The Infinity Arm was originally introduced by Sage Seb via a Kickstarter campaign back in 2014, and it was quite successful back then. A couple of years later, Matthews Studio Equipment (MSE) teams up with Sage Seb to produce a refined version of the original Infinity Arm. The Matthews Infinity Arm The concept of articulated arms is not new, but this particular device is a fresh approach to the problem. The Infinity Arm is a bit shorter than an ordinary articulated arm, but it is very heavy-duty for sure. With the help of the Matthews engineers, the Infinity Arm is even more robust than the original one from the Kickstarter campaign. The minute we saw Seb’s design, we knew it would be a perfect component to our camera-support equipment, said MSE VP of Product Management and Marketing Tyler Phillips. It is everything an arm should be. Our engineering department worked with Sage to refine the Infinity Arm and make it ready for introduction at NAB 2016. Specifications 100% manufactured in California, USA Capacity: 15lbs+ (7kg+) Length including tips: 10″ (w/o tips 9″) Arm Weight: 1.5lbs (.6kg) Materials: CNC’d Tool Steel and 6061-T6 Aircraft Aluminum Material Finishes: Type 3 military grade black anodize and a proprietary electroless nickel phosphorus Matthews claims that the Infinity Arm is the strongest articulated cine arm out there with a weight capacity of 15-32lbs depending on the configuration. The two identically build sections of the arm are capable of a 360° range of movement and the Infinity Arm sports interchangeable, ball-in-socket, quick release tips for adding and removing accessories quickly and efficiently. This is a useful feature since it gives you the ability to quickly put on the perfect tool for your given application. There are accessories available for every application For example, you can add a dedicated metal GoPro mount on the one side of the arm and a Mini Matthellini Clamp on the other side to mount a GoPro to a post – rock solid. The Infinity Arm with a GoPro mount on one side and a so-called Baby Pin on the other (which is mounted to a super clamp). The Infinity Arm delivers ease of mind with a redundant locking system. In addition to the trigger release, the tip must be pushed down all the way in order to remove it. That way, the tip can’t come loose by accident and you can be sure that your expensive camera rig won’t fall off when in underslung operation. Pricing & availability There is no word on pricing and availability of the Infinity Arm as of yet, but it is already listed on the MSE website.Read more
Infinity Arm is a versatile, heavy duty magic arm. Its interchangeable ball joint allows a selection of mounting options as well as a quick release system for switching between applications. The Infinity Arm surfaced on a few blogs earlier in the month, but with the Kickstarter still in mid flow and their target not yet reached, I thought it was worth bringing to the attention of anyone whom hasn’t yet seen it. The form factor of a magic arm is fantastic, they enable you to get a variety of accessories/cameras to where you want them, quickly and with the turn of just a single knob. However, they’re limited in application due to the payload they usually carry. The Infinity Arm is made of high strength aluminium, utilizing a rosette joint to enable a sturdy lock. Check out the stress test below: Whilst it currently has no official payload figures, you can see from the above video it’ll take over 10lbs. A couple of these at either ends of your setup would be a great solution for those hard to reach, unique camera positions. In addition, the current prototype measure 8.5″ long without joint tips. A nice feature is the interchangeable ball joints. when loose, you can quickly change out the joints of the Infinity Arm, meaning you can switch between setups very quickly (as long as you have pre-mounted ball joints on other aspects of your setup), as well as alter the size or type of the thread. Infinity Arm currently offer a 1/4″-20 male thread, cold shoe and GoPro mount. (Future mounts will include: custom clamp, 3/8″, baby pin, female 1/4″-20 and 3/8″ with more to come). I’d like to see 15mm rod added to this list, which would match up nicely with Zacutos Zamerican accessories. $159 would start you off with an Infinity Arm package, although pledges start much lower if you’re just looking to help the project along. Check out the Kickstarter page for more information on rewards.Read more
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