You may recall the innovative BeeWorks 5 camera stabiliser, which we covered last November.The gimbal has an asymmetric design to offset motor weight, making it inherently more balanced and reducing adjustment points. Sure there’s lots of manufacturers today of 3-axis gimbal stabilisers like the DJI Ronin M and The Moza Lite for example, but the main difference between the BeeWorks 5 and the competition is the advanced controlled system for remote control that BeeWorks 5 uses. With the BeeWorks Kinetic Remote system, the BeeWorks 5 can be controlled remotely while attached to its stand. Furthermore, the Kinetic Remote captures your movements and transmits that information to the BeeWorks 5 not only on one axis at a time, which results in natural matching of gimbal operator movements in real-time.
Now the makers of the BeeWorks 5 stabiliser recently announced that the company’s novel camera stabiliser and control system, the BW05, is shipping and available for sale on the company’s website – www.beeworksgear.com. After a successful Kickstarter campaign in December, BeeWorks began shipping units to backers in May.
The company is now taking orders for this unique system, made in Seattle and designed to be used both as a handheld stabiliser and as a stabilised remote head, controlled with the Kinetic Remote.
“We designed the BW05 from the ground for professional filmmakers.” says BeeWorks founder Matt Nuffort. “Small details like HDMI ports to avoid dangling cables make a big difference in ease of use. We also started a revolution in camera control with the invention of the Kinetic Remote.”
The Kinetic Remote uses position sensors to track your movements, making it possible to frame shots as if you are holding the camera in your hands. “Once you use the Kinetic Remote, you can never go back to traditional joysticks,” says Seattle cinematographer John Harrison. “It is so intuitive.”
The sleek design of the BW05 is ideal for discreet occasions like weddings or concerts. The stabiliser’s compact size matches the growing set of smaller, lighter 4K cameras, like the Sony Alpha series, but it also was designed with the venerable Canon and Nikon DSLRs in mind. “The appeal of electronic stabilisers is the freedom of movement they afford,” says Nuffort. “It makes sense for them to be as light and compact as possible, leveraging the amazing advancements in camera technology.”
Check out some demo footage shot with the stabiliser:
Long continuous shots walking down the docks at twilight with the BeeWorks 5 Stabilizer. The BW05 was held with one hand for the majority of these shots. Filmed with the Sony A7s camera by John Harrison.
The BW05 is unique in its ability to mount quickly and easily in a variety of ways. The matching aluminum stand fits in the BW05’s carry-on case and is designed to mount on a stage, table, C stand, or tripod. It also can be mounted to a vehicle or to vertical surfaces like windows or side panels.
All BeeWorks products share a set of common traits:
• Intense attention to design
• High-quality manufacturing
• Ease of use
• Software enabled “intelligence”
The BW05 stabiliser kits start at $3,499. For more information head over to BeeWorks.
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