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Tiny eSteady batch in the works...

The BBC

First things first, a few weeks ago I was lucky enough to have the eSteady hired out by a BBC 4 production team. They had it for a couple of weeks and were using it to shoot some dance sequences and backstage work. Sadly due to copyright I can't post any of the videos here, but trust me they were amazing!

 

eSteady rigs in the works!

The next good news it that I have got the green light to produce a tiny batch of eSteady rigs. The bad news is that only 5 will be made; likely ever.

As key parts are produced on a $30K Stratasys 3D printer,  which isn't mine, I'm limited to what I can do. Although there are other ways to make the eSteady rigs, I haven't got the time to implement them. By continuing to use this machine however, which is the best in it's class, the parts are extremely high in quality, strength and durability  compared parts made on cheaper 3D printers. 

When will the eSteady's be ready? 

It is hard to judge when they will be ready as I'm trying to source some of the electronics for the rigs. What I haven't said before is that the rig is designed for the Alexmos controllers which are difficult to get hold of because, putting it simply, they are the best. I'm not tempted to cut costs and use some of the cheaper open source controllers, so it's a waiting game currently. It also means the rigs will have the ability for follow mode to be enabled so the pitch of the camera can be adjusted super easily whilst filming.

I'm certain they will be ready in no longer than 1-2 months.

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The eSteady about to head into the BBC Broadcasting House. 

The eSteady about to head into the BBC Broadcasting House. 

A few hours work spent cutting out the under trays for the electronics by hand! Don't worry they aren't finished yet.

A few hours work spent cutting out the under trays for the electronics by hand! Don't worry they aren't finished yet.