July 26, 2017

Panther U-Bangi XY Allows for Shockingly Complex Camera Movement

A normal slider goes side-to-side, but the U-Bangi XY slider adds front-to-back for a nearly infinite combination of movements.

Fisher and Chapman is the lead North American dolly manufacturer. As a result, Panther has always been a dark horse over in Europe making cool, different, and often weird dollies and cranes that are beloved by a niche audience, however not in stock at every rental house. While Fisher and Chapman has mostly stayed out of the slider game, Panther has gone in whole-hog with the robust U-Bangi slider system, which the company has now revised to allow for two axes of movement.

Pricing has yet to be announced; U-Bangi is likely to be purchased by rental houses rather than owner/operators. However, the range of motion it opens up in complicated shots makes it something to keep in mind for upcoming shoots.

Sliders particularly excel in situations where you can't set up a normal dolly—either because the ground is too uneven or the room is too small—but you still need movement. The XY takes this one step further by letting you move the camera around on a plane, extending slider moves side-to-side and also forward and backward. 

Credit: Panther

The U-Bangi system is highly versatile, with features like rubber feet for floor mounting, a variety of tripod and head adapters, and a car mount. If you are a previous U-Bangi owner, you can upgrade your system to the XY and create a shockingly wide array of complicated camera moves without pulling the dolly off the truck.

The XY system could be particularly useful for moving in or out on the windshield for a car shot, which is tricky to do with most mounts (though we don't recommend doing it with the car in motion).

Credit: Panther

For more, check out the Panther site.

Tech Specs:

  • 48/64cm, 64/88cm, and 88/136cm pairings available
  • Longest run offers 290cm (nearly 9 feet) of movement in one slider.
  • Previous U-Bangi sliders can be upgraded

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11 Comments

*deep sigh*
Well, it looks like a really cool slider product! The downside is that it's named after a racial slur. So yeah, I know we call for Ubangi's all the time on film sets. It's the camera offset that is usually used on dolly. https://www.willyswidgets.com/products/32-length-3-hole-ubangi/
That being said, its not right. I believe we started calling it a ubangi because it was believed that the ubangi was a tribe in the congo that put lip plates in. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lip_plate But it was just something an idiot spun up. Its actually pretty close to dropping a N bomb... http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Ubangi
So yeah, there's your racism in film history lesson for the day. Maybe tomorrow we'll talk about mother daughter angles.
@panther please change the name.
@filmmakers just call it a camera offset next time you're on set. Your dolly grip will know what you mean.

July 27, 2017 at 3:12AM

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Oh look, its another one of those SJW's I keep bumping into on set with increasing regularity. Give it a rest snowflake. Its called a Ubangi, get over it.

July 27, 2017 at 5:19AM, Edited July 27, 5:19AM

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The set... in your head, David?

Probably could've done with a video showing how the shots you could get with this thing look different to those you'd get with an ordinary slider...

July 27, 2017 at 6:08AM

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Hmmm....David...Who's the snowflake here? The guy with enough foresight to think about how his and others' actions/words might affect his fellow man or the dude too insecure to even give it a thought. There may be a reason you "keep bumping into [them] on set"! Maybe it's not "them" but YOU.....

July 27, 2017 at 9:44AM, Edited July 27, 9:44AM

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Yawn. Its funny, I've been in this business for over 40 years and everyone loves to talk about how progressive, forward thinking and tolerant the film industry is yet I've heard all kinds of horrible, hateful things said on set about conservatives and Christians, and its happening more and more. One of my friends, an industry veteran of 30+ years, someone who would give you the shirt off his back, had to defend himself on set after doing the sign of the cross before lunch upset a producer who was gay. He ended up walking off set and I don't blame him. Ya, the business is tolerant all right.

July 27, 2017 at 2:25PM

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Didn't happen.

July 28, 2017 at 5:50AM

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Oh crap, I forgot Alex was there. You got me, I just made that up. But yes, this did happen. You guys can laugh it off and pretend that stuff like this doesn't happen but it does and its really unfortunate. The saddest part is that no one on set came to his defense, not even guys who have worked with him for years. That's the worst part of this industry. People will be your friend but as soon as you are seen as a liability, they will pretend that they don't know you.

July 29, 2017 at 1:55AM

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Yes David, I don't believe you. This is as tolerant an industry as you can get, and filled with great people. A fair share of assholes too - like those who tell partial stories to fulfil their own agenda - but in general the best, most interesting and most mixed bunch of people I've ever met. Now, let's look at your story - A producer has set up a shoot that's crewed by industry veterans, with huge amounts of experience. Already we're talking about a decent budget on the shoot, so this producer must have quite a bit of experience. I've met producers who are dickheads, producers who are lovely and producers who are tyrants. But on high end stuff - whether they're a twat or not - they tend to know their shit. Producers want three things - a good end result, a happy client, and an underspend on the budget. So you're telling me that a highly-experienced producer on this shoot got upset and attacked (verbally I assume) a member of crew because they did the sign of the cross? Oh, and you've dropped in the fact that they're gay - to give the story a bit more weight? Balls, mate. Didn't happen, and sounds like it's propped up by some bigoted nonsense.

July 30, 2017 at 8:03AM

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Alex Richardson
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Well maybe in the UK, people are more civil and respectful. Every Brit I've worked with in LA has been extremely professional. But in LA, people can be totally f#$%in nuts, especially over the last few months since Trump took office. Anyways, I could care less if you don't think this happened because I know it did. Cheers.

July 31, 2017 at 6:53PM

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Oh another troglodyte that thinks that by throwing the word snowflake out they've made some great stride for society. GFY you know nothing dolt. Ubangi is done. No one a a real professional set calls it that except dinosaurs like you.

July 27, 2017 at 12:57PM, Edited July 27, 12:57PM

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The term Ubangi for offset extensions became a thing, because it supposedly looks like the lip plates used by a tribes in Africa and South America. (And by the way, the idea of a "Ubangi tribe" was made up in the 30s. There was and is no "Ubangi tribe".)
So, is it a racist term, when nobody is being born with lip extensions, meaning it's a reference to a cultural custom practiced by certain tribes, and not a racial slur?
And ok, I'll give you that it may be disrespectful to people with lip extensions. :) But I don't see the baggage or the racial aspect in it, other than the origin of the lip extension thingies being in Africa.
Maybe I'm being ignorant, and there is a term that was used in derogatory ways in the past, and I'm not aware of it. If that's the case, I don't want to -and won't- defend it. But if it's not the case, I think we could also move on without overcorrecting.

July 27, 2017 at 3:20PM, Edited July 27, 3:21PM

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While I can image a number of moves it's capable of over a slider, not sure if "complex" is this things forte but, it certainly opens up a lot in the convenience department.
I'd love to have one but, there is no way those sticks it's on will hold that and a camera stably.

July 27, 2017 at 3:19PM

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