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Nab 2016:Arri takes over artemis camera stabilisation system

Nab 2016:Arri takes over artemis camera stabilisation system
Jon Creamer
19 April 2016

Arri has taken over the artemis range of camera stabilisers from Sachtler/the Vitec Group and has launched an improved version of the Trinity system at this year’s Nab show.


The artemis system is made up of stabilisers like the EFP HD and Cine Broadcast, as well as vests, spring arms and other accessories. Array is now the sole global sales and service provider for all artemis products.


Curt O. Schaller, who developed Trinity and – together with Dr Roman Foltyn of FoMA Systems – invented the Maxima gimbal that functions as the head of the system, is joining ARRI as Product Manager Camera Stabilizer Systems. His long-term colleague Jörg Pitzing is also moving to ARRI and will oversee service support for the product range. 


Trinity consists of a compact and lightweight two-axis gimbal head, a monitor mount and joystick that attach to the gimbal handle, a battery hanger module and a pendulum that allows ‘drop down’ moves. Trinity combines established mechanical camera stabilization with 32 bit ARM-based gimbal technology. 


“Vitec Videocom is pleased to announce that the artemis line has been purchased by ARRI and will continue under their ownership. We are confident that all existing and future customers will enjoy the same level of service and support they received from Videocom with artemis’ new owner,” said Alan Hollis, SVP of Production Equipment for Vitec Videocom.


Curt O. Schaller said, “Thanks to ARRI’s fine sense for creative tools and innovative technologies, artemis has found a new home. As a cameraman and inventor of the artemis stabilizers, I feel that joining ARRI is the most exciting thing that could happen to modern mobile camera support. I am sure that the hundreds of world-class artemis owner/operators will be thrilled by the fact that ARRI is now behind them and driving the product range forward.”


Stephan Schenk, Managing Director of ARRI Cine Technik and Head of ARRI’s Business Unit Camera Systems said, “ARRI is pleased to take over the artemis line of camera stabilizing systems from Vitec. The addition of high-end gimbals and traditional stabilizers to the ARRI camera system offers new creative choices for cinematographers and storytellers.”


While Trinity works with the ALEXA Mini, and can also support larger cameras and heavy lenses. Film cameras such as the ARRIFLEX 235 and 416 are easily accommodated.


Additional stabilization in the roll axis of the Trinity head permits the use of telephoto lenses and the joystick-controlled, fully-stabilized tilt axis allows low-angle or over-the-shoulder shots, as well as smooth, in-shot transitions between low mode and high mode.


Initial customer shipments of Trinity are scheduled for May 2016. ARRI is also taking over sales of the Maxima as a stand-alone gimbal, along with all other system components.


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