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$8,674
pledged of $27,000pledged of $27,000 goal
61
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, November 26 2016 5:19 PM UTC +00:00

About

DAISHŌ The Original Gimbal Clamp.

Motorized camera gimbals have transformed camera stabilization, but the gimbals themselves are exhausting to use and cumbersome for real-world filmmaking.

The DAISHO gimbal clamp changes all of that!

With our patent-pending DAISHO clamp, you are now able to convert virtually any gimbal on the market to be an ergonomic and seemingly lightweight stabilizer. Making once impossible shots a reality.

By shifting the center of balance and distributing the weight of the camera, you will now be able to film for literally hours, instead of minutes with a traditional gimbal set up.

The DAISHO eliminates the need for a stand entirely
The DAISHO eliminates the need for a stand entirely

 The DAISHO fits any gimbal top bar 30mm - 24mm in diameter (Ronin 30mm, Ronin-M 25mm, MōVI 25mm, etc.) 

DAISHO on a DJI Ronin-M
DAISHO on a DJI Ronin-M

 Rather than creating proprietary parts, forcing consumers to buy yet more gear, the DAISHO is designed to accept industry standard 15mm rods and uses standard M5 bolts.   

 

The DAISHO is precision CNC machined in California of aircraft grade 7075 aluminum alloy, an ultra-lightweight aluminum with the strength of steel.

Other gimbal support system that are available to take the exhausting strain of carrying a loaded gimbal off your arms and back tend to be rather ridiculous backpack contraptions costing thousands of dollars. Whether overhead backpack supports or ludicrous exoskeletal arm supports, the "solutions" made available to us as camera operators seem not to be designed by actual filmmakers. These systems still require operators to hold their hands above their heads and strain our necks to see monitors.

As a filmmaker I asked myself: 

"Why would we want to wear additional heavy gear weighing more than our cameras to take the strain of carrying our cameras?"

The solution really is the DAISHO gimbal clamp.  

Costing and weighing a tiny fraction of the other supports, the DAISHO saves you thousands of dollars while saving your back, neck and arms.

Holding your gimbal in a traditional shoulder rig confirmations lets you keep your hands at a more comfortable height and lets you lock your arms against your body.

two hour interview, batteries died before I needed a break.
two hour interview, batteries died before I needed a break.

We are so excited about getting the DAISHO gimbal clamps into the hands of fellow filmmakers that we did a short run of clamps. We know that some BACKERs don't want to wait months for their REWARDS to arrive and are willing to pay extra to get them faster. You can select the "Immediate DAISHO gimbal clamp" that will ship the as soon as the campaign ends!

This first short run of Immediate DAISHO clamps are natural 7075 aluminum alloy, the official full run will be black anodized. 

Immediate DAISHO, natural (unfinished) 7075 alloy
Immediate DAISHO, natural (unfinished) 7075 alloy

 

Black anodized with red bolts
Black anodized with red bolts

 

The DAISHO uses M5 bolts, rather than thumb screws because for weighted and heavier gimbals, you need that extra bit of torch to avoid the rig slipping. 

We are also offering totally original REWARDS with this campaign, like our Ronin thumb controller mount that work with 15mm rods!

These are 3D printed PLA plastic parts are both rigid and flexible enough to make snapping your DJI Ronin thumb controller in and out a breeze, as well as being a more ecologically responsible attentive to plastic.

Ronin thumb controller mount for 15mm rods
Ronin thumb controller mount for 15mm rods

 

Thumb Controller Mount
Thumb Controller Mount

You might think that having a gimbal resting on your shoulder would be uncomfortable, but surprisingly it isn't. But for those with collarbone issues or desiring a little extra comfort, we are offering a shoulder pad made in the USA. (reward coming soon). 

Another way of showing your support for this campaign is to get the REWARD for our "Filmmaker" shirt. Simple elegant design printed on American made, organic cotton unisex t-shirts.

available in unisex XS-XXL
available in unisex XS-XXL

 

Risks and challenges

We want to revolutionize how cinematographers utilize their gimbals and we believe that the DAISHO will do just that!

Our goal of $27000 is just to cover production of the DAISHO gimbal clamps. In order to get the DAISHO down to an affordable price we need to mass produce them, machining 1000 clamps at once.

Some people might think that $78 is a bit expensive for the what appears to be a simple clamp, but because we are producing our products here in the United States out of high end materials like 7075 alloy, that is the most affordable we can realistically make them.

As filmmakers ourselves we are committed to producing quality filmmaking tools that are affordable without compromising our ethics. We believe strongly in supporting local economies and fair wages, that's why we are producing our gear right here in California.

We could get the price down even further if we produced the clamps in China out of cheap 6061 aluminum, but we are not willing to exploit the low wages of Chinese workers or produce inferior products. Wouldn't you rather pay a little extra to insure that workers are paid fairly and that the product you are buying is the highest possible quality? We do.

We are aware that it is only a matter of time before our products and ideas are ripped off by foreign companies, but we believe that true filmmakers know the difference between a company that supports our community and one that exploits us. We thank you tremendously for your support!

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    FILMMAKER t-shirt

    "Filmmaker" t-shirt.Organic, Made in the USA.

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    Ronin thumb controller 15mm mount

    3D printed wireless thumb controller mount to work with 15mm rods and DJI's Ronin thumb controller.

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    DAISHO gimbal clamp*

    The original DAISHO gimbal clamp!
    Turn virtually any two handed gimbal on the market into a shoulder rig.
    Made in California of black anodized aircraft grade 7075 aluminum alloy, with the strength of steel and the weight of aluminum.
    (*Clamp Only. 15mm rod and hand grips are required to utilize clamp)

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    Immediate DAISHO gimbal clamp*

    Get your DAISHO first!
    Some backers don't want to wait months for their reward to arrive, so we did a short run of DAISHO gimbal clamps that will ship the week the campaign ends. These are natural (silver color) 7075 aircraft grade aluminum alloy. Be the first in the world to utilize the your gimbal to new heights.
    (*Clamp Only. 15mm rod and hand grips are required to utilize clamp)

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    Complete DAISHO kit

    The complete kit comes with everything you need to start shooting with your gimbal. Kit includes the original DAISHO gimbal clamp, 12 inch 15mm rod, handles and grips.

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    Complete DAISHO kit + thumb controller

    The complete kit comes with everything you need to start shooting with your gimbal, PLUS the 3D printed thumb control mount to attached your Ronin remote. Kit includes the original DAISHO gimbal clamp, 12 inch 15mm rod, handles, grips and thumb controller mount.

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