Parfocal Zooming

There is not many good and reasonably priced electrical zoom lenses, so why not use a servo.

It is not a perfect solution. Servos are designed to move fast to given position, more smooth operation would be preferable for zooming. Also servos can be a bit noisy. I guess there is a reason the video lenses with electrical zoom are expensive, really expensive. They are also parfocal, i.e. they keep the focus while zooming.

Testing with Canon EF 24-105mm f4. it is not parfocal by design, there is quite a lot focus shift on range 24 - 60 mm, but why not correct it electrically. Notice how the focus moves when zoomed. it is correcting the focus.

Well it does not quite make the Canon EF 24-105mm f4 equal to some 20 000 euro + video lenses, but I am pretty happy with he result. Absolutely makes it much more usable for video work and especially useful for gimbal work.

Note: The controller on these videos has a special modification, pressure sensitive elements for zoom control. More information about the basic version of the controller below.

Remote focus testing

After all found a way to power the LeViteZer SBUS controller also on BMMSC without additional battery.

Testing focus peaking with BMMCC and BMMSC, The grain on BMMSC is smaller, making the focusing more accurate, but fast focusing more difficult as the fine grain is difficult to see.

Coming next, BMD Micro Cameras with SpeedBooster and EF lenses with remote focus and Iris control tests. Stay tuned.

EF lenses

SBUS controller for BMD Micro Cameras - available now

The Blackmagic Micro Cameras have Expansion port that provides SBUS interface to control all important camera parameters.

BMMCC Controller

The LeViteZer SBUS controller for Blackmagic Micro cameras controls all of these functionalities. On the below picture installed on LeViteZer prototype rig for BMD Micro Cameras.

BMMCC rig3 web

A video demonstrating the functionalities. The WB, ZOOM, SA and ISO settings can be configured for any of the up/down switches, the Focus, f-stop and Audio level can be configured for any of the proportional controls.

This is build on order. Delivery time 2 to 3 weeks. Price 300 euros VAT 0% on the shown configuration. Cable length customer selectable up to 1 meter. 1/4” camera threat for attachment additional 30 euros. D-tap power input for the camera additional 50 euros.

To order one or if you have any questions or specific requirements, please contact

The versatile LeViteZer 360

The LeViteZer 360 gimbal is great with many size of 360 setups. and well stabilised 360 video is pretty awesome.

360 setups

However LeViteZer 360 is not only for 360 cameras. It is a new kind of gimbal design where the camera goes on top of the gimbal. This provides certain advantages like easy access to camera. It is possible to use handheld, but typically it is installed on monopod or tripod. This makes smooth slides possible without a camera slider, and it could be operated as remote controlled camera head, but where it shines is unsteady vehicles like a small boat.

XC10 and BMMCC

The “joystick” provides full control of the gimbal and some selected cameras. This makes it possible to operate the gimbal with one hand seeking support from the boat with the other hand.

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On small boat this is really necessary.

The above pictures are from a prototype, seeking investors to make an product of it.

Some toughs on 360 video

The LeViteZer 360 gimbal is primary build for big and heavy 360 video rigs, originally for 16 x GoPro rig but it works very well also with 6 x GoPro setup, 3 x Blackmagic Micro camera setup. I much like the Samsung Gear setup because of its light weight. All these setups use the same LeViteZer 360 gimbal core, only the installation is different.

Samsung gear 360 on LeViteZer 360 gimbal

The Samsung Gear 360 is a pretty nice 360 camera, it is one of the first well integrated 360 video cameras. Its strong points are the simplicity, low cost, and pretty good resolution, especially considering the distribution channels and calculation power a high resolution 360 video playback requires.

For time being the bottleneck of 360 video is really the distribution and playback. Many laptops do not play smoothly 360 video at high resolution and viewing high resolution material requires a fast internet connection. Those are the things that need to be fixed for 360 video to really break trough.

I am sure 2017 will bring many new 360 Video cameras and I hope there will be improvements on 360 video distribution and processor power requirements. Also I am sure that platforms like PS4 VR will set demands for 360 video content.

LeViteZer can offer excellent gimbal for 360 video productions, for any size of camera installations. 2017 will be the challenge for the content creators to provide interesting 360 videos.

360 View

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

It takes the LeViteZer FreeView 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 and LeViteZer 360 gimbal.

The original 360 video

RoboBus sensor tests

LeViteZer is passionate about pushing the technological limits to provide solutions for film industry, virtual reality and people flow. LeViteZer provides consultancy, camera stabilisation systems and well integrated cutting edge sensor solutions.

Advanced sensor technologies are coming affordable making it possible to use them on completely new application areas. SOHJOA project provides excellent possibility for LeViteZer to test people flow sensors.

The obstacles on the road to fully autonomous vehicles on public traffic are not only technological. I am happy to see how SOHJOA project rise the public awareness of such systems on a very positive way and it is great to be part of that.

LeViteZer seeks partners on data analysis.

RoboBus ride

LeViteZer tested some people flow sensor on autonomous bus that is now on Finland thanks to the SOHJOA 6Aika-project


It was also a good change to test the LeViteZer 360 gimbal together with Mediarinki. (the in bus video is without gimbal)

Haukilahti 2016

Testing hoverboard with LeViteZer CYRP45 gimbal. This was firs time using the hover board outside, I was a bit afraid that uneven ground would cause problems, but it was pretty ok.

All shots “handheld” with the LeViteZer CYRP45 gimbal on hoverboard except the two last ones, they are just handheld with the LeViteZer CYRP45 gimbal :)

No image stabilisation added on post processing. Zooming was done with the gimbal system. this is with Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera and Olympus 12-50 Electrical Zoom lens.

Some smooth moves

Practising some pretty special moves with the LeViteZer CYRP45 gimbal.