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Hocus Products Announces New Axis1 Thumb Wheel Focus Control

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Hocus Products has introduced its new Axis1 thumb wheel focus control, the Smart Roller, for the MōVI, Steadicam, pan handles, moose bars and more.

Shown recently at NAB 2015, it is now available for pre-order, shipping early July.

The Smart Roller features a very high resolution contactless magnetic encoder and micro controller to detect the roller rotation. The knob itself has no hard stops, which leaves many more options for control rather than a simple knob that is rolled with the finger. A haptic feedback (vibration) function adds a short sharp buzz to let the user know when the end of the lens range is reached.

There is also a button panel which puts an array of roller and system settings at the operator's finger tips. All of these buttons can be operated without ever moving your hands off the rig. There is also an indicator light which mimics the status light on the Axis1 hand unit, to confirm camera run/stop status and other system statuses. The roller includes a very versatile clamp which can be used to position it in the optimum place for comfortable operation.

The Smart Roller has several buttons on the roller body which are designed to be accessible and used by the same finger or thumb you use to operate the roller wheel.

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