DJI Force Pro Wireless Gimbal Controller Hands-On

By Graham Sheldon

DJI Force Pro

The Force Pro from DJI is a movement control system designed for use with gimbals. Built with the DJI Ronin 2 and Ronin-S in mind the system also supports other non-DJI gimbal systems via SBUS. See below for a hands on video with the DJI Force Pro:

More information on the Force Pro and on the new DJI Master Wheels can be found HERE.

DJI Force Pro

Mount the Force Pro on a handlebar like this one or simply hold the device in your hand and you can control the roll, tilt and pan of the DJI Ronin 2 from up to 1.8 miles away (10 ms latency) using a dual 2.4G Hz and 5.8 GHz wireless transmission. Adjustment dials on the top and the left side allow you to control the speed of each axis.

The handlebar configuration provides space for a monitor and wireless receiver and feels a little more natural to operate, versus simply holding the Force Pro in my opinion. You may also choose to control the Ronin 2 wirelessly with a thumb controller or on a tripod using the 1/4″-20 mounting threads (see right image).

A built-in 4750 mAh battery provides about five hours of runtime and is rechargeable through a USB-C port or DC-IN port, so external cell phone battery packs could keep the unit charged in the field. It takes 2,5 hours to charge the unit to full, however, so keep that in mind.

The Force Pro isn’t heavy and the intuitive menu isn’t tricky to navigate for a new user like myself. I couldn’t detect any delay while using the device in the Central Hall of NAB (a place filled with wireless interference).

Product video below:

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Nikon dominates World Press Photo 2018 camera breakdown

Photo by chuttersnap

Last week, the prestigious photojournalism contest World Press Photo announced its 2018 winning photos, and most of those winners included information about the gear used to capture their images. Taking advantage of this fact, Spanish photography website Photolari pulled that public data and created a series of graphs breaking down the equipment used by participating photojournalists.

Of the 129 winning images, 97 included gear details; though the graphs don’t represent the models were used by all participants, they do cover the majority. And the short version of the results goes something like this: Nikon dominated the brands, and the DSLR continues to dominate over mirrorless.

According to the breakdown, the Nikon D5, Nikon D810, and Canon EOS 5D Mark III tied for first place, with 11 winning photos each. Coming in second is the Nikon D800E and Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with seven units each. Finally, both the Nikon D4S and Nikon D700 tied for third place with six units each.

Nikon is the overall winner among gear use, representing a total of 51.5% versus Canon’s second place 29.9%. Other makers represented far smaller pieces of the pie, with Fujifilm taking 6.2%, Sony taking 5.1%, and both Pentax and DJI taking 2.1% each. Not represented in the percentage graph are three Leica models, two of them the M10 and the other a Leica SL.

Further revealing the type of gear used is another category: types of cameras. That breakdown reveals DSLRs comprised the majority of participants’ gear at 83.5%, with mirrorless taking second place at 11.3%, and other unspecified types representing a total of 5.2%.

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DJI Master Wheels & Force Pro: High precision motion control for gimbals

By (Adrian Pennington)

DJI Master Wheels & Force Pro: High precision motion control for gimbals

DJI’s latest control units aim to give ultra high precision repeatable motion control to gimbals.

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    NAB 2018: DJI Officially Introduces New Camera Control Systems

    By Jourdan Aldredge DJI showed off its latest camera control technology with the Master Wheel and Force Pro at NAB 2018. We take a closer look. DJI, the Chinese technology … → continue…

    From:: Premium Beat

    DJI’s new Master Wheels and Force Pro offer ultra-precise gimbal control

    Amid the wares DJI introduced at NAB 2018 this week are a pair of professional gimbal control tools designed for “every level of filmmaker and scenario.” Called the Master Wheels and Force Pro, 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.

    DJI Master Wheels

    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.

    DJI Force Pro

    The other product announced at NAB 2018, Force Pro, 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.

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    Pond5 and DJI to offer licensable collection of aerial footage

    A new partnership between DJI and stock video library Pond5 might make it easier for Part 107 certified drone operators to connect with potential stock footage customers – and vice versa.

    Anyone with a DJI drone and an FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot certification can apply to participate as a video creator. Accepted applicants’ videos will be included in a Pond5 + DJI collection. Prospective customers will also be assured that the videos in the collection were shot by FAA certified drone operators, and can therefore be used for commercial purposes.

    Applications can be submitted at Pond5’s website.

    Press release

    Pond5 and DJI Join Forces to Create an Online Marketplace for Aerial Footage from FAA Certified Pilots and Filmmakers

    Program will curate and promote collections of aerial footage captured by licensed pilots using DJI drones to Pond5’s millions of users searching for professional video

    NEW YORK MARCH 28, 2018 – Global content marketplace Pond5 and DJI, the world’s leading manufacturer of civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, today launched an innovative collaboration to develop a premium collection of licensable aerial footage.

    By applying to join this program, pilots operating with a Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which is required for commercial use, will be eligible to have their footage included in a series of collections shot exclusively with DJI drones.

    Pond5 will showcase these collections to its millions of users, while denoting video clips shot by licensed pilots in searches for customers who need to ensure their video assets comply with Part 107. Pilots will also be able to leverage Pond5’s industry knowledge to identify their most in-demand shots and obtain assistance in preparing their footage for licensing in the Pond5 marketplace.

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    DJI launches Zenmuse XT2 4K visual and thermal camera for enterprise drones

    DJI has teamed up with FLIR Systems to launch the Zenmuse XT2, its newest thermal camera for drones. As with the original XT model launched in 2015, the XT2 captures heat signatures to reveal things otherwise invisible to the naked eye. On-board FLIR MSX tech combines both the heat data and visual data from the camera into a single image for easier object identification.

    The model features a 12MP 4K visual camera with a 1/1.7″ CMOS sensor (up to 8x digital zoom) and two different thermal resolutions: 336 x 256 (up to 4x digital zoom) and 640 x 512 (up to 8x digital zoom). It also sports 9mm, 13mm, 19mm, and 25mm lenses, and an IP44 rating for flights in fog, rain, snow, and smoke.

    DJI’s Spotlight Pro tech utilizes both HeatTrack and QuickTrack flight modes to automatically track objects while the operator concentrates on incoming data and flight operations.

    The Zenmuse XT2 thermal camera is designed for use in search and rescue operations, to perform industrial inspections, and more. The camera is compatible with the DJI Matrice 600 Pro and Matrice 200 Series enterprise drones; support will arrive first in the Android app followed later on by the iOS app.

    Authorized DJI Enterprise dealers around the globe are now offering the Zenmuse XT2 thermal camera, but DJI hasn’t revealed the price. FLIR is accepting quote requests from potential customers, though.

    Press Release

    DJI Gives Drones More Power For Commercial Use

    Zenmuse XT2 Thermal Camera And Payload SDK Transform DJI’s Drones Into Specialized Platforms For Any Industrial Purpose Including Inspections, Public Safety And Saving Lives

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    Pond5 and DJI Join Forces To Create an Online Marketplace for Aerial Footage From FAA Certified Pilots and Filmmakers

    By Zazil Media Group


    Global content marketplace Pond5 and DJI, the world’s leading manufacturer of civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, today launched an innovative collaboration to develop a premium

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    Frozen Warriors: Capturing the mighty musk ox in its natural habitat

    Wildlife photographer Chris Schmid recently travelled to Norway’s Dovrefjell-Sunndalsfjella National Park—which contains some of the most punishing-yet-beautiful landscapes on Earth—to shoot an ambitious documentary photography and filmmaking project. His goal was to capture the mammoth-like musk ox in their natural arctic habitat, and the result is the short film The Frozen Warriors.

    Using RED cameras for video, DJI drones for aerial shots, and the Sony a9 and a7R III for stills photography, Schmid sought to capture footage that would foster some sort of connection between his audience and the musk oxen, whose already dwindling numbers are increasingly threatened by climate change. This, despite being one of the most resilient animals on Earth, having survived the last ice age without breaking a sweat.

    As Chris explains:

    What fascinates me about the musk ox is the strength it has to adapt to the most hostile of environments. In the winter, they feed on roots, mosses and lichens buried under the snow and spend over four months without sunshine, in total darkness, surviving in temperatures reaching as low as -60°C

    Check out the film at the top of this post and scroll through Schmid’s photographs from the project below to get to know these Frozen Warriors for yourself. And if you want to learn more about the project (and help raise awareness), visit (and share) the Frozen Warriors project page here.

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