The LeViteZer CYRP45 gimbal

The LeViteZer CYRP45 gimbal was developed soon after the BlackMagic Micro Cinema Camera was released. The CYRP45 is a working name for the gimbal and it comes of the unusual axis order Camera-Yaw-Roll-Pitch installed on 45 degree angle.

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.

Gimbal tuning tutorial

In the following weeks I will be doing some gimbal tuning tutorial videos, the goal is to keep each video shorter than 5 minutes. These videos will introduce new BaseCam 32 bit firmware 2.59 with much improved auto tuning and many other new features. Note though, the used FW is still beta and already known that some parts will be updated before final release.

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.

To follow

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.

LeViteZer X8 maiden flight

LeViteZer X8 is a powerful foldable X8 for easy transport. The one on this video is with T-Motor U5 motors and 16" propellers, a 6S setup. If you are interested of this frame contact, also custom sizes are possible.

Rainproof gimbal

There is many custom made LeViteZer gimbals, this is one of them a very compact gimbal for GH4. It gives free access to all camera controls, battery and memory card, it is very solid, durable and works well and auto tunes perfectly. Absolutely my favourite gimbal for a city trip, it is easy to carry around and immediately ready to work.

LeViteZer Small GH4 gimbal small

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 .

LeViteZer moves to Nokia Quja

LeViteZer is passionate about pushing the technological limits to provide solutions for image stabilization, aerial filming and virtual reality.

Nokia Quja Startup Space, located at the heart of Nokia, is ideal space for innovation and perfect place for LeViteZer to be located at.