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Redrock MicroOne Man Crew Motorized Parabolic Slider with Redrock Heavy Load Tilt Head
 
3.8

(based on 13 reviews)

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (7)
  • Improves performance (4)
  • Compact (3)
  • Professional quality (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • In the studio (5)
  • Independent films (4)
  • Interviews (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Business owner (5), Professional artist (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Has issues but worth it for the results

I use the OMC in a corporate environment (lots of interviews, events, b-roll) and while there are some things that drives me absolutely insane about it, the results are worth the hassle....Read complete review

I use the OMC in a corporate environment (lots of interviews, events, b-roll) and while there are some things that drives me absolutely insane about it, the results are worth the hassle.

The build overall is decent. Solid construction throughout, not too heavy.The reviewer who said get an X-stand hit the nail on the head. Depending on how heavy your rig is, you will get bend from the plate mount once the camera rolls to one side. This can be fixed with using two tripods as well but obviously limits versatility in using it to go over obstacles like tables.

The In Out point interface on the side of the OMC is rudimentary at best. In Out points is a pain to do and sometimes you get quirky results and need to reset and redo (fixed with the new version of this I believe). There should be a release mechanism to be able to instantly strafe the camera without having to wait for the motor to put-put over to where you want it. For the price there should've been an app or external remote to control this thing.

Next, the motor noise.

As I've mentioned, I do lots of interviews and we have had success keeping it quiet by keeping the speeds low (level 5 or lower on the dial and obviously still using boom/on-talent miking). For a clean corporate look, going too fast with it doesn't achieve a desirable result most of the time anyways. You will always pick up motor noise even at low speeds if you use a mic on the camera that's on the OMC.

Yes, we waited months to get it from back order, yes it had a stinky industrial lubrication smell to it that persists to this day a little, yes the interface is goofy and underdeveloped but if you can afford this thing, it is worth it over the cons. The results are fantastic.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Serious problems... Hope its not a sign

RedRock seems to have messed up on this one. Ordered in June got delivery in November. Used it the first day we got it. First its started randomly pausing for a quarter of...Read complete review

RedRock seems to have messed up on this one. Ordered in June got delivery in November. Used it the first day we got it. First its started randomly pausing for a quarter of a second randomly in the movement. After using it for an hour (on and off) and following the instructions to a "T" (ie. resetting each time, not forcing, etc) We hear a big "crack". The most interesting part was the face of the interviewee. It kept working but something was obviously wrong. After the interview, there was something loose inside. A spring. So after one day of use in studio, its already shipped back to RedRock... I am only giving it a 2 because I have a feeling there is a manufacturing problem and very little user ability to fix even the most minor problem. Kind of worried to test it in another interview situation... Usually RR products are solid AND expensive to boot... to be continued.

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4.0

Great Slider, Needs More Options

By TERTL

from Baltimore, MD

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Solid/Sturdy

Cons

  • Filmsy Bag
  • Not Easy To Level

Best Uses

  • Documentary
  • Interviews
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Night Shots
  • Product
  • Video
  • Weddings/Events

Comments about Redrock Micro One Man Crew Motorized Parabolic Slider with Redrock Heavy Load Tilt Head:

This machine is a nice addition to the kit of any "one man crew" especially as a type of second shooter. I'd recommend getting the Director's version if you're planning on using this slider as a primary camera.

Also, I'd never EVER take the audio from any mic near the OMC as the machine makes a decent amount of noise on the low end. My Sennheiser doesn't pick it up, but I can eek it out in post when the talent isn't talking.

The machine does what it's supposed to do, is moderately easy to setup and once setup gets running right away. I'd recommend either the light stand attachments or mounting this thing on a keyboard stand. There's no SOLID way to level this thing once it's on two lightstands and it covers up the ball level on three of the tripods I used. They recommend a table or a keyboard stand in the manual.

Next, the speed is great and the footage from it is smooth and it eases from left to right. Personally, I think any speed under 6 or 7 is just too slow, but I've had limited use with it (4 weeks).

Next, the bag that comes with it is TERRIBLE. Order a sturdier bag for this thing ASAP. The Portabrace bag that is recommended, the Porta Brace SLD-41XTOR DSLR Camera Slider Case, DOES NOT fit the slider or the mount that comes with it. You'll need something that's a decent amount longer than the 41" Portabrace or similar. I'd haven't gotten it yet but I plan on getting the Porta Brace SLD-46XTOR DSLR Camera Slider Case. It's worth the price since you don't want to damage the OMC en route to your shoot, and the bag that comes with it is TERRIBLE . . . did I mention that?

Lastly, this thing would be awesome if it could do more than got left to right in a parabolic path.

Otherwise, this thing is just what the production doctor ordered.

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5.0

Perfect for interviews and talking heads

By doug_J

from long beach ca

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Runs By Itself
  • Solid/Sturdy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Corporate Vid
    • Interview

    Comments about Redrock Micro One Man Crew Motorized Parabolic Slider with Redrock Heavy Load Tilt Head:

    I recently purchased the one man crew and its great for what we do. interviews and talking heads. wanted something that adds slider movement but did not require someone back there running it. the one man crew did it perfectly. for sound it is really good for this up to 8 or so on the interview mode, after that it starts to get noisy. but past that it's running too fast anyways for interviews. we use the faster speed for mos shots.

    I definitely recommend getting stand adapters and not tripod. it's a lot less expensive and more stable. use with DSLR and C100, supports them no problem. I don't need the remote or extra features of the more expensive one man crew director, so i can save a grand and get what I need.

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    4.0

    works

    By Anthony

    from Los Angeles

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Redrock Micro One Man Crew Motorized Parabolic Slider with Redrock Heavy Load Tilt Head:

    Very useful for a small production unit looking to add motion to a camera usually locked off.

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    4.0

    Has issues but worth it for the results

    By Dan S

    from St. Louis MO

    About Me Corporate Videographer

    Pros

    • Improves Performance
    • Professional Results

    Cons

    • Noisy At Some Levels
    • Pricey
    • Underdeveloped Interface

    Best Uses

    • Independent Films
    • Interviews
    • In The Studio
    • Timelapses

    Comments about Redrock Micro One Man Crew Motorized Parabolic Slider with Redrock Heavy Load Tilt Head:

    I use the OMC in a corporate environment (lots of interviews, events, b-roll) and while there are some things that drives me absolutely insane about it, the results are worth the hassle.

    The build overall is decent. Solid construction throughout, not too heavy.The reviewer who said get an X-stand hit the nail on the head. Depending on how heavy your rig is, you will get bend from the plate mount once the camera rolls to one side. This can be fixed with using two tripods as well but obviously limits versatility in using it to go over obstacles like tables.

    The In Out point interface on the side of the OMC is rudimentary at best. In Out points is a pain to do and sometimes you get quirky results and need to reset and redo (fixed with the new version of this I believe). There should be a release mechanism to be able to instantly strafe the camera without having to wait for the motor to put-put over to where you want it. For the price there should've been an app or external remote to control this thing.

    Next, the motor noise.

    As I've mentioned, I do lots of interviews and we have had success keeping it quiet by keeping the speeds low (level 5 or lower on the dial and obviously still using boom/on-talent miking). For a clean corporate look, going too fast with it doesn't achieve a desirable result most of the time anyways. You will always pick up motor noise even at low speeds if you use a mic on the camera that's on the OMC.

    Yes, we waited months to get it from back order, yes it had a stinky industrial lubrication smell to it that persists to this day a little, yes the interface is goofy and underdeveloped but if you can afford this thing, it is worth it over the cons. The results are fantastic.

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    3.0

    Still working out the kinks

    By F Head

    from Boston, Ma

    About Me Professional Artist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Easy To Use
    • Highly Compatible
    • Improves Performance
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Independent Films
      • In The Studio

      Comments about Redrock Micro One Man Crew Motorized Parabolic Slider with Redrock Heavy Load Tilt Head:

      The concept of this product is great. It takes a bit of fine tuning out of the box. I have had to tighten a number of screws as well as the belt. I don't dislike it, but I didn't expect to do so much work on it out of the box.

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      1.0

      Too noisy at useable speed

      By Jim Cotter

      from Wynnewood, PA

      Comments about Redrock Micro One Man Crew Motorized Parabolic Slider with Redrock Heavy Load Tilt Head:

      In theory this is great idea. In practice, the speed needed to give any noticeable, useful motion to an interview is unusable because of the motor noise.

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      5.0

      Great Production Value for Less Money

      By Marshall Arts Media

      from Dallas

      Comments about Redrock Micro One Man Crew Motorized Parabolic Slider with Redrock Heavy Load Tilt Head:

      This is a bit expensive but much less expensive than renting a dolly and hireling a crew member. It looks great and adds that extra production value.

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      5.0

      Red Rock One Man Crew is

      By Renman

      from Beverly Hills, CA

      About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Improves Performance
      • Professional Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Independent Films
        • Interviews
        • In The Studio
        • Youtube Updates

        Comments about Redrock Micro One Man Crew Motorized Parabolic Slider with Redrock Heavy Load Tilt Head:

        We've only been using it for a week but I love it. Adds a nice easy production touch to our interviews and down and dirty Youtube videos clips. Some folks talked about how noisy it was but I don't hear that. Great tool if you are creating content without alot of budget!

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        5.0

        Really one man needed....

        By Lagarder

        from San Diego California

        About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Professional Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Complex Projects
          • In The Studio

          Comments about Redrock Micro One Man Crew Motorized Parabolic Slider with Redrock Heavy Load Tilt Head:

          Took 5 minutes to set-up and shot my best interview yet. Bought the D-tap, when running on battery motor will hum lightly. Everything else is a breeze to use.
          Tilt head was defective, emailed company responded immediately with RMA and sent a replacement head before sending my defective one in.

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          4.0

          Better than the reviews

          By Ron

          from Salina, Kansas

          About Me Business Owner

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Improves Performance
          • Professional Quality
          • Smooth operation

          Cons

          • Documentation Hard To Use
          • Power Jack Fits Loosely

          Best Uses

          • Independent Films
          • In The Studio

          Comments about Redrock Micro One Man Crew Motorized Parabolic Slider with Redrock Heavy Load Tilt Head:

          Reviews in 2013 were nightmarish for the OMC by Redrock Microsystems, and it took 3 months for this to arrive after it was ordered... Probably because they were working out the problems. I'm using it for documentary support of a 5-pound video rig. While it DOES make a low motor noise, it is no problem at slower tracking speeds with remote mic placement. It would not work with an on-camera mic. Plan on buying a keyboard X stand for support rather than try it on a tripod. The thing is 40 inches long! It does have rubber feet for tabletop use. The included head and mounting plate are VERY solid though most camera cases would not have room for them. The soft case for the entire unit is minimal and the instruction downloads are the same format as what is stuck inside the case so you need to memorize the settings or fumble with the case to read them. These are minor issues, the worst is the loose-fitting power jack which could easily slip out if accidentally pulled during a shoot. Tape perhaps? But the movement of this thing is VERY smooth with soft stopping and starting at the easily progamable end points. The two convergent lasers meet 6 feet from the front of the unit where the center of the camera's path remains constant. At this price, it isn't for everybody, but we like it here!

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          (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Huge difference in production quality

          By Dave Dunville

          from Toronto, Canada

          Comments about Redrock Micro One Man Crew Motorized Parabolic Slider with Redrock Heavy Load Tilt Head:

          The OMC has dramatically improved the quality of my productions. Tabletop dollies are useful but most of the time require a lot of setup if they are motorized. The OMC is specifically designed to speed up workflow on set and provide higher quality results and performance than it's competitors. The only problem I have with it is it seems quite big. But other than that it's excellent.

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          2.0

          disappointed in build, too much noise

          By JaMon

          from Seattle

          About Me Business Owner

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Poor Performance

            Best Uses

              Comments about Redrock Micro One Man Crew Motorized Parabolic Slider with Redrock Heavy Load Tilt Head:

              Motor noise is too loud for interviews. Sending it back for a refund and now they are charging us a 15% restocking fee. Don't waste your money.

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              2.0

              Serious problems... Hope its not a sign

              By Rockgroup

              from Miami, FL

              About Me Business Owner

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Easy To Use

              Cons

              • Poor Design
              • Poor Performance

              Best Uses

                Comments about Redrock Micro One Man Crew Motorized Parabolic Slider with Redrock Heavy Load Tilt Head:

                RedRock seems to have messed up on this one. Ordered in June got delivery in November. Used it the first day we got it. First its started randomly pausing for a quarter of a second randomly in the movement. After using it for an hour (on and off) and following the instructions to a "T" (ie. resetting each time, not forcing, etc) We hear a big "crack". The most interesting part was the face of the interviewee. It kept working but something was obviously wrong. After the interview, there was something loose inside. A spring. So after one day of use in studio, its already shipped back to RedRock... I am only giving it a 2 because I have a feeling there is a manufacturing problem and very little user ability to fix even the most minor problem. Kind of worried to test it in another interview situation... Usually RR products are solid AND expensive to boot... to be continued.

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