LeViteZer 360 Pro with fluid head control

The first units of LeViteZer 360 Pro will be soon available, this is one way to use it.

Axis security cameras on LeViteZer 360 Pro Gimbal

LeViteZer has been working now for some time with Axis cameras, not only as related to gimbals, but the image analysis etc. also. On this setup we have a long range zoom camera and a thermal camera on the same gimbal.

Axis cameras

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, kim.janson@levitezer.com

Big thanks for Axis Communications for loaning the cameras.

LeViteZer Pan Tilt Head

The LeViteZer Pan Tilt head is actually fully working 2 axis gimbal, so it stabilizes boom shakes etc. under this kind of movements.

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.

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LeViteZer 360 Pro gimbal

The LeViteZer 360 Pro is for big 360 video cameras. Well suited also for 180, 250, 3D and normal cameras. It will be available for testers August 2017, inquiries kim.janson@levitezer.com

LeViteZer 360 Pro Gimabl with Nokia OZO - available for testers from Kim Janson on Vimeo.

Testing with two security camera setup

Ps. LeViteZer 360 Gimbals at 360Rumors.


Interview with 360 compact gimbal

LeViteZer is located at Nokia Quja Startup Space, Interview of some of the resent LeViteZer activities. Great to be at Nokia Quja.

LeViteZer at Nokia Instagram

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LeViteZer 360 Compact Gimbal

LeViteZer 360 Compact Gimbal is for small 360 cameras. It is now available for selected testers, inquiries kim.janson@levitezer.com

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.

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.