Kesslercrane add Focus, iris and zoom control to their Second Shooter system

By site editor Dan Chung:


If timelapse is your thing then you’ll certainly be interested in this new option from Kesslercrane. Imagine a sequence in which not only does the camera move and pan, but the focus is changing at the same time – all at the press of a button.

The Second Shooter F.I.Z. Add-on Kit allows you to add a CineDrive Focus/Iris/Zoom Motor to your Second Shooter System. The motion control system that works with Kessler’s range of sliders already allows for 100 per cent repeatable motion control for live-mode, looping and time-lapse. This can be one, two or three axis and allows for some impressive shots.

The Kessler Second Shooter controller and head
The Kessler Second Shooter controller and head

Now Kessler have created an interface cable that allows the use of Cinedrive F.I.Z. motors with the Second Shooter controller. It means you can swap control of one of the axes for control focus, iris or zoom. You simply plug the supplied cable into the controller instead of a regular motor and control it as though it were an axis. Full details of how this is configured can be found in the updated Second Shooter manual.

If you want to keep all three axes and also control F.I.Z. you can add another Second Shooter controller and special bridge cable. The second unit acts as a slave to the master controller and allows you to use F.I.Z. as a fourth axis. Further CineDrive F.I.Z. motors can be added and essentially become the 5th and 6th axes.

Second Shooter: Bridge Mode from Kessler Crane on Vimeo.

The cable with a Cinedrive motor is currently on sale on the Kessler webstore for $399.95. The bridge cable for a second controller unit is $39.95.

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