YC Onion has solely been round for a few years, however they’ve made some spectacular equipment since they first launched. Their newest is a brand new tackle a well-known filmmaking device – the motorised digital camera slider. This one, known as Chips 3.0, isn’t only a slider, although. Oh no, it’s additionally a motorised tripod dolly, and it could even flip right into a 5-axis movement management system together with your gimbal on the highest of it.
The Chips 3.0 can talk with a wide range of DJI, Zhiyun and Feiyutech gimbals to offer full 4-axis management for movies and timelapse. You get your X linear motion on the slider as regular, however you additionally get pitch (tilt), yaw (pan) and roll on the gimbal, too. The fifth, in fact, is your focus motor. As a still-new firm, YC Onion is taking to Indiegogo to launch this one.
At this level, no matter how nicely the product in the end works, I completely love the idea of a slider that may remodel right into a motorised dolly. And because the picture above exhibits, you may deal with it as only a single axis dolly together with your digital camera mounted on to the tripod or you may pop your gimbal on high of the tripod and get the total vary of movement management.
This type of gimbal integration is one thing that YC Onion has finished earlier than, with the Hot Dog 3.0 slider, which might speak to DJI and Zhiyun gimbals. However having the ability to convert this one right into a dolly means you’re not simply restricted to comparatively quick slides for timelapses. You’ll be able to absolutely automate your hyperlapse capturing sequences with this factor and a gimbal.
So far as gimbal compatibility goes, you’ve bought fairly a variety to select from. You’ve bought the DJI Ronin-S and RS2 in addition to the Zhiyun Crane-M2, Crane 2, Crane 2S, Crane 3 LAB, Crane 3S, Weebill-S, Weebill 2 and Weebill LAB. There additionally seems to be an as-yet-unnamed (potential unannounced?) Feiyutech gimbal on the checklist, too. It may additionally simply be that particular Feiyu fashions haven’t but been confirmed but although. If that’s the case, I anticipate they are going to be by the point the marketing campaign goes stay.
Controlling the Chips 3.0 could be finished by both the onboard touchscreen interface on the motor module itself or through the smartphone app. Plainly for those who’re utilizing the onboard controls, although, you’re solely in a position to handle the slider itself. If you need the total gimbal management, too, you’ll must obtain the app.
YC Onion says that Chips 3.0 helps a great deal of as much as 20kg horizontally and provides as much as 10 hours of run time – they don’t specify the battery, however from wanting on the images, that’s with an NP-F970 model battery.
To this point, that’s about as detailed because the specs appear to have gotten for now and there’s no phrase on a value but. As to the way it transforms between a slider and a dolly, nicely, there are some clues within the video on the high of the web page. But when it’s as dependable as all of us hope it’s and the worth is correct, this does appear like a really cool tackle the motorised digital camera slider.
The marketing campaign’s launching in early September, so we’ll discover out extra when that occurs. However for those who’re interested by discovering out extra, head on over to the Indiegogo campaign page and signal as much as be notified when it goes stay.