Footage shows the SHORT FP3 hand held HD camera positioner in use on a music video shoot. This device is a developmental prototype by Brownstone Beam dot com with a payload capacity of 2 to 20 pounds. It will typically lift more payload and at a longer extension than the operator can, with heavier payload resulting in reduced maneuverability and extension ability. SHORT combines the functionality of both jib and stabilizer into a single versatile and mobile hand held camera support tool to streamline the shooting phase of production, simplify production planning, and get to post with more diverse, more creative content.
The two axis smart-servo driven pointing platform is balanced along the axis of the extremely rigid beam (patented feature), providing for unlimited shooting orientation. This allows freedom of grip style, freedom of camera path, and a full compliment of both traditional and modern shooting style. Inertial sensors within the structure allow active servo stabilization as a default operating mode, relieving operator workload and allowing greater situational awareness of the scene space for event style shooting, etc.
This footage shows some joystick operation and some stabilizer operation with hands off the controls. Various grip styles are shown, most of which are choked up tight due to the relatively small venue filled with lighting, other camera equipment and a full compliment of extras (the audience in period wardrobe). Many additional grip styles are possible. The SHORT positioner is supporting a Canon 5D MkII with a Canon 14mm prime lens on this shoot. The first and last shots (talent blowing kisses) were shot with the SHORT FP3. The rest of the shots are of the SHORT FP3 developmental prototype positioner in use, courtesy of photographer Harris Porter.
Specification and production planning for a mass produced SHORT hand held HD camera positioner are underway at the time of this posting.
The developmental prototype with operator is for hire, subject to availability, in the greater New York City metro area. Operators interested in training with this new camera support form should contact Mr. Harris at THarris@BrownstoneBeam.com to schedule time with the prototype and the developer. [less