We are fast
While timelapse primarily needs frame accuracy and good power handling, other manufactures sacrifice speed to accomplish those goals.
The spectrum ST4 was designed to be way more than a timelapse controller.
It was designed to be fast.
We have amazing accuracy, great power handling, but also have speed. We think these additional qualities are the key to unlocking creativity to use portable motion control for live video control and fast programmed tasks like gigapixel photography.
Moving fast isn’t just for video
By reducing our time between shots, we open up and unlock new capabilities that are prohibitive on slower rigs. Here’s what our included Pano/Giga looks like when its shooting fast.
The current record for the largest pano shot by the spectrum is the 5.14 GigaPixel beauty by Martin Heck in the alps. The 228 pictures on a Sony A7R2 took 6 minutes to shoot. We could have gone much faster in Ludicrous mode if the camera could have kept up but due to buffering the big files the rig was slowed to 1.6 seconds per frame.
Brian’s Tech Corner –
Under the hood and out of sight, our electronics and how we drive our motors is one of the most pronounced differences between our gear and anyone else on the market.
How do we go fast, slow, quiet, powerful, and accurate? It comes down to our power handling and control of the motors. Our motion co-processing chips are highly configurable. We can adjust power up and down based on speeds and modes. The main processor communicates across our own motion control bus to communicate at 22.5Mhz to each of these chips. You can think of these chips as co processor similar to what a dedicated GPU does for large computers. Instead of handling graphics these chips handle our motion for a single axis. We query positions, speeds, and update new velocities, accelerations and power levels dynamically without ever stepping back our resolution or slowing down. With this better communication and control, we can scale up the power when we need to go fast and pull it back to save when we are at a standstill. The result is we can use smaller motors to go faster and smoother than other vendors can. The ultimate end result for customers is a lighter, more capable motion control rig than anything else on the market. For the end user, all of this is seamless as we expose very little of the complexity letting this happen. I am personally very proud that with the spectrum ST4 we were able to take such a huge leap forward in our electronics and control. The spectrum ST4 really has the electronics payload to be able to grow for years to come and is the foundation for pushing the industry forward. Under the hood and out of sight, our electronics and how we drive our motors is one of the most pronounced differences between our gear and anyone else on the market.