HyperCam


"I've been using a version of the HyperCam for the better part of 15 years now but I still learn something about how to use it every day (I guess much like the steadicam). The HC3 has quite a few cool features that the previous versions didn't have. I'm still playing with the dampening system but the action on the tilt and Dutch axis seem to be pretty sweet. Having a top plate with 3/8-16 and ¼-20 holes in it make for a really nice surface to mount remote focus, range finder and monitors. Also the standard 3/4" speed rail for uprights opens up a lot of options for additional mounting of handgrips. But the coolest feature so far is the ability to go into proper low mode (and to do it super fast). The ability to comfortably operate the camera one inch off the ground is really awesome."

Price and Shipping Information:

The HyperCam sells for $2500 which includes tools, case and shipping within the continental United States.

Here is what's included in the 0340 Pelican Case:

  • 1 X HC3 with 250lb dampener in the collar (the dampener for average cameras).
  • 2 X extra dampeners (a 130, and a 480 for crazy big cameras).
  • 2 X push pins for securing the arm post to the HyperCam collar (1 and 1 extra).
  • 4 X 3/8-16 screws (2 and 2 extra) for attaching a sliding base plate to the HC3.
  • A set of "T' handle allen wrenches (one for every screw on the HC3).


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Frequently asked questions:

How big is the cage?
The cage can accommodate a camera 11" tall and 9" wide. While I've never encountered a camera system taller than 11" you could remove the top plate and put on a camera taller than 11" in regular mode.



How big / how much weight can it handle?
I've flown it with medium zooms but like the steadicam, short zooms and or prime lenses work best. I've flown everything from F65's, Alexas and Red's to Mini's, Black Magic cameras and DSLR's. Basically anything you can fly on or sled, you can fly on the HyperCam.



Can you use a gyro with the HyperCam?
Yes, I've tried it a few times with great success and there are several operators that use a gyro every time they use the HyperCam.



Can you wear it on your vest like a steadicam?
Yes and no. I've tried it a few times and it's not really ideal. The very nature of the dampening system is to prevent a lot of movement. While you can pan on the HyperCam and the arm takes the up and down movement out, the lack of a gimbal makes for what I consider too much unwanted movement.



Does it work as a low mode cage?
Yes, it's a quick and easy low mode cage for steadicam.



How smooth is it? Is it like a stabilized head?
The HyperCam is not designed to replace a stabilized head. It does work as a significant improvement over using a steadicam on a moving vehicle. The lack of a lower half means the camera is much less susceptible to the effects of inertia. If you have every flown your sled on a moving vehicle you know that every time you stop, accelerate or turn with any force it becomes very difficult to maintain the horizon. The absence of a bottom half (other side of the gimbal) and the dampener (which replaces the gimbal) only allows the camera to tilt or dutch a few degrees. The fact that you are holding the camera with two hands (instead of a few finger tips) allows more operator control over the camera.



How long does it take to set up or move?
The other reason I designed the HyperCam is to speed up and simplify setting up the camera, moving the camera and going from high to low mode. With a bit of practice you can easily go from in the case to roll camera in under ten minutes. Once the camera is set up, going from low to high mode or high to low mode can be done in well under five minutes.



How much do you charge for the HyperCam when you rent it?
If I'm using it instead of my steadicam I generally charge the same rate I would for the the steadicam. I'm still using my arm, my vehicle mount (instead of my vest), my monitor, my wireless video and my wireless focus. If I'm using it in addition to my steadicam, I would typically charge an additional $500.

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