The Portable Camera Crane
Want to hike your camera in the air?
Polecam are the recognised designers and originators of a super lightweight, highly portable, low profile and versatile crane system that can be deployed and relocated in less than 10 minutes. Constructed from hi-grade aluminium, the backend section provides the main structure of the rig and accommodates the integral counterbalance system. Declassified military specification Carbon Fibre is used for the crane arm - this technology provides a super low profile, high strength rigid platform for any professional or amateur film maker alike.
|Polecam is the crane unleashed! |
Imagine a 7m crane you can put anywhere (in a boat, a pick-up, a golf cart, or on a harness!), a crane you can set up in under 10 minutes, and then move anywhere you like in seconds. Polecam delivers all the production value of a typical jib - in less space, with less weight and much faster set up time.
Polecam's 'secret' is technology. For 10 years Polecam has been developing and refining the best in the latest technologies to take the jib into the 21st century. Carbon fibre is stronger than steel yet lighter than aluminum. Micro-motors provide zero-backlash control for smooth and steady moves. Broadcast quality mini-camera systems give you images to rival their full-sized counterparts. All of these combine to make Polecam a cutting-edge production tool for your production needs.
An ultralight support pole made of carbon fibre, that can vary in length from 4 to 26 feet (1.22 to 8.54 metres) in 1.22 metre sections. Make it as short or as long as the job requires
A pan & tilt head that allows for 1000 degrees of horizontal rotation (that´s just about 3 full revolutions) and 280 degrees of vertical rotation − this allows you maximum control over the camera´s POV
An option of the new Narrow or Wide head (extra cost option); you will also need the control cable for the new heads (no need to change the joystick though)
An optional 7" high-res monitor to watch the shot as you´re making it happen; new monitors come with waveforms to make sure your exposure is dead on (extra cost option)
A joystick controller from which you run the pan&tilt head, all aspects of the controller can be customized; speed/direction/etc
An interface unit which makes the all the power and control connections easy to assemble
A harness and tripod mount − whether you choose to wear your rig or to mount it on a tripod for smoother movement is up to you − it goes back and forth in seconds
A full set of Polecam covers for weather/rain protection and a set of soft bags that the rig packs down into.
You will need: - a suitable tripod (100mm bowl, minimum 16kg capacity), counter weights (standard 1" dumbbells, 2 x 5kg + 2 x 7.5kg give a good spread of weight options)
You may want to consider flight cases - we offer SKB items that the soft bags fit perfectly.
Once you´ve put the system together you add a camera – we specialise in supplying the most suitable cameras for Polecam. There are numerous broadcast quality competitively prices options out there − Finally throw on your batteries and you´re ready to go!
Those shooting in the field without a truck may choose to add a recorder − HD/SD − tape/hard drive and flash recorders are all available and the system works with all industry standard connections.
The Wide Head by Polecam is specially designed for D-SLR Cameras and benefits from full electronic control with pulse encoded Faulhaber motors used for both pan and tilt operations.
The head uses a 12 bit PID motion controller to regulate the pan and tilt axis via a closed loop configuration meaning you get an extremely accurate and easily controllable head. This head can move up to 30 times slower than previous versions and can also do a full 360º in just 7 seconds.
The Wide Head is backwards compatible with most Polecam rigs (using up to five sections).
Weight: 1394g / 3.07lb(US)
Max payload: 3.6kg / 8lb
Overall height (pivot to base):
Max load height on cradle:
240mm / 9.45"
Max load width on cradle:
200mm / 7.87"
100mm / 3.94" depth
slotted centre with two slots either side at 20mm / 0.78" intervals, slot width is 6.5mm / 0.255"
To facilitate unlimited panning the Wide Head has power and monitoring options built in via slip rings on the head, designed to monitor a composite signal the BNC actually handles HD SDI which is a useful bonus! (for monitoring purposes only) Power is provided to enable camera DC adapters to be used and there is an iris drive power outlet for our small iris drive motors (used with split head Toshiba cameras and similar mini cams).
The Long Head by Polecam is specially designed for larger Cameras such as the Canon C300 and the Panasonic AF101. The Long Head benefits from full electronic control with pulse encoded Faulhaber motors used for both pan and tilt operations.
Polecam’s all new electronic hot head is a versatile remote control pan/tilt unit for either on Polecam use or as a stand alone remote hot head.
To facilitate unlimited panning the Narrow Head has power and monitoring options built in via slip rings on the head. A power tap (Hirose), monitoring (BNC) and an iris drive connection (4-pin binder) are provided.
The Narrow Head is designed with flexibility in mind and you can detach the Polecam mounting bracket drop arm (4 screws) and that will reveal a 3/8 UNC threaded plate screwed to the drop arm, remove this and screw it to the top of the Narrow Head. Attach the inverted head to whatever suits your intended use.
A brilliant and cost effective upgrade for all Polecam rigs, particularly effective with older Polecam carbon fibre poles. The Polecam Wires Strut System (WSS) delivers additional rigidity and reduces vibration during rapid movement, vehicle deployment and even outside in challenging weather conditions. The WSS can be used on a single pole rig, through to a full 7th Heaven setup at 8m (26'). Great for music and similar events where rapid crane movement is used.
A convenient and easy to use iris controller for Polecam, great for challenging conditions when you need an assistant to monitor and adjust the iris as you pan/tilt/boom the rig.
Using the DynaMotor principle we have developed a compact, rugged and easy to use controller that does not require batteries making it a no maintenance essential piece of kit.
The unit is housed in Carbon Fibre with a machined and knurled aluminium direction controller weighing 170g (6oz) and measuring 153mm (6”) x 40mm (1.6”) supplied with a 3m (almost 10’) lead terminated in a 3-pin XLR (F).
Optional 3-pin XLR(M) to iris block binder can be supplied in any length up to 200m (218 yards) or easily made up using standard cable.
Direction is switchable enabling intuitive iris control for all users.
A 3D version is also available with the addition of a simple switch you can flick between cameras to control both iris’s on your 3D rig separately.
The new compact Z10-HDCF high definition zoom lens is ultra compact with dimensions of just 45 x 45 x 98.3 mm including the C-mount thread.
|Although the lens is ultra compact it has big lens performance with an unbeatable close focus of 450 mm. The performance of the lens is enhanced through the use of low dispersion glass. The zoom and focus movements utilises floating cell technology producing a smooth, light movement ensuring the best performance throughout the zoom range.|
What really makes the Z10-HDCF really stand out from the crowd is its versatility. Due to a unique user interchangeable rear cell this lens can be adapted to work with sensor formats from 1/3” up to and including 2/3” single and 3CCD. When fitted with a 1/3” format rear cell the lens will have a focal length of 7.5 to 75 mm. Change to a 2/3” format rear cell and you will have a focal length of 14 to 140mm.
On top of the ultra compact size, superb performance and unique image format flexibility the Z10-HDCF also has built in topside and back focus adjustment to make setting up as simple as it could possibly be