Topics covered on this page:
- What is the W.M.D.?
- What is the T.H.C.?
- What are the hardware requirements for the RED 3-Axis Lens Control System?
- How do I install the RED 3-Axis Lens Control System?
- What lenses are compatible with the RED Lens Control Motor?
- What third-party lens control systems are compatible with the RED Lens Control Motor?
The RED® 3-Axis Lens Control System is a versatile and highly accurate motorized lens control system that works in tandem with your camera.
The main components of the RED 3-Axis Lens Control System are:
- RED W.M.D. (Wireless Motor Driver)
- RED T.H.C. (Tactical Hand Controller)
- RED Lens Control Motor
You can use the T.H.C., W.M.D., rail accessories, and motor drivers to control the focus, iris, and zoom lens functions. The innovative clamp design of the RED Lens Control Motor Mounting Bracket allows you to set up a low-profile lens control system for your camera rig.
What is the W.M.D.?
The W.M.D. is a motor driver that receives control signals from the T.H.C. to drive up to 3x RED Lens Control Motors.
What is the T.H.C.?
The T.H.C. is a fully wireless remote solution to control focus, iris, and zoom. The T.H.C. communicates wirelessly with the W.M.D. via a dedicated control link at distances up to 1000', and is capable of wired operation over much greater distances.
The T.H.C can also communicate with the R.C.P.TM Bridge for remote or wireless focus and iris control when using motorized Canon and Nikon lenses.
For more information, go to the R.C.P. Bridge Operation Guide.
What are the hardware requirements for the RED 3-Axis Lens Control System?
- W.M.D. mounting
- Lens Control Motor Mounting Bracket
- RED CAN Command Cable
- W.M.D. Power Cable
- W.M.D. Motor Cable
How do I install the RED 3-Axis Lens Control System?
For detailed setup and operation instructions, go to the RED 3-Axis Lens Control System Operation Guide.
What lenses are compatible with the RED Lens Control Motor?
The RED Lens Control Motor is compatible with most lenses or other devices that have geared rings for the following gear sizes:
- 0.4 mm
- 0.5 mm
- 0.6 mm
- 0.8 mm
NOTE: Some lenses are too large, heavy, or stiff for the motor even with the correct gear sizes. Additionally, cold ambient temperatures may also make it more difficult for the motor to turn the lens.
What third-party lens control systems are compatible with the RED Lens Control Motor?
The RED Lens Control Motor is compatible with the following third-party motor drivers, using the RED Lens Motor Cable (3.3KΩ):
- Bartech Focus Device, single-axis system
- Preston MDR1
- Preston MDR2
- Preston MDR3
- Cmotion camin motor drivers