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July, 2015

  • The evolution of a stabilizer. Let’s Go Wireless.

    Here at Steadymaker we are always listening to customer feedback, and attempting to improve our product. A relatively recent innovation in the world of stabilizers is the ability to set up your system on the fly, using Bluetooth.

    Picture the scene, you arrive at a shoot with your stabilizer, camera (or two), and an assortment of lenses. You have pre-balanced your setup to support your most common lens and camera, but what happens if you switch to a heavier setup during the shoot? Perhaps you switch to a different camera, perhaps you add an expensive long zoom lens on the front. This could change the behaviour of your stabilizer, and now it is not optimally balanced for your new setup.

    The old option would be taking your laptop along with you to the shoot, and connecting the two together, running SimpleBGC on your laptop, and tweaking your setup via the usb cable connection until you are re-balanced.

    That option is ok, but not ideal for remote shoots. It means more to carry to the shoot; cables and a laptop can add weight to an already full load.

    Now we have added a bluetooth module to our top-of-the-range stabilizer, the SteadyMaker Tank PLUS 32-bit edition.

    We are all about the wireless option, after all, the 32-bit Stabilizer comes with a wireless remote, so now we can offer wireless balance support.

    Here’s how to enable support.

    Don’t forget, the software in order to further tweak and balance your stabilizer setup is called SimpleBGC, or Simple Brushless Gimbal Controller. This software is used in about 80 percent of the worlds brushless gimbal stabilizers, so we wanted to make sure you have the best support possible when balancing and controlling your stabilizer setup.

    In order to use that software, check out our introduction video:

    This is just a brief guide, in order to get a more in-depth guide, check out the downloads page or the forum on SimpleBGC, or ask us a question on our forum.

    Now, because of our recent addition, you can enable Bluetooth interconnectivity between a tablet, or even your smartphone. Just go to the app page here and download it, alternatively, check out the Google Play Store, and just look for ‘SimpleBGC Mobile’. (At the moment, the app is just available for Android phones, but if you have a tablet, you can run the desktop version of SimpleBGC and connect wirelessly to your stabilizer via bluetooth to set it up that way).

    The app works in the same way as the desktop app, so just use the support and manuals you find on the SimpleBGC website to guide you through setup.

    REMEMBER…As mentioned in the above video, your stabilizer will be delivered to you pre-balanced for your ideal setup, only use SimpleBGC if you are confident with your abilities in tweaking your stabilizer balance setup.

    One option you now have is to pre-balance your stabilizer to many different camera/lens combinations, and save them at home on your phone or tablet, then as you switch lenses or cameras at the location of your shoot, you can wirelessly and instantly switch between optimized balanced setups to save time and effort.

    Don’t forget, we have enabled this option for the 32-bit stabilizer, at no extra charge, to give you even more flexibility and enjoyment when you use our product!

    FURTHER READING

    For an idea of what can be done (without needing to worry about how to install a bluetooth module), check out the excellent guys at CHEESYCAM. They have an entire page devoted to stabilizers, and tweaking them for optimal use, including this particular video on using bluetooth with your stabilizer:

    For more information, check out the full post HERE, or the blog HERE.

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