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LeViteZer Gimbal for BMD Micro Cameras

PostTue Apr 19, 2016 1:31 pm

The LeViteZer Gimbal for BMD Micro Cameras was developed soon after the cameras where announced last year. The micro camera form factor makes this new kind of gimbal design possible. A design that provides unseen freedom of movement.

This gimbal was originally designed as a aerial gimbal, installed in between front propellers providing a completely free up and down view, actually a completely free view to any direction. Soon after it was noted that it works excellent also as boom installed handheld gimbal, giving an easy reach from ground level up-to 3 meters and an access to places otherwise unreachable with gimbals.

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This video was taken some time ago, using GoPro with additional weight to simulate the weight of the BMMCC.

As an option, the gimbal has a joystick for the gimbal that also provides a full control of the micro cameras.

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Re: LeViteZer Gimbal for BMD Micro Cameras

PostTue May 10, 2016 12:26 pm

Still testing old GoPro setup :(

https://www.facebook.com/levitezergimba ... 589580786/

The BMMCC setup will be many ways similar, can be operated by one man, totally smooth panning in follow mode, also slow speeds, unlimited view up/down, any direction.
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PostTue May 10, 2016 5:18 pm

Looks very good! Do you have a rough price for the gimbal yet?
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PostTue May 10, 2016 5:22 pm

Best not to talk about a rough price. The price is best.

James, I hope that didn't come across as rude. I just meant a rough price is often lower than actual and better to wait until all costs are known before quoting a price.

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Re: LeViteZer Gimbal for BMD Micro Cameras

PostTue May 10, 2016 5:28 pm

rick.lang wrote:Best not to talk about a rough price. The price is best.

James, I hope that didn't come across as rude. I just meant a rough price is often lower than actual and better to wait until all costs are known before quoting a price.

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haha, that is very true ;) But any information is better than no information!
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Re: LeViteZer Gimbal for BMD Micro Cameras

PostTue May 10, 2016 6:36 pm

Thanks James and Rick.

Yes the prising is difficult and I ask some patience with that.
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Re: LeViteZer Gimbal for BMD Micro Cameras

PostTue May 10, 2016 8:39 pm

Kim Janson wrote:
As an option, the gimbal has a joystick for the gimbal that also provides a full control of the micro cameras.



Really cool Kim - does that mean you got SBus working? :)
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Re: LeViteZer Gimbal for BMD Micro Cameras

PostWed May 11, 2016 4:35 am

Not quite yet, for reasons... I still do not have the camera, but there is many LeViteZer remote controllers so it should be no problem as long the BMMCC SBUS connection works, and I trust it will.

Here is one currently under work. https://www.facebook.com/levitezergimba ... 456697566/ in addition to full smooth gimbal control it currently has 12 channels to control what ever, like the BMMCC.

That gimbal by the way could easily take a bit bigger camera, like URSA mini/ URSA cameras with big lens, it is for vehicle installations.

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Really cool Kim - does that mean you got SBus working? :)
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Re: LeViteZer Gimbal for BMD Micro Cameras

PostThu Jun 09, 2016 1:57 pm

LeViteZer SBUS controller for BMMCC and it controls gimbal too ;)


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PostThu Jun 09, 2016 3:06 pm

That sbus controller looks very good, I'd be pretty interested in that. Is it working wirelessly?
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PostThu Jun 09, 2016 6:25 pm

Looking good Kim, I also would be I interested in one!
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PostThu Jun 09, 2016 10:43 pm

How much?
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Re: LeViteZer Gimbal for BMD Micro Cameras

PostSat Jun 11, 2016 6:06 am

The version on video is wired connection, wireless no problem either.

Currently it is build of the best components available, it is still a prototype, well working one that will be tested during the following weeks.
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PostSat Jun 11, 2016 8:59 am

Some first testings with the gimbal + controller

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Re: LeViteZer Gimbal for BMD Micro Cameras

PostSat Jun 11, 2016 11:57 am

It's looking very good, I'm impressed :) look forward to seeing more footage
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PostSun Jun 12, 2016 1:43 am

Looking god Kim :!:
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Re: LeViteZer Gimbal for BMD Micro Cameras

PostSun Jun 12, 2016 11:45 am

Very interested in one, if it's a reasonable price - I don't need the highest quality materials!

Will probably get one anyway unless its outrageously expensive.
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PostFri Jun 17, 2016 8:05 am

Thanks for the comments, here is first video made with it

https://www.facebook.com/levitezergimba ... 154069596/

and the making of :D

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Re: LeViteZer Gimbal for BMD Micro Cameras

PostMon Jun 20, 2016 3:56 pm

Been reading your stuff for months now. Your work is coming along nicely.

I've got a couple of questions.

In the case of the gimbal what kind of weight can it handle? I'm using Veydra's with the Micro. They come in just under .55 Kgrams stripped. So with a IR/UV Cut and likely a VND of some sort and maybe a hood are they to heavy and weight forward for this gimbal?

I also really like what I'm seeing of the setup with the controller on an extension with the gimbal at the end. Is it possible to see a bit more on the actual controls of the controller?

And the $64 question. Are you planning to make this available to the marketplace and what will it cost? Any thoughts on timing?
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Re: LeViteZer Gimbal for BMD Micro Cameras

PostMon Jun 20, 2016 7:33 pm

The controller is still a prototype, there is also many other type remote controller prototypes... The current implementation for BMMCC:

- top knob = focus (with the 12-50 mm Olympus operates smoothly, with some other lenses not so)
- right knob = f-stop (all lenses I have tested adjustable in steps)
- right button + joystick up/down = ISO
- right button + joystick left/right = SA
- left button + joystick up/down = Zoom
- left button + joystick left/right = WB

the top buttons are for gimbal control: 5 levels of follow speed and joystick control speed etc. I was planing to use one of them for starting/stoping recording, but not happy for the current BMMCC implementation, for now rather use the camera recording button.

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Currently the 12-50 mm Olympus 3.5 - 6.3 EZ ED with ND filter is the maximum weight it can take. The motors have plenty of power, they could handle much bigger lens no problem, but bigger lens would make the gimbal bigger and heavier and that would make it difficult to handle it as handheld boom installation.

We are now traveling in Europe and I am making some videos with the gimbal. I am getting the typical what is that looks but not that many questions as when traveling with normal/small gimbal for GH4. Maybe the CYRP45 just looks too professional/strange :)

Truthfully this will not be my favorite travel gimbal, it is a special use gimbal capable for some things other gimbals are not, with it it is possible to make low position/high position shoots and smooth transitions in between. it fits to places other gimbals do not, and it is possible to make very drone like video with it handheld.

This gimbal will receive some updates and couple of them will be build to start with. It will remain custom build gimbal so setup for bigger lens etc. are possible.
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Re: LeViteZer Gimbal for BMD Micro Cameras

PostMon Jun 20, 2016 8:53 pm

First video with the LeViteZer BMMCC CYRP45 gimbal, I am currently shooting plenty of material, but have limited time and resources for editing. More to follow on couple of weeks.



The Olympus 12-50 mm electrical zoom is not great, it causes bounces and looses focus. It is good for setting the focal length before the shoot and maybe for some special shots like at the end of this video (but not that great result).

Ps. All handheld/walking/running. My walking is terrible, but running seems to work better :)
Shot using ProRes LT Video, no other correction on editing phase than exposure.


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PostWed Jun 22, 2016 9:47 am

Yesterday in Bretagne

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PostTue Jul 05, 2016 2:14 pm

Returning home from the vacation.



It was a very nice 3 weeks and actually got some time off from the cameras and gimbals too :D

Today tested the Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm f/4, it fits the gimbal and the remote focus is super smooth, just hoping it would take ND filters.
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PostFri Sep 09, 2016 3:53 pm

I bought a Hoverboard some time a go and have been practicing after office hours, getting more confident with it and decided to test with gimbal.

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PostFri Sep 09, 2016 4:06 pm

Kim Janson wrote:I bought a Hoverboard some time a go and have been practicing after office hours, getting more confident with it and decided to test with gimbal.



Time for a remake of The Shining? Scary first person perspective.



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PostSat Sep 10, 2016 1:11 pm

Showing off the gimbal :cool:

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PostSat Sep 10, 2016 7:50 pm

That is very nice Kim, how much are we looking at for the setup shown in the test video, and just for the gimbal and remote? Thanks
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Re: LeViteZer Gimbal for BMD Micro Cameras

PostSat Sep 10, 2016 8:30 pm

It is currently available as custom build solution only, starting at 3000 euros. That includes the gimbal, joystick, short telescopic arm and V-lock battery mount (but not batteries or changer). V-lock battery powers gimbal and camera. The joystick controls the gimbal and Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera.
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PostSat Sep 10, 2016 8:40 pm

Thanks Kim, will keep this in mind.
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PostSat Sep 17, 2016 3:26 am

Some clips from this summer. The first half of the clips is with LeViteZer CYRP45 gimbal and Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera, the second half with normal handheld gimbal and Panasonic GH4.


http://www.levitezer.com/blog/files/751 ... ee-39.html
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PostTue Sep 20, 2016 11:05 am

The LeViteZer airborne FreeView concept http://www.levitezer.com/blog/files/5a8 ... 0d-40.html
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PostThu Sep 29, 2016 4:23 am

Practising some pretty special moves with the LeViteZer CYRP45 gimbal. More about the gimbal at http://www.levitezer.com/blog/files/b85 ... 5a-28.html

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PostThu Sep 29, 2016 4:24 pm

Kim, I believe this is called 'sick!'


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PostThu Sep 29, 2016 4:43 pm

Well it is limited by my imagination and skills as cinematographer, the purpose being demonstrating the gimbal features.

I am sure there is more intelligent uses for those features. :D
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PostThu Sep 29, 2016 4:59 pm

Kim, 'sick' is now meant as a compliment, not a criticism.


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PostThu Sep 29, 2016 5:11 pm

I thought so, but was not quite sure though if I am exposing my self too much on these videos, should probably give it already to some professional hands and get some well made videos.

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PostThu Sep 29, 2016 11:21 pm

I wonder where you can find a professional? The term seems vaguely familiar. Oh look, there's one over there, and one at the corner, and another! I like your video work Kim, but I think someone may be knocking on your door soon following your suggestion.


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PostFri Sep 30, 2016 6:29 am

Thanks Rick for your words of encouragement, I appreciate it.
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PostTue Oct 04, 2016 7:10 pm

Testing the LeVIteZer CYRP45 with hoverboard



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PostSun Nov 13, 2016 10:22 pm

LeViteZer 360 gimbal, this is not only for Micro cameras, but takes them well too.

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Some fun with 360 camera in non 360 video. It greates all new posibilities also for normal video, though maybe I did over do it a bit with this one :D



More about it in here http://www.levitezer.com/blog/

It takes the LeViteZer Free view concept to hole new level. The viewing direction and angle can be freely selected during editing. Imagine when we have better 360 cameras... The above video is with Samsung Gear 360.
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Re: LeViteZer Gimbal for BMD Micro Cameras

PostFri Nov 17, 2017 3:38 pm

The BMD Micro Cameras just received FW update with some new SBUS functionalities, maybe it is time to update the LeViteZer prototype gimbal for Micro cameras to support the new functionalities: Auto focus, Frame rate and Codec.

Unfortunately not the long waited menu controls via joystick and Focus peaking, overlays etc. would be nice to controll over SBUS too... Anyway, good to see that there is updates to these marvelous little cameras.
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