I have been using the Kessler CineDrive system for many months now and it changed the way I work when adding movement to a time-lapse or preforming a repeatable camera move. For the first time ever, I have a system that uses computer driven software to give me an on screen interface dictating exactly what I want and expect. With CineDrive, there is no more guesswork because you can easily set up a move, preview it and then allow it to run for a specific amount of time. Plus, with the frame accurate encoded motors, you get movement that is repeatable and precise every time.
The CineDrive system just got even better with new kOS software version 3 that is free to download (find it here) and allows you to program the system with either a Mac, PC or on an iPad. I highly recommend a computer or tablet that has a touch screen because most of the graphical user interface is finger friendly.
New Phase 3 firmware was released and totally changes how the CineDrive motors function and get commands. With the new kOS v3 software installed, you are now able to update your CineDrive brain, pan/tilt motor head and each motor control boxes with firmware v3. The new firmware is a big change from the old firmware that shipped with your CineDrive. New v3 was rewritten to maximize accuracy, efficiency and smoothness in all your panning, tilting, focus, zooms and slides. If you order a CineDrive after November 1st, 2013, you already have v3 firmware installed.
Installing the firmware can be a bit tricky, so I put together a concise but detailed video blog showing you how to do it. The most important thing to tell you is you must unplug everything from the brain, except for the single axis you are updating. So for example, if you are updating the slider motor control box, unplug your pan, tilt, and any other motor control box in the chain. Only have the motor control box for the slider motor plugged in when you start the update process.
There are a few communications issues with the wireless signal occasionally, but this can be overcome with a little patience. I have added a few tips and tricks to the video blog to help you overcome the few software bugs and keep you on track. The talented Kessler engineers are aware of the bugs and are working hard to correct them. The good news is this firmware update is so good and efficient, that you should never have to update the individual axis points in your system again.
For more information on exactly what has been added to this release and why the new firmware v3 is so different, check out this link at the Kessler CineDrive website.
If you are interested in buying a Kessler CineDrive system, click this link. Please leave me any questions in the comments below. I will do what I can to help.