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TED – Tango Electronic Drive

Camera support and grip

The legendary Tango Roller is known for its smooth, vibration-free operation on endlessly extendible track segments. Furthermore, the standard head mounts allow for use of any fluid head, may it be 75,100 or 150mm or even Mitchell mount heads. Cameramen came to appreciate the prospects of using their own, familiar – often expensive – piece of gear instead of a pre-given camera head of a slider manufacturer. Since its first appearance in 2013 Tango users came to cherish their compact slider unit in its pelicase. It is however this community that has been demanding for some time an electric drive unit for their existing Tango Rollers.Due to Prosups quality demands one wanted to go a unique way. While all other manufacturers work with belts or cables; Prosup chose the precision of a steel gear rack for their new Tango Electronic Drive called TED. A gear rack requires utmost precision in manufacturing and it soon became clear that this could not be bought in but had to be manufactured in house. The gear rack should obviously also fit all existing Tango units so that it could be retrofitted to the many units in the field. Also, it should be able to cope with all possible extension segments of the Tango track and the transition of the gear rack needed to be as smooth as the Tango track itself.Besides mounting the unique gear rack movement control, the Tango Roller will be modified to accept the motor and the drive unit. All this works off the 100mm bowl which needs to be swapped if you want to use your existing Tango Roller. The 24V BLDC 60W brushless motor can easily move 15kg of camera load at top speed. Due to the super precise gear rack the slowest speed can hardly be seen. To power the unit standard V mount batteries (10.8V – 30V) can be used. The control of the TED is done with the multi-functional DynaStick which is linked via cable to the main unit – optional RF control can be fitted as well. Speed, acceleration, deceleration, end stops and shot boxes can be set from the hand set. Besides the end stops a maximum of 4 positions can be stored and repeated. An input for a foot pedal or an external joystick is also built in. For the electronic part of this development Prosup allied with Dynamic Mounts International (DMI), the designer of the DynaStick control. This way customized solutions are also possible whether it is a connection to the camera, BLE position data outputs etc.

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