Last year during IBC 2017, Tilta demonstrated a prototype of a very special small form factor motorized follow focus called the Nucleus N (do note that the video above is wrongly entitled Nucleus M which is a different follow focus model by Tilta). This year during NAB 2018 Tilta showcased a more mature version of this follow focus which is now close to being released and the guys from nofilmschool had a chance to take a look.
The most up-to-date version of the Nucleus N is still very small and compact but it looks like Tilta made some changes such as adapting the follow focus to their new G2X gimbal (the gimbal can power the follow focus) and Tilta also made another version which comes with a small “cage” which includes a battery.
The original version had a wireless controller with a range of 50m (about 150 feet) and both the controller and the motor has a battery (the motor part has an attached battery part) and the wireless controller should last for up to 8 hours (we are not sure if this part changed at all in the 2018 version of the unit).
As for the cost – it is almost unbelievable (we had to rewind the video a few times) but it is going to be just under $200 for the first version (for the G2X) and $250 for the “stand-alone” version and they should be available in about 2 months – we can’t wait.
We have been talking to Tilta and we promise to give you guys a look at the Nucleus N as soon as it becomes available.
While NAB 2018 is over (see our full coverage of the show here) there are still lots more interesting stuff that we want to bring you from the show in the next few days and as always, if you don’t want to miss any new photography product be sure to check out our product photography section on our photo gear channel.