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#1 Jack OGara

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Posted 24 January 2017 - 03:04 PM

Hope it is okay to post this here, feel free to remove if not...

 

 

Hi everyone. 

 

If a few of you saw the other thread about creating a low cost range finder then you will know what this is. 

But basically over the last 2 months I have been working hard on a new tool to assist focus pulling.

 

I have designed and built it from the group up to be low cost, yet has high quality components and build quality that you would expect with a decent little product made to go on the top of your swanky camera.

 

While it doesn't have a proper name yet (we are calling it the "Range Finder project" for now), there is a working prototype that you can see bellow.

 

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As you can see it is a pretty small unit that sits on the top of your camera allowing you to see exactly how far away the talent or object is from the film plane (datum line).

It achieves this by using a highly accurate sonar sensor at the front of the device.

 

It then displays this information in the form of Feet and Inches on the displays located either side of the device.

This means you can be standing anywhere either side of the camera and see the measurement it is taking.

 

 

It really is that simple...

 

So I bet you want to get one, right? Well we are still working on it...

 

 

We are currently finishing off the firmware on the device. 

Adding things like the menu system that will let you change;

-Datum line offset

-Units (Imperial or Metric)

-Display brightness

-Wireless channel

-Reset

 

We are also working on finishing the product design.

Currently we are trying out displays that are 2x the size of the original prototype's.

These larger displays will allow you to stand further away from the camera due to the increased digit size.

Also working on adding physical buttons to the case that allow you to interact with the menu system.

As well as a few other things like the general look and feel of the case.

 

 

What is the wireless for?

Good question! We hope to release a companion device to the range finder soon after release.

This companion will have a single display and the menu buttons but will allow you to wirelessly receive the measurements and control the sonar device remotely.

This smaller device will allow you to mount it onto any wireless follow focus unit, or monitor you have, aiding you with nailing that focus while not even having to be in line of sight of the camera.

 

 

 

So when can you get one?

Soon

If all goes well over the next 2 weeks of final prototyping and firmware development, I hope to start a crowdfunding campaign (Kickstart or something). 

This campaign will hopefully start on the 1st of February and last 30 days.

During that time we will finish off the final bits and bobs of the design and actually start manufacturing units to be shipped as soon as we can after the campaign has finished.

Then over March, we hope to be actually shipping out orders. That is if everything goes well. Sometimes one link in the chain breaks and we could be waiting a few days or even a week for one component or item to arrive to finish off the production.

But March though April is my goal for shipping these out.

 

 

Want to have a go with the prototype?

I know a few people really want to have a go before we start the campaign. 

So we will be at BSC Expo on Friday the 3rd February in London to show off the product.

We don't have a stall but if you follow the Facebook page you will see what we plan on doing.

 

If you can't make it to BSC Expo then I am afraid there are not many more events that we can go to.

What we will be doing though is sending around 5 nearly finished prototypes/final products out into the wild for industry focus pullers and cinematographers to have a go with.

If you would like to apply for this then please send me a message. We still have a few left to allocate. 

 

 

Any questions or comments, please leave bellow.

Would love to hear some feedback on our little project.

 

If you would like to stay up to date on the project then please follow us on our Facebook page. 

While I will keep this thread up to date, that is the first place that gets information posted.

https://www.facebook.com/ogarastudios/

 

 

Ill post the rest of the prototype photos bellow as well as the spec document.

 

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#2 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 24 January 2017 - 04:03 PM

I'll be at the BSC show, but I don't do Facebook so let me know.
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#3 Jack OGara

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Posted 19 February 2017 - 07:53 AM

Just to give an update..

 

 

Software is done. 

We have put in everything on the list that we wanted for the prototype and for day 1 release.

This means you can move the datum line back and forward, switch between inches and centre meters, 4 stops of display brightness, change the wifi channel (not implemented wifi yet though) and reset the device to factory settings.

 

Final 3D printed prototype is done.

Though we are having a slight problem with one of the menu buttons which I am working on today.

This is more to do with the 2D prints not being dead on perfect, of course this will be resolved for final product.

 

 

I plan on launching a crowd fund very soon. Working out what site will be better for this.

Will be in the studio, hopefully some time this week to get photos and video for said campaign and for any interested media outlets. 

 

 

 

I actually had the tool out with me last night when I was Steadicam operating and the AC loved it. 

So I know it works :P

Still looking for a few more industry people to send it out to.

Though I am low on funds now because of final year filming projects at uni :/

 

Will be fine though...

 

Ask away any questions you might have. 

Ill leave a little teaser bellow....

 

 

 

 

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#4 Jack OGara

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Posted 06 March 2017 - 04:36 AM

Big day!

Prototype boards have arrived.

 

So much better than my home made ones xD

Video coming soon, as well as crowd fund! Stay tuned for more

 

 

 
 
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Follow on FaceBook to keep up to date on development and stuff...

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#5 Jack OGara

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Posted 11 March 2017 - 01:34 PM

Crowd fund will start very soon. Like next week!

If you want to be on the early bird to get yours asap, send me a message.

 

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#6 Jack OGara

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Posted 13 March 2017 - 08:51 AM

We are now live on IndieGoGo!

Please share around with your friends. The more orders the better the product is.

 

https://www.indiegog...ematography.com


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#7 Jack OGara

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Posted 18 March 2017 - 02:28 PM

Hi everyone!

What a week it has been. We are already at 20% funded. So a massive thank you to those backers as well as those who are sharing this project on social media and forums. 

Please keep this up!

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We are still hard at work with developing the CineRangeFinder!

Waiting on a load of new parts to come Monday that will really help us develop the product to a higher spec and to a higher quality. Need at least 25 backers though! So get sharing.

More updates to come. We post more often on FaceBook here with minor stuff; https://www.facebook.com/ogarastudios/


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#8 Satsuki Murashige

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Posted 18 March 2017 - 03:20 PM

Looks very interesting Jack!

What do you think of adding a laser dot next to the sensor that can be turned on and off with a button on the housing? So that you can quickly see where the rangefinder is measuring while getting marks or during blocking rehearsals?

You could do the same thing by taping a laser pen to the housing, but it might be a cool feature that no one else is doing.
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#9 Jack OGara

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Posted 18 March 2017 - 03:26 PM

Looks very interesting Jack!

What do you think of adding a laser dot next to the sensor that can be turned on and off with a button on the housing? So that you can quickly see where the rangefinder is measuring while getting marks or during blocking rehearsals?

You could do the same thing by taping a laser pen to the housing, but it might be a cool feature that no one else is doing.

 

Hey Satsuki!

 

I have had a few people ask for a laser to do that.

There is space to put one in, though it is tight, so ill go research my options for that.


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#10 Jack OGara

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Posted 04 April 2017 - 07:12 AM

Not updated here in a while. Wops  :rolleyes:

 

We are now over 50% funded and hopefully will be at 100% soon.

 

 

Been featured on NewsShooter and 4KShooters

http://www.newsshoot...nder-indiegogo/

http://www.4kshooter...nder-for-focus/

 

 

 

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In terms of the product, we have been busy improving the displays and other features.

We have managed to source these amazing displays that are really clear and quite bright.

 

Have also been working really hard on the circuit boards inside.

It is proving difficult to get all the hardware into a small space but I think we have cracked it.

 

 

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We are also bring forward the remote development as many have requested it.

So later this week we will be releasing it on our IndieGoGo for everyone to order along with their CineRangeFinder.

 

This is also part of another tool that we hope to release soon after the remote accessory. 


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