The Hummingbird Arm is a wearable dual arm camera stabilizer. It makes your videos less shaky.
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The Hummingbird Arm is a wearable DSLR camera stabilizer that beginners and students can afford. The Hummingbird provides filmmakers with hands-on steady cam experience without making a huge investment. They’ll be able to practice shots and incorporate smooth dolly-like footage into their videos. The Hummingbird Arm will be a vital, low cost alternative to a handheld DSLR stabilizer and significantly less expensive than a $25,000 pro rig.
The Hummingbird Arm reduces camera shake and jitter via a mechanical arm that isolates the camera from the operator. It’s compact and lightweight, but rugged.
The Hummingbird Arm was specifically designed for small cameras and DSLRs like the Canon 5D, 7D, T3i, and Panasonic GH2, which are becoming increasingly popular for use in lower budget projects, including commercials, music videos, industrials, weddings, shorts, websites, TV and for extreme sports videos. With a little practice, the Hummingbird Arm will help operators using these cameras get solid and engaging footage at a price point that is a perfect fit for modest budgets.
It’s a common practice for Steadicam® operators to add as much as 20lbs to their arms in order to fly lightweight cameras. By optimizing the geometry of the Hummingbird Arm, using high tolerances and some old fashioned tinkering, we’ve been able to minimize the additional weight needed.
I have been lucky to have the help of the legendary Steadicam® Arm builder Robert Luna. Robert’s experience and expertise with Steadicam®technology makes him an invaluable resource.
My goal is to raise enough money to build 5-7 arms and integrate improvements from the prototype. I plan to lend them to filmmakers for free for 6 months to field test. There’s nothing like the daily grind of a film shoot to help work out kinks in the design and suggest enhancements or new features. My goal is to have the Hummingbird Arm ready to sell within a year. I’d also like to use money from the Kickstarter campaign to buy tools and materials that will be needed to repair the arms and provide support for operators in the field.
The Hummingbird Arm will be an essential filmmaking tool that fills the growing demand for an affordable stabilizing arm. Similar arms on the market range from $2500-$25,000. I’d like to sell the Hummingbird Arm for less than $1000.
There is still a lot to be done and improvements to be made. I’m working on developing a tool-less adjustment mechanism for the Arms, which will make it quicker and easier to adjust for different weights of cameras and lenses. A new gimble is also in the works with better bearings and much stricter tolerances. I'd also like to add a belt to the harness and am considering developing this rig into a lightweight running camera stabilizer. With enough funding I can get these new designs incorporated into the final product.
I look forward to the challenge and thank you for your time and generous contribution.
Don't know for sure...yet.
I've made some radical changes to the sled from the one pictured in the videos. The new one is half the size and much easier to maneuver. I've also been experimenting with gyros, and am having great success. They've helped me solve the Polar Moment of Inertia issues I've been dealing with. Only drawback is cost. They're brutally expensive. More than my entire rig. Perhaps I'll build my own.
I should have an answer for you once I solidify the design...and once I get a little money saved up to manufacture the second prototype.
pledged of $8,000 goal
Funding Canceled Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on August 23, 2011.
Aug 11, 2011 - Sep 10, 2011 (30 days)
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Thanks for your support. Every dollar helps.Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
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A T-shirt with the Hummingbird Arm LogoEstimated delivery: Feb 2012
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You will be named in a special video shot to thank backers who pledged $45. +Autographed headshot. +T-shirt.Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
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I'll leave a message on your voice mail thanking you for your support. +You will be named in a special video shot to thank backers who pledged $45. +Autographed headshot. +T-shirt.Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
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I'll send you a blueprint of the hummingbird arm. It will include exploded views, assembly instructions, and basic dimensions. Experienced Do-It-Yourself types will have a good jumping off point to build their own arm based on these prints and dimensions. You're allowed personal use, but not allowed to sell it commercially.Estimated delivery: Aug 2013
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I'll send you a fully dimensioned blueprint of the hummingbird arm. It will include exploded views and assembly instructions. + solid models of the precision machined parts(STEP or IGES format). You'll be able to take these files to any local machine shop and have them manufactured. + I'll include a Bill of Materials(BOM) that includes vendor names, part numbers, and contact information. + customer service. I'll talk you through the entire manufacturing process and pass on calibration tips and tricks. You're allowed personal use, but not allowed to sell it commercially.Estimated delivery: Aug 2013