Tangent Wave has been pretty busy building control panel devices to serve colourist in their softwares such as Davinci Resovle and Adobe Speedgrade. Its an amazing tiny little fella compared to all the rest of the control panels like the Tangent Wave Element, Black Magic Resolve Panel or event the third party brand JL Cooper – Eclipse CX.
Most of the control panels are heavy, bulky and even costly that will burn your wallet like $15,000- $30,000.
Thank fully this Ripple here is about US$350 so thats around $300-$400SG.
I had a chance to actually play around with it and test on Davinci Resolve 12.5. I must say, I felt like I was playing a new PS4 controller for the moment I held it. Its super light, pretty good for mobile use when your on the go for quick grading projects. There are only few functions such as the Tracker balls (they remind me of those red snooker balls) Lift, Gemma and Gain including the 3 wheels for the levels. There are also rest buttons for each wheels and a bypass “B” button. I couldn’t figure out what does the “A” button does though.
Thats it. Pretty easy.
However I wish they had include a Qualifier analogue/button like the Tangent Wave Element panel has (the picture on top), because there are times when I manage to highlight some of the colour section (lets say the Yellow T-shirt) and sometimes the Qualifier selected other areas that are also YELLOW and I need to bring it down to just the T-shirt I want. I preferred to have an analogue button to twist it slow and accurately just like the Element Knob panel compared to drag your mouse and missed it by a few inches. But hey thats just me.
Another disadvantage about the Ripple is that you have to be careful when lifting this fella, the 3 red tracker marbles are actually loose and they can fall off easily (Yes it happened to me!). I don’t know why they didn’t build a lock mechanism like the other predecessors.
Anyway, would I recommend to get it?
Its simple, its very mobile, it doesn’t take up space at your work station, its the cheapest panel compared to the rest in the market.
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