Thursday, March 3, 2016

SMART SPHERE (working title)

This is the Beta version of the SMART SPHERE (working title), I have finished the shell and I am going to send it back to Jon Pandone to finishing the wiring, and then we should be ready to go ahead with field testing. What you see is a ball the size of a baseball with 5 triggers, 3 LED's and 2.5mm LANC plug, on the far side (not pictured) is a Hirose wired as a USB type A. Inside we have a brake out board for the triggers and LANC and a
Arduino Pro Mini board. We have programmed the LANC commands for Blackmagic Cameras, but with the Hirose USB you will be able to load all LANC commands for any LANC camera.
What we have now is Start/Stop under the thumb, autofocus to the right, then down the front, + value, - value and lastly under the ring finger, change mode. The mode trigger with toggle between, focus (blue), aperture (yellow), and zoom uses all three LED's. Slow zoom (green), medium zoom (green & yellow) and fast zoom (all three), and with the ability to program the SMART SPHERE any trigger can be assigned any task.

Lastly inspired by the stitches on a real baseball I notched the wood in front of the triggers so you can get a really good grip.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Quest for a universal interface V 1.0

Jon Pandone and I have been working on a new project which will allow for complete control over any given camera's remote accessible options.   We are starting with a five trigger configuration right hand triggers 1 = Start/Stop 2 = MODE switch between options controlled left hand (exposure, focus (softs stops) and zoom (S, M, & F) & 3 = F4  Menu (digital loop) / auto focus.  Left hand will increase / decrease values within a selected mode, it is very likely that we will replace the triggers with a rheostat.

Handles are connected to a small breakout box (powered by arduino) that interfaces with your cameras lanc port. Blackmagic, Canon, Sony, and other LANC-compatible cameras are currently supported, with plans to add wi-fi support for RED and ARRI cameras in development. 

In addition to controlling electronic lenses via camera, the controls can also be used with stepper or servo motors to drive mechanical lenses. All software is open-source, so the end user can modify commands/ functionality to suit their needs. Ergocine grips are built to last a lifetime, and user-upgradeable firmware ensures that they will remain compatible with future generations of your favorite camera.

I am included a LED mode module for Joe, to indicate the functions of the triggers on the left hand side.  

I am also showing prototype 15mm rods with a channel the size of a XLR cable.

Saturday, November 28, 2015


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Monday, November 16, 2015

HHFF-an Erector Set for adults

The HHFF is an Erector Set for adults. It can be endlessly configured to meet your direct drive needs.  The systems uses standard 15mm traded rods and standard D-Rod.  You can get the D-Rod from Servocity plus a lot of other cool stuff.  The mounting plate will attach to either side of the gear box allow you to orient the drive shaft in any direction.  We offer two different size swing-away arms and many different size drive wheels, with which you can gear up or down.

Special thanks to my brother Hayden and his band Skirts for the music.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

2T Sphere

This is the 2T Sphere as it would ship, with tennis ball size black walnut spheres (2 5/8") on either side lovingly sanded and oiled with a all natural beeswax and linseed oil finish.


The 2 Triggered Sphere (2T Sphere) and Handheld Follow Focus (HHFF)

I have just finished a sphere with two triggers which is for the Cameo cable.  This LANC cable lets you stop/start the camera and trigger F4 in Canon, Sony and JVC.  With the F4 function you can trigger any assignable menu item you desire, most will go for the digital loop.

The sphere it self is larger than the average sphere we produce, the 2T Sphere come in at 2 5/8" in diameter roughly the size of a tennis ball where our normal sphere measures 2 3/8" close to the diameter of a pool ball.  This sphere will ship with a Arri Style rosette the one in the photos is stainless steel I am waiting on a order of my normal black aluminum rosettes.  The spheres can ship with either, your choice.

I addition I would like to reintroduce the Handheld Follow Focus a rig designed to allow your hand to be where it wants to be and the drive gear to be where it needs to be.  This is the long arm on the rig, I also have short arm but since I am using the dog bones I needed to span a lot of distance.

I am going to start shipping the HHFF in limited numbers if you interested let me know,  The price for these early HHFF's will be in the $500 range depending on how it is configured.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015