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Russian Arm System

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Filmotechnic Canada Ltd. is very proud to bring you the Sci-Tech Academy Award Winning, High Speed Gyro-stabilized Camera Support System: The Russian Arm, Flight Head V and the ML55 Chase Car.

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.



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