June 27, 2015

This Is What You Get When a Gimbal Stabilizer & Shoulder Rig Have a Baby

The shoulder rigs of yesteryear have mated with the gimbal stabilizers of present times. Their progeny? The GimbalGunner 2.0.

Anyone who has ever tried to hold a gimbal stabilizer for more than a few minutes at a time can attest to the fact that it's a real workout for your arms. Plus it's not great for your spine either, especially if you make a habit of operating the camera like that. Of course, you can attach these stabilizers to something like the EasyRig, which distributes the weight more evenly throughout your body, but that's a bulky, complicated, and not to mention expensive solution.

That's where the GimbalGunner 2.0 comes in. With its hybrid design, the GimbalGunner 2.0 can be used not only as a shoulder-stabilized gimbal rig, but also, depending on how you have it configured, it can be used as an affordable alternative to a remote head for crane shots. Here are a few photos, as well as the tech specs.

GimbalGunner 2.0
GimbalGunner 2.0
  • Carbon fiber, with aluminium camera frame.
  • AlexMos brushless gimbal controller with the latest firmware upload 
  • possibilities any time by onboard USB.
  • Extra USB connection outside.
  • Motors: two iPower Gimbal BL Motor GBM80187-120T.
  • Total weight of the whole gimbal: 4,4 kg.
  • Max. loading capacity: 5kg.

Of course, the GimbalGunner has been around for a little more than a year, although until this week it was just a prototype, GimbalGunner 2.0 is the finalized production version, and it comes with a number of enhancements according to the press release on their Facebook page.

The GimbalGunner is completely balanced on the shoulder what assures comfortable shooting like with an old style ENG camera. It fits most prostyle cameras and it is easy to adjust and balance. The GimbalGunner has a flexible modular system. You can use it with a one, two or three axis setup. With one or two axis, the GimbalGunner is setup as a shoulder mount. With two or three axis it can be used with a wireless remote system.

All in all, the GimbalGunner 2.0 is an interesting option for solo shooters who need a combination of top-notch stabilization and versatility. Like the previous iteration of the GimbalGunner, version 2.0 is built-to-order by Georges van Wensveen. Plus, thanks to a more modest conversion rate, it's about half the price of the original, coming in at a base price of €3.200 (excluding handlebars, shoulder pad, VAT, and shipping). That's roughly $3600, depending on the day. If you're interested, contact Georges through the GimbalGunner Facebook page.     

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My arms hurt just watching this! :-) But I like that they're experimenting with the tech. Looks interesting.

June 27, 2015 at 9:01PM

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Donovan Vim Crony
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Yeah, seems like you'd have to modify it with some kind of counterweight unless you wanted the whole rig to be front-heavy. Still a cool idea though.

June 27, 2015 at 9:06PM

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Rob Hardy
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No disrespect to this product because I do think it's an awesome idea that will catch on but...

Adding Warp Stabilizer to your gimbal demo reel = Not the best idea around

June 27, 2015 at 9:08PM

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Luke Neumann
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I was going to ask about that, at 2:25 you can see the gimbal doing a low end shimmy. The footage has a slight resemblance of that but appears to be stabilized?

June 27, 2015 at 9:34PM

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Emre Tufekci
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Cars vibrate a lot more than you would think so it's usually best to have the gimbal off of the car and use your arms as shock absorption. I wouldn't necessarily blame that on the gimbal as you would see the same thing on a Ronin if you set the gimbal down on a moving car.

That said, the 3 axis shots all look to have Warp Stabilizer applied (in the corners you can see that wobble) but oddly, I didn't notice as much of it on the 2 axis shots.

June 27, 2015 at 10:42PM

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Luke Neumann
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We normally do vehicle shots with a steadicam on a vehicle mount, even with the arm attached to the car the vibration does not transfer. But I have yet to do a gimbal on a car so it makes sense to not attach it to the car. It might even be sensible to attach a gimbal to a steadicam arm to control vibration and make it easier for the op.

June 28, 2015 at 5:39AM

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Emre Tufekci
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You can see a lot of "judder" from side to side in the background from the missing third axis stabilizing motor, and as mentioned by Emre you can see the camera wobbling from side to side at 2:25 in this video.

While the footage looks pretty good, I think making this a balanced ( as in you can let go and it will stay upright sitting on your shoulder ) 3-axis gimbal will take things to another level. ( I wonder if the LETUS 3-axis gimbal could be modified for a balanced shoulder mount ? )

June 27, 2015 at 10:15PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Most of the video takes place on relatively smooth rigging (cars, boats). Only 10 seconds of actual walking is not quite a full showcase.

June 27, 2015 at 11:41PM, Edited June 27, 11:41PM

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Paul B
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And I didn't find the walking part to be impressively stabilized at all. Did you?

July 11, 2015 at 1:52AM

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David Gurney
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I was slightly underwhelmed by the 2 axis shots on the boat looking a little shaky as far as cinematic shots are concerned. Looks like it has a lot of potential for doc film making though!

June 28, 2015 at 12:48AM

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I just don't see much improvement over a regular shoulder mount--if any. The Don Juan-ing at the end was particularly unimpressive.

June 28, 2015 at 1:39AM

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J Robbins
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Great concept but it's way too heavy, I already feel bad for that dop!

June 28, 2015 at 6:12AM

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Rayhanur kabir
Director, DP
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4.4 kg = 9.7 lbs..........+ camera!

June 28, 2015 at 6:17AM

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Jerry Roe
Indie filmmaker
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mmm!!!!!……not impressed at all, the last walking shot was horrible, I choose a Ronin everyday of the week..

June 28, 2015 at 11:34AM

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nice job.. just awesome...

July 1, 2015 at 4:00AM, Edited July 1, 4:00AM

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As depicted, the weight is way too far forward, not over the shoulder at all. This thing will be painful to hold!

July 11, 2015 at 1:54AM, Edited July 11, 1:54AM

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David Gurney
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