Camera operator fatigue is reduced with the Ready Rig GS Camera Stabilization Kit, and range of motion is increased. Ready Rig is a vest that’s ideal for making professional-level independent films, commercials, event videos and webpages.
By wearing a Ready Rig, a camera operator takes up to 90 percent of the weight of a gimbal, battery, camera and monitor off his arms. Ready Rig shifts much of that weight to the operator’s body. In an hour of constant shooting, that’s a major reduction in strain—and in fatigue. Over a morning, an afternoon or a whole day, it makes a world of difference. Ready Rig lessens the weight of the camera/gimbal not just during shooting, but also while moving around the set and blocking.
It significantly simplifies carrying a camera while tracking shots, walking, running, passing through doorways, climbing and descending stairs, even jumping or riding on a self-balancing unicycle or hover board. Need to get that camera into a car? Ready rig can be worn and used in a vehicle.
Ready Rig GS features:
Everything you need to get to work is in the included carrying bag. You add nothing but the camera equipment and gimbal you already have.
Assembly takes a few minutes. You’ll need to connect the shoulder supports and the support arms that actually shift the weight of your gimbal and camera.
You’ll spend a few more minutes adjusting the vest to fit your body. If you’ve got one camera operator who’s 6 feet tall and weighs 185, and another who’s 5-foot-8 and weighs 140, simple adjustments make the Ready Rig comfortable for either user.
To store the Ready Rig and transport it, simply disassemble and place it piece-by-piece back into the carrying bag.
The camera operator can adjust the support arms for weight distribution of the gimbal and camera using quick-release latches. It’s not complicated; it’s just simple lever science. Lengthen or shorten the arm settings and change the weight distribution instantly.
Have two operators with different preferences? Ready Rig will accommodate each with adjustments that take only seconds. Want to change the weight distribution for new shooting conditions? Just try a new setting on for size—it’s that simple and that fast.
You determine how much of the camera’s and gimbal’s weight you want on your body, and how little of that weight you want on your arms. The recommended setting is 90 percent body/10 percent arms. With a 30-pound maximum payload, that takes 27 pounds off your arms—no small improvement. A reduction in fatigue speeds production and elevates results.
The back of the vest has a perforated “cheeseboard,” so some equipment can be mounted there—a battery pack, for instance, or a RED Brain—to reduce arm weight even further.
A small portion of the weight is transferred to the shoulders, but most of the weight is distributed throughout the hips. Because of that, the operator’s back is spared the strain of the transferred weight. All weight-bearing surfaces in contact with the body are padded for comfort.
Because the weight on the arms is reduced, and because the Ready Rig lightens the camera and gimbal during lateral and spring-loaded vertical movements, shots are smoother and more professional. Ready Rig moves the camera overhead from shoe-top level effortlessly—all with no unwanted camera movement or shaking. It also smooths tight turns made with the gimbal.
Mounting a gimbal and camera on a Ready Rig clearly improves a camera operator’s control. With a camera and gimbal only, the videographer can raise the camera to arms’ length. Appropriately mounted on the arms of the Ready Rig, the gimbal-mounted camera will extend higher—nearly 9 feet with a 6-foot operator—and it will get there in a more fluid motion.
Need to drop to a shoe-top height? Again, Ready Rig allows efficient, fluid movement—with the monitor in plain view.
Although Ready Rig is designed to fit in close quarters and make tight turns—inside a phone booth, for instance—it also can swing a camera out wide laterally, wider than could be done with a handheld gimbal. While the normal setup is for the gimbal to be mounted by heavy-duty Velcro straps to both Ready Rig arms, an optional setup is connection by strap to one arm only. That allows swinging the camera out wider to the connected side, and to a shorter distance on the opposite side. Mounted to just one arm, the camera still raises and lowers completely—and steadily. A gimbal-camera combination mounted on a Ready Rig also can be canted for Dutch angles.
The lifting capability comes from multiple bungee cords. Lateral adjustments are manual, and up to the operator, but supported by the weight-shifting levers. Again, there are no motors, so there is no noise.
The standard carbon-fiber arms can be swapped out for optional ProArms, also carbon fiber but with a heavier payload. While a standard Ready Rig GS has a maximum payload of 30 pounds, a Ready Rig equipped with ProArms has a 33 percent higher payload of 40 pounds. ProArms also can extend 12 inches farther—that also means higher—than the standard arms.
You can also buy a complete Ready Rig with ProArm Upgrade.
Both are available from Drone Nerds.