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The Stage R: Rotary System is a tough-as-nails lightweight multistage motion control unit. Use it as a standalone pan or tilt time-lapse and real-time video platform, combine two units for 2-axis pan and tilt motion or add two units to your slider for full 3-axis motion control.
This Multi-axis Pan and Tilt add-on bundle is perfect for time-lapse/video shooters. Add the MX3 or NMX controllers.
Simply power the MX3, connect to almost any DSLR (Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax, etc) and plug in a DC motor to get your pictures moving. The following items are available separately: 12V DC battery pack, camera connection cables, DC motors - the MX3 can support up-to three DC brushed motor axes directly.
3-Axis Motion Control
The MX3 supports three DC brushed motor axes directly using the built-in motor drivers. The industrial spec drivers can handle motors that draw up to 24 volts at 2 amps!
Integrated Camera Control
Hook any camera with a supported remote cable up to the MX3 and start shooting motion-integrated timelapse videos right away. No need for additional intervalometers or other electronics to synchronize the camera with the motion. Control every aspect of the exposure, including auto-focus and exposure on-camera or controlled by the MX3.
Advanced Motion Capabilities
The MX3 can run all axes of motion in both continuous and shoot-move-shoot modes. Complete control of the output motion including ramping/feathering in the output video and delayed lead-ins are possible with the MX3.
Ample Onboard Memory
With 128k of memory the MX3 has 4 times the firmware space as it’s predecessor. The initial release only utilizes 30% of the available memory so the MX3 has lots of room to grow.
Power-Monitoring and Power-Saving Features
The MX3 has live voltage metering and the ability to set warning levels to keep on top of attached batteries. Auto-dim the screen, or disable it completely on a timer to reduce power draw when shooting in the field. Advanced motor control reduces power draw during continuous motion moves.
Auxiliary Inputs / Outputs
Interact with your environment, integrate with other systems and expand your capabilities. The MX3 is ready to take inputs and make changes to the program on the fly based on triggers from external sources. Switches, relays, other systems and more can be used in conjunction with the MX3.
The MX3 includes a MoCoBus port which will allow it to communicate with our future MoCoBus product lines including the forthcoming NMX networkable stepper modules.
The MX3 is built around open-source electronics and firmware. Hack it, mod it, change the code, add new features - it's yours: you are free to experiment.
Unleash your creativity like never before with precision repeatable ultra-intuitive tools for motion control. Function and accuracy that were once reserved for high end productions only now can be integrated easily into your existing gear.
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Distributive autonomous operation
A fancy way of saying the system can run by itself without being connected to a Smartphone or Laptop. Devices can be used to set up and send commands to the system but once a program is running you are free to disconnect and turn off power hungry devices. We felt this was very important when shooting timelapse where a rig might need to run for hours or even days at a time. You can always re-connect and get status updates, pause or stop the system but the Smartphone or Laptop is not the master, it’s only a means to make computations, design moves and communicate.
Wireless communication with mobile devices is a killer application; we can use the graphic and computational power of the smartphone to create rich user experience making setup fun and effortless even at a distance of 30 feet! Bluetooth Low Energy is the latest technology incorporated into mobile devices and it looks like it will remain so in coming years.
iOS and Android Apps
At release we’ll have both iOS and Android apps available for free download. The apps will have a virtual joystick for manual movement and setting keyframes. Users will be able to set up both video and timelapse moves as well as stop motion. The interface comes from input from experienced experts in the field and all the great feedback we’ve received from customers over the years. All the intuitive controls are up front while the complexity and math is under the hood.
Flexibility and Accuracy
Stepper motors are digitally driven motors; we send position signals (four wire) to the motor to drive their location. This means that we can know exactly where they are at all times. The result is even most sophisticated of a moves can be achieved, it also means that 'repeat' motion passes are possible because we can have it return to a 'home or start' position precisely. So for example say we want the system to start and end at specific points and then we want the same motion to happen in a different timeframe, this is all possible with very precise accuracy.
We started this project thinking big, unlike many solutions that are locked into only 1 to 3 axis of control the NMX can be networked via MocoBus (standard cat5 Ethernet cable). This means that up to 256 motors can be networked together allowing virtually unlimited creative control while maintaining perfect synchronization. This also means that other types of devices can be developed and added to the MocoBus network as well; joysticks, relays, 3rd party controllers and even cameras are just a few ideas! We’ve worked hard to create a system without boundaries with fully open source protocols and software development kits allowing anyone with the will to develop and connect to this highly flexible and adaptable system. Even devices with Bluetooth built in can wirelessly access the MocoBus network!
We understand that to achieve cutting edge creative results photographers and filmmakers have many tools in their bag. The ability to connect and coordinate these tools is what makes or breaks the shot. The core of the NMX is an open source system making it easy for third party developers to synchronize and even take control of Dynamic Perception devices. We’ve already been sharing our expertise and early prototypes to help connect excellent camera controllers like the RamperPro and Timelapse+. We’re just getting started if you have a device that you’d like to coordinate with our systems let the manufacturer know that our communication protocols are public and we’re here to help them connect to the NMX.
The NMX uses the same connections as our legacy systems and other popular systems in the market. The stepper motor connections are the same as used by our friends at Emotimo and the rest of the connections are the same as our analog MX3 DC controller so existing batteries and camera cables can still be used. All of our slider, pan and tilt hardware is designed to connect stepper motors so upgrading to this new control system is a breeze, only controller and digital motors are required.
The NMX is 3”x3”x1” and only weighs 6 oz! Extremely portable in a rugged enclosure and easy to take into the field and attach to rigs, no big bulky controller to deal with here.
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