Vitographyy, uploaded this short video of some footage he shot using one of our CAME-TV gimbals at the "86 Fest" car show. CAME-TV gimbals are completely 3-axis and offer multiple operation modes to suit the shot in which you are trying to achieve. There are different types of CAME-TV gimbals that can hold cameras like the GoPro to heavy duty cameras like the BlackMagic Production Camera.
For more information on the different type of CAME-TV Gimbal click below.
BBW Production, used the CAME-7800 Gimbal to shoot this short film he worked on about fly fishing!
The CAME-7800 Gimbal is a 3-axis hand held stabilizer that is able to compensate for any unwanted shakes and/or vibrations. With a max payload of 6.5 pounds, the CAME-7800 can hold cameras like the Canon 5Dmk3, Canon 7D, Panasonic GH4 and even a Sony A7. The CAME-7800 offers different operation modes that you can easily switch through by pressing on the joystick.
In order to get smooth, steady shots with any of our CAME-TV gimbals, you want to make sure that your camera is properly balanced on them. However, sometimes our customers are so eager to put their new gimbal to use, that they don't take the time balance it accurately.
If you are reading this article, then chances are that you already have, or are in the process of balancing your gimbal. The video below, we will show you a very quick and easy test that will let you know if you've done so correctly.
All CAME-TV gimbals have been designed to support numerous camera/lens setups. That is, as long as the overall payload does not exceed that particular gimbal's pre-determined weight capacity. However, it is also possible for a camera setup to be too light. When this happens, users may notice shaking, vibrating, and even noises coming from the motor of their gimbal. But don't panic!! Essentially, the gimbal's motors have been programmed to expect a slightly heavier payload and are just working a little bit harder than they have to.
A quick fix to this problem, would be simply to lower the Motor Power in the SimpleBGC software. But first, before making any changes, we advise archiving all of your current settings (ex: saving your profile or capturing screenshots). In the unlikely event that you may have to revert back to those values, you'll at least have your screenshots for reference. Once that's done, investigate the gimbal and find out which motor (Yaw, Pitch, or Roll) is giving you problems. Once you have determined the culprit, connect to the software and reduce the Motor Power settings accordingly. Step by step details can be found in the video below.
NOTE: For heavier camera setups, simply increase motor power settings instead of decreasing them.
During this motor power adjustment process, it is ok to turn on your gimbal and test functionality after applying changes. Please know that this is a trial & error process and it may take some time to find the perfect settings for your camera setup. And just as a reminder, once you're able to determine the correct settings in one profile to stabilize your gimbal, apply those settings to the remaining 2 profiles in the Basic Tab of the software.
One of the more useful functions of any CAME-TV gimbal is the built-in joystick/remote control feature. Simply enough, the 2-axis joystick essentially allows you to do seemless panning and tilting movements while maintaining smooth and steady shots with the gimbal.
However, all gimbals come with a pre-programmed joystick speed that dictates how fast its movements are. And sometimes this default speed isn't ideal for the shot that you may want to execute. But luckily, speed can easily be adjusted using the SimpleBGC software. Full step-by-step details are shown in the video below.
Perhaps one of the more common questions we get from customers is "why is my gimbal drifting when it's powered on?." Obviously, a properly balanced and calibrated gimbal will stay put and only move when (and how) you want it to move.
A likely reason for the drifting is that the RC Sub-Trim settings may be off. The RC Sub-Trim is used to calibrate the Joystick. This is an electro-mechanical control surface that over time may need calibration for it’s true Neutral Position. The most common problem is slow ‘drifting’ of camera position. When the Joystick is not calibrated properly, the gimbal believes that someone is applying Joystick commands and starts to move. The video below will help you properly calibrate your joystick and thus likely eradicate the problem of drifting.
NOTE: If you're using a gimbal with an external wireless remote, then make sure the remote is turned on during this process.
NOTE: After completing this process, if drifting persists on any 1 profile, but is no longer present on either of the 2 Profiles, then you can manually copy the RC subtrim values from the non-drifting profile onto the profile that does drift. In other words, after completing the Auto RC-Subtrim process, if Profile 3 still drifts, but Profile 1 & 2 remains still, then you can manually copy the RC-Subtrim settings from Profile 1 or 2 onto Profile 3. Drifting should then be eliminated from all 3 profiles as a result.
When you purchase a CAME-TV gimbal, chances are that it has been pre-programmed with 3 main profiles. And each profile contains its own unique set of follow modes, which you can toggle between depending on which mode you need to use.
Profile 1 will enable Follow Modes for both Pan and Tilt (Yaw and Pitch). Profile 2 will enable Follow Mode ONLY for Pan (Yaw) and will Disable Tilt (Pitch). Profile 3 will disable All Follow Modes. The Camera heading will stay constant.
However, in the event that these follow mode settings are unknowingly or mistakenly altered in the SimpleBGC software, you can manually restore them by dialing them in yourself.
You4reel, shot this huge Corona sponsored event in Ireland with the CAME-TV 7800 Gimbal! The CAME-7800 is a 3-axis gimbal designed for cameras like the Canon 5Dmk3, Canon 5Dmk2, Canon 7D and even the Panasonic GH-4.
The CAME-7800 features a clean design that hides all of the wires to ensure they don't get damaged while it's being used. The 7800 Gimbal, also gives the shooter multiple operation modes that can easily be switched by pressing the joystick.
Recently, Vimeo user, Kluzo, used the CAME-7800 gimbal to cover an event in Paris!
The CAME-7800 uses three motors that stabilize the camera along with the pan, tilt, and roll axis. The motors will help compensate for shakes, vibrations, and other unwanted movements, allowing you to get some smooth shots.
The size and weight of the Blackmagic Design 4K Production Camera will not work with the CAME-TV 7000 / 7500 / 7800 Gimbal Stabilizers. For cameras such as the BlackMagic 2.5K, 4K, and RED Epic we suggest using our CAME-TV 8000 Gimbal Stabilizer.