Congratulations Redrock Micro and the DigiBoom, our pick for Best Advanced Support of NAB 2018. The Redrock Micro DigiBoom is a versatile new gimbal-stabilized hand-held camera rig that aims to combine the power of jibs, drones and handheld stabilizers into a portable package targeting small crews.
Redrock Micro collaborated with Disney/ABC Television Group and Disney Research to develop the DigiBoom, which aims to provide fluid movement from ground level to 8 feet, or up to 12 feet with an optional extension. The DigiBoom’s fully powered gimbal promises to enable the capture of unique perspectives with total control over camera angle and position.
“Redrock has empowered small crews and solo operators to punch above their weight class for over a decade,” said James Hurd, President of Redrock Microsystems. “DigiBoom represents this kind of leap forward for location news, sports, and events. When we first saw DigiBoom we recognized this spark of an idea. With Redrock’s product expertise and injection of Eclipse™ technology, we are now delivering a finished product that is ready for the demands of full-time professional production.”
The DigiBoom targets small crews and fast-paced shoots.
The DigiBoom is said to be easy to learn and use, with intuitive controls and integrated monitoring, according to Redrock Micro. The rig also features integrated connections for professional audio and power, reducing cable clutter and streamlining setup. Industry standard connections and accessories mean the DigiBoom is ready for use in broadcast environments.
The DigiBoom’s modular design makes the rig flexible for use in a variety of shooting situations, and dual gimbal modes allow orientation and movement of the camera and gimbal to be fully automated or manually controlled. Hybrid control over camera aim and angle is also possible.
One camera in particular is recommended.
Though the DigiBoom can be used with any appropriate camera and display, the Blackmagic Design Micro Studio Camera 4K and Video Assist are recommended. Blackmagic Design collaborated with Redrock Micro and Disney to expand the Micro Studio Camera 4K to allow for direct camera control via the DigiBoom’s hand grips, thanks to the camera’s expansion port.
The DigiBoom is expected to be available in summer of 2018. Pricing has not yet been released.