KFX Technology is demonstrating Aurora, a precision engineered, easy to use professional motorized head and slider at the BSC Expo in London.
KFX said its Aurora sets new standards for ease of use, versatility and functionality. The head has been designed in consultation with leading grips and camera operators to provide a cutting-edge solution to the demands of modern film making with HD cameras such as the Arri Alexa, Red Epic, Panavision Genesis and the Sony F65. It also works well with film cameras.
The Aurora has a pan/tilt speed of 120 deg/sec and damping is adjustable via rotary knobs on the control console. Pan and tilt direction can be set via switches for direction or at neutral. The device features wheel or optional joystick of pan and tilt operation. Limits are quick to set.
Steve Scammell, CEO of KFX Technology
“KFX Technology, now based in New York, emerged from Kontrol Freax Ltd, a company that was among the first to offer lightweight motion control to the UK film market,” said CEO Steve Scammell. “Eventually working worldwide from the US to China to Indonesia, Kontrol Freax worked with the BBC Planet Earth Team to bring Hollywood production values to natural history programming. KFX’ second collaboration with the BBC Natural History Unit saw us design a bespoke lightweight motion control system for use on the Frozen Planet TV series.
“The experience gained from creating technology that works reliably and is easy to use in those extreme conditions was put to use in the development of the Aurora remote head and now the slider motor,” he said. “Plug and play design and ease of use are at the core of our design philosophy as well as reliability. Recent productions include Mission Impossible 5, Spectre, Star Wars the Force Awakens, Insurgent, Daddy’s Home, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones and Victor Frankenstein.”
Aurora Hand Control
The Aurora head and slider motor work together to form a three axis system remotely controlled through a single cable. The five minute set-up time for the head and slider allows for more flexibility on the set to create more unique shots without lengthy rigging time, using the slider and head in either overslung or underslung mode.
KFX Technology is demonstrating the Aurora system at the Ronford Baker Engineering Company booth at stand 209 at the BSC Expo show.