DJI has officially announced the Master Wheels (B&H Photo/Adorama) and Force Pro (B&H Photo/Adorama), these two DJI products are built to control the company’s Ronin 2 and Ronin-S gimbals, offering high precision control and hoping to simplify the shooting of complex and/or fast-moving scenes. Both Master Wheels and Force Pro are available to preorder now from DJI flagship stores and authorized pro dealers, though shipping doesn’t start until June. Master Wheels is offered in three variants: a single wheel control module for $2,500, a 2-axis model for $6,000, and a 3-axis model for $8,000. Force Pro costs $1,200.
Master Wheels is a control device that adjusts gimbal movements using a trio of weighted wheels. These wheels control roll, pan, and tilt in part using ultra-high-res optical encoders capable of detecting “the subtlest” adjustments, DJI explains. Each wheel’s angle can be adjusted, and the wheels can also be detached.
Master Wheels supports both 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless transmission and has an operating distance of more than 1.9 miles / 3km. Latency is as low as 10ms, and users have the option of detaching the wireless transmitter to remotely mount it with a 5m / 16ft cord, providing a stronger signal.
Other features include dials to control dampening, speed, and smoothness, support for 1/4″ and 3/8″ accessories, and a dedicated Mitchell mount on the main console’s base.
The Force Pro announced at NAB 2018, enables users to remotely control gimbals via a 2.4GHz/5GHz wireless transmission system and DJI’s remote control tech. Force Pro also offers latency as low as 10ms, plus a CANBUS cable physical tether with a 200Hz signal for avoiding interference issues.
The control tool also features a built-in Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) and compass that work together to prevent gimbal drifting and improve movement precision. Force Pro features up to 5 hours of battery life and supports recharging using the CANBUS port, USB-C, and a DC-in port.
According to DJI, users unfamiliar with more complex systems, such as Master Wheels, can “quickly become proficient” with a product like the Force Pro. To improve efficiency, DJI offers an optional handlebar, which itself can be used to mount accessories including thumb controllers and monitors.