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I mentioned in another thread my idea of a two-axis gimbal and how I think it would make life easier for some operators who don't need a three-axis system. My idea is roughly demonstrated in the accompanying images and the idea is to emulate a Glidecam but utilising a motorised system. The only requirement for this gimbal is to provide pitch and roll control, and only within a limited arc, as the gimbal would be used like a Glidecam. There is a similar system made by Letus, but it's a very clunky system and quite expensive.

My initial thoughts are for a flat platform that can accommodate a fully rigged out system sitting on the top of the gimbal, so that there's no requirement for the removal of any accessories and utilising an attachment system comprising of an Arca Swiss mount  (it being easier to get a wide range of Arca Swiss rail lengths for pitch balancing) and a simple weight system for roll balancing. On subsequent thought, an alternative would be to suspend the rig from a similar handle arrangement  (or even a single handle) also allowing the likes of mic and monitor to be mounted on the handle.

I've tried the handle setup in the image with my existing rig and it's quite comfortable, though obviously offers no balancing (other than static). I think top mounted or suspended would work and offer an alternative gimbal system for those who do not require 'Inception' and similar moves, but just want an easier to use, carry and store gimbal for larger camera setups. The ECU in the diagram needs to only adjust for camera weight and nothing more, keeping things as simple as possible.

I've sent the idea off to one gimbal manufacturer, but have not heard back, which is not unexpected. But would anyone else see merit in such a gimbal?

2 Axis Gimbal - 1.jpg

2 Axis Gimbal - 2.jpg

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