The Ultimate Stabilizer? Sachtler Trinity, a Gimbal/Steadicam Combo

We spoke with Curt Schaller from Sachtler about their innovative gimbal/stabilizer combo called the Sachtler Trinity (Artemis Trinity) and Artemis Maxima (gimbal only). 

Yet another gimbal? No! This gimbal has a payload of 30KG. Will this be the revival of the stabilized system?

There was always a niche in the gimbal market. With no gimbal (except for extremely expensive options) to carry higher payloads, the Artemis Maxima can carry up to 30KGs. The combination of camera and lens size does not matter, as it is ring shaped and can counterweight any length of camera.

One of the most significant features of the Maxima gimbal is its weight compensation, which means when switching lenses (short to a long zoom lens for instance), there is NO need to rebalance.

The Artemis Maxima can be used as a handheld gimbal, or in combination with Sachtler’s Artemis Trinity steadicam solutions.

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Market price of the Artemis Maxima is EUR 15,800 and they are directly available through Curt Schaller at Sachtler. Just contact him here: curt.schaller(at)vitecgroup.com

The Artemis Trinity will allow existing stabilised systems to be upgraded to more modern standards. With the Artemis Maxima as its gimbal head, the trinity allows for 2-axis operation, with control of tilt and pan at your finger tips.

With a payload of 30Kg’s, Curt demonstrates the ability to go from a low-angled shot to a high-shot on the fly with stable horizons. This system sure is a force to reckon with.

Video explaining the Maxima gimbal without the Maxima Gimbal system:

Please watch the Magpie behind-the-scenes video in its entirety below – and you can support the project on Kickstarter, they are trying to tell the untold stories of life in East Anglia during the time of the WWII invasion between 1942-45 – click here.

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Tito Guillen Reply
Tito Guillen September 12, 2015

It looks alive Sean Mclennan

Erich Haubrich Reply
Erich Haubrich September 12, 2015

#want

Oscar Goldman Reply
Oscar Goldman September 27, 2015

“poundwant”?

Travis Hayward Reply
Travis Hayward September 12, 2015

Ariel have you seen this? Crazy!

Zenebe Tariku Andarge Reply
Zenebe Tariku Andarge September 12, 2015

u say real! it’s make crazy z business.

Zenebe Tariku Andarge Reply
Zenebe Tariku Andarge September 12, 2015

hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm of an amaizing camera with body stablizer

Khwaja Faraz Reply
Khwaja Faraz September 12, 2015

wet water :O

Rob Russell Reply
Rob Russell September 12, 2015

That’s lit

Sameer Antulay Reply
Sameer Antulay September 12, 2015

The magpie video looked like it had some horible steadicam work. Too much pan jerks. What’s up with that. 30k wow.

Myles Thompson Reply
Myles Thompson September 12, 2015

Agreed. The mechanics of this gizmo are stunning/mystifying but the end result is a little twerky/twitchy. To be honest, I prefer a Steadicam with the occasional operator flaw: more organic/natural. Read something recently in the ASC mag about operator flaws – Hoffman was opining the absence of the human element in a lot of modern films (with perfectly orchestrated mechanical camera motion/CGI). Food for thought.

Paul Cook Reply
Paul Cook September 17, 2015

The one used on Magpie was a prototype, the finished production model doesn’t suffer from these issues.

Myles Thompson Reply
Myles Thompson September 17, 2015

I’ll believe it when I see it.

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Augusto Pedro Alves da Silva September 19, 2015

Nice concept but I think better results are achieved with a 3axis gimbal mounted on a steadicam arm.

Scott T. Parkhurst Reply
Scott T. Parkhurst September 13, 2015

Being in the bizz.. this looks cool.

Hannes Trendmedia-tv Maurer Reply
Hannes Trendmedia-tv Maurer September 13, 2015

gibt es schon lange beim Film…vielleicht bau ich mir sowas auch, die Steadycam hab ich ja schon….einen DJI Ronin und fertig ist das Teil!!

Nino Leitner Reply
Nino Leitner September 13, 2015

Erm die Kombination ist völlig neu

Hannes Trendmedia-tv Maurer Reply
Hannes Trendmedia-tv Maurer September 13, 2015

Nino Leitner schau mal http://www.russdejong.com und die Chinesen bauen auch schon fleißig nach “Tiltamax Amorman”.

Sebastian Wöber Reply
Sebastian Wöber September 15, 2015

Der Armorman ist keine Steadicam…

Steffen Hacker Reply
Steffen Hacker September 13, 2015

Wow .. looks great on the show booth, but that Magpie movie thingie is some really bad footage (and a weird film) .. my Chinese gimbal definitely has the same footage .. wide shots, uninspired moving of the camera .. nothing that features a highend product. Get it in the hands of a real DPs shooting something quickly and then publish THAT footage .. and not stuff that is counter-productive ..

 Oscar Stegland Reply
Oscar Stegland October 31, 2015

Your Chinese gimbal has the same footage? Those are choices you makes as a DP, not something the gimbal has a choice in…

Hasan Asif Reply
Hasan Asif September 13, 2015

What are the price of this beast ?

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Augusto Pedro Alves da Silva September 19, 2015

30k + Steadicam System

Carmody Matthew Reply
Carmody Matthew September 14, 2015

Prototype of a new camera module for the International Space Station perhaps?

John Lamar Reply
John Lamar September 14, 2015

Game changer!!!!

André Der Kirschen Mag Reply
André Der Kirschen Mag September 14, 2015

Sorry I see no difference if you compare it to a normal steady cam. Am I missing something? The gear and weight it holds or so!?

Alan Rencher Reply
Alan Rencher September 14, 2015

Your not supposed to notice a difference. The point is not to add extra stabilization to a steadicam. The point is to allow different kind of camera moves with large cameras.

Oscar Goldman Reply
Oscar Goldman September 27, 2015

you + are = you’re

 Oscar Stegland Reply
Oscar Stegland October 31, 2015

You can go from low to high mode with the camera staying level to the ground. This is impossible with a normal steadicam.

Essentially this is a body-mounted jib. Very similar to the M-KV Alien system which has been around for ages but is only actively stabilized on one axis.

Chad Syme Reply
Chad Syme September 14, 2015

Amazing! Neill Blomkamp needs to use this on Alien 5.

Jacob Horenburg Reply
Jacob Horenburg September 14, 2015

what on earth

Tevan Shii Lockhart Reply
Tevan Shii Lockhart September 14, 2015

Interesting

Joshua Lockhart Reply
Joshua Lockhart September 14, 2015

They have some other stuff like this they typically put on cars.

Joshua Lockhart Reply
Joshua Lockhart September 14, 2015

But regardless, I expect you to get me one

Brian Siador Reply
Brian Siador September 14, 2015

OR the new smartgun mount if there’s ever an Aliens reboot ;)

Greg Swong Reply
Greg Swong September 14, 2015

That looks like something that belongs in Halo

Josiah Stendel Reply
Josiah Stendel September 14, 2015

Nearly €16k! Wowie. Cool concept though! Probably a little heavy…

 Oscar Stegland Reply
Oscar Stegland October 31, 2015

He says around €30k in the video. Where did you get €16k from?

Julian Boyance Reply
Julian Boyance September 14, 2015

Whoa.

Julius Szakolczai Reply
Julius Szakolczai September 14, 2015

Whoa

Scott Faranda Reply
Scott Faranda September 14, 2015

I don’t know. I think the Movi is capable of getting these shots and honestly, I think it could’ve done a better job than that did (at least in that example video). How long does it take to get this thing balanced too, seems overly complicated for a device that costs that much money.

Carlos Cortes Reply
Carlos Cortes September 15, 2015

HOLY SHIT!!!

Andre Baldwin Reply
Andre Baldwin September 15, 2015

Nice!

Eudes Barbosa Reply
Eudes Barbosa September 15, 2015

Fabio Amador ?

Stan Perry Reply
Stan Perry September 15, 2015

Well your first in this one … Aliens looking like things

Donny H Willeto Reply
Donny H Willeto September 15, 2015

School needs one

Bobby Menne Reply
Bobby Menne September 15, 2015

I can’t get over how sweet this is.

Tony Lozano Reply
Tony Lozano September 15, 2015

They lost me at 30k euros…

Millard Walton Reply
Millard Walton September 15, 2015

Dope cam movement.

Kashif Davis Reply
Kashif Davis September 15, 2015

No doubt

Angel T Maniego Reply
Angel T Maniego September 15, 2015

WOW!!!

Gabriel Charles Koerner Reply
Gabriel Charles Koerner September 15, 2015

The demo footage was unimpressive

David Superville Reply
David Superville September 15, 2015

holy chits

Andrew Levine Reply
Andrew Levine September 15, 2015

Nice, but my rig is not too dissimilar :-)

Arthur Kents Reply
Arthur Kents September 15, 2015

I think more pictures and/or details about your rig are warranted. Please indulge…

Andrew Levine Reply
Andrew Levine September 15, 2015

Hi Arthur, I was using a FigRig for camera, monitor, recorders (A+V) and battery, an EasyRig Mini Strong to be able to shoot all day long and an AB stereo audio setup taped to the EasyRig bar. Focus pulling was done with a SnapFocus prototype. Worked like a treat :-)

 Oscar Stegland Reply
Oscar Stegland October 31, 2015

So you’re comparing a completely unstabilized camera-rig to rig using a combination of two different stabilization systems. I’d say they’re completely dissimilar. An EasyRig is not comparable to a steadicam or a gimbal in any shape, way, or form. It’s a great product, but it’s built with a completely different purpose in mind.

Arthur Kents Reply
Arthur Kents September 15, 2015

Thanks. I’m a beginner and I appreciate you taking the time to share.

Gabriele Sartori Reply
Gabriele Sartori September 15, 2015

I would add also a couple of gyroscopes that it will take the Incredible Hulk to use it

John Michael Frye Reply
John Michael Frye September 15, 2015

Maybe forget about the Ronin?

Josh Mason Reply
Josh Mason September 15, 2015

I went to their site to look at the stabilizer alone and like most sites it wont tell you the price unless your a member.

Josh Mason Reply
Josh Mason September 15, 2015

I always thought that type of gimbal looked good anyways.

John Michael Frye Reply
John Michael Frye September 15, 2015

well it was just another piece of high tech gear we hadn’t seen yet :D

Josh Mason Reply
Josh Mason September 15, 2015

true. I will probably stick with the DJI ronin for now. Waiting to earn money and sell a camera.

John Michael Frye Reply
John Michael Frye September 15, 2015

yeah I think the Ronin M has enough growing room for you to last awhile ;)

Shangwei Liu Reply
Shangwei Liu September 15, 2015

And why we need that?….

Jimmy Green Reply
Jimmy Green September 15, 2015

Yawn.

Josh Forwood Reply
Josh Forwood September 23, 2015

Frustratingly, every time an interesting move is made using the rig, it cuts to the 2nd camera so you don’t ever get to see it’s real effect.