Today, we’ll be going over the setup of the Philip Bloom Pocket Dolly from Kessler, the Kessler Parallax, and the Kessler ElektraDRIVE bundle. Please note, the pocket dolly can be used solo or in conjunction with the parallax and elektraDRIVE.
Kessler Philip Bloom Pocket Dolly
The slider comes with all-terrain outrigger feet, a flat mount adapter, an allen key with four screws, and a carrying bag. First things first, open up the all-terrain feet, then attach the feet to the bottom of the slider. The feet have their own screws included, so simply twist them into place to attach them to the slider. Now, take the flat mount adapter and attached it the slider. Then attach a video head to the top of the flat mount adapter. Once that is complete place the quick release plate onto the camera and then the camera to the tripod.
Now, let’s begin to show you how exactly to use the Philip Bloom slider. On one side of the slider we have the resistance, loosen this to increase the speed of which you can go from one side to the other. Tighten it back up to have a slower pan speed. Tighten all the way to have it lock the slider completely in place. On the opposite side we have a handle to control the speed of motion, as well you can also manually pan the camera yourself, using the video head to control the speed.
You also have the option to place the pocket dolly slider onto a full tripod. The setup is quite simple and very similar to adjusting a camera onto a tripod. First, remove the camera and video head from the slider, that way no accidents can occur. Take the quick release plate from the tripod and screw until the middle-bottom panel of the slider. Lastly, begin to slide the slider onto the tripod and fasten it into place. Optional: You can remove or keep the all-terrain outrigger feet attached onto the slider.
The Kessler Parallax system provides automatic panning and fixed-point shooting capabilities to the pocket dolly, something that was previously only possible with a motorized panning device. The Parallax accomplishes inward and outward panning shots, providing users with a second axis to their linear movements. To start the setup, you’ll need to fasten the middle plate of the parallax to the quick release plate of the tripod. (although, we spoke about adjusting the pocket dolly to a tripod, consider this a fresh install of the parallax to pocket dolly to tripod.) Once you have the parallax fastened to the tripod, you will bring the slider down onto the parallax, lining up the three plates to the slider’s main middle plate and the two side plates, where you normally would attached the outrigger feet.
Please note: It’s not recommended to mount the slider on the parallax on a table due to balance issues.
Next, unscrew the flat mount adapter from the slider and slide in the parallax pulley from one side of the bar to the middle. Fasten the pulley into the main middle plate of the slider – your video head and camera of choice, will go onto this pulley. Move the camera to one side of the parallax and slider, making sure your camera is facing forward, then unlock the latch of the parallax bar and move the bar closer to the slider. The camera will start to pan – this is totally normal. Lock the latch and slide the camera to the other side and do the same. At this point, you will continue to adjust the latches and bar, until you are satisfied with the angle of motion.
The elecktraDRIVE Slider Bundle is a complete analog motion control package designed to motorize any compatible slider to achieve smooth and consistent camera movement. The bundle includes an ORACLE controller, ION battery, AC adapter, AC cable, motor, 12v cable for battery, motor mount, ethernet cable for controller and motor, two mounting screws with allen key, and a battery charger.
Begin the setup by completely unscrewing the resistance, by removing the rubber piece at the top, the red metal piece, and small spring. Be sure to keep them all in a safe place. Take your motor mount and place it where your resistance used to be. Fasten it into place and take the pulley from the motor and place on top of the mount, followed by the motor, itself. Then, place the rubber band of the motor around the pulley and use the screws to lock the motor in place. Take the other end of the AC adapter or 12v cable and plug it into the controller. The other end will go into the ethernet splitter. Note: it doesn’t matter which input of the splitter you use. Take the ethernet cable from the motor and connect that into the splitter, too. Now you’re ready to use the elektraDRIVE with the slider and parallax.
Just as side note, if you are not in a indoor environment with a wall outlet this is where the battery pack comes in. Simply plug it in with the 12v cable and screw onto the bottom of the slider.
In conclusion, the Kessler Philip Bloom Pocket Dolly can be used alone or in conjunction with the Parallax and ElektraDRIVE system. All three pieces are top of the line and work well on any production. All of the gear is available for rent, today from The LensPal.