In the past couple of years we’ve seen some seriously incredible advancements in the image capture side of things in our industry. Cameras are getting smaller, cheaper and more powerful and capable of capturing wide dynamic range images at higher than HD/2K resolutions.
For example, in about 6 weeks and some change, the Panasonic GH5 will start shipping allowing us (for the first time in a mirrorless hybrid) to shoot 10bit in 4K and 5K+ anamorphic all for about 2 grand. I am not saying that the GH5 will suddenly make all videos looks like a million bucks, but it will help a lot of folks raise their game.
Now that (for the most part) the camera image acquisition has been sorted, and we have affordable high-performance optics (thanks Sigma, Veydra and Tokina) naturally, we are seeking more effective ways to move the camera and create smoother and more controlled shots.
Motion control systems have been around for some time, but they are costly and very cumbersome and complex.
The folks behind the StarSlider motion control system are looking to change all this with their new Kickstarter campaign. However, the StarSlider is more than just a slider with a few motors attached. Although similar systems exist, not many offer the modularity and easy of use as the StarSlider according to the team behind it.
A 32-inch slider (extendable to 47 inch version) combined with a V-lock mount battery powered brain (Control Unit) comprises the heart of the StarSlider system. An easy to use mobile App makes controlling the whole system a lot easier.
The control unit is the brain of the whole system, it takes power via a standard V-lock adapter or a generic power supply. There are 3 output ports (12v, 7.2v, 5v) to feed your device, monitor, or other tools; 4 Ethernet connections to control the motors, and an intervalometer plug to control timelapse.
StarSlider Motion Control Key Features
- 3-Axis Motion Control
- Heavy Duty Motors – Horizontal payload up to 50 kg
- Remote Control
- Multi-power Output
- 4th Axis (planned)
- Stealth drive
- Shutter Control output
- Integrated V-Lock Plate into the Control Unit
Modularity is the name of the game with the StarSlider, as the camera connection base sports a “dovetail-like” V-shape to eliminate any backlash, resulting in a unique solid piece that allows impeccably smooth movements.
Users can also use the system as a “Monolite” without using the slider – when mounting the camera vertically or using only a single axis. Users can add up to three motors on the StarSlider and set start and stop points via the smartphone app, which is compatible with both iOS and Android devices.
The App features 3 macro-controls: Live Control, Preset Control, and Timelapse making the Starslider perfect for a 2nd shooter during interviews or capturing stunning timelapse shots.
Pricing starts at 549 Euro for the Monolite Bundle and 799 Euro for the StarSlider Linear Bundle with one motor.
To learn more about the StarSlider mo-co system follow the link here to their Kickstarter campaign, which ends in 6 days.