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PDMOVIE Live Air 2 Compact Wireless Focus Control Kit

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PDMOVIE Live Air 2 Compact Wireless Focus Control Kit
Key Features
  • Rod-Mount Motor Mini Pro Lens Motor
  • Live Air Wireless Thumb Focus Controller
  • Height-Adjustable Camera Cage & 5" Rod
  • Batteries, Charger, Cables & More
The Live Air 2 Compact Wireless Focus Control Kit from PDMOVIE features a rod-mount lens motor, wireless focus controller, and camera cage. The cage is height-adjustable and fits most mirrorless and DSLR cameras, including the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K and 6K. A short 15mm rod and a shoe mount clip are also supplied for mounting the motor on top of the cage. The kit also comes with two batteries, a charger, charging cables, an Allen key, and 1/4"-20 mounting screws. The controller comes with a single battery, and two dual batteries are additionally included for the lens motor, the second one as a spare. The lens motor can also be controlled via a companion iOS app. The app lets you control focus, set A/B focus points, change speed, and more.
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PDMOVIE Live Air 2 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2PDMOVIE Bluetooth Motor Mini Pro
  • 3PDMOVIE Wireless Thumb Controller for Remote Air and Live Air Motors
  • 4PDMOVIE PD-LI42B-X2 Dual Battery for Live Air 2 Motor

The Live Air 2 Compact Wireless Focus Control Kit from PDMOVIE features a rod-mount lens motor, wireless focus controller, and camera cage. The cage is height-adjustable and fits most mirrorless and DSLR cameras, including the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K and 6K. A short 15mm rod and a shoe mount clip are also supplied for mounting the motor on top of the cage. The kit also comes with two batteries, a charger, charging cables, an Allen key, and 1/4"-20 mounting screws. The controller comes with a single battery, and two dual batteries are additionally included for the lens motor, the second one as a spare. The lens motor can also be controlled via a companion iOS app. The app lets you control focus, set A/B focus points, change speed, and more.

PDMOVIE Bluetooth Motor Mini Pro

The PDMOVIE Bluetooth Motor Mini Pro is a highly compact lens motor designed to mount a single 15mm rod. Thanks to its small and lightweight build, it can even be attached to your camera hot shoe via a short rod and the necessary rod adapter, among other mounting options. The Motor Mini Pro uses brushless motors and operates quiet and vibration-free. It features a 0.8 MOD gear that's compatible with most cine lenses. This pro version is substantially smaller than the predecessor model and has a higher torque of 0.5 Nm and lower latency.

The Motor Mini Pro is powered by an included dual battery that provides up to six hours of runtime. A charger is also supplied that supports up to two dual batteries.

The Motor Mini Pro is compatible with multiple different PDMOVIE controllers (see the Features section below) and can also be controlled via a companion iOS app, which is provided as a free download. The app allows you to control focus, set A/B focus points, change speed, and more.

Key Features
  • Integrated single 15mm rod mount
  • Brushless motors
  • Quiet and vibration-free performance
  • 0.8 MOD gear
  • 0.5 Nm max torque
  • Powered by an included dual battery; up to 6-hour runtime
  • Can be controlled via a companion iOS app (control focus, set A/B focus points, change speed, and more)
  • Can be operated using optional PDMOVIE controllers (see below)
Compatible Controllers
  • Live Air Wireless Thumb Zoom Controller (PDL-TC-AZ)
  • Live Air Wireless Thumb Focus Controller (PDL-TC-AF)
  • Wireless Thumb Controller (PDL-TC-AFP)
  • Remote Air Pro 3 Wireless Controller (PD4-HT)
PDMOVIE Wireless Thumb Controller for Remote Air and Live Air Motors

With a clamp-on design, the Wireless Thumb Controller for Remote Air and Live Air Motors can be clamped to 15 to 30mm diameter rods, such as extension rods of single-hand gimbals or shoulder rigs, or the handlebars of dual-hand gimbals. Connecting over Bluetooth to the PDMOVIE Remote Air or Live Air motor, it allows a single user to wirelessly control focus from up to 328' away. It operates on an included battery that runs for up to 10 hours on standby and 8 hours in use.

PDMOVIE PD-LI42B-X2 Dual Battery for Live Air 2 Motor

The PDMOVIE PD-LI42B-X2 Dual Battery provides up to six hours of operation for the PDMOVIE Live Air 2 Motor. It inserts directly into the motor. This battery consists of two LI-42B batteries secured together by adhesive to function as a dual battery. Each individual battery features a 600mAh capacity, and the combined capacity is 1200mAh.

PDMOVIE Bluetooth Motor Mini Pro Specs

Motor
Mount Type
Single 15 mm Rod Mount
Torque
0.5 Nm Max
Transmission Distance
328' / 100 m
Noise
<28 dB
Input Voltage
6.4-8.4 V
Output Voltage
7-20 V
Dimensions
3.7 x 2.2 x 0.8" / 9.4 x 5.6 x 2 cm
Weight
5.2 oz / 148 g
Dual Battery
Voltage
3.7 V (Each)
Capacity
600 mAh (Each)
Watt Hours
2.2 Wh (Each)
Battery Life
Up to 6 Hours (Live Air 2)
Quad Charger
Dimensions
2 x 2 x 1" / 5.1 x 5.1 x 2.5 cm
Weight
3.2 oz / 90.7 g

PDMOVIE Wireless Thumb Controller for Remote Air and Live Air Motors Specs

Quad Charger
Wireless Range
328' / 100 m
Battery Capacity
600 mAh
Operating Voltage
3.7 V
Dimensions
2.6 x 0.95 x 1.7" / 6.6 x 2.4 x 4.2 cm
Weight
3.6 oz / 101 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight
0.45 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
7.05 x 5 x 3.45"

PDMOVIE PD-LI42B-X2 Dual Battery for Live Air 2 Motor Specs

Quad Charger
Voltage
3.7 V (Each)
Capacity
600 mAh (Each)
Watt Hours
2.2 Wh (Each)
Battery Life
Up to 6 Hours (Live Air 2)
Packaging Info
Package Weight
0.085 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
5.25 x 2.6 x 1.05"

PDMOVIE Live Air 2 Reviews

Cheap/effective way to get a servo on your zoom lens.

By Sean
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-08

As long as you know its limitations, this is a great product that fills a hole in the market as a budget zoom controller. I'm using this for long lens wildlife filming on my 200-600 Sony lens. Often I'll use a 2x teleconverter so any direct handling of the camera can cause a shaky image. With the zoom controller mounted to the tripod pan handle, I no longer have to touch the barrel of the lens in order to zoom in/out, and I can keep my left hand on the follow focus. This allows me to quickly reframe on the fly while still keeping the shot mostly useable. Some cons with this is that there is no memory to the controller unit. It needs to be calibrated each time its turned on. Isn't a big deal in my case as I usually leave it on for the duration of my filming session. The control over zoom speed isn't as precise as a more expensive servo, and it defaults to the fastest speed each time its powered down. All in all, for the price its a great product. There aren't very many budget zoom rocker for lenses with no zoom motor, and at the time of reviewing the next cheap option would be a partial kit of the tilta nucleus-m which would be close to $600 and would be a lot heavier and bigger than this set up. Final point which I wanted to subtract a star for is that BH lists the product as coming with a cage. I didn't need it so it wasn't a big deal, but there was no cage included in my purchase. Only the 15mm rod to shoe mount adapter, which has proven to be useful for rigging other accessories. I'll keep it at 5 stars because PDMovie customer service was actually quite helpful.

Great product

By Nicolas
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-13

I use it to focus on the second camera that I don't have access to. And also on a Ronin.

Works great but needs this hack

By Rodney
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-11

So we've been using this for a wireless zoom control on a DSLR rig - and it works great. The zoom speed is adjustable with 3 settings. When you get the hang of the various button presses required to dial in your settings it's quick and easy to setup. The downsides are as others have mentioned - no on/off switch, dual battery hard to remove. My hack to fix the battery removal was to use a strong double sided tape and cut up a plastic clip I had lying around. This works great and the battery can now be removed very easily. Would be better in black but that's what I had on hand at the time. Hope that helps.

Good

By Tsubasa
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-02

I just wish the focus wheel had more throw? It can get really difficult sometimes to make a minute adjustment. Otherwise, it' battery operated and very lightweight. But the battery is very tricky to take out.

Happy customer

By Tanate
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-10-28

Good product and good price

Works well

By Kong
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-10-26

At first, the design was a little off-putting because it was different from a traditional follow focus, but the more I looked at reviews and thought about it, it actually works very well for me since I'm a one man band. A lot of people aren't a fan of the battery system, but I think it'll work better for long term use. Side note: to release the battery from the motor, you have to turn the battery towards the arrow and it'll pop off easily.

I love this thing

By Angeleen
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-08

This is one of the best wireless follow focus on the market. It's soooo cheap too.

Amazing Technology

By Daniel
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-26

Love it. Better than m-nucleus

See any errors on this page? Let us know

how far away can you be to control focus without ...

how far away can you be to control focus without interference?
Asked by: kay
The following unit offers a transmission distance of 328.084 ft.
Answered by: hectorm
Date published: 2022-01-18

How is the lag or delay between the focus wheel ...

How is the lag or delay between the focus wheel and motor? Is this mainly an issue when the focus control is used far from the motor? Or is it present regardless?
Asked by: Zanin
Reports from objective reviews state there was no noticeable lag. One B&amp;H reviewer thought that maybe it would not be for really precise moves. Your experience may vary.
Answered by: Dennis A
Date published: 2021-01-23

Hi! can i take out the clamp of the motor wheel ...

Hi! can i take out the clamp of the motor wheel and mount it in to the cage with another type ot atachtment device? thanks!
Asked by: diego
The rod clamp is permanently attached to the motor wheel.
Answered by: Nicholas
Date published: 2021-01-12

What's the difference between this and the ...

What's the difference between this and the original Ikan live air (PDL-AF) besides the inclusion of half-cage 15 mm rod thing?
Asked by: Matthew
I never had the original Live Air, but I believe this model is slightly smaller. Also, it doesn't come with the half-cage, just the rod and a hot-shoe clamp.
Answered by: Andrew
Date published: 2020-10-16

I have just purchased the Live Air 2. I can't ...

I have just purchased the Live Air 2. I can't figure out how to pair the controller with the motor. I have tried to follow the included instructions and watch the video but I still can't get it to work. I need to use it ASAP. Thanks.
Asked by: Adrian
If you would like assistance setting up your PDMOVIE Live Air 2 Compact Wireless Focus Control Kit you can reach out for support by starting a video chat session with one of our in store virtual assistants here: https://bhpho.to/3QGOXK4, you can sign up for a tech corner session here: https://bhpho.to/3PtSoT5, or you can reach out by clicking on the chat button in the lower right hand corner of our website.
Answered by: Paige K
Date published: 2022-08-16

I cant get the Controller to connect to the ...

I cant get the Controller to connect to the Motor. It worked at first and now wont connect. I am able to connect the Motor to the iOS app no problem though. I have tried the bluetooth reset on both devices (3 clicks and a 4th long click) and nothing works. Any other way to reset the controller?
Asked by: James
Please contact us via email [email protected] so that we can more fully assist you in finding the answer to your question.
Answered by: Dennis A
Date published: 2021-06-16

Can this be set with a bounce back so that it ...

Can this be set with a bounce back so that it continuously zooms in and then out and just keeps doing that?
Asked by: Samuel
That is not a known feature of any zoom control.
Answered by: Dennis A
Date published: 2021-07-09

is this proportional or fixed zoom speed?

is this proportional or fixed zoom speed?
Asked by: sergey
The PDMOVIE Live Air 2 Compact Wireless Zoom Control Kit can be used in a few modes - Fixed speed or variable adjustable zoom speed that you set in the PDMOVIE AIR App.
Answered by: Chris H
Date published: 2022-02-15
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