Phobotic Centerpiece test videos

Some videos taken from Helsinki international boat show with Phobotic Centerpiece (CP) controller on small LeViteZer gimbal for GH4 sized cameras.

Thanks Phobotic for providing me the controller to be tested and reviewed. This was the first time I was really using the controller and on these videos follow settings where not optimal for close up shots, so the videos inside boards look a bit shaky.

Moving on wide space these follow settings worked quite ok though.

Some more tuning on follow settings is needed.

There will be an updated review of CP controller when the new firmware 1331 is out and I have a bit more experience with CP, for now, tested with 1330, I would say it is like high-end audio system, provides excellent result, but many would debate is there true differences that justify the higher price. As many High end systems it is limited on functionality and it takes time to get it operational, like powering up a tube amplifier.

The setup is however easy, this is where the CP shines. I had some problems before realising that it takes a minute to star etc. but with patience on waiting and following the LEDs, the tuning was really easy.

What I really miss on CP is users manual and detailed explanation of all the parameters. If it is shown, it should be explained. Also examples for setting the follow mode for different situations and some graphs explaining what the parameters are truly doing would be very welcome.

Where CP does not shine is the delays and reliability on handheld use. It takes too long to start even from standby, it takes too long to recover from disturbance, especially if gimbal is not operated in level position, because of these I missed many opportunities and moving inside boats and trying to control the situation so that no-ones face is on close-up-shot was very stressful. (because being all the time afraid of disturbing the gimbal and also because disturbing the gimbal and waiting)

It is to be noted that according Phobotic the current functionalities are focused more for aerial use and the upcoming firmware releases will address the handheld use.

Waiting for the CP firmware 1331 to be released, should be soon...