Rageboard – The big, impressive looking color grading panel for your Tangent Elements

If the DaVinci Resolve surface is out of reach or a Filmlight Blackboard isn’t in the budget, perhaps a Rageboard can fill the gap.

Are you a colorist who wants to have an impressive looking color grading panel but you can’t afford the cost of a full $30,000 Davinci Resolve Advanced control surface? Do you have a set of Tangent Element panels that you’d like to give a cozy home? Then the Rageboard might be just for you.

Take a set of Tangent Elements, a keyboard and a tablet and you can get an nice looking control surface.
Take a set of Tangent Elements, a keyboard and a tablet and you can get an nice looking control surface.

If you remember our Tangent Element review, the Element it’s a modular color grading panel system that will set you back some $3500 for all four pieces. The Rageboard is a wooden chassis that brings the Element panels together along with a keyboard, tablet and powered USB hub to make what looks to be a rather professional color grading panel at a fraction of the cost of the big ones. I’ve never seen one in person but Rageboards were sprinkled around IBC 2015 so maybe they’ll be back at IBC this year if you’re at the show and want to see one. The Rageboard comes from the German company Angry Face. Their website says “grading gear” so we might see more unique products out of them in the future.

A Wacom tablet mounts from under the Rageboard in order to keep the clean design.
A Wacom tablet mounts from under the Rageboard in order to keep the clean design.

The Rageboard is a cool idea and looking through the internet a bit you can see it take shape.

Rageboards in production.

A 2014 post on Lift Gamma Gain shows the woodworking in progress. Another shot from Video and Filmmaker shows a Rageboard up on two sawhorses.  A first question might be why wood and not plastic as that’s a more common construction material for this type of thing but the Rageboard FAQ answers that question as well as many others. I think I would prefer wood over plastic as a good woodworker can do wonders to create a beautiful piece. Well crafted wood products have a feel to them you just can’t get from plastic.

A keyboard can be placed on either the left or the right side. Good to have choice for us southpaws.
A keyboard can be placed on either the left or the right side. Good to have choice for us southpaws.

The cost for the Rageboard is 2.900,00 € (currently that’s $3284.11 according to Google). If you’re in the EU there is a bundle of the Rageboard and an Element set for 5.500,00 €. There are a number of add-ons you can purchase as well such as placeholder plates and Wacom pen holders but even with some options you’re still under $10,000 for the Rageboard, the Element, your Wacom and a keyboard. That’s not a bad price if you’re setting up a dedicated color grading suite and want both the cachet and utility of a high-end grading panel. Plus there is an IBC discount that will run from September 9 to the end of September with 300 € off.

USB ports in the Rageboard mean you can customize your Rageboard with whatever you want. Those little USB stick lights always look cool in a darkened room.
USB ports in the Rageboard mean you can customize your Rageboard with whatever you want. Those little USB stick lights always look cool in a darkened room.

Since we’re talking the Tangent Element here remember that the Element system doesn’t have to be used with Resolve so you could have this imposing looking panel as you’re grading in SCRATCH or even Adobe Premiere Pro. I doubt the Rageboard will be anything a part-time colorist would invest in but if you are a full-time colorist or you have a facility with a dedicated color room then the Rageboard just might take the feeling of that room, and maybe the productivity of the colorist working in there, to a whole new level.

And Rageboard isn’t the only one

While researching the Rageboard I came across another similar enclosure for the Elements called the HHi One. It’s from a UK company and looks very similar.

hhi-one

There’s not a lot of information on the HHi One website and I didn’t see any pricing but according to this forum thread the cost is similar to the Rageboard. I’m not sure if it’s shipping or not but you can get a bit more information here or contact the company.


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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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Mazze
Mazze

Hey Scott,

many thanks for writing that review – really appreciate it!

Best,
Mazze

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