Camera Stabilizer Instructional Setup
Camera Stabilizer Operation Advice and Actual Footage
Camera Stabilizer Training Exercises and Footage
*NEW HD SLED – Utilizing the same large diameter grip and rugged gimbal as the standard BlackHawk sled, the HD version has many improvements that make it an easy-to-justify upgrade. The HD sled includes the following additional features: telescoping center post for greater flexibility and more compact storage, rail-adjusting lower sled for better balance, full HD breakout boxes at the stage and lower sled (HDMI/Composite/Component video, XLR & LEMO power), leveling bubbles, 100% tool-free setup. The HD sled is available with dual V-lock or 3-stud (AB) battery mounts.
NEW MX-TA Trim Adjuster Included – The MX-TA allows you to correct arm tilt by adjusting the orientation of the arm at the vest mount. Especially under heavy loads, the vest mount can twist and cause the arm to drift away from the operator’s body, making the stabilizer more difficult to control. By adjusting the mounting axis of the arm to the correct vertical plane (perpendicular to the ground), the stabilizer arm will hold its position relative to your body, making it easier to control the sled and allowing you to concentrate on the shot.
NEW FlowTech Gimbal – Classic design has been improved with an ergonomically-sloped extension grip for improved handling and the ability to add a zoom control. Precision 3-axis gimbal delivers consistent fluid motion with six sets of bearings. The lightweight, rugged gimbal ties the system together fluidly and effortlessly.
NEW Form-Fit Ultra Rigid Vest – This new improved vest includes a contoured chest pad, torso-gripping 4-point buckle system, and height-adjustable chest plate. The lightweight, cool vest hugs and supports the upper body, making it possible to fly heavy cameras for extended periods.
Heavy-Duty Dual Arm – The Black Hawk’s reinforced, dual-dynamic arm system is as refined as it is robust. Adjustable over a broad range, it can bear cameras 10-25 pounds swiftly and smoothly and offers up to 38″ of vertical travel. Twenty-four precision bearings and four beefy springs ensure silent, zero-failure performance.
Precision Gear Drive Stage – Micro-adjustable gear drive stage enables extremely precise tuning of horizontal balance. Included balancing plate aids greatly in setup when paired with a C-stand. Quick-release dovetail camera plate allows rapid setup and breakdown in the field.
Standard Sled: Power, Vision, Balance – At the base of the standard sled, a 7″ HDMI monitor serves as a large external viewfinder. Dual Anton Bauer mounts power the monitor (and the camera, if you wish) through internal wiring (V-lock mounts available on request). The monitor and batteries also serve as counterweight for vertical balance. Monitor and battery positions can be adjusted for fine-tuning. The standard sled is pictured below and includes a BNC video connection and LEMO power. The standard sled has a fixed post (non-telescoping), and a bracket mount monitor stand.
Low Mode Kit – For low angle stabilized shots (VZFCS-BH-LM). The Black Hawk comes standard with dual Anton Bauer Mounts and a combination NTSC/PAL (via toggle switch) monitor. If you need V-lock mounts, no monitor at all, or have any other special requests, then give us a call and we’ll be glad to discuss your needs. Because these units are hand crafted and assembled, the options are wide open.
Custom Rolling Case – A form-cut foam insert protects and secures the system components inside, while the wheeled case with telescoping handle ensures effortless transport.
Training Video – Instructional video available online.
It is always our goal to manufacture products of the highest quality. Long life and reliability serve both the customer and the manufacturer. We stand behind our stabilizers with a 3-year arm/vest warranty and a 1-year warranty for the sled and case. Please look closely at the product pictures and see the detail in our machining and finish. If you have a question or need some help, call us on our toll free line 888-826-3399. Hands-on stabilizer demonstrations are available in the Los Angeles area, just call us to schedule.