What is the Russian Arm System?
- The Russian Arm System is the unique combination of the gyro-stabilized Flight Head on the end of a gyro-stabilized remote controlled crane arm.
- It is safely operated via joystick consoles from within the ML55 Chase Car.
- It is a high speed mobile crane arm used for photographing moving vehicles from just about any & every angle you want in all weather conditions. Shots are setup on the fly & adjusted instantly. Sequences can be as dynamic as your imagination.
Where is the Russian Arm System based?
- From our home office in Toronto we cover Winnipeg, Montreal, Halifax.
- From our office in Vancouver we can cover Calgary, The Prairies and the Northwest USA area.
- From our new office in Chicago we cover the Midwest USA, Detroit & New York.
- From our office in Sarasota we can cover Miami, Charlotte, Atlanta, New Orleans.
What Can You Mount the Russian Arm To?
- Its principle mobile base is the ML55 Chase Car, overseas we use BMW X5, Range Rovers SC, MB ML, Porsche Cayene
- The RA can be mounted to any picture vehicle that can support its 300kg weight:
- Boats, Trains, Trucks, Buses, Camera Cars, Picture Vehicles
- Our prefered vehcles overseas are BMW X5 V8 (track work, off road), Range Rover SC (desert, street, offroad).
Advantages of Russian Arm Mounted To ML55 Chase Car
- With the Russian Arm on the ML55 chase car you can shoot another moving vehicle from just about any & every angle.
- Shooting can occur in any weather because technicians are shielded from the elements inside the ML55 chase car.
- Shots are setup on the fly and can be adjusted instantly.
- Sequences can be as dynamic as your imagination lets them.
System Features & Specifications
- Russian Arm Standard Reach
- Pan & Tilt axis are gyro-stabilized.
- 360° panning capability around the ML55 or picture vehicle.
- Minimum safe operating camera height off the road surface is 12”.
- Reach from the centre post is 14’.
- Fulcrum sits 8’ off the ground.
- Maximum lens height is 14’, armed 90° to either side of the Chase Car’s chassis.
- With an 18 mm lens a full frame top shot can be achieved.
- Stabilization tail fin allows the Russian Arm to pan side to side, back and forth at high speeds.
- Operating Tilt angle ±45°.
- Speed 6 sec / 360°.
- Max camera payload capacity 25 kg.
- Weight 300 kg (RA, FH, Camera, Counter Weights).
- Set-up Time on ML55 Chase Car: 1.15 hours (including camera).
- Set-up Time on a Picture Vehicle: 2.5 hours (not including vehicle’s prep).
- The RA is fully controlled from within a car and is capable of operating at speeds up to 180 km/hr.
- Russian Arm 19 Extension
- The RA with a 19′ extended reach now achieves a 19′-6″ lens height armed off to the side of the ML55 Chase Car.
- Brooklyn Bridge Certified. Our Toronto bases RA System has been specially rengineered to meet the standards & regulations of the Brooklyn Bridge Engineers (NYC) for weight and height (9′) to enable filming with a camera car system on the bridge.
Flight Head V & Flight Head XL
- 4 & 3 Axis Gyro-Stabilized Heads.
- Auto Horizon always keeps camera level even in hi G turns.
- Pan axis travels through 360° with back-pan compensation.
- Roll axis travels through 270° with auto horizon.
- Tilt Axis travels through 200°.
- Preston FIZ plugs into head console to give Zoom control on the left joy stick.
- The FHV is operated via joystick or hand wheels.
History of the Russian Arm
- Designed in Kiev, Ukraine in 1982 by Cinema Engineer Anatoliy Kokush, Yuriy Popovsky and Director of Photography Oleksiy Zolotarov.
- In 1996 Filmotechnic introduced the Robo Arm to Hollywood, CA.
- The Russian Arm was officially named the Auto-Robot Crane or Robo Arm. It soon was nick-named ‘Russian Arm’ due to the Russian spoken by Filmotechnic’s Ukrainian Technicians.
- The Russian Arm quickly became a preferred tool for shooting Car Commercials, Feature Films, and Music Videos.
Executing Any Shot Is A Team Effort
- The director gives cues to everyone on the Comm. system.
- Precision driver controls moving vehicle position & speed.
- The crane operator positions the arm.
- The camera operator frames the shot.
- The focus puller keeps it sharp.
NOTE: WITH THE RUSSIAN ARM WE RECOMEND JOYSTICK CONTROL FOR PERFORMANCE AND SAFETY REASONS