At IBC this past September, Tangent showed working prototypes of its Ripple panel — a new entry level offering designed for the occasional colorist, editor and student — and came away with a few suggestions that they incorporated into the final product. Ripple features three tracker balls that speed up primary grading. It is lightweight and offers a footprint small enough to sit beside your keyboard and mouse without getting in the way.
Here are the recent changes that Tangent made to the product:
– Increased the size of the dials.
– Increased the the gap between the ball and the dial.
– Made the “finger dimple” in the dial deeper.
– Added some kind of “grip” to the edge of dial.
All of the above was implemented in order to make it easier to operate the dial. Our main image shows the final design of the Ripple panel that is now in production.
Tangent says incorporating the above changes has delayed the release date of Ripple, which is expected to cost around $350. “We had originally hoped to get the panel out some time in March, but it now looks most likely that it will start shipping at the end of April,” says sales director Andy Knox.
Tangent will have Ripple at their booth during NAB.