The Redrock microRemote Handheld Bundle is a perfect solution for controlling focus for a single operator. The Torque motor attaches to your rig and fits to your geared lens. The fingerwheel attaches to your handgrip or other part of your rig for smooth controlled focus pulls. The basestation coordinates the fingerwheel and motor, and automates lens calibration among other advanced controls.
The microRemote Handheld Bundle is most often used on a shouldermount-style configuration (such as the Redrock Field Cinema Bundle) with the fingerwheel attached to one of the handgrips. This bundle is lightweight, compact, and extremely affordable.
The microRemote FAQ
Please read this carefully, it covers the different configurations of the microRemote system. Make sure you are reading answers specific to your system.
Is the microRemote a digital or analog system?
The microRemote is an all-digital system, which is extremely precise, offers advanced features such as automated lens calibration, and is less prone to certain types of interference.
Does the microRemote have automatic lens calibration?
Yes. The microRemote offers both automatic and manual lens calibration.
Can I use the same basestation for wired and wireless controllers?
Yes, the basestation supports both wired (fingerwheel or tethered) and wireless control. The only exception is the microRemote ENG Bundle, which has no wireless option in the basestation, and is designed only for wired controllers.
I bought the Handheld Bundle with the fingerwheel; can I add the microRemote hand controller for wireless operation?
Yes, you simply purchase the wireless handheld controller and it automatically works with the rest of the microRemote components. You can also add the fingerwheel to the microRemote wireless bundle. You'll have the best of both worlds wherever you start.
How is the microRemote system powered?
The microRemote system is powered using external battery such as Anton Bauer, IDX, Switronix, etc. You need a powerful battery because moving a lens instantly and precisely takes a fair bit of energy. The microRemote handheld units are powered with internal batteries.
Does the microRemote work with the Redrock ultraCage powerPack?
Yes, in fact it's a great way to power multiple camera-top devices including the microRemote. You still need an external battery, and the powerPack provides power splitting, conditioning, voltage conversion, and monitoring.
Is microRemote compatible with other motors?
Yes, in addition to the Redrock Torque motors, the microRemote system is compatible with digital motors from Heden and Preston. Customers have also reported compatibility with digital motors from Palomar (mOne motors).
Will the microRemote be powerful enough to drive my lens?
The microRemote system includes the Redrock Torque motors to meet the vast majority of focus needs, and compatibility with even more powerful motors for using the biggest, toughest lenses. The Redrock Torque motor is a powerful, all-digital motor designed to work with all cameras and most lenses. We've successfully tested the Redrock Torque motors work with the following:
• Canon EOS lenses • Zeiss DSLR lenses • Zeiss CP2 lenses • Nikon F mount lenses • Almost all other DSLR lenses (Sigma, Tamron, Tokina, Olympus, Sony, etc.) where the lens ring is at least 1/2" wide (for fitting a lens gear) • Cooke Panchros • Canon Cine Primes • Canon Cine Zooms • Arri Ultra Primes • Arri Master Primes • (we continue to test, and expect this list to continue growing)
If your lens is not listed here, it's likely the Torque motor can drive your lens as well. If your lens is exceptionally stiff, or has a lot of glass to move (such as the large cinema zooms from Cooke or Angenieux), the microRemote works with with Heden digital motors, including the M26VE. We recommend this motor for those situations where maximum power is a requirement.
Can I use it with my microFollowFocus unit?
They are different products, and do not share the same focus mechanism. The microRemote controls focus through a specialized high torque motor controlled electronically by the basestation. With the microFollowFocus, you simply reach up with your hand and move the knob which is directly connected to the lens mechanically.
So they are complementary and you may consider owning both types of follow focuses. In some cases you'll want to use the microRemote, other times it's easier and more intuitive to simply reach up use the microFollowFocus.
How does it work with lenses that don't have hard stops, like Canon EOS lenses?
The microRemote has several options that are ideal for still lenses. You can use the manual lens calibration to set the end points on the lenses, and the shorter throw distance of still lenses is mapped to the full 270 degrees of rotation for precise, nuanced focusing. For Nikon lenses, the microRemote handheld controller can reverse direction.
Is it compatible with my camera and lens?
Most likely yes. The microRemote is not limited to specific camera body or lens type, and works across an incredibly wide range of systems.
My lens has a very short distance between close focus and infinity. How does the microRemote improve this?
All lenses are mapped to the full 270 rotation of the microRemote. This is especially helpful for DSLR lenses that have very short throws. The expanded mapping enables more refined and precise focus pulls on these lenses.
Can I reverse lens direction?
Yes - the microRemote has a feature to reverse lens direction so you can use all lenses in the "correct cinema" direction.
Can I use the microRemote left or right handed?
What happens if there is too much wireless interference?
The microRemote can be used in tethered mode, where you use an optional wire to connect the microRemote to the basestation. This avoids all wireless interference and gives you exceptional performance under virtually any conditions.
What is the maximum distance for wireless?
The microRemote range is rated up to 1 mile (1600m) line of sight. Obstructions, interference, or other conditions will affect that distance.
Can I use the microRemote for zoom or iris?
Yes, you can attach the motor to any geared ring on the lens, if you prefer to control zoom or iris instead of focus.
Can I use the microRemote for more than one function at one time? For example, for focus AND zoom?
The microRemote is currently a single channel focus controller. You can use it for one function at a time. You can always run two or more systems simultaneously to control zoom and focus (for example), each with its own controller.
Does it work with DSLR lenses?
Yes, you just need to have a gear on the lens' focus ring. The microLensGears are an excellent choice for this. Also the microRemote system has special features for calibrating DSLR lenses automatically or manually, even if they have an "infinite spin" focus ring.
Will it work with my cinema lenses, such as PL-mount Zeiss, arri, etc.?
Yes - it is designed to work with any lenses and cameras, including Red, PL-mount cinema lenses, HDSLR, video cameras, etc. If your lens is exceptionally large or stiff, the microRemote is compatible with extremely high torque third party digital motors such as Heden or Preston.
Can the microRemote be powered with a d-tap battery such Anton Bauer or Sony V-mount?
Yes - D-tap for 14.4v brick batteries (such as Anton Bauer, Sony V-mount, IDX, Switronix, etc.) is a standard option to power the microRemote. Please see the microRemote power FAQ: http://on.fb.me/lnhKLs
Can I program the microRemote to do a long timelapse? Can it be programed to change focus slowly over a long period.
The microRemote is designed for cinema production video, so it's optimized for real-time control of focus. Time lapse photography is very different and is not a good match for the microRemote.