Update: Do you use ENG-style cameras? You'll like our latest accessory... See details in update.
Update: We just reached our funding goal! As a thank you to all backers, we have a special treat in mind... See details in update.
Update: We have two brand new mounting options for Arri Alexa/XT. See details in update.
Update: Now the pricing for the upgrade to Gravity One Extended is available. See details in update.
Update: We have two new color options for the Gravity One! See details in update.
Update: The final design of the Gravity One is done! See details in update.
Update: We got some nice media coverage today at blf.se and newsshooter.com. See details in update.
Update: We're on IBC showing the Gravity One. Come and see us and try it out at Hall 5 stand B22. See details in update.
Update: We have done some more testing with walking/running with the Gravity One combined with the Kenyon KS4x4 gyros. See details in update.
Gravity One – The small lightweight external two axis gimbal rig
The Gravity One, G-1, is a two axis gimbal camera support. It’s built entirely in highest grade aluminium which makes it very light and extremly strong. The main purpose for the G-1 is to simplify camera handling when working with a body mount such as the Easyrig. It also simplifies handheld camera work and greatly reduces motion artefacts and unwanted motion in shots where the photographer is walking or running.
We’ve been looking at a way of to overcome the shortcomings of the preferred way of shooting for many photographers, namely the ones that are using the Easyrig or the Walter Klassen suspender daily. The pendulum effect has always been a thorn in the side for photographers using these very popular body mounts. Now after a long period of design and r&d we are happy to tell you that the Flowcine Gravity One aka G-1 has undergone its final changes, and we now have locked down the functionality of it in our latest prototype. It has now undergone some serious testing and the results are very promising.
Ergonomics and simplicityNow, we know that the rigs based on helicopter gimbals with sensors and brushless motors are currently very popular. But for the G-1, we have taken a completely different route. We have have focused only on ergonomics first and foremost, with a open frame design that let the operator be as close to the camera as they are used too and still have superior versatility. Therefore it has been very important to make a solid rig, that can take almost any kind of camera weight and size and not limited it in terms of lens choices, balance or accessories.
Targeted at professional photographers
While developing the G-1, we had professional photographers in mind. It’s a fully mechanic device, that will not let you down in any weather or terrain. Also the G-1 works well with gyros like the KS4x4 Kenyon for vehicle mount style shots, boat, aerial heli etc. mounted in a bungee cord.
The G-1 is mounted on the camera using a top plate, so Alexa users will have to have the Alexa handle unscrewed and an additional small mounting plate which we will provide for the Alexa. Also the camera can go from body rig to tripod with out having to remove the G-1 from the camera. Simply attach any kind of bridge plate directly underneath the camera since the G-1 is only mounted on top it wont be in the way and allow you to move easily on and off the tripod. You will also be able to use the Alexa shoulder pad with the G-1 without a problem. Sonys cameras up to F65 are of course also covered.
Gravity One features
- G-1 is an very small lightweight external 2 axis Gimbal (pan axis is the EasyRig Cord).
- It surrounds the camera externally in a very clever way so the operator can use the camera from shoulder to low mode.
- It includes x/y positioning stages that enables you to perfectly balance the camera in 3 axis.
- Its free float full bearing pivot supported gimbal in all crucial axis points.
- It weights approx. 1800 grams and can fully support cameras up to 17 Kg or around 38 pounds.
- It eliminates completely the pendulum effect created from the cord in all Easyrig style body mounts.
- It allows the operator now to tilt freely with out effort +/- 60 degrees (that is approx. since there is always a little difference in camera height).
- It allows the operator to freely roll the camera 30 degrees CCW, and 60 degrees CW.
- Depending on the trim balancing tuning of the camera (perfect or a little bottom heavy) the camera will remain at all given tilting angles or rolling angles effortlessly, and the drag pendulum effect will completely be eliminated.
- For moves being done without hands on camera, it produces very stable smooth footage, something that cannot be done without the G-1.
Extend your G-1
Shortly after the initial launch of the G-1 we will offer the Gravity One Extended – G-1E: This is the most advanced version with sensor type Roll and Tilt gyro stabilised axis, and manual pan control. It includes a very small rocker joystick for tilt and/or roll control and be gyro stabilised at the same time while pan is controlled manually. We have further plans for the extended version, but we are taking it step-by-step and only add functionality that are something a professional photographer actually use every day. Please note that we are working with technology that allows us move up to around 15 kg camera total weight on the extended version! That means you can use any choice of lens/mattebox/camera and other accessories without giving you any worries. This version is designed to be mounted on almost any kind of body mount. The most exciting version though is the G-1 which will be released end of November.
And since its upgradable to the G-1E you can choose whenever you like to upgrade if you want to change your style of shooting, and go from all mechanical to a motorised version.
Pricing for the upgrade for our backers (Gravity One base rig not included):
|G-1E brain including roll motor/sensor (100% stabilistation on roll):||1650 Euro|
|Additional axis (up to a total of three axis):||1000 Euro/axis|
|Wireless/Wired Joystick (User controlled tilt/pan etc.):||180 Euro|
Why crowd funding?
So why did we decide to go on indiegogo and crowd fund the Gravity One? We have three good reasons:
The initial start up of the production of the G-1 is really costly. With your help we can get it started right away and ensure that everyone gets the lowest price possible!
By securing funding, we can proceed with the next steps. The G-1E is already being worked on, but we got other little projects we want to be able to release as soon as possible. With your help we are sure we can bring this to the market faster.
We want to get in touch with our users. What camera you are using, what your preferred style of shooting is etc. During the campaign we want to run some surveys ensuring that everyone will be able to start shooting with their G-1 from the moment they unpack it.
While crowd funding is really great, and we hope to reach the campaign goal, it's important to know that even if we don't reach our goal, all backers will get their Gravity Ones anyway (and of course their T-shirts and stickers!).
We will start up the production even if it's just for one single G-1.
The most interesting perk when backing us would obviously be the Gravity One itself. But if you're not ready to invest in one, you can back us by getting our awesome Flowcine T-shirt or maybe our stickers. And don't forget to spread the word, please share our campaign using the social media buttons at the top of the page!
Your support is extremely important to us and we want to give back as much as possible. That's why the price range for the G-1 is between €1.920 and €2.200 for you backers. The estimated retail price will be €2.450, so you save a few hundred euros by supporting us early. You will, of course, also get your Gravity One before everyone else, so it's the best of two worlds!
Why isn't shipping included in the price?
Shipping vary between locations and countries. We always try to find the best and cheapest shipping option for every backer. After the campaign is over we will contact you regarding shipping.
Why do Swedish people have to add VAT?
Flowcine is a Swedish company. On products sold within Sweden you always have to pay VAT (25%), or "moms" as we say. Sorry about this.
I really like your product and I want one, but I'm worried that you won't reach you goal. What happens to my money if you don't?
While crowd funding is really great, and we hope to reach the campaign goal, it's important to know that even if we don't reach our goal, all backers will get their Gravity Ones anyway (and of course their T-shirts and stickers!). We will start up the production even if it's just for one single G-1.
I have another question thats not listed above, what do I do?
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org! We'd love to hear from you!
Note: All images are of the latest Gravity One prototype. The final product will have small changes to the coloring and design.