Equipment

All equipment is available for dry hire subject to terms and conditions

MK-V V3+ Nexus Rig

We have three rigs available. These are a 2” 4 stage (superpost) MK-V V3+ Nexus sled system which has been fully upgraded to include the MK-V Omega AR Revolution System. With all new HD electronics based on the Evolution and Nexus systems (12v and 24v) using all the standard cables and features inc. SDI. Dynamic balancing the rig is easily achieved, no matter which battery combination is chosen. The rig was designed for all cinematic cameras up to and including IMAX and will accommodate DVC/Digibeta/HD type cameras through to the heaviest 35mm and 3D rigs. Capable of being used with all film camera systems:16mm, 35mm and HD and equipped with a Betz Topstage & Tiltplate.

MK-V Lite ~ Lightweight Running Rig & SteadyRig Battery Hanger

The MK-V Lite uses the same electronics as my Nexus system (12v and 24v) using all the standard cables and features inc. HD-SDI. Dynamic balancing the MK-V Lite is easily achieved, no matter which monitor and battery combination you choose. The Lite was designed for DVC/Digibeta/HD type cameras and the ARRI 235 & 416. The MK-V Lite is an ideal professional running rig you can use with 16mm, 35mm and HD.  My Lite is equipped with a 2 stage 1.5″ post, the MK-V Genesis Gimbal (1.5″) and a Betz Topstage.  The lite base can be easily replaced with the SteadyRig battery hanger for heavier configurations (shown fitted in the sled picture on this page).

MK-V Omega AR Revolution

The top of the range system is the Auto-leveling Revolution System (AR). This gives me the ability to shoot from ground level to 8 feet, and Automatically change modes in less than a second. The camera and monitor are stabilised, no matter the angle of the sled. The new V2 AR system also has an optional gimbal control to allow for manual control (roll) over your horizon whilst stabilising. The AR and Nexus Systems are leading the way in which body mounted camera stabilisation is defined – Operators are finding new and unique ways of creating shots that were once impossible, and allowing a whole new way of moving the camera and telling the story.  (More details of my AR can be found here)

2 x Kenyon KS-6 Gyros

Designed to handle the more difficult assignments, the KS-6 provides almost twice the stabilisation of the KS-4. Steady sequences with smooth panning from helicopters, boats or any moving vehicle is now a possibility. Troublesome vibrations are dampened out for medium format cameras or long lenses, without the loss of hand-held freedom of motion. The KS-6 is easily attached to Steadicam Sleds, videotape television & film cameras, etc. to realise the full potential of telephoto and zoom lenses. One or two KS-6 gyros are often used for in Steadicam systems.  Inverter & power supply available. Power: 115 volts, 400 Hz, 26 watts starting with 11 watts running after 4 minutes. 3 hours running on a fully charged KP-6 Power pack. Panning Rate: 20 degrees per second

The XCS TB-6

The TB-6 Smart Monitor is a 16 x 9 format (6″ diagonal) monitor. Microprocessor controlled, with automatic signal recognition for NTSC or PAL video formats. Electronic edge enhancement, vertical and horizontal image zoom control in and out of aspect ratio. Three channel video inputs, with built-in linearity/grayscale pattern generator. Low battery and tally light indicators, power standby and much, much more. All functions are automatically stored into nonvolatile memory for instant recall.  This one is also supported by the XCS PDL on screen bubble.

The V2 MK-V / Hummingbird LCD

The V2 MK-V/Hummingbird LCD is the brightest daylight viewable LCD – sun hood not required. This monitor was designed specifically for ‘Steadicam™’ work. (PAL & NTSC – auto switching) This new V2 monitor has a 6.4″ (4:3) diagonal screen and 4:3, 16:9, 2:1 and user aspect ratios as standard. Built in frame lines, centre cross and boarder. Zoom in and out. Flip and reverse scan. And built in heaters for working in sub zero temperatures. Plus PRO compatible connections and built in Tally lights.

2 x Transvideo 6.5” Rainbow II Superbright lightweight monitors

This is an excellent 16:9 SD monitor – it is recommend for use on the MK-V AR system due to its light weight.  I have a backup within my kit allowing for configuration of my second sled for a quick shift to the running rig.

The Preston FI+Z

This is my main FI+Z system and its ‘bullet proof’! The classic FI+Z wireless lens and camera control system is known worldwide for its combination of precision, simplicity and ruggedness. It consists of a main Hand Unit, Motor Driver, a set of Digital Motors, a Micro Force zoom control, and a variety of additional controls including wireless Focus/Iris, Zoom, and F/X units.

The MK-V Wireless Focus System

My MK-V Wireless focus system is a professional focus system with auto cal and auto anti backlash, programmable end points (within the standard range) and a speed control for super smooth iris and zooms. The WFS has digital control of Heden, FMG motors. This system has the speed and performance of the larger digital systems at a fraction of their size.  My system is supplied with an upgraded FMG-6 Motor with drive gears for video and film camera focus, iris and zoom.  I use this system as a backup to the Preston.

GPI – Pro Arm (8 Canisters: four blue, four black)

The PRO Arm offers the operator the ability to customise the weight capacity of the arm for each situation, from the lightest 16mm set ups or visceral super light 35mm action work to the fully loaded 35mm sync sound rigs.  Easily configured to accommodate a wide variety of load requirements – load capacity ranges from 13-72 pounds

Steadicam™ Goldspring Mk3a Arm

The MK3a arm has an articulated elbow & reversible pin block. The weight range of the Gold Spring arm is 36-58 lbs – if you minus off the weight of the sled (which is around 8.5lbs minus battery and monitor) that should be the max capacity for everything else.

The RedByte Decimator

The RedByte Decimator is a new, lightweight  downconverter for use with digital film cameras such as the RED ONE.  The Decimator not only converts from HD to SD but also converts the new 3G format to SD.  Ideal for Steadicam use, my Decimator includes full cable support for power from my Nexus sled and also directly from the power out port on the RED ONE.

SteadiSeg Handsfree Transporter

Handsfree Transporter is an add-on/modification that provides for safe and easy “look-mum-no-hands“ operation of any Segway®. The Handsfree Transporter frees up the operators hands for camera operation, making it ideal for use by Steadicam™ operators.

Used alone, the Handsfree Transporter is a very effective tool that allows operators to ride instead of run. When a Handsfree Transporter is used with a Klassen HT Hardmount the cameras weight is transferred to the stabilised platform, making the operators job easier on the body.  (More details are available here)

Decimator 2 & AJA HD10MD3 HiDef Converter

The HD10MD3 is a miniature digital downconverter for converting HD-SDI video to standard definition SDI and analog component/composite video. The HD10MD3 uses a full 10-bit data path and multi-point interpolation to produce broadcast quality downconverted video. In addition, the HD10MD3 converts either 1080p24 or 1080p24sf to 59.94 Hz output video using the standard 3:2 pulldown technique. The output can be formatted for either 4:3 or 16:9 standard definition monitors. Four-channel input embedded HD-SDI audio is passed to the SDI output.

Teradek Bolt HD, Boxx, Marell & Camwave & Teletest 7” Director’s Monitor

Housed in rugged shock resistant CNC machined aluminum housings with whip and flat antennas provided as standard. Marell Video Link has now been widely accepted as an industry standard and has proven itself time and time again over many years on a huge number of productions.  The Camwave system is also available and used as a backup which utilises 5ghz WiFi technology.  Both systems are capable of supporting my 7” Teletest Director’s Monitor & Case.

MK-V V2 Monitor Arms & Low mode cage

The MK-V V2 Telescopic arms are telescopic and have rotatable mounts to allow easy and quick spinning of the monitor for low mode.  Baer-Bel low-mode-cage with 4 noses for 15mm motor-rods. After you have fixed the camera on the lower plate, push the upper plate down and lock the screws. The camera is safe now.  Doubles for a nice seat to sit down and rest after a heavy take! Will take cameras up to 35mm.

Walter Klassen Vehicle/Hard Mount

Walter Klassen’s Vehicle Mount allows a Steadicam rig to be mounted to nearly anything. The included Mitchell plate and Manfrotto clamp with eight possible mounting angles facilitate easy mounting by a number of different methods.  One of the only mounts available with end block tilting, Walter Klassen’s Vehicle Mount can tilt up to 40° to help you stay balanced in most conditions.

Steadicam Vests: GPI-Pro Front Vest, ProGear and 2 x Klassen Back mount vests

I have four vests (two front mount and 2 klassen vests) and so a vest for every occasion!  The back mount vest by Walter Klassen is custom made for me and my vest of choice when operating in most conditions.  Its a state of the art vest in leather and carbon fibre and includes double ratcheting straps on both sides of the curved carbon front giving nearly infinite variations in harness fit. The curved carbon front and harness shell can be nested to make a more compact package when traveling.  The Pro vest comes into its own when you need to get in to tight/narrow spaces and features infinite fit adjustments and a safety cord for emergency use when in dangerous situations.

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