NAB 2016 – All About (and In Depth) With the Tangent Ripple

I chat at length with Tangent about their new affordable surface the Tangent Ripple

The Tangent Ripple is almost ready to ship.
The Tangent Ripple is almost ready to ship.

I was wanting to go in-depth with some of the cool stuff I’ve found on the NAB show floor so rather than just video a talking head and some b-roll for 10 minutes I decided to do some audio recording. First up for this is a stop by the Tangent booth. They were located in the UK pavilion. Tangent isn’t usually exhibiting at NAB but this year they have the brand new (nearly shipping) affordable color grading surface: The Tangent Ripple. At $350 this is going to be the one and only grading surface that is “affordable.” Add soon to be support in both Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Final Cut Pro X via Color Finale and you’ve got a market who needs a product like the Ripple. We’ll have a review soon here on PVC as we’ve looked at other Tangent surfaces before.

The Ripple is small but feels like it is well weighted and ready to take some pounding.
The Ripple is small but feels like it is well weighted and ready to take some pounding.

I messed around with it at several booths for quite awhile and it’s a great product. While plastic it doesn’t feel as plastic as the nearly decade old Wave. It’s light but not so light is scoots around the desk. It’s a great size to have a keyboard near. I think they are going to sell a ton of these things.

The interview with Chris Rose (who is in product engineering) goes into a lot of detail about the mechanical and construction of the Ripple, the idea behind a panel of this size and how they brought it to market, the Tangent iPad app and how it can compliment the Ripple and a few other Tangent related things. I hope the audio format allows for more detail we wouldn’t have gotten into with video.

Get the Tangent iPad app and you can use it for some of the buttons you'd get on the Element panels but not on the Ripple.
Get the Tangent iPad app and you can use it for some of the buttons you’d get on the Element panels but not on the Ripple.

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Scott Simmons

Scott Simmons was born in rural West Tennessee and didn’t really realize that movies and tv had to be made by actual people until he went to college. After getting degrees in both Television Production and Graphic Design he was in one of the early graduating classes at the Watkins Film School in Nashville, Tennessee. During that time at Watkins he discovered editing. While most of his classmates in film school wanted to be directors, Scott saw real career opportunities in post production and took a job as an assistant editor after completing film school. In 1999, Scott took the leap into freelancing and in 2007 accepted a position as an editor at Filmworkers – Nashville. In 2005 Scott created The Editblog a website dedicated to all things editing and post-production which is now housed here at PVC. Someday he hopes to edit on a beach with a touch screen device, a wireless hard drive and a Red Stripe.

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Ra-ey Saleh

Great overview Scott, and Chris was very informative.
I think they’re onto a winner.
Wish I could win one! 🙂

David Liang

Very excited for this!

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