Post Nab 2014 Spotlight: iFootage Motorized Slider

Now that the 2014 NAB show in Las Vegas is over it’s time to do some coverage! Starting on April 11th 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 that I saw. *note* These are being released in no particular order*

*NOTE: I really apologize for these last two posts being so late. Work got nuts last week.*

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iFootage Motorized Slider

One of the hot ticket items at this year’s show were the motorized sliders and motion control systems. There were a lot of options that all offered pretty much the same thing, so it basically comes down to price. One of the better priced systems was the motion control slider from iFootage (ifootagegear.com).

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The iFootage system is built upon their Shark S1 slider. The Shark system uses carbon fiber rods and a pulley system like the Kessler systems. The materials used are super light weight and durable. The built in leveling feet make adjusting the Shark S1 easy as cake.

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The Shark S1 has a 15lb weight capacity, which can easily fly a heavier camera (great for those breaking out of the DSLR realm). The motion control system only takes a few of those pounds and the motor is able to pull an additional 15 on top. Basically, you can use any timelapse or stop motion camera that you want and have the slide movement be smooth.

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Like most motion control systems, the iFootage rig allows for slides, panning, and tilting. The motors on the control head are really well built and handle the stress from heavier systems easily, you can probably push the capacity up to ~18lbs without too much strain.

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The iFootage motion control unit allows for not only stop motion and timelapse, but you can also recreate video movements. The controller works wirelessly and connects to a receiver on the camera for movements. The rig is completely programmable with the ability to input keyframes for all three axes of movement.

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The iFootage Shark S1 slider with motion control is a great combination of quality, durability, and low cost. The moco system isn’t available yet, but you can see the rest of their gear at ifootagegear.com, and you can follow them on twitter (@iFootageinterna) for more updates.

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Post Nab 2014 Spotlight: iFootage Motorized Slider

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