Letus Helix 1-Axis PRO is a Stabilized Platform for Steadicams

Letus Helix 1-Axis PRO with RED Dragon

Letus has introduced the Helix 1-Axis PRO, a crossover of their Standard Helix and Double Helix 1-Axis stabilizers, which is designed to give Steadicam operators a solid horizon no matter the orientation. 

With the new front support, there should be less vibrations throughout. Here's more from Letus on the Helix 1-Axis PRO:

The Helix 1-axis PRO is the ideal add-on to any Steadicam setting that help keeping perfect horizon while still provide the operator the ability to do his/her own panning. The combination of the Letus Helix 1-Axis with a Steadicam not only allow for quick transitioning of high-mode to low-mode without any reassembly but it increase the range of motion to any level between high and low mode. While the 3 axis gimbal setting create a new and different shooting style, the Helix 1 axis is truly the new improvement that will improve a steadicam operator experience and keeping all the benefit features of what a Steadicam can only offer.

Letus Helix 1-Axis PRO on Steadicam

Going from high to low without readjusting is one of the main benefits of these sorts of stabilizers on a Steadicam, besides keeping the horizon straight. Here's a look at the previous model on a Steadicam:

The Letus Helix 1-Axis PRO can handle up to 20 pounds and supports longer 19mm rails, so you can put much larger cameras than just a RED EPIC DRAGON on here. In addition, this can be attached to any shoulder rig or handheld rig if you want more of a handheld look but still want to keep your horizons straight:

Letus on the Helix 1-Axis PRO on Shoulder Rig

Letus Helix 1-Axis PRO with Top Handle

It seems to be hard sourcing actual footage from something shot with at least the old rig on a Steadicam, and there's nothing with the new rig yet. That may or may not speak to how useful this is in most real-world settings, but it's certainly worth looking into for a product that's aimed at keeping your horizons level while still giving you freedom of movement.

At $5,000, it's not for the faint of heart, and certainly aimed at a specific set of shooters. Here's what's included in the package:

  • 19mm rail-based standard Helix 1axis (aluminum)
  • Counter weight (1set)
  • Front support 

For more, check out the page here, or you can see all of the Letus Helix products here

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8 Comments

Yes, so amazing. Blending traditional steadicam tech with new gimbal tech is such a no brainer. Awesome to see a smaller product designed to do just that. Still can't get over the up-down movement that is so pervasive in even high-end productions that utilize handheld 3-axis stabilizers.

January 30, 2016 at 2:16PM, Edited January 30, 2:16PM

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Steven Bailey
Writer/Director/Composer
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A vest and Stedicam-arm help to limit the up and down motion, but not many people will use a gimbal this way.

January 31, 2016 at 9:05AM

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Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer
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I've shot plenty of stuff without up and down bob, and I know plenty of other ops. that can as well. If you're seeing up and down motion the operator really doesn't know how to use their body and arms to remove the walk and isn't a good op.

January 31, 2016 at 10:04AM

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Derek Means
Director of Photography
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Not that new technology. Google for "AR Revolution Head". This head is even older than any Ronin and its alternatives.

February 2, 2016 at 5:56AM

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JeffreyWalther
Steadicam Operator/Owner
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Yo dawg, we heard you like steady shots, so we put a stabilizer on your stabilizer so you can stabilize your shots while you stabilize your shots!

February 2, 2016 at 9:06AM

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Chuck McDowell
1st AC
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This looks great, seems so obvious it's surprising no one has come up with it before!

February 3, 2016 at 5:06AM

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Matt Carter
VFX Artist / Director / DP / Writer / Composer / Alexa Owner
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MK-V has had exactly this for over a decade. The difference there is that's a complete steadicam system and one of the most expensive ones available.

February 8, 2016 at 7:55PM

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Oscar Stegland
DP/Steadicam
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I once met a guy who did Steadicam work on several Star Trek Next Generation shows and many movies. I'm sorry, I do not remember his name but he told me you can judge a great Steadicam operator by the horizon in his work. Yes, walking correctly is very important but keeping the horizon level while executing complicated moves is very tricky and a horizon that goes down or up-hill in an obvious way is something audiences will notice in a second. So, I think this device is a good idea, even for veteran Steadicam operators. It gives the operator one less thing to worry about.

February 4, 2016 at 1:20PM, Edited February 4, 1:20PM

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Dave Stanton
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