A transport case has been our number one requested piece of equipment since launching the DigiPlate line. The DigiCase is based on the Pelican 1510 case for its ruggedness and it is also the largest size case you can carry-on on a commercial airline. The DigiCase active suspension system suspends the DigiPlate Pro in the middle of the case so you can leave your laptop and all your accessories attached to the DigiPlate Pro during transport. Then just pop open the case and you are ready to get to work. There is also a ton of room for cables, extra hard drives, camera bodies and lenses underneath the DigiPlate Pro. For more details and pictures, click here.
We've been hard at work for the past few weeks with a bunch of new DigiPlate products. The first is a slightly revised DigiPlate which measures slightly smaller than the original version and features a more comfortable handle. Also in the works which we hope to reveal in the next few weeks is a sunshade system, a custom transport case and a few other goodies. Stay tuned!
We've been working on a few add-ons to the DigiPlate system. The first of which are DigiLegs. With the DigiBase and a hard drive or two mounted on the bottom of the DigiPlate, the bottom can get uneven when you just need to set everything down during setup and teardown. The DigiLegs help level everything out. We just leave ours on all the time. You can see more details here. DigiLegs for the DigiPlate
We've been busy for the past week putting final touches on the DigiPlate. The pictures of the black anodized prototype are pretty much final at this point. We also have created a new mount that will allow direct mounting of the DigiPlate to your tripod legs. Here's a quick little video we did with the tripod bracket mount. It demonstrates how easy the bracket is to use and also how portable the whole DigiPlate system really is.
We've had a lot of questions asking what exactly is a 5/8" baby pin and what accessories can be bought that have it. The 5/8" baby pin is probably the most common mounting option in photography. Almost all strobe lights mount on the baby pin. Here is a video that shows a few baby pin mounting options. Here's a few links of where you can find the items in the video (and some others): Super Clamp: http://bhpho.to/INMPfn Cardalini/Matthelini: http://bhpho.to/Kdva0S Magic Arm: http://bhpho.to/JjSsO4 C-Stand: http://bhpho.to/K0oHjZ Wall/Screw Plate: http://bhpho.to/INNLAn More Baby Pin Goodness: http://bhpho.to/IFT414
We've had a lot of inquiries on what types of accessories we will be making for the DigiPlate. The first accessory we're working on is the accessory/drive clamps. These are very similar to the laptop clamps but most likely we'll be making them in two sizes. They will come in two versions that will cover .5" to 1.5" thick accessories. Each of those versions will come with shims that will extend those clamps in 1/16" to 1/2" increments and can also be used to shorten the clamping height in those same increments. So, the 1/2" clamp will be able to accommodate drives/accessories from 1/2"to 1" tall and the 1" clamp will be able to accommodate drives/accessories from 1" to 1-1/2". Here's a quickie video that shows prototype clamps in action:
This test was probably was more for fun and geekdom than necessity but we did it anyway. We did the shake test yesterday and you saw that the clamps really aren't going to let go of your laptop. Today we mounted the DigiPlate to the roof of a car and cruised up the 110 in LA and did the extreme DigiPlate clamp test. Check out how robust the laptop clamps are:
Last week we progressed the DigiPlate to a prototype stage (version 3) that we think is pretty robust and so this week we are testing it almost every day in real world shooting situations. Here's a video showing how well the clamps grip the laptop to the plate. The clamps have a special rubber from 3M that is very thin and also very grippy.
We’ve decided to go full tilt on the DigiPlate and have put it on Kickstarter to hopefully make it a reality. Check it out and help spread the word. Thanks!