by Tim Fok | 9th January 2017
Is hanging out of your car window with your MøVi not quite getting you the shot? No budget for a Russian Arm? Check out the MotoCrane, the world’s first universal automotive camera crane system. The MotoCrane popped up last week and has caused a bit of a stir. It’s a camera jib arm with gimbal that sits on your car roof, based on a universally fitting suction mount base. The result is apparently a world’s first in the universal automotive camera crane system market. To obtain these sorts of shots before it would take a lot of rigging and/or a purpose built vehicle, like a Russian Arm. The MotoCrane now challenges anyone with standard sized vehicle and half an hour to spare. The MotoCrane is made up of three modules, the ARMA jib arm, ACRO gimbal head and ATILIS base. The reach of the suction mounts on the ATILIS base is 2.5’x2.5′ MIN, 4’x4′ MAX, so technically speaking any vehicle with a flat, non-fabric, non-glass roof of this size will be compatible. The ARMA Jib arm offers 360 degrees of rotation and 70 degrees of vertical lift (30 up, 45 down) and you get unlimited rotation & 180 degree tilt/roll on the ACRO head. Compatible cameras start from small mirrorless systems (GH4, A7s) up to the ARRI Alexa Mini, RED EPIC and Sony F55; basically anything within a 25lbs payload is compatible. And then there’s the MotoCrane Command Central iOS app and wireless control panel. Utilizing an actual iPad as the interface, the operator can adjust and control the MotoCrane system, from camera moves to ACRO head configuration. MotoCrane Tech Specs: Included Accessories | iPad, Gamevice, HD Monitor, 1x Lens Control iOS App | Free; coming soon. Max Payload | 25 lbs ARMA motion | Unlimited Rotation, 30 deg up, 45 down ACRO motion | Unlimited Rotation, Tilt & Roll: 180 deg Max Speed | 80 MPH Lens Height from Roof | 3′ above, 3′ below Boom Length | 6′ from center, 9′ total Max Controlled Speed ARMA: 4 sec 360º Swing Max Controlled Speed ACRO: 1 sec 360º Pan Weather | Water resistant Power Input | Cigarette Lighter; 12V/10amp (fused in cable) Roof | Flat, glossy mounting points (non-fabric, non-glass) ATLIS Area | 2.5’x2.5′ MIN, 4’x4′ MAX Suction Cups | 6 inch diameter, 70 lb load rating each (x4) Security Harness | Straps to wheel fenders rated to 300 lbs each (x4) SYSTEM | 95 lbs unloaded, 170 lbs fully loaded (including max payload), ATLIS Base | 35 lb unloaded weight ARMA Boom | 50 lbs unloaded weight ACRO Head | 10 lbs unloaded weight Pricing and availability: TBC (will update article as soon as it’s released). It will probably not be cheap, but it will be sure to shake things up by closing the gap considerably between affordable-for-all filmmaking and top-end purpose built. Would you trust the MotoCrane with your camera and your car? Let us know in the comments below!Read more
by Tim Fok | 27th July 2014
Tired of lugging around and setting up a big heavy jib? Disappointed with the rigidity and function of smaller travelling jibs? The Boda jib could just be the one for you. Founder Jeremy Sawatzky optimises the perfect jib in 5 key factors – Size, Weight, Set Up Time, Rigidity and Capacity. The Canadian engineer thinks he’s got the perfect mix. The Boda jib is a 9.5 foot extended, weighing 9lbs and folds to a length of just 28 inches. Set up time? Less than 15 seconds, with no tools. A camera jib is the perfect exemplar for compromise. Increasing rigidity and accommodating for payload results in a heavier, larger setup. We’ve seen this many times with compact jib solutions (see our Minute Review of the Kessler Pocket Jib Traveler); none have challenged full size jibs in regards to payload and reach. The Boda jib comes close however, its design hits the middle of the pack, a reasonable payload and length whilst also a much more compact size and weight to others in a similar range. With a good, light camera setup (which due to the latest offerings from mirrorless cameras is no longer and issue) this jib could take the staple Kessler Revolution Head. Let’s list the specifications so it is clear what this jib offers: Boda Jib Specifications Weight – 9lbs/ 4kg Payload when fully extended – 15lbs/6.8kg Payload with one arm retracted – 11.3kg Length when fully extended – 9.5 ft/ 2.9M Length with one arm retracted – 7.5 feet/2.28M Length when folded up – 28 inches/71.1cm Also included in its features list is a fluid pan base with drag and locking control, a vertical lock and compatibility with 75mm and 100mm half bowls. This carbon fibre and aircraft grade alu constructed jib looks exciting, I for one have been waiting for a product that stirs things up the jib world. There’s a big gap between travel and medium jibs; the Boda swings down right in the middle. Check out rewards on Kickstarter, a fully rigged Boda Jib will set you $2300 USD.Read more
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