The cameras are powered from the gimbal battery and connected to weather protected WLAN router between the cameras. For this test the gimbal was controlled with the joystick, but it could have been controlled as well over the Ethernet, as on this pan tilth head
We did some experimenting also with the camera control, the Axis cameras provide well documented interfaces. For time being this was testing the concept and we did not yet build a complete application controlling the cameras and gimbals and combining the video from the two cameras. On the below video the thermal and normal videos are combined on editing phase, but it could be well do ne on real time application.
I think this kind of system could have many uses on moving surveillance platforms, pole installations etc. It is not just very accurate and smooth pan tilt head, but fully stabilised powerful 3 axis gimbal.
If you find this interesting and have ideas how to use this kind of system, how to develop it further or integrate with your software solutions, moving platform etc. please contact me, firstname.lastname@example.org
Big thanks for Axis Communications for loaning the cameras.
On this video the LeViteZer Pan Tilt Head is controlled with computer over Ethernet. The same interface provides control also for BlackMagic Micro Cameras using SBUS or SDI interface.
The LeViteZer Pan Tilt Head is now replaced by the LeViteZer 360 Pro that provides full 3 axis stabilisation as shown on the blog post below.
Also normal RC controllers are supported and the LeViteZer 360 Pro gimbal has an optional joystick that provides control also for the Micro Cameras.
Testing with two security camera setup
Ps. LeViteZer 360 Gimbals at 360Rumors.
LeViteZer at Nokia Instagram
Video made with first prototype at NAB2017
Big thanks for Mike Dopsa for making these videos, more about Mikes work at mikedopsa.com
The first units are soon out for testers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
On small boat this is really necessary.
The above pictures are from a prototype, seeking investors to make an product of it.
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.