follow X - Wireless Follow Focus, Aperture and Cameracontrol (Canceled)
follow X - Wireless Follow Focus, Aperture and Cameracontrol (Canceled)
EagleLive Systems follow X: First Revolutionary Follow Focus to control Focus, Aperture and Camera together at same time - WIRELESS.
EagleLive Systems follow X: First Revolutionary Follow Focus to control Focus, Aperture and Camera together at same time - WIRELESS. Read more
About this project
FOCUS. APERTURE. CAMERA-CONTROL.
Have you ever looked for an intelligent follow-focus system to control focus, aperture and camera-controls in only one device?
What systems are on the market now? You know the manufacteurs of wireless follow focus have prices around $10.000 for the most functionality systems with ability to drive focus, aperture and zoom. The next cheaper-class have prices about $4500 for only driven focus and no other functions like aperture or camera-control. The cheapest ones you can find on the market have a price about $2200 also for drive only focus and nothing more. By the way, there are also manual mechanical systems on the market without electronics or motors for prices from $500-$3000!
All of these systems does not have camera-control functions and a very short range (20-50m) for the wireless communication. Some Systems use external Batteries to supply the motors but in most cases the battery have a lifetime of few hours before recharge. If you need only focus one channel system for about $2200 is enough. But if you want to have another set and need aperture also? So better is a two channel system isn't it?. Cost about $4500. In the next set you have a lens with zoom and need a third channel... you see the problem is to decide what system is right for you.
But wait, how is it if we have a wireless follow focus with more than 10 Channels to drive 10 functions, like focus, aperture, zoom, camera start, camera stop over a range of 3000ft? You can use it on long cable-cams about hundreds of meters or on drones and on very high cranes/jibs. That is a cool idea isn't it? Okay next you say there is no similar system on the market with an adorable price?
Well now here it is! follow X is a new kind of follow focus with the ability to control focus, aperture and camera at the same time - wireless! But follow X is not only a manual follow focus - You can program focus-points and the follow X can drive the points automatically only with the push of one button.
When you adapt the follow X on any camera-Lens then you have the complete control over focus, aperture and various other camera operations. Have a look on the setup.
Have a look on the intuitive menu of the follow X.
Note: The flickering of OLED-Display appears only while filming with the camera!
Different Modes for Camera Control, Focus and Aperture for easily using.
The Focus Drive is a remotely digital driven motor mounting with the fitting lens-gear to the camera-lens. You control it by swiveling the rotating-knob on the transmitter. In this mode you can easily set the focus-point of the camera on whatever you want.
A special focus-mode is the Automatic Focus-Mode. If you have some focus points you want to repeat in any scenery you can program it simple with the rotating-knob and store the focus points by pushing a button. Then you switch to the Automatic Focus-Mode and push the buttons again. Magically the focus-drive moves the focus of the Lens to your stored focuspoints. During this automatic movement you can change the velocity by rotating the knob on the transmitter. In this case you can switch between the focus points quick or slow depending on your scenery.
The follow X can control a second drive, - the Aperture-Drive which is a second digital driven motor you can mount on the Lens. With this second drive you have wireless control of the aperture of your camera-lens.
Various known wireless follow focus systems only control focus? Why?...nowadays, in the 21 Century we are able to control aperture as well... but what about the camera functions like Start/Stop Recording? No problem with the follow X! We have implemented most important remote-protocols of camera-types to control the camera over the follow X transmitter. You only need the follow X - One device for all - be the next level filmmaker.
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follow X is compatible with cameras, lenses and rig-systems of many manufacturers. When we reach our first defined goal we will implement additional camera functions with the follow X. Besides follow & aperture control you will be able to control many other main functions, for many camera models.
There are so many applications we can adapt the follow X system, we can't show all of them. But we can say if you have an application with a VDSLR-Lens or a Cinema-Lens then you can use the follow X on this application. For all use cases, you have not the necessity to stand directly beneath the camera to push focus, aperture or simplify start and stop recording - follow X is the right solution.
The Only Follow Focus You Will Never Miss
follow X gives you the ability to control wirelessly your camera and lens over a very long range. With the simple push of a button you have control of several functions. Programmable focus-points, endpoints and velocity give you one Hand free for controlling each scene. Connecting with DUAL-connectors brings more flexibility on setup and mounting. Removable marking rings for easy scene-switching give you the "Old School Flair" with a modern follow focus. Batteries are rechargeable and have a long-lasting working-time up to 24h until it is time to recharge.
follow X Overview
There are two possibilities for you to get a follow X.
First, you are a technician and can build yourself all parts together from our "do it yourself - kit". For this option you can back us with the "Early Bird Special Complete Kit" or the "Special Compelte Kit" depending from shipping-date.
Alternatively, you may purchase the complete ready to use kit, and start your film production without delay. For this option you can back us with the "Early Bird Special follow X - Ready for Use" or Special follow X - Ready for Use" depending from shipping-date..
follow X Setup
1) Mounting Drives
For mounting the drives to the camera-lens you can use rig-clamps for 15mm rig-systems or adapter for camera-plates to direct mounting. Rig-clamps are included in each kit and easily fit to any follow X drive.
2) Connect Receiver
After mounting drives, you connect each drive to the receiver or you can connect only one drive to the receiver and the other drive directly to the first drive. Depending of your application or setup you can easily handle the cable setup.
3) Calibrate Limits
If you are ready to start with follow X, first you have to set the endpoints of the camera-lens. This is simple to do in the calibration-menu of follow X transmitter. You move the lens in one direction till its endpoint is reached. Then store this position in the calibration-menu. After that you move to the other direction and calibrate the endpoint similar.
4) Work with Transmitter
When your batteries are charged you can start your experience for the next 24h. Test all the possibilities with follow X. Read the manual carefully to understand all functions. You can use automatic-focus with stored endpoints or you can use the "Old School Marking ring" to mark any focuspoint you want to push.
Create Your Own follow X - Open Source?
We have the idea to give back something from us to the community and you can pledge the 250EUR Reward to become the complete project-files. All the backers can build follow X by themselves then and can develop new functions on software to get the best wireless follow focus ever!
We plan to bring filming to the next level with the power of a great community. Following our Kickstarter-Campaign we will setup a Forum for follow X to share ideas and work together to bring new cool functions.There are unlimited possibilities. If you want to be a part of it, tell your friends and back us!
How The Idea Was Born
We frequently produce films for customers flying with a drone or use cameras on a slider or jib. Often we have small cameras with automatic-focus inside. But while filming the focus is moving during recording. Then we use camera-lenses on our first professional cameras with the ability to bring the focus on a hard point. The problem is the focus-dynamic while filming. So we had to look for a solution to remote control the focus. On the market there are some solutions for very high prices and they have a cable or very short wireless connection range. Further we want to change the aperture in some cases, because the weather or the intensity of sunlight is changing. In this case we had to go to the camera and move the aperture at the camera-lens manually.
One day we discussed a simple and good solution to save time and have less work with the camera-lens. The idea was born: a wireless extreme range follow focus with additional drive of aperture. The first prototype was a small motor directly mounted to the lens.
After some functional tests of our small-motor-design, we found that we needed a faster and larger one. We developed some extra functions like stored endpoints for calibration and stored automatic-focuspoints to switch focus between two things during recording.
Over the years we developed the follow X with all the experience we had made before. We are convinced we have reached our goal and follow X is the right solution.
If you want to develop and produce a great product you need high skilled people of course but a very important factor is the support and feedback of a passionate community. That is exactly why we start with a Crowdfunding-Campaign. We expect a straight on dialogue with the community to make the follow X perfect for any solution. We hope you will help us to understand all the ways you want to use the follow X. After our first prototype we know we can build the perfect follow X only with your help. And now let´s build the most awesome follow focus together - follow X.
We Make It Real
The Fine Print
We're proud to offer shipments to every country in the world. Please note that you will be responsible for duties, fees and taxes applicable to your region.
follow X is "Made in Germany" and we offer 2 year limited warranty.
We plan to start delivering follow X with the first early bird backers batch. One month later the second batch will be complete. If there is any shift of the estimated shipping month we will keep you up to date of the expected delivery time of your order.
If you have any question concerning follow X or the campaign you can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why Backing Now?
Becoming a backer means that you will get exclusive prices we will never offer again. It means as well that you will be the first to receive and enjoy follow X, months ahead of its availability in retail.
Risks and challenges
We know we have the possibility to build the best wireless follow-focus available because we have a lot of experience and work together with high-skilled people in development and production. From 2005 on we have developed and manufactured many products from video-transmitter and receiver to complex industrial drones like our latest development: the EagleLive Condor Conceptdrone. Most of our products are for the industrial market and have higher requirements than consumer products.
The follow X is a complex hardware project and special challenges may arise. Unexpected delays of production or shipping or some other incidentsmay sometimes occur. To minimize these risks we produce nearly all parts by ourselves. The risk is only in shipping material for production. The other risk is a strong growing demand. For higher production numbers as planned we need more employees and more capacity. But this is our first consumer product and so we are planning to produce already a high number of follow X Systems. The possibility to order only important parts by the Backer-Packages gives us more time to produce instead of assemble the follow X Systems.
On the other hand we understand also the difficulty of marketing and presenting our product. The consumer-market is a new field for us and so we need the support of a passionate community to help follow X growing up to the most amazing wireless follow-focus. And that’s exactly what we’re going to do!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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