hardware

Modular, simple, fast. The Roundshot VR Drive is made of the best hardware and electronic components and is built for many years of pleasure.

The VR Drive hardware - modular, simple, fast!

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The Roundshot VR Drive is available in several hardware options, each fulfilling a particular job: 

VR Drive full

The VR Drive "full" is fully automated with an x- and y-motor with touch screen for horizontal and vertical movement. Optionally, a USB cable connects to the camera for software control.


VR Drive semi

In the "semi" version the VR Drive is equipped with an x-motor with touch screen for the horizontal movement and a manual Novoflex tilting head for the vertical movement.

 

VR Drive video

To mount the video camera in landscape format an additional VR bracket is attached to the y-motor or y-clamp. 

 

 

 

VR Drive turntable

Turn the VR Drive x-motor upside down to create an object turntable solution. The touch screen display automatically turns 180°, only the turntable disk rotates while the cables stay stationary.

VR Drive linear

With the VR Drive linear rail the VR Drive y-motor controls the movement along the rail while the x-motor creates an additional spinning movement for the camera.

 

VR Drive dolly

The VR Drive dolly is a cart solution, allowing unrestricted camera travel for unique timelapse or video projects.


0 to 360° in 6 seconds!

In speed mode the VR Drive takes just 6 seconds for a full 360° rotation - world-class! The VR Drive will help you create projects which are impossible with manual VR heads and will boost your productivity.

touch screen control

Access all features at the tip of your finger. The graphical user interface is easy to read, even in daylight, allowing fast programming and easy control.

 

camera compatibility

Many digital cameras are compatible with the VR Drive - visit our "compatibility" section for more information.

 

battery life

The built-in Li-Ion batteries are extremely strong and long-lasting. Under continuous image capture in "speed mode" the VR Drive runs up to 7 hours non-stop, under normal working conditions (20-30 panoramas per day) approximately one week. No need to change batteries, simply recharge the VR Drive overnight.

maximum weight

The VR Drive motors are super strong and can lift weights of up to 20 kilos (44 lb). For maximum stability - for example gigapixel photography - we recommend centering the camera and lowering the center of gravity. Its motors are so strong that it can even be operated at a 90° angle for vertical panoramas!

 

fine movement and zero play

The VR Drive stepping motor creates a controlled impulse every 0.1°, allowing super smooth movement, very slow panning and accurate positioning. Its gears and brakes are fine-tuned for maximum precision and zero play.

 

 



Equipped with a light-meter, the VR Drive can work completely autonomously. Like for a normal DSLR camera, select the exposure strategy in the VR Drive software - variation using exposure time, exposure + aperture, exposure + ISO/ASA or all at once.

Through its USB connection, the VR Drive will set the correct exposure on the camera automatically.

This automatic exposure option works with all DSLR cameras that are compatible in HDR mode (advanced USB functions) and is a great help to speed up the image-taking process for larger projects.


When ordering a VR Drive you will receive a complete kit with all necessary parts to start a VR project:

  • VR Drive x-motor with quick adaptor, touch screen and built-in Li-Ion batteries
  • VR Drive y-motor with connection cable to x-motor (optional - for "full version")
  • VR bracket with quick adaptor
  • One long nodal rail to attach any camera/lens (short nodal lens for fisheye lenses available as accessory)
  • Camera release cable (please indicate brand + type of your camera)
  • USB cable (optional for HDR mode)
  • Universal charger 110-220V with country-specific plug (Europe, US, UK, Australia)
  • Set of allen keys for camera attachment and for hardware calibration
  • Spirit level (inserts into camera flash socket)
  • Wifi router for remote control (optional)

Image: Karl Meier (www.meipicture.ch)