Rhino Arc II: 4 axis Robotic Camera Assistant
Replace your fluid head with a 4-axis motorized head. Hold up to 15lbs and capture amazing video and time-lapse on a tripod or slider.
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, December 19 2018 1:00 AM UTC +00:00.
2 things you should know.
1.) Rhino Arc II is the most full featured motion control device in its class. You're not going to find something better under $5K.
2. ) You can get 20% off Rhino Arc II and its accessories if you back this campaign and pre-order it. We don't do sales except for Kickstarter campaigns and Black Friday so back the campaign before it's over to make sure you get in :)
Rhino Arc II is a compact 4-axis motorized pan/tilt/focus head that enables you to capture unreal video and time-lapse shots. It can hold up to 15lbs of equipment (camera + lens + monitor, etc) and can mount to a tripod or to your Rhino Slider.
Rhino Arc II automates camera movement for interviews, time-lapses and b-roll to save you time and make sure you get the shot on the first take.
You can quickly set up multi-point moves with the integrated dual joystick controls. The main joystick controls pan/tilt, and the front joystick controls slide/focus.
If you're not next to your camera or are in a tight space, you can setup a move with our new Rhino Arc app for iOS devices.
Here's some quick bullet points if you don't feel like scrolling through the info below:
- 15lb load capacity on pan & tilt
- Stand-alone functionality lets you replace your fluid head with ultra smooth, repeatable motorized movement
- Backwards compatible with Rhino Slider EVO and EVO Motor
- Optional motorized follow focus (Rhino Focus) for making sure you nail focus
- Optional slider motor (High Torque & High Speed Motor) controls your linear movement
- Capture day to night time-lapses with Light Lapse (won't be ready on launch)
- Built-in output for powering your DSLR or Mirrorless (requires optional Rhino Power dummy battery)
- Built-in 501 plate receiver (includes 501 compatible plate)
- OLED screen and dual joysticks for live control over all 4 axis
- iOS app for remotely controlling and more control over keyframes
- Motorized mounting using its pan motor
Those are just some of the features so keep reading to find out the rest of the details.
Along with Rhino Arc II, we're introducing an updated Rhino Slider. It still comes in both Carbon (carbon fiber rails) and Pro (stainless steel) models but has been updated to carry heavier loads and operate vertically. We also changed the way it mounts to tripods.
We hate setting up gear. That's why we make it quick and easy so we can spend more time filming. The new Tripod Quick Mount system lets you mount your slider from above so you don't have to spin your tripod onto the bottom of it. Better yet, we added two more of these Tripod Quick Mounts to the ends of our 42" Carbon and Pro sliders. This makes setting up a Rhino Slider on two tripods infinitely quicker.
When you're moving a camera on a slider, your focus point is constantly changing. Autofocus on cameras is getting a lot better but you still can't control where it's going to snap to. Keyframing focus is essential to be able to focus on what you want when you're moving. Rhino Focus uses a carbon fiber industry standard rod and .8 cinema pitch gears. It also includes rubber focus ring gears to let you use your photography lenses.
High Torque Motor
Our original EVO motor was a great all-round motor that was quiet and had great speed ranges. It lacked torque though. We're introducing a new High Torque Motor that will allow you to lift up to 10lbs vertically (not including Rhino Arc II). We will still offer a High Speed Motor that has the original gearing of our EVO motor if you want to move faster (you can choose between the two after the campaign is over).
*the new High Torque motor is not compatible with your old Rhino Motion Controller. You can still use your old EVO motor with Rhino Arc II however.
If you are a Rhino customer who owns an EVO Slider and have pre-ordered Rhino Arc II through this campaign, we'll include a High Torque Motor at no cost! Click on the image below to learn more.
What is a Robotic Camera Assistant?
When we looked at our workflow as filmmakers, we realized that we do a ton of different things. We shoot narrative docs, interviews, weddings, Youtube content, and endless b-roll and time-lapses to make it all cohesive.
Our goal with Rhino Arc II is to automate your camera movement so you can focus on telling your story.
The original Rhino Arc could do a 2 point, 2 axis move. Rhino Arc II can do a 5 point, 4 axis move. Use the dual-joystick controls and set your slider position, pan, tilt, and focus and click the joystick. Repeat this up to 5 times and playback with a repeatable, fixed speed move or use the joystick to control the speed of playback.
You don’t always need a slider but you always need b-roll. That’s why we created rack mode. When paired with Rhino Focus, simply move your camera and set your focus. Move to where you think you’ll pan or tilt and set your focus again. Now, as you move, your focus will automatically rack perfectly as you control your movement in real time with the joystick. Imagine how much time you’ll save nailing focus on the first try.
Doing professional interviews is a staple for most freelancers. Adding motion to your camera ups your production value and is a great way to land higher paying gigs. But what happens if your subject changes their sitting position or moves out of focus? With interview mode you can pause the looping slider by touching the joystick on Arc II or in the app and discreetly reframe and refocus without having to setup a new move and risk killing the moment.
It is so frustrating to have to wait to setup your time lapse until dark or have your time lapse cut short by the sunrise. That’s why we created Light Lapse. Using a light sensor and a new iOS app, you’ll be able to capture day to night, Holy Grail time-lapses with the click of a button. This feature won’t be available on launch but we’ll invite our backers to BETA test it when it’s ready.
Note: We are only launching this feature on iOS to start and we'll prioritize getting Sony A7 cameras supported first. We'll develop for Android and other cameras based on demand.
UI and App
Having actual physical controls for motion control is super important. What if your phone dies, doesn’t connect, or the app glitches out? Professional work requires extreme reliability. Because of this, you have full control with physical controls to set up Arc. But, some things are just better in an app experience. With the Arc app, you can setup and playback your move using the virtual joystick. You can create up to 5 key frames and scrub through them for real time remote control. We'll have an iOS version available on launch and consider Android if we have enough demand.
Changing batteries is a pain. Especially when they only last 45 minutes...thanks S**y. that’s why you’re able to power your camera or monitor directly from Rhino Arc. No more changing batteries mid interview or having your camera run out of juice on a long time-lapse.
Powering up to 4 motors and a camera takes a lot of power so we built in a massive 60wh battery pack into Arc. It will allow for 5 hours of continuous use with everything powered up and up to 48 hours for time-lapses. If time is tight it charges in less than 2 hours using our ultra fast international charger.
A lot of filmmakers use the 501 quick release plate for video work so we built a 501 receiver and plate into Arc. The problem with these plates is how to mount them to your camera. We solved this with a easy to access mounting tool built into the receiver. No more looking for keys or coins to mount your 501 plate. Spoiler alert - it doubles as a bottle opener too.
Setting up gear is time consuming. So we try to make it as quick as possible. Rhino Arc uses one of its motors to mount to Rhino Slider or a tripod and the mounting tool to snug it in place.
We'll be using Fedex Ground to fulfill your order if you're in the US. For international orders, we're shipping using Fedex International Economy. Normally we use DHL but it was much less expensive to use Fedex this time around. We don't mark up our rates at all and only charge you what it costs us.
Please note: You are responsible for all Customs/Importing fees/Taxes. If you haven't imported a product from the US before, please check with your local agency to see what your duty/fees/taxes will be.
Who are you guys?
Hey guys, we're Rhino. We've been making camera gear for over 8 years. We're known for our high quality, easy to use sliders and motion control gear. This is our 8th campaign.
We've been dreaming of creating this product since we launched our original Rhino Slider over 6 years ago. It's been a long time coming but we promise it's going to be worth the wait.
Filming: Brandon Henricks, Edward Lee
Editing: Edward Lee
Music: Music Bed
Special thanks to Dan at Atlas Lens Co. for letting us use their beautiful anamorphic lenses.
Risks and challenges
Hardware always poses risks. It doesn't matter how experienced you are. Parts can be made out of tolerance, mass producing PCBs can yield anaomalies, boats can get held up at ports and delay shipments, etc. The list can go on and on. The silver lining is that we aren't new to the game and we know how to solve problems when they arise. We promise that we'll always be foward and truthful if anything does come up.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter