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The CineDrive 3-axis package is Kessler's original advanced CineDrive offering that includes a fully digital slider set-up (slider not included) as well as a CineDrive Pan & Tilt head. If you already own a Kessler slider or Shuttle Pod and want 3-axis motion control, this system is perfect for you.
Kessler CineDrive is a revolutionary multi-axis camera motion control system that puts the emphasis on filmmaker creativity. Never before has any one system provided the power and versatility required to give users multi-axis control that is configurable enough to meet the needs of filmmakers in the studio and in the field as elegantly as CineDrive does. Its modular design allows users to custom build their system in a matter of minutes or months, depending on budget and use. Whether for live-action, time-lapse or stop-motion, CineDrive was built to give users robust key-framable motion control at their fingertips. Its rock-solid engineering and innovative technology ensures it performs today and will continue to for years to come.
Kessler CineDrive features the ability to begin working via a wired or wireless connection (tethered) and continue working after they've disconnected their Windows or iPad device (untethered). This functionality allows users for example to set up a motion control move, unplug or turn off their laptop and leave while CineDrive continues to execute the move. CineDrive also allows users to connect up to 4 devices to one CineDrive brain and control moves. If a user wanted to connect a laptop and an iPad or multiple of each, they have the ability to do so.
Key Frame Editing
with Bezier Curves
Easing out of and into motion control moves is accomplished using a familiar Bezier curve environment. Precise keyframe editing has never been easier.
CineDrive delivers superior flexibility and reliability when accomplishing motorized movements. Its high-precision worm drive system ensures ultra-smooth motion that is lash free, eliminating the need to calibrate for lash compensation and preventing the possibility of being back-driven, keeping your camera safe even if power is lost to the system. Unlike typical motors, the Kessler CineDrive motor system is fully digitally encoded. This allows the motors to communicate precise position back to Kessler CineDrive, making highly accurate motion control possible and repeatable time after time. CineDrive uses high resolution motors for micro adjustments. Incremental control down to .000045 degrees at the motor shaft. If you want insane precision, the Kessler CineDrive motors can deliver.
- CineDrive Brain with AC (Wall) Power Cord
- Pan & Tilt Head Kit
- Slider Motor
- Slider Motor Control Box
- Camera Control Cable
- Soft Case for Brain & Cables
- Appropriate Cables and Hardware
- 1 Cable Clip
- kOS Software for iPad (iOS 6 or newer)
- Native kOS software for Windows 7 and 8 OS
- Native kOS software for Mac OS X (10.5 or newer)
*Note: A Kessler dolly/slider that is able to be motorized is needed to complete the 3-axis system.
*Note: A motor mount is needed to motorize a dolly/slider
Select an elektraDRIVE/CineDrive Motor Mount if needed (select 'None' if already have one). elektraDRIVE and CineDrive motor mounts are the same and can be interchanged.
Pan and Tilt Motor Options
The 27:1 high speed brick option provides fast motions of up to 106 degrees per second, ideal for action shots, over cranked slow motion or ultra quiet operation at slower speeds. Because of the faster gearing, torque is reduced so it is advised to keep your camera setup under 12 lbs. (on center of gravity) in horizontal use.
The 50:1 high torque brick option provides nearly 2 times the torque of the 27:1 high speed brick and is recommended when the pan/tilt head is used at an incline (vertical slider orientations). Increased gear reduction results in motions of 54 degrees per second and the ability to handle up to 25 lb. camera rigs (on center of gravity).
F.I.Z. (Focus/Iris/Zoom) Motors:
Choose up to a total of 2 motors
Includes (if selected, per motor):
- F.I.Z. Motor with Mounting Bracket (mountable to 15mm or 19mm rods)
- Lens Gear (with zip-ties for non-cinema style lenses)
- Appropriate cables and hardware
*Note: A rod system is needed for mounting F.I.Z. motors
Download Reference Guide
Minimum System Requirements:
Operating System - Windows 7, Service Pack 1
Screen Resolution - 1366x768
CPU - Intel i3, 2GHz
Memory - 4 GB
iOS 6 or newer
Operating System - Mac OS X 10.5 or newer
Screen Resolution - 1366x766
CPU - Intel i3, 2GHz
Memory - 4 GB
CineDrive Motor Explanation
We recommend the 100 series motor for most applications. If lifting (vertically) more than 12.5 lbs., we would suggest a stronger motor - however you will lose top end speed. (100 series is 2X faster than the 200 series when at the same speed setting)
This explanation pertains primarily to the use of our slider in a vertical or inclined configuration.
Although the mechanical portion of the motor is the exact same as its analog elektraDRIVE counterpart, the way the motor is controlled is completely different. This means the way it performs will also be completely different. With our analog system, we would simply send pulses of energy to the motor and we would predict the position. This means that if you were performing a slow vertical/incline move where the pulse was far apart and you had a motor with a high enough gear ratio (e.g. 50:1 & 100:1), that could be back driven (reversed/fall) when not under power, the motor would drift back between pulses and throw off the “predicted” position.
Now with the CineDrive digital system we have a high resolution encoder that monitors exact position of the motor and will use the available power to hold that position. Because of this feature we can now recommend the higher geared motors for slow movements and still have the high speed, all the while, increasing the virtual/incline lift capacity.
The one limiting factor is the one amp limit on the control board. The max limits you see listed by each motor is based off of the highest speed (highest current draw). If you as the user set the speed on the motor to a lesser/slower amount the a motor will be able to lift more. For example, the 50:1 motor will kick the current limit switch when lifting more than 7.5 lbs. at full speed, but if you set the max motor speed to 50% you will be able lift 15 lbs. because at half the speed you will not draw enough power to kick the current limit switch.
Please keep in mind that if you do chose a motor that can be back driven, if you have a power loss to the system, your camera can possibly back drive (reverse/fall) rapidly and damage could be possible.
Vertical Weight Capacities
50 Series: 7.5 lbs.
100 Series: 12.5 lbs.
200 Series: 30 lbs.
500 Series: 50+ lbs.
1000 Series: 50+ lbs.
Motor Dynamic Speed Ranges (Horizontal):
50 Series: 13.96" per second (35.46 cm per second)
50 Series with Speed Doubler Pulley: 27.92" per second (70.92 cm per second)
100 Series: 7.69" per second (19.53 cm per second)
100 Series with Speed Doubler Pulley: 15.38" per second (39.07 cm per second)
200 Series: 3.10" per second (7.87 cm per second)
200 Series with Speed Doubler Pulley: 6.20 per second (15.75 cm per second)
500 Series: 1.65" per second (4.20 cm per second)
500 Series with Speed Doubler Pulley: 3.30" per second (8.38 cm per second)
1000 Series: 0.91" per second (2.31 cm per second)
1000 Series with Speed Doubler Pulley: 1.82" per second (4.62 cm per second)