Redrock Micro has released a product that really needs to be seen to be believed. The Digiboom is a handheld (yes, handheld) jib and gimbal combo aimed primarily at the news and sports world. Oh, and it also has built in audio capabilities in the form of XLR inputs.
Designed for fast moving small crews in association with Disney/ABC the Digiboom is essentially a carbon fiber pole (extendable up-to 8ft) complete with a gimbal, thumb controller (for camera/gimbal control) and audio module. The kit does not include the monitor or Blackmagic Design Micro Studio Camera. While Redrock does recommend the Micro Studio camera for use with the DigiBoom it can be used with cameras with similar dimensions.
Redrock Micro Digiboom
You can trigger the camera from the hand grip/thumb controller and additionally Redrock promises all camera functions can be controlled from the hand if you are using the Blackmagic Design Studio Camera.
As far as portability this does seem like a small jib solution and it’s recommended for use with an included shoulder strap. In my opinion, the stress on the arms/biceps wouldn’t be ideal for long production days and using the shoulder strap would be the way to go.
The jib also includes onboard power and two male and two female full sized XLR ports at the base. Both the audio and power unit seem to have the added benefit of providing a counterbalance to the overall system.
I’ll be interested to see how the news and sports worlds adopt this particular product and it certainly stands out in a category with many familiar jibs in terms of design.
Pricing and Availability
There’s no word on pricing and availability yet. But expect it to be priced somewhere just under $5,000. The Digiboom will be available for purchase this summer. So you’ve got some extra time to get your head around this concept and to implement the Digiboom in your workflow. It sure does look weird but seems to be cool device for getting some interesting shots for sure.
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