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Letus Helix Remote Head – High-End Cinematography Gimbal

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Letus has announced a new Helix Remote Head which can continuously spin 360-degrees on all axes. A first, in the world of gimbals.

Before you get too excited, this gimbal is designed for high-end cinematography work, capable of handling large camera packages like the Alexa65 up to 60lb.

It is modular so that the roll axis can be used independently like on a Steadicam rig. Alternatively, the pan motor can be released leaving the tilt and roll axis, converting into a 2-axis unit for Steadicam work.

The Helix Remote Head combined with the Flexor car mount

Interface:
Wi-Fi pairing to iOS app
Bluetooth pairing to Android app
Bluetooth or Micro USB to desktop/laptop GUI

Freedom of movement:
Pan: 360-degrees continuous
Tilt: 360-degrees continuous
Roll: 360-degrees continuous

Materials:
Combination of Magnesium and Aluminum

Video:
HD-SDI in and out (slipring feed through)

Weights:
Roll axis unit: 7 lbs (without battery)
2 Axis unit (without Pan motor): 17.45 lbs
Complete remote head set up: 20.60 lbs

Power:
Battery connector: V-lock
Inputs (2): 14.4 -25.2V DC

Output:
3-pin Lemo (1B) RAW (same as battery input) ~10A
2-pin Lemo (1B) 16V ~10A
Two (2) 2-pin Lemo (0B) 12V ~ 5A
AUX 2-pin Lemo (0B) 5 or 12V (switchable) ~ 5A
Two (2) P-tap 16V
REAR port: 2-pin Lemo (0B) 12V ~5A

Jem Schofield from The C47 got to have a sneak peek of the Helix Remote Head at the Letus headquarters in Oregon.

Pricing & Availability

The Helix Remote Head is aimed at rental houses and large production sets.

Axis assembly: $25,000 (Saving: $1,000)

What can be done with this package:

  • 3-axis traditional gimbal that can handle up to 50lbs.
  • 2-axis (Roll & Tilt) handheld gimbal that can handle up to 50lbs that allow whip pan
  • 1-axis (Roll) that can be used on Steadicam to stabilize that horizon on roll axis and would allow Steadicam operator to transition from high to low mode seamlessly. It also can be used for stabilized Roll axis on the shoulder cam

3-axis Remote Head with Anti-shock Disc: $30,000 (Saving: $5,500)

What can be done with this package:

  • 3-axis stabilized remote head that can do 360 degree turns on all axis continuously. This is the only system in the market that can do this.
  • 2-axis (Roll & Tilt) can be used with Steadicam to stabilized Roll and Tilt (Similar to Arri Trinity system) and also allows the operator to go from High to Low mode, sideways and forward (Arri Trinity only allows 45 degree turns on the Roll axis, not continuous Roll like the Helix)
  • 1-axis (Roll) that can be used on Steadicam to stabilize that horizon on roll axis and would allow Steadicam operator to transition from high to low mode seamlessly. It also can be used for stabilized Roll axis on the shoulder
  • 2-axis stabilized remote head that can pan and tilt the camera (No Roll)

Complete Package: $40,000 (Saving: $8,500)

What can be done with this package:

  • Everything #1 and #2 can do

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