Master Wheels and Force Pro

This year at NAB, DJI is focused on customizing smooth camera movements for video professionals. This morning, the company unveiled two new gimbal support systems, Master Wheels and Force Pro.

“Creating these gimbal systems demonstrates our dedication to every level of filmmaker, whether you are an amateur just beginning your journey or a seasoned veteran with decades of experience,” said Paul Pan, Senior Product Manager at DJI. “Force Pro offers simplicity and functionality for filmmakers seeking a more intuitive tool, and Master Wheels brings the highest degree of precision control when working with a gimbal setup.”

DJI Master Wheels

DJI  describes Master Wheels as a “professional level, high-precision” gimbal control system that applies a 3-wheeled form-factor to control pan, tilt and roll. It has a number of switches and dials that can adjust things like direction, speed and smoothness.

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“DJI Master Wheels are a high-precision gimbal movement tool that utilizes three weighted wheels to adjust pan, tilt and roll with extreme accuracy,” said DJI in a press release. “Ultra-high resolution optical encoders detect the subtlest of wheel adjustments while complex algorithms translate that movement to enhance the level of accuracy of the gimbal.”

DJI says Master Wheels uses the latest sensor positioning tech available along with dual-band low-latency 2.4/5.8GHz wireless transmission to “ensure a stable and reliable connection” from the main console to the moving rig, with latency at 10 milliseconds and operating distances of over 1.9 miles.

Master Wheels is compatible with many DJI products, like the Ronin 2 and Ronin-S, and also works with other third-party gimbals. Its battery is estimated to last up to 20 hours.

DJI Force Pro

The Force Pro is a small gimbal control system that synchronizes the movements of it operator with the movements of the gimbal. It works will a low-latency dual-band 2.4/5.8GHz with communication latency at 10 milliseconds, just like Master Wheels. It can also transmit up to 1.875 miles and can be physically tethered to a gimbal with a CANBUS cable with a 200Hz signal to prevent any interference.

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The Force Pro additionally has a built-in compass and Inertial Measurement Unit that's designed to prevent gimbal drift to help the camera remain focused on the desired frame. The device is compatible with DJI Ronin 2 and Ronin-S gimbals and other third-party systems, again like Master Wheels. Its battery lasts up to 5 hours.

Pricing and Availablity

Master Wheels, for its 3-Axis model, will be selling for 8,000 dollars. A 2-Axis Model and Single Wheel Control Module will be selling for 6,000 and 2,500 dollars, respectively. Master Wheels will be open for pre-order tomorrow and will begin shipping in June 2018. Head to dji.com/master-wheels to learn more.

As for Force Pro, it will be will be open for pre-order tomorrow and will be retailing for 1,200 dollars. It will also begin shipping in June 2018. To learn more, go to dji.com/force-pro.

Sean Berry is a blogger and Videomaker Associate Editor.