Tango with Ted – Part 2
Prosup develops the Tango Electronic Drive (TED) for their Tango Roller
Besides mounting the unique gear rack movement control, the Tango Roller will be modified to accept the motor and the drive unit. All this works off the 100mm bowl which needs to be swapped if you want to use your existing Tango Roller. The 24V BLDC 60W brushless motor can easily move 15kg of camera load at top speed. Due to the super precise gear rack the slowest speed can hardly be seen.
To power the unit standard V mount batteries (10.8V – 30V) can be used. The control of the TED is done with the multi-functional DynaStick which is linked via cable to the main unit – optional RF control can be fitted as well. Speed, acceleration, deceleration, end stops and shot boxes can be set from the hand set. Besides the end stops a maximum of 4 positions can be stored and repeated.
An input for a foot pedal or an external joystick is also built in. For the electronic part of this development Prosup allied with Dynamic Mounts International (DMI), the designer of the DynaStick control. This way customized solutions are also possible whether it is a connection to the camera, BLE position data outputs etc.
Needless to say, that the motor drive unit of the TED can be disengaged as well, so that you can use your Tango manually. The retrofit kit also supplies you with new end stoppers with cut outs for the gear rack as obviously you should still be able to extend your Tango endlessly – consequently also the guiding gear racks need to match seamlessly. Yet another reason why Prosup could not buy in gear racks but decided to design their own, utmost precise toothing.