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A revolutionary camera stabiliser, designed to open up a new world of creative possibilities for today's demanding filmmaker.

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What is BeSteady One?

The BeSteady One is an advanced 3-axis digital camera gimbal that can sustain rigs up to 2kg (4.4 lbs).

It's the result of a single-minded determination to create the ultimate stabiliser, capable of opening up a new world of creative opportunities and offering freedom of movement to satisfy the most demanding filmmaker. All while being intuitive to use, high quality and affordable.

Sounds like a challenge? Absolutely. But after months of development, more than 50 variations and countless tests, we finally have something we're incredibly proud of.

Advanced technology meets smart design

The BeSteady One is a 3-axis stabiliser that combines  our custom brushless motor design with cutting edge electronics.

The motors have been developed to be precise and powerful while the custom AlexMos electronics make the BeSteady One highly customisable and intuitive to operate. 

This is showcased in some pretty awesome operating modes including 'follow mode' for single operators (or mixed use), 'inverted mode' for creative mounting possibilities and a 'remote mode' for remote operation.

It even has USB connectivity. So you can fine tune gimbal performance and create custom presets using the BeSteady graphic interface (Mac & PC).

Prototype & final design

We're incredibly proud of the BeSteady One design. It represents our passion for the project and months of development. 

The frame has been constructed from high quality materials, including aircraft aluminium, carbon fibre and stainless steel, while clever design has kept it lightweight and extremely durable.

The insight we gained from field testing our prototype, combined with our drive to create the ultimate stabiliser, led us into making huge improvements to the design. We plan for the final release to be more powerful, easier to configure and even more responsive.

Our latest BeSteady One prototype.
Our latest BeSteady One prototype.


Some of the features packed into our latest design include...

  • Full motor enclosure
  • Custom AlexMos electronics, exclusive to the BeSteady One
    • Fine-tune gimbal performance using the BeSteady software interface created by Aleksiej Moskalenko.
  • All wiring hidden within construction elements.
  • All electronics located within splash proof enclosures.
  • New camera shelf design.
  • 1/4"-20 threads on camera shelf for accessories.
  • 12 Volt output on camera shelf for powering accessories. E.g Video transmitter or Paralinx power tap regulator.
  • 3-axis digital stabilisation
  • Custom designed and manufactured brushless, direct-drive motors.
  • 'Follow Mode' for solo operation or mixed use.
  • Safe Li-ion custom-built batteries.
  • Fully compatible and tested with Paralinx Arrow Plus HD transmitter.
  • Tested under extreme and real-world conditions.
  • Additional accessories available include a handheld module and an adapter for multirotors.
  • Production quality guaranteed.
Improvements to the latest BeSteady One design include custom hand grips, enclosed electronics and a new camera shelf with 1/4"-20 mounting holes and 12v output.
Improvements to the latest BeSteady One design include custom hand grips, enclosed electronics and a new camera shelf with 1/4"-20 mounting holes and 12v output.

Handheld Module

Hand operating the BeSteady One is made easy using our optional 'Handheld module'. It attaches in seconds thanks to chunky thumbscrews and includes fast adjustable hand grips and an Accessorium as standard.

Another thumbscrew and ball socket make the Accessorium perfect for mounting accessories or adapters with a 1/4"-20 thread, like an LCD monitor or DSLR film light.

The Handheld module only ships with the COMBO and SUPER SET rewards.

Easy to learn. Easy to master.

We wanted to make sure the BeSteady One could stand up to the most challenging situations. By collaborating with filmmakers and professionals we were able to field test our prototype in real-world scenarios.

We also had remarkable feedback and encouragement from the film making community. Everything we learned helped us to develop a design packed with incredible features that are intuitive to use and easy to master.

The BeSteady One can either be controlled solo, using the adjustable 'follow mode' or have a second operator manage framing and composition using the remote control add-on.

The shallow learning curve of the BeSteady One means you can spend less time worrying about execution and more time being creative.

The Founders

BeSteady founders and creators - Jack Iwaniec and Max Salamonowicz
BeSteady founders and creators - Jack Iwaniec and Max Salamonowicz

The BeSteady One is the brain child of two ambitious engineers from Poland. 

Jack Iwaniec and Max Salamonowicz met in 2012 and quickly became friends and collaborators. In early 2013, their passion for engineering and multirotor design developed into an exciting challenge - to create a high performance and affordable brushless gimbal.

Max and Jack working on early BeSteady prototypes
Max and Jack working on early BeSteady prototypes

Timeline

Rewards

Specifications

BeSteady BASIC

Each set consists:

  • 1x BeSteady One Stabiliser
  • 1x BeSteady Antivib
  • 1x battery charger
  • 1x battery
  • 1x manual

Size and weight

  • Height: 255 mm / 10.04"
  • Width: 250 mm / 9.84"
  • Depth: 240 mm / 9.45"
  • Weight: 1040 g / 2.29 lbs
  • Weight without antivib: 820 g / 1.81 lbs

BeSteady COMBO

Each set consists:

  • 1x BeSteady One Stabiliser
  • 1x BeSteady Antivib
  • 1x battery charger
  • 2x battery
  • 1x manual
  • 1x BeSteady Handheld module
  • 1x BeSteady Accessorium
  • 1x Universal multirotor adapter
  • 1x BeSteady Handheld Stand

Size and weight
  • Height: 360 mm / 14.17"
  • Width: 500 mm / 19.68"
  • Depth: 240 mm / 9.45"
  • Weight: 1650 g / 3.64 lbs
  • Weight without antivib: 1430 g / 3.15 lbs

Shared specifications

Maximum offset
  • On yaw: continuos 360 degrees
  • On pitch: 360 degrees, +/-45 degrees during work
  • On roll: 360 degrees, +/-60 degrees during work

Remote control (optional)
  • Yaw range: continuos 360 degrees
  • Pitch range: software setting, +30/-120 degrees default
  • Roll range: software setting, +/-60 degrees default

Maximum supported weight
  • Camera with accessories: 2000 g / 4.41 lbs
    Power
    • Power supply: supplied rechargeable Li-Ion battery
    • Time of operation: from 45 to 90 minutes per battery (depends on settings and actual camera weight)

Electronics
  • Main board: custom AlexMos 3-axis SimpleBGC
  • Connectivity: mini-USB, Bluetooth module coming soon
  • Control options: Follow Mode (direct targeting mode separately for each axis), Remote control (optional).

Supported cameras
  • Sony Alfa series
  • Canon 5D
  • Canon 6D
  • Canon 7D
  • Sony NEX-3/-5/-7
  • Panasonic GH1
  • Panasonic GH2
  • Panasonic GH3
  • Sony CX730/760
  • Blackmagic Pocket Cinema
  • And other similar sizes

BeSteady GOODIE BAG

  • Material: nylon D420
  • Core threads: COATS Epic
  • Weight: 700 gram
  • Max laptop screen size: 13"
  • Equipment: YKK and ITW Nexus
  • Main space: 2 chambers, one for laptop, second organiser on front
  • Pockets: 7 (2 outside / 5 inside)
  • Made in Poland

Coverage & Citations

"The BeSteady One [not only] gives you incredible stability to get great footage (as you’ll see later), it won’t empty your bank account — not even close. In fact, it’s one of the least expensive that we’ve seen so far." - nofilmschool.com

"MōVI, the amazing gimbal endorsed by Vincent Laforet, now has an important competitor in the body of BeSteady One, a camera stabilizer which will retail for less than $3,000." - Camyx.com

"Even when you can tell that the operator was running [the footage] looks great. The savings over the MoVI alone are enough to make this very attractive to many low budget/indie outfits." - SLR Lounge

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

We've put an incredible amount of effort into preparing for production of the BeSteady One. We're confident in our supply chain and there's a minimum amount of development left before we can be ready to produce and ship a product we know we can be proud of.

However, there are some things out of our control that could affect our timeline.

Suppliers
Each BeSteady will be assembled by hand in our workshop. We’ll have to rely on 3rd party suppliers and shipping services to get the materials we need. Delays in shipping could affect our delivery date.

Production & QC
Making sure the BeSteady is produced flawlessly means we’ll be paying close attention to quality control. We’re prepared to remake any defective part but this could potentially delay shipping of units.

Customs
There’s a small chance packages could be delayed in customs. We’re using FedEx for all of our shipping requirements in order to limit the possibility of problems getting the BeSteady One in your hands.

FAQ

  • Yes. We’re using Fedex to fulfil shipping requirements on all of our rewards.

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  • Yes. In fact we encourage it. The more support the better! ☺

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  • You get 6 months limited warranty with your BeSteady One. After that if you have any problems or damage your unit we’ll have stock of all spares at our workshop as well as select dealers to quickly repair and service units.

    Your 6-month warranty will cover the repair or replacement of any malfunctioning/defective parts.

    BeSteady will pay for shipping to and from your nearest dealer, production facility or R&D department depending on the fault. BeSteady Ltd. will arrange shipping and return via courier service.

    BeSteady or dealers need maximum of 14 work days to check units for faults.

    If product is working properly or it has been used incorrectly (overheating motors, using custom batteries, changing firmware to non-original one, motor disassembly, modification of electronics, overloading camera shelf, physical damage, flooding with water or other liquid, extreme contamination) then the customer will be charged with shipping both ways as well as service and labour. Typical labour fee is 27 pounds per work hour. One hour will be minimum for checking product.

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  • Theoretically our brushless technology should almost never need a service, as long as you use the BeSteady One as instructed. Ways to reduce the life of the motors, or kill them completely, is overloading and excessive dust or water. Typical work doesn’t affect the motors.

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  • The BeSteady one is fitted with a custom designed AlexMos electronics board with USB connectivity. All fine-tuning is made possible using our custom software interface compatible with PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac OS and Mac OSX.

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  • Not yet. But soon! We’re currently developing a low cost, Bluetooth add-on for the BeSteady One.

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  • Sorry, no. We’re preparing a separate version called the BeSteady ‘Four’ to handle loads up to 5kg.

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  • Run time varies from 45-90 minutes, depending on overall load and power setup.

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  • Yes! Using our pre calibrated Remote Add-on for the BeSteady One. Just attach the receiver to the AlexMos board, power up the remote and you’re ready to go.

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  • The Remote control add-on is a Graupner MX-10 remote control and GR-12 receiver pre-configured to work with your BeSteady One. Simply attach the receiver to your unit and have a second operator control pan and pitch.

    If you want to add the remote-add on to your rewards just increase you pledge by £120 and less us know in the message field. We’ll take care of the rest.

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  • Yes! There are 4 PWM channels or you can use sum-PPM on one cable. Your receiver also gets 5 volts from the AlexMos board.

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  • It’s around 4000 metres in open space. It’s more than likely you’ll your wireless video link to the BeSteady before you loose R/C control.

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  • Range is around 300ft depending on obstructions. We have experience working with the Paralinx amongst crowds, on multirotors, in the city and in open space. We found that as long as we had line of sight we’d often get more than 300ft range. Otherwise, obstructions can have a varied affect on range.

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  • The BeSteady One uses 3 high performance brushless motors working in direct drive to stabilise a camera platform in 3 axes. Using electronic wizardry we’re able to keep the camera rigid in any combination of axes at the same.

    Watch the Kickstarter video to get a better understanding of the results.
    Is it better than Glidecam, Flycam, Steadicam etc?
    Not better, different. Those examples are great at stabilising in the horizontal and vertical axis while the BeSteady One is awesome at stabilising in axial space. Combine your BeSteady One with other rigs like cranes or multirotors for the ultimate setup.

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  • The BASIC and COMBO come with a Universal Adapter to mount the BeSteady One to the belly of a multirotor. We’ll also include a Cinestar Adapter for mounting on Cinestar rigs.

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  • The BeSteady One is splash-proof but shouldn’t be used in heavy rain. The unit houses a USB, PWM and battery connectors so direct exposure to water can damage the electronics.

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  • Yes! You can also choose any combination of axis to activate at the same time using our supplied software. You can even apply them to presets selectable by an switch located on the rear arm.

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  • If you change lenses or rig the BeSteady won’t need recalibrating. You’ll just need to make adjustments to the balance, normally on the Pitch axis only (forward and back). With a bit of experience you can re-balance your rig in a couple of minutes without tools.

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  • No. Each axis can be balanced without tools. You can also remove the gimbal from the handheld module or adapters without tools.

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