Last edited by Alex Fostvedt; 04-15-2010 at 12:26 PM. Reason: Photo Newbie!!
Here r two different gyro stabilized heads that I have worked with a lot. I've used both heads on the water in power boats and sail boats.
The Perfect Horizon- http://motionpicturemarine.com/
a great product, although sometimes a little tempermental, after two monthes of twelve hour shooting days at see it would quit on us once in a while. One plus is that it operates silently so its good for sync work.
The Mako Head- http://www.makohead.com/
A tank this thing works always. But its big, heavy, and makes a high pitched buzzing whine. It is tough though. Also works under slung on a crane.
We have been working closely with gyro stabilization for three years. See our web site at www.rynomotors.com . I designed and hand built each prototype. I have been a mechanical engineer for twenty five years. See my web site at www.christopherhoffmann.wordpress.com . I'd be glad to open a dialog on how best to serve your needs.
Bump--would love to see an update to this thread. I have a client who needs to mount a simple unit to his Aircam.
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Now that I've processed more than a year on this gimbal, eventually got good ideas how to design and construct such a gimbal system in a completely new way. All this time I've been after a simple and low cost design, and finally might have found it.
People have sent me messages and asked all sort of things, such as what kind of motors should be uses etc. If things are as I now surmise all this can be avoided. At least, that's what I'm after as such things only make the gimbal construction rather complex and heavy. But we'll see. No promises from my side, but might have found the way to overcome the challenges. In addition, will make a full prototype only for Epic and Scarlet once they arrive as they are much lighter than R1. To give a hint of what's going on, have a 25 year experience in electromagnetic design on the highest possible level ...
Hello there. I have also worked out a very nice gyro module gimbal that you can mount a mini 2 axis head underslung only and it works very well in theory.
My design uses just one Kenyon KS4 gyro for this , together with a motion control module and stepper motors. Before someone says that a kenyon KS4 isnt enough to stabilize, I will say that the Kenyon isnt used the way that you think.
Also you will have the option of recording all movements of the gimbal and pan tilt head data and if one wants use it on CGI.
The system though isnt exactly very cheap , BUT it can be 1/10 of the price of any equivalent system. There are also vibration isolation for the head.
Pm me for information so we can make this real.
Or I can work together with a 3rd party on this idea.
EDIT. The system uses an 8 axis motion controller and software for 8 axis, joystick or wheel control, or even pan bar if required for the control of the head, and also recording reall time motion both at gimbal and head.
Stepper gear motors for simplicity and reliability for all axis.
Not exactly a small unit BUT VERY effective with big accuracy and no DRIFT.
Either way its a very good solution, for aerial and vehicle shooting.
and not only for light cams.
Constantine, you seem to have a different kind of gimbal in mine. I'm thinking of something like this one
that you can put on a car, boat, skido, balloon, helicopter (guess requires a license) and so on without any mechanical gyros such as the Kenyon ones. The goal is to come up with a design that is as simple as ever possible to keep the cost low.
Lauri hello. good to talk to you.
What you are showing me is the Gyron .
Gyron has various gimbals and its one of the most effective in the industry.
I my self had the chance to play with one on the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
They had it mounted on boats and helicopters many of them.
These gimbals are working with sensors and motors and they also have an antivibration mount. Of what I have read you want to make something with out sensors and motors which I really find hard to think off , and I had the feeling you were going for something different.
Gyron is not a light weight system and in some cases it has intergraded cameras in it.
In fact it can be quite heavy less than space cam but still very heavy indeed
My gimbal is nothing like this in philosophy .
My gyro gimbal works with out sensors .
I would rather talk privet about this if you like so you can discuss this with me and see what I mean. I also have the original idea of the motion control intergration to the system so the motion data of the gimbal and remote head can be recorded reall time on shooting and then can be played back on a studio with the exact rig mounted on a steady base, (well the head only really) and add cgi effects and that maybe is of interest and usefull in some cases, plus the fact that you also have a moco head.
Are you getting where Iam going?
Iam interested in working together or sharing this project .
I also can produce CNC machined parts using my rigs manufacturer with great quality.
EDIT The mini filmotecknic head works same way as the bigger heads , and I have seen footage with horizon errors nmounted on vehicles so its not exactly great stabilizing, it works quite well, but nothing like the gyron.
I believe I can achieeve much better results.
MORE EDIT. the cost is very relative to the results.
Getting sensors that work and low or non backlash motors for this can be expensive as well.
Oh and I forgot to say, inter graded follow focus , zoom and iris control for any lens fully recordable and repeatable , but wired.
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