RNG 3.3 Updates
We’ve spent the last few months since NAB looking at the RNG and working up to our next big shipment of 3.3 units, which is scheduled to begin by August 31st. Thanks to everyone who has offered great ideas and feedback! As such, any and all RNG units that are ordered between now and then will ship with our hardware updates, even though we have not yet been able to update our images on the RNG product page. Please be patient with us as we finish building and testing our new hardware, we promise to have some cool things to show you really soon.
Though the 3.3 is the same as our initial release model, RNG 3.2, in terms of its internal electronics, we have added a couple of minor components that are going to open up room for expansion to previously unsupported cameras, including the Canon C100 and C300 cameras.
These tools also provide more control over the audio workflow with different camera systems. We’ve found that since all of the cameras we’ve tested have had slightly different audio requirements, we needed more output signal options than just mic or line level to really be able to achieve maximum possible quality with all of the cameras we support. We’re adding a number of new audio output level possiblities based on the data we’ve collected. This will make integrating the RNG with new and emerging cameras a fast process. Also, the audio cables themselves will undergo some changes as we switch from a multipin audio plug to standard 1/8″, making them more adaptable.
Also on the electronics side, we’ve made some improvements to our headphone amplifier, lowering the signal level. Our old headphone amp was a touch too powerful and a bit noisy when turned up too high. We’ve also added some higher performance laboratory-grade components to our circuitry, enhancing overall performance and giving our audio preamplifier even greater headroom and higher maximum gain.
We also have a raft of hardware upgrades. While in essence it’s the same product, we’ve taken a slightly new approach to some of our old ideas. Here are some of the notable differences between the 3.2 and 3.3:
Reduced weight and size. The 3.2 weighs in at around 9lbs. We’ve shaved off some pounds by creating cutouts in the aluminum, shortening the front and back of the frame slightly and replacing the inner steel module with a lighter grade of steel.
New and improved reversible rail block. Dual positions put 15mm rails the correct distance from the lens center with and without a quick release system in place.
Improved and raised top handle with cable management solutions and shoe mounts. A taller handle allows more clearance for larger cameras while maintaining a wide field of view for the operator. The top of the handle contains a channel for loose audio and power cables.
Rosettes for side handle attachment and use with third party side grip handles. We’re also adding a “dog bone” extension that will enable fine positioning of the grip.
Sliding camera attachment platform that utilizes hand levers for quick adjustment in the field. The platform is also shortened and the eyelet is improved to eliminate loss of tripod screws.
Easier access to main camera connectors.
Optional cable protectors. We know that you want to keep the cables safe from knocks and bumps, so we thought that adding a way to protect your audio and video cables at the side of your camera was important.
A stackable counter-weight system. If you’re not using a gold or v-mount battery, a counter-weight system can be helpful.
Specialized bolt hole patterns for various VCT14 quick release wedge plates
Allen wrench holder. Make quick adjustments in the field without having to worry about where to safely store your tools.
Angled audio meters for improved visibility
Enhanced weight distribution. The 3.3 system is naturally more balanced and less front-heavy without the aid of a large battery or counter-weight on the back.
Tougher grade of aluminum. We’re switching to a harder grade of aluminum to ensure that bolt threads last. Our aluminum parts will also be hard anodized instead of powder-coated, which will add chip resistance and strength.
Improved water and dust ingress protection and PTFE membrane waterproof ventilation
The addition of switchable line or mic level output capability
Thicker and more durable shoulder and ear pads
In addition, we’re building the 3.3 with some future developments in mind, including timecode integration and some other things we’re not quite ready to announce. Stay tuned and sign up to receive email updates if you’d like to stay on top of our announcements. And as always, keep the thoughts and feedback coming!