Doesn't it seem like a complete waste of time to build up your Ronin and accessories every time you shoot? I thought so too so I figured out a way to rethink how the Ronin can be stored in your existing Ronin case, all in one single layer, balanced and ready to fly once the handle bars were clicked on.
When the Ready foam is up for sale, you will be able to purchase it off our website:
Deploy your Red / Ronin within minutes of arriving
Foam can hold many Red Accessories
Replaces your existing DJI Ronin Foam
Single layer foam vs dual layer for easy access
While I've definitely improved my build times over the last dozen shoots, the Ronin still takes more time than I would like it to. Lately, I've found that our Ronin gets more use that our tripod as we like being able to do Steady cam shots on the fly but the initial setup has always taken the most time of all our gear to setup.
Same issue with Movi. I recently designed a foam that replaces the original piece and allows you to store your Ronin and Red prebalanced and calibrated, with wireless follow focus and other modules, in your existing Ronin case so it takes only minutes to deploy when on set. I call it The Ronin Ready Foam.
With this setup, you can balance your Red, lens, follow focus and other accessories so you have a perfect balance then remove the handlebars and place the Ronin / Red in the Foam the day before the shoot. When you arrive on set the next day, just throw on the handlebars, your favorite monitor, power it on and you're ready to go in minutes with no second guessing if you balance is right or not.
Yes, you will still have to rebalance to switch to some lenses but even when you are switching lenses, you're still saving time during the initial setup and tear down while using the Ready Foam.
I've been on some music video shoots where we kept the same zoom lens on the Red throughout the entire video and it turned out great. The ready foam is particularly useful for those kinds of shoots but will also save you time on any shoot you utilize it on.
Another place it will save you time is when you have to travel just down the road and you have the option of tearing the Ronin down or carrying it on your lap. Neither of which is ideal. With the Readyfoam. You only have to remove the handlebars to store it in the case and it will keep your balance until you reach the new location.
If I can generate some interest, I will likely design one for the Ronin-M and MOVI as well. This setup has already saved me a ton of time and I'm sure it will do the same for you! By request. I can make custom slots for any piece of gear you would like to store in the foam like Monitors, Redvolts, etc.
Free potential Modules slots:
Extra Ronin Battery slot
Custom module slots can be added by request for an additional cost.