April 22, 2016
NAB 2016

Cinema Devices' Innovative Antigravity Rig Takes Your Camera to New Heights

The never-before-seen Antigravity Rig from Cinema Devices was one of our favorite innovations at NAB 2016.

The design of the rig attaches a gimbal to a vest via a series of tubes, pulleys, and bands, bringing a rare 0-to-10-foot vertical range to a freely moving camera operator. It is essentially suspending a gimbal from a (dual) jib and attaching it to the operator's body, transferring the weight to the torso instead of the arms (thus the "anti-gravity" moniker), simultaneously isolating movement along the Y-axis.

Creator Adam Teichman's goal is to "open up a whole new world of production values for every level of production." The Antigravity Rig holds up to 40 lbs and will sell for $10,000; a separate accessory package is priced at $4,500. The rigs begin shipping in July.


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So almost $15.000 for a rig that:
- is too heavy
- is too large
- is too weird to handle
- requires at least 2 persons for preparing
- looks like some freaking bondage experiment

*face-palm*

Listen to me. This is crap.
Do you know how often I can set up a crane doing the same shots for 15 grands? Veeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeery often. And the camera operator does not get exhausted after 5 mins.

With this alien rig, you even cannot pass narrow doors etc.
With the Steadicam or the gimbal, I can. And if I need to boom at the same time, I can attach the gimbal to a crane.

$15.000
*face-palm*

We Steadicam operator require smaller systems which can be set up by one person.

And that is how the pros develop gears for us operator:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QccuB1wViBc

I guess, it was also about $15.000-$18.000.

April 22, 2016 at 10:20AM

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JeffreyWalther
Steadicam Operator/Owner
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This pretty much. It seems like camera has to operate upside down as well, weird.

Medical strings that should be replaced often? What? You actually expect people to replace those strings? Look like a nightmare to dig into lol

Completely useless for INT work, steadicam arm / serene arm is a way better option

April 23, 2016 at 2:15PM

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Jason Han
Cinematographer
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Elysium!!!!

April 22, 2016 at 10:26AM

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Sorry, but this is just ridiculous.

April 22, 2016 at 10:43AM

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Jordan Mederich
Documentarian / Filmmaker
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this looks like the one man band you see playing in the streets... good sideshow, but usually useless

April 22, 2016 at 10:46AM

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gandulf charpentier
director of pornography
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This is the perfect description for this useless gear.

April 22, 2016 at 11:42AM

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JeffreyWalther
Steadicam Operator/Owner
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Useless.

April 22, 2016 at 10:51AM, Edited April 22, 10:51AM

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Alvaro Reyes
Photographer and Director
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I'm amazed how they pull such high price figures out of their pants... $14,000? for an improved version of $2,000 Ready Rig?

April 22, 2016 at 12:25PM

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Luca Sims Royce
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Also, looking at the poster picture of the above video (the picture in the video box before playing it) you'll find that the poor guy cannot even see the monitor!
15,000 gear and you should shoot blind

April 22, 2016 at 12:32PM, Edited April 22, 12:32PM

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Luca Sims Royce
Assignment editor
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That is why redrockmicro has a rotating monitor mount :-p

April 22, 2016 at 2:51PM

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WalterBrokx
Director, DOP, Writer, Editor, Producer
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Seems like Ms. Smith's second grade glass designed this thing. The prototype was probably popsicle sticks and rubber bands.

April 22, 2016 at 4:33PM

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Nick Rowland
Street Bum
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It's expensive but it looks like it's worth it. You get much more out of this rig than a steadicam. I can't wait to try it.

April 23, 2016 at 6:12AM, Edited April 23, 6:14AM

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K W
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I think this rig is sweet! Yes, it's expensive and yes, you might get stuck in a doorway but you're now a stabilized, walking jib!

April 26, 2016 at 6:11PM

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K W
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Getting further and further removed from the camera! So far out in front of him.

April 27, 2016 at 12:46AM, Edited April 27, 12:46AM

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October 12, 2017 at 5:22AM, Edited October 12, 5:22AM

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csjoshi
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