Thanks to all the great camera operators and rental houses who came to see our new KFX Aurora Mini Camera Remote Head and slider motors at Cinegear 2018! We shared a stand with our good friends from Ronford Baker and Camadeus Film Technologies. It was probably the busiest and best show in several years, with more vendors, more visitors and more innovation.
Welcome the New KFX Aurora Mini: A Compact Camera Remote Head with the Same Plug and Play Set-up as the KFX Aurora with a Strong and Lightweight Design and Even Easier Adjustments in All the Right Places.
This year was especially important to us as we presented our new camera remote head, KFX Aurora Mini, for the first time in the USA. This new head was designed in response to operators that love the KFX Aurora but requested something smaller and less expensive. They praise the Aurora for its simplicity and crisp response on the hand-wheels, but for some productions, it is more than what they need.
Before we designed the new head we were also approached by NKL, one of Japan’s largest and most respected grip rental houses. They confirmed the market need for a smaller version of the KFX Aurora. However, The KFX design approach for the new head would not be to just shrink the Aurora down, but to start from scratch and build the best design within the desired size and budget. After a year of designing prototypes and testing, the new remote head is finally here and already receiving advance orders.
The KFX Aurora Mini has a completely different mechanical design for the gearbox. It is backlash free which requires almost zero maintenance. The design is remarkably quiet and still has the amazing response from the hand-wheels that brought the Aurora so much recognition. We have also redesigned the frame for more stiffness, and made it more lightweight and adjustable in every place you need it.
Along with the new head, you also get a new control console that has more options for accessories, while still utilizing the same hand-wheel design that operators know and love.
How Did We Name The New KFX CAMERA REMOTE HEAD?
Well, we had not yet decided when we debuted at Cinegear but we were happy to hear your suggestions. We used the term Comet for our working prototype, but operators insisted on calling the new head Aurora Mini or Aurora Junior. Since the KFX Aurora has extension name recognition we decided the Aurora Mini makes great sense and it reinforces the fact that the ease-of-use of this system is truly comparable with our signature KFX Aurora.
In addition to the KFX Aurora Mini camera remote head, we also debuted a new slider motor for the GFM sliders and the Solid Grip Twin Dolly system. We also presented a new smaller motor for the Ronford Baker sliders that are aimed at the owner operator rather than rental houses. These motors are built for power, but are still incredibly lightweight and compact, capable of moving 75 KG without breaking into a sweat; and will happily complete the move up an incline with the KFX specially designed power supply. Slow speed is from 0.14mm/sec to a top speed of 53cm/sec. The motor and head can be connected together to have a 3-axis system that can be underslung, or with the new wireless unit to make a great car rig.