This kind of installation provides unique freedom of movement, especially when installed on a boom. It is easy to reach from ground to unto 3 m just with a single movement of a hand. Also smooth sideway movements are easy to perform. You really need to test it to fully understand it capabilities.
It is tiny and fits places other gimbals don’t. See your self, some first test videos.
The joystick controls gimbal, providing also control for follow and joystick speeds etc. very use full to have good control at slow panning speeds, but easily to go to fast panning speed if needed. The joystick also controls the camera, providing control for aperture, smooth focus, zoom, ISO, WB, SA... everything that the camera supports. The hole system is powered from a single v-lock battery, the boom is extendable.
There has been lot of interest for this gimbal, it even got to Cinescopophilia, Thanks
Not quite enough though to make a product of it, it remains available as custom build solution for those who need a special gimbal like it is. If you are interested please contact.
The purpose of these videos is to assist anyone tuning a BaseCam 32bit gimbal from the scratch.
You can find me at BaseCam forum with alias Garug, what I often notice when supporting people is that shortcuts have been made on basic setup, on these videos I try to address this by giving a straight forward step by step process. I hope you find the tutorial videos helpful.
If you have comments, questions or suggestions, please contact me via the contact or comment at the forum
Note: On LeViteZer gimbals, the basic setup has been been performed and you just need to do the balancing of the gimbal when changing lens or camera and auto tuning + maybe adjusting the RC and Follow parameters for your specific needs.
1. Gimbal introduction - introducing the LeViteZer prototype gimbal used on making these videos.
2. Basic tuning part 1, Gimbal construction and balancing - if the gimbal construction is not ok, it will never work well.
2.1 Big configuration change from big and heavy 300 mm FD lens to small and light 17 mm MTF lens. This requires complete balancing of the gimbal and different parameters. The parameters are pre-tuned, the big lens on profile 5 and the small lens on profile 1. The LeViteZer joystick controls the profiles. Normally if changing to about similar lens, only pitch axis balancing is needed.
3. Installing BaseCam User Interface and Drivers
Note: Not mentioned on video, but you may be instructed to instal some Java components like JDK, just follow the instructions in such case.
4. Saving settings and Upgrading Firmware - always use the corresponding firmware and graphical user interface.
5. Basic tuning part 2 - IMU orientation, 1 point calibration and motor parameters.
It looks erratic at the end, but never mind, this is just one step and there is still many before the gimbal is working perfectly.
6. First PID tuning from factory defaults.
It did not go quite perfect, but shows how to recover if PID tuning fails. This is now first tuning. When the gimbal is well setup, the tuning will work reliably when changing camera/lens and pretend parameters can be stored to profiles like in 2.1.
Note: Tuning from 0 values is being addressed before the final release of the firmware.
7. Activating frame IMU and second PID tuning.
The gimbal is starting to work great and Auto PID tuning from current values takes just couple of minutes and provides good result.
8. IMU calibration.
9. RC control setup
The LeViteZer joystick is connected via SBUS and used on this setup. You could setup a normal RC radio similar.
10. Big lens on small gimbal
a long lens on a small gimbal, effectively 690 mm lens handheld.
Setting up the gimbal
Some test shots. This kind of setup would benefice from encoder setup, providing more power. It was quite windy and there was some shakes when wind hit the lens. At effectively 690 mm focal length even smallest shakes show, but I am pretty happy for the result. Ps. operating this lens handheld without gimbal provides nothing usable. That makes also focusing a bit difficult. Electrical remote focus would be very good on this kind of setup.
11. Encoder gimbal, Aerial gimbal, advanced settings TBD... stay tuned.
It is designed for small lenses to keep it compact, but as shown on the above image, it can handle also big lenses when tilted back or in briefcase mode. It works well on all positions giving free view to the viewfinder if needed and makes it possible even to use the LVF, very useful on bright daylight.
The joystick is made of best available parts giving very smooth control and via the buttons it is possible to control follow and joystick speed, mode, calibration etc. everything necessary can be controlled and it also indicates the battery level. The battery is easily available Sony NP-F750 type battery.
And did I mention it is rainproof, well wet snow proof also ;)
This happened when making this video.
Here is some more videos made with this gimbal
Stockholm round trip
A day in Helsinki
Helsinki international boat show 2015
If you are interested of this gimbal or need a gimbal that fits your specific needs please contact me .
Nokia Quja Startup Space, located at the heart of Nokia, is ideal space for innovation and perfect place for LeViteZer to be located at.