Now that the 2015 NAB show in Las Vegas is over it’s time to do some coverage! Starting on April 17th and going until the end of the month I will be doing a spotlight on what was good at the show. Each day I’ll focus on something new or exciting that I saw. These are being released in no particular order.
*Got behind in April, so these posts are leaking into May.*
Rhino Slider EVO
I thought I would end my 2015 product spotlights with an amazing product that’s still currently funding on Kickstarter. As of the day this post was written, the Rhino Camera Gear EVO motion controlled slider still has 18 days left. When the Rhino slider came out in 2012 I was immediately drawn to its durability and modularity, now with the EVO motion control there’s just more reason to love the Rhino.
The Rhino slider itself is a modular slider that consists of two all-terrain legs and a center mount carriage that support interchangeable rails. Because the system is open-bodied you can easily switch from 2ft to 4ft rails; and the Rhino comes with either lightweight carbon fiver rails, or more pro grade steel rails. The 2ft Pro system handles the most weight at 75lbs, and the 4ft carbon rails will support up to 7lbs.
One of the things I’ve been wanting to add to my work is motion control, and now that the Rhino slider has added the EVO motion module it’s definitely on the top of my list. The EVO offers single axis camera movements that are incredibly easy to set up and have enough torque to handle some of the larger camera systems. Rhino is still working with Emotimo to offer 3-axis movement, but the TB3 limits your working load capacity.
Later this summer Rhino will also be releasing their Parallax system. This will allow you to set up slides that are targeted towards a specific spot. By adding a pivot rod to the EVO, Rhino will essentially be able to shoot in a 2 axis setup; perfect for interviews where you want to add subtle and steady movement where human hands may shake.
But if you still want to use the Rhino slider for hand done slides there’s a new way to eliminate the shake from unsteady moves. The Rhino Flywheel is a counter that is added to one end of the slider that uses centrifugal force to counteract the carriage movement and add inertia to even out your slide movements. This is a must have for operating without a motion controller.
I’ve already been a huge fan of the Rhino slider, and the EVO module just makes it more enticing. If you fund via the Kickstarter campaign you’ll be able to pick up a 2ft Pro slider with motion control for a mere $1050, and a 4ft Pro is only $1150. Plus the Flywheel attachment is only an additional $70. But hurry, the campaign ends on May 22nd, 2015. There’s a ton more information on the Kickstarter page or over at Rhino Camera Gear‘s website.