Handheld recording was just being reinvented.
Cinema equipment, the makers of Antigravitycam and Ergorig, are back with a new way for filmmakers to record handheld footage with a steadicam setup. ZeeGee is a three-axis head that, when mounted on a Steadicam arm, creates the appearance of a handheld.
The setup offers you complete freedom of movement when panning and tilting, while the roll axis simulates manual operation without shaking. When you attach the ZeeGee to a Steadicam arm, you essentially get the look of a handheld, plus the stability and range of the Steadicam setup. When it comes to long takes, the weight shift will be great for operator fatigue.
ZeeGee gives you complete axial isolation and complete operational control. There is a separate ZeeGee dock to attach it to a steadicam arm. The ZeeGee Dock supports the ZeeGee from the hand assemblies via locking yokes and can be viewed similar to a docking station for charging your phone. Instead of adding juice to your smartphone, the ZeeGee Dock lets you operate ZeeGee freely and adjust the side-to-side and tilt-drop rates in your head with a compensation bar.
Together, the setup can be used for small or large camera setups and attached to all Steadicam arm posts using the 5/8 inch baby pin.
The rig allows you to make fine adjustments as there are different rates of incline for pitch and roll, while the pitch can be dampened. You can also lock each axis to level the rig or if you want to use the right for ground adjustment. You can also switch from the Steadicam arm to a tripod, dolly, or underframe device fairly quickly while you dig through various settings, especially if you’re going from one 5/8 ”pen to another 5/8” pen switch.
The ZeeGee is priced at $ 5,500, but Cinema Devices has a special that saves the first 50 people $ 1,000. The ZeeGee Dock costs $ 500. So when you walk out the door, check out $ 6-5,000 depending on when you buy it.
Please refer to ZeeGee Support for more information page.