Edelkrone DollyPLUS – A New App Controlled Dolly System

April 10th, 2018

Edelkrone, builder of sliders and other camera motion control accessories, introduced a new portable motorized dolly system at NAB 2018 called simply the DollyPLUS. Read on for all the details including a video interview with edelkrone founder, Kadir Köyme.

3-axis head unit.

The DollyPLUS is a hybrid system that combines the motion capabilities of a three axis head with motorized wheels — all while using your favorite tripod (tripod is not included in the kit). The system comes complete with the leg unit and the 3-axis head (pictured below). No word yet on camera compatibility, but the 3-axis head appeared to handle the weight of the Canon C200 well.

Edelkrone DollyPLUS

To control the system simply download the provided free app and start inputing a variety of movement commands including target tracking and facial recognition. For facial recognition, take a photo of your subject and upload into the provided app and the 3-axis head will track your subject. The three axis head working in tandem with the legs is capable of replicating many of the dolly moves you are used to, but without the need for an operator.

Powered by V-mount or gold mount batteries attached at the base, the edelkrone DollyPLUS breaks down into a compact tube for travel.

Leg unit of the dollyPLUS with gold mount battery.

The system seems capable of smooth movement on the flat carpet at the booth, but it will be interesting to see how the dolly works with less even surfaces. In the end, this Edelkrone DollyPLUS may be better suited in a studio environment where flat, even surfaces can be found. I can’t imagine using it on an old wooden floor or even outside.

Pricing and Availability

Pricing information isn’t available, but Kadir promises the price point will be well under competing products in this category. Availability is TBD.

Links: Edelkrone.com

What do you think? Is this something you would like to test in the field (or on a very flat surface, at least)? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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Paul Schmutzler
Paul Schmutzler
GuestApril 10th, 2018

Looks cool, but it’s going to have the same problems (probably worse) as the Emotimo Cart. Only perfec… https://t.co/CFXGGZUWxO

Ben Doyle
MemberApril 10th, 2018

I can totally see using this on my concert shoots in pits or along stage fronts. Hopefully they make the wheels capable of going over minor bumps without shake. Or maybe there’s some sort of track system (or just mats?) that could cheaply and easily make it smooth. This thing could eliminate the complicated headaches of setting up 20 feet of track!

Pedro Hofmann
MemberApril 10th, 2018

well…. but it faces the same problems as there surface one > you have to have a perfect underground which is normally never the case. Maybe with surface one, if you have a plain table, but which floor is even? No chance with a wooden floor, a street or many other situations. The idea is nice. Maybe they should develope a version with flexible rails like Kesslercrane has.

Gleb Volkov
MemberApril 11th, 2018

The concept is interesting, BUT – take this, and make it with magliner-sized wheels and beef up the motor accordingly. Keep the footprint small though. Let it eat through 3-4 batteries per day, it’s fine. This will be so shaky on anything less than perfect surface (if it manages to clear the ground at all) and won’t inspire confidence. This thing looks SO brittle and flimsy right now.

Ben Doyle
MemberApril 11th, 2018

Absolutely right on…

 Damian Arnold
Damian Arnold
MemberApril 11th, 2018

Anywhere close to a $1000 price tag and I’m in.

Bill Noel
Bill Noel
GuestApril 11th, 2018

I saw this today. Looks cool, but I don’t want to be the early adopter…you folks shake it down and let us know.

Dave Kratz
MemberApril 11th, 2018

Still wondering whatever happened to the Jib Plus… this dolly would only work on a complete level, smooth, and clean floor.

 John Frank
John Frank
MemberApril 11th, 2018

Someone else can check this latest Edelkrone ‘product’ out first……I’ve wasted FAR TOO much money on them.

Great looking products that unfortunately prioritise their unique ‘groovy’ design/engineering and new ways of doing things OVER actual real-world functionality and use.

My expensive Slider One and Motion Kit for instance has NEVER worked properly despite multiple send backs, which they were at least good at doing.

Think about this for a minute……..the Slider One is sold as a 4 AXIS motion kit…..yet it cannot operate on anything but a flat surface BECAUSE of the design.

It might be one of the more unique and interesting motorised sliders on the market but it also has its limitations which the other less fancily designed/engineered sliders don’t suffer from.

Edelkrone unfortunately = Style over Substance, which is a shame as their ideas are unique and original, just a shame about use in the ‘real world’ especially in comparison to their over slick/bordering on BS marketing videos………which someone should actually re-shoot with the actual products to highlight the Edelkrone BS oversell which they’re pretty much always guilty of.

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