  8. Motion control feature set
  9. Full repeatability for VFX
  10. DragonFrame compatibility
  11. DitoGearmoco software compatibility
  12. Minimized cabling
  13. 3rd party focus gear rings compatible

(7, 8, 9) with DitoGearOmniSlider Controller
(10, 11) Available in 2012

Serves as focus or zoom drive
The DitoGearLensDrive serves as a focus or zoom drive depending on your needs. Or go for both options at once to get full control at discounted price with the Professional, 2-axis bundle!

Ultimate precision
With the digital control interface and high-performance servo motors the DitoGearLensDrive performs with an unmatched angular precision of 0.045° (drive gear) making even the extreme macro focus-controlled shots possible.

High Speed Range
The DitoGearLensDrive provides you with very wide range of speeds from 360*/1.25s to 360°/35s in realtime to 360°/450 days (with DitoGearOmniSlider Controller).

Noiseless performance
Thanks to unique design and motor choice, this unit performs with the lowest noise level possible to allow for use in most demanding situations.

High-end durable build
To design products that you love and that last. That’s a rule at DitoGear™. True for the DitoGearLensDrive as well as for all other products.

Realtime operation
Realtime operation is smooth and easy thanks to DitoGear™ SmoothWheel controller. With ultra low latency, adjustable speed dampening, speed limits and easy calibration, focusing will be precise and easy. Exactly what you needed.

Timelapse and stop-motion operation
Thanks to an option of controlling the LensDrive using the DitoGearOmniSlider controllers this unit is fully usable for timelapse and stop-motion cinematography. You simply control it the same way as you do with your slider or the OmniHead.

Motion control feature set
Unleash the power of motion control using the DitoGearLensDrive with DitoGearOmniSlider Controller. Record sophisticated sequences, play them back in real time or in timelapse to design most difficult speed matching shots combining time-lapse and real-time footage into one composite shot. Take an advantage of motion control for your stop-motion animations or motion-controlled macro shots. You have never had so much possibilities to control your focus.

Full repeatability for VFX
Thanks to high engineering standards and goals set during the R&D stage, the DitoGearLensDrive is as precise as a benchmark DitoGearOmniSlider or the new OmniHead and won’t disappoint you allowing for fully repeatable movement for VFX purposes.

DragonFrame compatibility
Unleash the power of motion control for stop motion work with the upcoming DragonFrame motion control software integration. Now it is a pleasure to reveal complicated scene details by smoothly adjusting the focus. So many new possibilities! (coming in 2012)

DitoGearmoco software compatibility
With the upcoming multi-axis keyframe-based motion control software this unit will be another block contributing to enormous creative possibilities of your multiaxis DitoGear™ motion control rig. (coming in 2012)

Minimized cabling
The DitoGearLensDrive comes with minimized cabling design. You need only one signal and power cable to connect the device.

3rd party focus rings compatible
Use your focus gear rings you already have or pair the unit with multiple 3rd party rings available out there.

Specifications:

  1. Angular positioning precision: 0.045°
  2. Current draw: 0.1 – 0.2A @ 12V DC
  3. Electronic backlash compensation
  4. Lens gear rings standard: M 0.8, compatible with most 3rd party focus gear rings
  5. Real time operation speed range from 360°/1.25s to 360°/35s
  6. Dimensions: 165mm x 134mm x 47mm
  7. Weight: 460g (1lbs)

(3) with DitoGear™ SmoothWheel Controller
(5) with DitoGearOmniSlider Controller

Control options:

  1. DitoGear™ SmoothWheel for realtime operation (1)
  2. DitoGearOmniSlider Controller for motion control operation
  3. DitoGearMoco Software
  4. Dragonframe Software

(1) Coming soon
(3, 4) Available in 2012

Power supply options:

  1. DitoGear™ Power Pack 12Ah
  2. DitoGear™ Power Pack 7Ah
  3. 3rd Party 12V Batteries or DC power

DitoGear™ SmoothWheel

DitoGear™ SmoothWheel allows for convenient realtime control of DitoGearLensDrive unit. Control the focus the way you would control it with a typical mechanic follow focus. Enjoy also max speed limit and automatic and adjustable rotation speed easing thanks to Speed Dampening and Max Speed dials.

DitoGear™ SmoothWheel features

  1. Simple and fast calibration to define movement range
  2. Adjustable Speed dampening
  3. Adjustable Max speed

Stay in touch:

For inquiries please contact us at: info@ditogear.com
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