Kessler Crane announces new CineShooter motion control head

An exciting new product from USA based timelapse and cinematography hardware manufacturer Kessler Crane.


Today Kessler Crane announced their latest motion control product: the CineShooter, a high quality pan and tilt head for timelapse and video/film productions. It comes right after their other latest product, the Second Shooter Pro controller.

The CineShooter is based on the technology and architecture found in their older CineDrive and Second Shooter motion control systems.

The Kessler Crane CineShooter

Built from the ground up, the CineShooter promises to support cameras from 15 lbs / 6.8 kg all the way to 25 lbs / 11 kg using the additional Heavy Duty Support Module.

I used to own and use the Second Shooter moco system back in Australia, which was a very reliable and high quality piece of equipment.


5 axis control directly through the head, with no external remote needed. This can be expanded to up to 9 axes using the Wireless Expansion Module.

Controlled via the on board control surface. Alternative control options are the CineShooter remote (a new mobile app), PS4 or XBOX controllers, KOS software or third party software like DragonFrame.

Using the new Smart Handle accessory you can enable FreeMotion mode, where the motors loosen their tension which allows you to manually move the head in position. This is great for quickly setting up or adjusting your motion control keyframes or waypoints.

Paired with a phone it promises to bring Facial Tracking and Emulation Mode to “mimic” movement.

Hardware specifications

On-board hardware

  • Nodal Pan & Tilt head
  • Arca-Swiss base mount
  • Fully adjustable Arca-Swiss mounting platform to achieve nodal center
  • All-aluminum chassis
  • Impact-resistant housing
  • Capacity supports cameras up to 15 lbs. and 8” in width
  • Light and portable 5.4 lb. head weight
  • Up to 5 axes of control on-board (2 internal, and 3 external)

General features

  • WiFi and Bluetooth enabled
  • Fewer cables (or none when using just the pan/tilt head)
  • Up to 10 programmable keyframes on-board
  • Backwards compatibility with Second Shooter accessories (includes FIZ, pan, tilt, slide, and turntable motors)
  • Smoother, more efficient Bezier-based motion curves

Control options

  • Onboard control surface with joystick and display interface
  • Third party support for Alpha Wheels
  • Third party support for Dragonframe
  • DMC Protocol for real-time moves through third party developers
  • Support for Kessler kOS software
  • Support for CineShooter Remote mobile app (available for iPhone, iPad and Android)
  • Support for PS4 and XBOX controller operation
  • Fully-customizable button mapping through PS4 and XBOX controller
  • True remote operation via dedicated webserver

Shooting modes

  • Live Motion Mode for capturing cinematic, live action movements
  • Timelapse Mode with a built-in intervelometer for capturing programmed timelapse moves
  • Stop Motion Mode to capture intervaled frames for stop motion animation
  • Manual Mode for live operation without programmed keyframes
  • FreeMotion Mode when activate “relaxes” the motors, and allows user to freely hand-position the camera to program keyframes
  • Facial Tracking Mode (requires mobile phone and CineShooter Remote App)
  • Emulation Mode provides a “mimic” action utilizing the accelerometer of your phone to translate pan and tilt motion to the head
  • Silent Mode quietly operates motors for sound-sensitive situations
  • Fast Mode for specialty VFX shots, high frame rate, and fast camera motion

Power capabilities

  • 12v DC LEMO 2 Pin Power
  • 5.5mm x 2.1mm 12v Barrel Connector for MagPak
  • Optional V-Mount or Gold Mount battery plate

Accessory ecosystem features

  • Smart Handle Module provides additional handling point, as well as an integrated FreeMotion button
  • Heavy Duty Support Module upgrades camera payload from 15 lbs. up to 25 lbs.
  • Wireless Slider Motor with additional on-board axis expansion, i.e. a “wireless hop” to existing turntable and FIZ motors)
  • Wireless 2-Axis Expansion Module allows 2 additional axes of operation via wired or wireless connection
  • Mobile phone mount for Facial Tracking Mode
  • Additional accessories coming in the future

You can pre-order the Kessler CineShooter starting today from their website here. Pre-orders will start shipping in September. Pre-ordering takes a $250 deposit and saves you $300 on the final price.

The list price will be $2800 USD, and you can receive a $600 credit if you trade in your older Kessler motion control system.

Other motion control systems

Kessler Crane isn't the only brand making L-shaped motion control mounts. I've listed some other models here so you can compare the CineShooter to what else is on the market.

Emotimo Spectrum ST4

Check out the Emotimo Spectrum here.

Edelkrone HeadPlus

Check out the Edelkrone HeadPlus here.

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