Cinematic camera operators reduce fatigue and smooth their camera movements and range with the Ready Rig Camera Stabilization Kit with ProArm Upgrade.
Ready Rig can support a camera/gimbal setup weighing up to 40 pounds when equipped with ProArms. That’s 10 pounds more than the standard Ready Rig can support. The Ready Rig vest allows that weight to be carried by the camera operator’s hips, rather than his arms, hands and shoulders.
The tough ProArms, made of carbon fiber, extend a foot farther than standard ReadyRig arms. ProArms telescope from 23 inches to 37 inches.
The bottom line: A 90/10 percent split on weight with a 40-pound setup takes 36 pounds off the arms of a videographer, leaving him to lift a mere 4 pounds—with help from spring-loading. That’s a significant reduction in stress and strain over the course of a day of shooting, walking the set and blocking scenes.
Ready Rig GS Camera Stabilization Kit With ProArm Upgrade 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 perhaps 10 minutes adjusting the vest to fit your body. If you’ve got one camera operator who’s 6 feet tall and weighs 185 pounds, 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. No tools are needed.
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 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. It doesn’t take long for weight to add up: the gimbal, your camera, batteries, a cable hub, a monitor. With a 40-pound maximum payload, Ready Rig GS ProArm takes 36 pounds off your arms—quite a reduction in weight and in fatigue. Lowering 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 smoothens 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 ProArms of the Ready Rig, the gimbal-mounted camera will extend higher—nearly 10 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.