NAB 2018: DJI Launches Master Wheels and Force Pro Gimbal Control Solutions

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When videographers use gimbals and other advanced rigs, they require precise movements and control to create the cinematic shots they dream of. Knowing this, and the potential of their Ronin series of stabilizers, DJI has taken this NAB to flesh out its control systems with the release of the Master Wheels and Force Pro. The creation of multiple control options means that all varieties of filmmakers can find a device that fits their needs and budget, with the Master Wheels designed to satisfy high-end professionals using the Ronin 2 and the Focus Pro for more simplified operation, employing a device like the Ronin-S.

 

For professional applications, DJI’s Master Wheels offers a brilliant tactile feel by using stainless-steel weighted wheels for smooth, intuitive changes of the gimbal’s pan, tilt, and roll. Also, by using a 2.4/5.8 GHz wireless setup, the Master Wheels is exceptionally reliable, with a latency of just 10 ms and the ability to operate at distances up to 1.9 miles. Beyond just pure reliability, the Master Wheels offers a clean interface with three customizable buttons to save shortcuts and access them quickly. Other advantages include the ability to change certain camera settings from the main console for even more control of the entire configuration.

Modularity separates the Master Wheels from a standard controller, because each wheel can be removed and set up using a cable in space-constrained shoots. Also, the wireless transmitter can be set up with a wired connection when needed, for even more reliability. There are also various 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 threads for attaching accessories, and the angle of one of the control modules can be adjusted to make operation more comfortable, while a standard Mitchel mount is available for attachment to many standard support systems. Finally, the Master Wheels is compatible with the Ronin 2 and Ronin-S, with additional support possible with third-party systems. The Master Wheels even runs on TB850 batteries, which will power it for up to 18 hours, or it can be powered by a DC input. Customers can pick up the Master Wheels as a full 3-Axis Model, a 2-Axis Model, or a Single Wheel Control Module, all of which can be modified later to fit current needs.

Sharing many key benefits with the Master Wheels, DJI’s Force Pro aims to simplify matters to appeal to a wider audience of filmmakers. It features the same 2.4/5.8 GHz wireless tech and can be set up wired with a CANBUS cable for added reliability. The design permits gimbal-system newcomers to get going quickly and control the gimbal via dials and an OLED screen. An optional handlebar is available for mounting various accessories, as required, and two speed profiles can be programmed. The Force Pro is compatible with both the Ronin 2 and Ronin-S, as well as select third-party options, has a battery life of five hours, or can be powered by the USB Type-C, CANBUS, or DC input ports.

Have you been looking for a solid remote control option for your gimbal? What do you think about DJI’s latest offerings? Let us know in the Comments section, below!

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